5 Best Liverpool FC Writers to Make Sure You Follow on Twitter

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: The Liverpool crest on the Shankley Gates during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers at Anfield on January 30, 2010 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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It seems like the entire footballing world and his best mate is on social network Twitter these days, everybody keen to share their ideas on team selections, tactics, transfers and troubles.

For the Liverpool fan who loves to read online articles about their club, Twitter is something of a goldmine; hundreds of articles every week can be found linked to from aggregators, from people reading work they like and want to share, and in plenty of instances directly from the authors themselves.

Twitter is a means for both writers and readers to get their point of view across, and by the very nature of it's existence—follow and be followed—it allows very quick exchanges of ideas.

A single tweet with a link to a latest piece of work could, for those with followers in plentiful supply, reach several thousand potential readers in an instant. If some of those start to read and then either tweet the links themselves or retweet the original, the number of people it could reach increases exponentially.

What this all means is that though there are hundreds, perhaps even thousands of articles hitting the Twitter feeds every day, finding the quality work which has meaning, context and relevance can be difficult.

Thankfully, we've put together here a list of five of the best for you to follow, from a Liverpool perspective, to ensure you don't miss out on any of the top writing being put out there.

It's not all-encompassing, of course, there are many, many good journalists, sports writers and fans with independent sites who are worthy of having their voices heard—not least of all the likes of B/R's own Vince Siu, Mark Jones and Neri Stein, amongst others—but for this article, we'll try to give a balanced mix of all types.

We'll start our countdown with Rory Smith, a journalist for The Times and a great source of both information and general articles on Liverpool FC.

Smith has over 70,000 followers, and he generally converses and interacts with a number of people, not merely posting links to his own work and others'. A quick glance at his timeline shows that he is a Twitter regular, often tweeting several times a day.

You can follow Rory Smith here.

Next in line is Paul Tomkins, who is the owner and creator of The Tomkins Times website. This is a Liverpool fan website, but prides itself on offering a range of facts to back up opinion. Historical data, statistics and tactics are all found in abundance on this site, which houses most of its articles behind a paywall.

With almost 60,000 followers, TTT has gained significant backing and credibility over time. Tomkins himself used to write pieces on the LiverpoolFC.com website, and has released several books covering a variety of topics about the club.

He is not always an avid "conversational" tweeter, and goes through spells of merely posting links to articles, but if you decide to splash out, it's well worth a follow. Some pieces are free on the website.

You can follow Paul Tomkins here.

An independent sports writer now, Kristian Walsh is a marvellous wordsmith, who plies his trade with ESPN, BT, BBC and more, including appearances on The Anfield Wrap podcast—a fine account to follow on Twitter in its own right.

Walsh regularly manages to put into words that which the everyday fan perhaps thinks, but cannot articulate enough to form a persuasive argument. He is able to see the bigger picture, the long haul, but is also able to back up his reasons for seeing things as right or wrong.

With a little under 20,000 followers, he is another popular account and a terrific writer.

You can follow Kristian Walsh here.

Onto now a lesser-known quantity, or at least a lesser-followed one, but certainly a writer with an appreciation for the game and an ability to remain balanced and fair in his observations.

Simon Steers writes for This Is Anfield, as well as The Tomkins Times, and has close to 6,000 followers on Twitter.

He is a prodigious tweeter as well as writer, and can always be counted on for a rolling discussion of the latest news surrounding the club, on or off the field.

You can follow Simon Steers here.

Finally we move on to one of several outstanding candidates who, rather than words, chooses to let numbers and models form the basis of many of his arguments and views. Dan Kennett formulates statistical models carrying a number of variables to gain a metric viewpoint of any given question or discussion.

Dan Kennett's work is published in a number of locations, including some online software to measure ongoing statistical changes, but if trawling through raw data isn't your thing, he's still a must-follow. Often he will tweet the salient points of any discussion, and the conclusions he is able to draw from his work.

He has a little under 7,000 followers on Twitter.

You can follow Dan Kennett here.


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