LFC Goal Involvement 2013/14

I have written an analysis for The Tomkins Times which looks at which Liverpool players have been involved in the build up to goals this season, beyond the readily available goal and assist statistics.

Using data from the official Liverpool site (as pictured below, when all eleven players were involved in Raheem Sterling’s goal away at Tottenham), I have been able to record who has been involved the most often. There is a surprise near the top of the list…

It’s a free piece, so please have a read of it here


Luis Suárez: With Or Without You

This article first appeared on The Tomkins Times on 25th June 2013.

As I sit writing this and you sit reading it, even though those two events are happening at different times, it’s a guarantee that wherever he is right now Luis Suárez will be telling anyone who cares to listen that he loves Liverpool, hates the media, and greatly admires the work of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

In fairness to him, so do I, but then the future of Liverpool FC is not dependent upon whether or not I stick with them; with Suárez, it matters a great deal.

Or does it? I’m sure by now you’ve seen the statistics for when Liverpool have had Suárez in the team in the Premier League compared to when they haven’t, but for the record:

ImageThere we are then; Liverpool are better off without Suárez, to the tune of over half a point per game. Case closed.

In reality though, thirteen games is far too small a sample to make a conclusive judgment on whether or not Liverpool will be a better team if Suárez leaves, so I have decided to dig a little deeper, and look at the key match stats that Luis affects.

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These Turbulent Times – Book

Paul Tomkins has put together an anthology of the best writing from his excellent website, The Tomkins Times, and the blurb is:

These Turbulent Times gathers together the best articles to appear on our award-winning website since its inception in 2009, covering all aspects of Liverpool FC’s fortunes in that time. The analysis encompasses a wide range of styles and approaches, including: straight opinion pieces; historical reporting on major events; in-depth tactical reviews; professional data analysis on a number of statistical issues; legal issues courtesy of a prominent football lawyer; and exclusive interviews with key personnel at the club. It includes many pieces that have only previously appeared behind the site’s paywall.

The book features a previously unpublished essay by myself, so why not buy a copy, eh?! It’s currently available for pre-order from Amazon, and the price is currently just £5.80. My excellent look at shots on target data aside (!), I can genuinely recommend the book, as it will feature the cream of the crop from the best Liverpool FC website around. Cheers.Image