10 months agoKlopp & ‘his ride’: Why that’ll never be enough for Liverpool’s best

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Klopp & ‘his ride’: Why that’ll never be enough for Liverpool’s bestby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: He’s right. Of course, he’s right. Jurgen Klopp. When the Liverpool manager says it’s “the ride” that matters, many of us would agree. Many. But not all…Ahead of Sunday’s showdown at Anfield, Klopp was responding to the latest jibe from his opposite number at Manchester United. Style? Tactics? Whatever. No-one can dismiss Jose Mourinho’s record as a winner – which he again enjoyed reminding us all when stacking up his achievements against Klopp’s at Anfield.”I think trophies matter yeah,” Jose jabbed, “especially when you have the potential to fight for the trophies and especially when you clearly say the objective is to win the trophy.”And then the final swipe, “I think sometimes to say just to say is not very intelligent…”Pushed to reply, the reaction was typical Klopp. It was about the experience. The journey. And the enjoyment that comes from it. The German declared, “If people say the Champions League campaign last season was not a success because we didn’t win the final then I cannot change that. Is the finish successful? No, but the ride was brilliant. I enjoyed it a lot.”But what about the trophies?”No that’s true, but do I have to? Do I have to win it?”Long, exciting – but ultimately failing – Cup runs. Courageous defeats. Klopp’s sounding more and more English every day. That past German ruthlessness. Those grinding, mechanical victories. You’d never hear the likes of Berti Vogts or Rudi Voller echoing Klopp’s words.But that’s Klopp. And that’s today’s Liverpool. Heavy metal football, he coined it, upon his arrival three years ago. Thrill a minute. Edge of your seat stuff. Yeah, there’s still a first trophy to be won. But the approach has Liverpool top of the table. And into the final 16 of the Champions League. Ain’t that enough…?Well, Klopp’s predecessor at Anfield could lay claim to similar. Brendan Rodgers took Liverpool closer than anyother manager to snapping their Premier League title duck. Like Klopp, Rodgers’ team was all-action. Hard-running. Even harder pressing. Full of goals – and also aggression. For the neutral it was exciting. Enthralling. For a Reds fan, you can only imagine… But today, no-one talks about Rodgers in revered tones. No-one remembers the “ride” he gave the Kop through the 2013/14 campaign. No. Today it’s the missed the opportunity. The could have been. And the break up of an attack every bit as exciting as the front trio we see in Liverpool shirts today.Luis Suarez left to become a serial winner at Barcelona. Raheem Sterling the same at Manchester City. The ride with Brendan was great, sure. But those two wanted more than the journey. And they both felt it could only be found away from Anfield.And there lies the rub. For the moment, this Liverpool team is about potential. What it could be. And the same can be said about the players. But that only lasts so long. What could be will soon turn to what could have been. Never mind Rodgers, just ask Arsene Wenger and what he tried to hold together at Arsenal. Being nearly men. Treading water. Even when finishing consistently second. It eventually catches up on you. And it eventually wears out the players you’re working with.Klopp had an excellent relationship with Philippe Coutinho. Just as Rodgers had with Sterling. But that’s never enough. At least not for some. In a results business, there has to be more than the journey… especially in the crowd Liverpool are now mixing with.It’s why at 33, Juventus chose to pay a club record €112m to ferry Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid. And also why the Portuguese chose Turin as his next destination. Both are sure things. As guaranteed as any team in Europe. And now with a player who exists to win – and nothing else. In Europe, that’s what stands in front of Liverpool this season. Sheer. Raw. Winning ambition. They don’t talk about the ride at Juve. The players are too busy counting their medals.But Klopp’s approach is working. Even Rodgers’ team weren’t as well placed as Liverpool are at this stage of the season. And for the neutral, the journey so far – both at home and in Europe – has been exciting to follow.But it’s still just potential. Something still to be achieved. And no matter what those who enjoy Liverpool – nor even Klopp – believe. “The ride” is never enough.Klopp and Liverpool need to win something. Otherwise history is bound to repeat. He need only need ask the man now in charge at Celtic. last_img read more

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10 months agoBurnley boss Sean Dyche: 2018 a marvel

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Sean Dyche: 2018 a marvelby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche insists the club can be proud of 2018.Dyche insists fans are right to raise a toast to a calendar year that has been cemented as one of the club’s best ever.“You can’t help but marvel at the year we’ve just had, even though you equally can’t over think it,” said Dyche.“The next game is always the most important and I’m good at parking things pretty quickly. Not because they aren’t important, but I think what we achieved here I’ll look back on and enjoy in many years to come.“It has to be mentioned though and it’s right to, because there have been some magnificent moments this year for this football club.“At the moment it just looks a little cloudy because of where we are, but that’s the job. It’s now that we have to look after that.” last_img read more

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a month ago​Man City veteran Fernandinho: I’ll play anywhere I’m needed

first_img​Man City veteran Fernandinho: I’ll play anywhere I’m neededby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Fernandinho does not mind filling in at centre-back when it is necessary.Given the champions are experiencing an injury crisis in the position, Fernandinho has been asked to fill in for Pep Guardiola’s side.And he is happy to do so, as he knows that he can be most useful to his team in that role given current circumstances.Fernandinho has spent the past two games in defence, helping the team to two wins and two clean sheets.”Both our centre-backs are injured, so they find that I can play there,” Fernandinho said to reporters. “I’m here to help so that’s fine.”As for the future, we will see what happens. It’s better to think about now.”Sometimes experience can help, even if you don’t play – talking to the players, helping to fix some things.”This is the best way to be in the team, helping wherever you can.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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7 hours ago​Ferdinand: Liverpool manager Klopp desperate for Oxlade-Chamberlain return

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Ferdinand: Liverpool manager Klopp desperate for Oxlade-Chamberlain returnby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should have a regular place in the Liverpool side.The Ox reminded everyone of his talent when he scored a wonder goal as the Reds marched past Genk in the UEFA Champions League group stages.Ferdinand believes that Oxlade-Chamberlain has qualities that are different to the club’s other midfielders, and that boss Jurgen Klopp is desperate to find a way to make him a regular part of the starting eleven.”You get the feeling his teammates love him,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.”You can tell Klopp loves him and he’s desperate to get him in the team somehow.”He offers something totally different to the likes of Milner, Wijnaldum, Fabinho and Henderson.”He can dribble past people which is hard for a midfielder.”It’s great to see him get back in. I like the way that he gets into those positions.”Once he gets into those pockets in behind the opposition’s midfield he can dribble and shoot.”He’s a fantastic footballer and it’s all about decision making there. He offers something totally different in the midfield for Liverpool.” last_img read more

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Chelsea agree Batshuayi loan deals with West Ham & Betis

first_imgChelsea have agreed loan deals with both West Ham and Real Betis, with Everton unwilling to pay their £35 million ($46m) asking price, Goal understands.The Blues had been hoping sell Bayshuayi and make back their initial investment after signing the 25-year-old from Marseille for around £33m ($43m) in 2016, as first revealed two weeks ago.The Toffees initially valued Batshuayi at around £18m ($24m) and, due to their lack of hope in securing a deal for the Belgium international, they are thought to also be denying Cenk Tosun an exit from Goodison Park.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Batshuayi is understood to be desperate to find an escape route from his Valencia loan deal where he has only managed three goals in 10 starts.Monaco had agreed a deal to take over Valencia’s remaining six months of their loan deal, but Chelsea held off allowing him to leave as they preferred to sell one of their 42-strong loan group.And Goal understands that both West Ham and Real Betis have now agreed a deal with Chelsea to sign Batshuayi on loan, while the player looks to make a decision before the transfer window closes on Thursday.Batshuayi has been training in Valencia but the Liga club were also hoping to get the striker’s high salary off their wage bill.Valencia coach Marcelino suggested earlier in January that he was running out of patience with Batshuayi after substituting the forward during a shock Copa del Rey defeat to Sporting Gijon.Batshuayi was given only 45 minutes before being substituted, in a decision Marcelino defended as “tactical” after the final whistle.But the coach also let slip his concerns over his attacking options in strong post-match comments.”We need signings up front. In some cases our patience has run out,” he fired to reporters, while stopping short of naming either Batshuayi or Kevin Gameiro as the subject of his ire.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is also understood to not be interested in bringing back Batshuayi, with Gonzalo Higuain and Olivier Giroud to be his two strikers for the remainder of the season.Giroud had offers to leave Chelsea on a permanent deal in January but he prefers to stay with the club until the end of the season, snubbing moves to the Chinese Super League in the process. Additional reporting from Neil Joneslast_img read more

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Ohio State Fans Chanting ‘O-H-I-O’ At Maryland Can Be Heard On ESPN’s Broadcast

first_imgOhio State fans chanting O-H-I-O against Maryland.Ohio State’s fans are making themselves heard in the second half of their team’s game against Maryland.Ohio State is all over Maryland on Saturday afternoon, as the Buckeyes currently hold a 55-3 lead in the fourth quarter of a game that wasn’t even close from the start. As such, most of the Terrapins fans who attended the game have already left. Buckeyes supporters are doing their thing, as you’ll see.Ohio State’s fans are so loud with the ‘O-H-I-O’ chant that you can hear it on ESPN. Reminder – this is a road game for the Buckeyes.O-H-I-O also very prevalent.#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/qzAxDxYojf— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) November 12, 2016You know your team has a strong fan base when you can hear the crowd screaming O-H-I-O at an away game. @OhioStateFB #GoBucks #OSUvsUMD— Heather Hague (@heatherhague) November 12, 2016You can hear the O-H-I-O cheer so loudly it sounds as if it’s a home game #GoBucks #lovemyschool ❤️?— Nicole Wilcox (@jaeger2112) November 12, 2016Ohio State is about to be 9-1 with just one more contest (Michigan State) until its showdown with Michigan.last_img read more

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Spurs target Draxler: I have no intention of leaving PSG

first_imgParis Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler has insisted he has no intentions of leaving the club this summer.The 25-year-old has been linked with moves to Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham in recent weeks, but has claimed there is no truth in such reports.When asked about the speculation, Draxler told Bild: “I cannot say anything about that, because I have no intention of leaving the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I have heard nothing from the club [in regards to leaving]. I have not talked to anyone, I know nothing,” he added.Draxler joined the Parisians in January 2017 from Wolfsburg and has made over 100 appearances  for the French champions. In that time, the German has won Ligue 1 and the Coup de France on two occasions.However, the 2018-19 campaign was something of a disappointing season for Draxler, who netted just three league goals throughout the whole year.He is currently on international duty with Germany having received his first call-up since October, and was introduced as a second-half substitute during the 2-0 win against Belarus on Saturday.Draxler, one of the few remaining members of the 2014 World Cup-winning squad, said earlier this week he is pleased to be part of this new-look German side.“It’s been a while since I’ve been part of the team and I’m very happy to be back again,” he said.“A lot has happened over the last few months. We’ve started to build up a new team.“Something had to happen after our bad World Cup showing. We are highly motivated and want to achieve big things during the next objectives that lie ahead of us.“It will take time until we’re back at the same level as the 2014 and 2016 teams, but if we keep working hard on ourselves then we have the potential to find our way back to our old strength.”Next up for Joachim Low’s side is a game against Estonia in Mainz on Tuesday. Germany sit second in their Euro 2020 qualifying group despite winning both of their games to date.Die Mannschaft are currently three points behind leaders Northern Ireland, who have a 100 per cent record from three matches.last_img read more

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Ronaldo rape allegation: Criminal case dropped

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo will not be charged with sexual assault after the Clark County District Attorney’s office announced on Monday that they ‘will decline to prosecute’ as the allegations cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.American Kathryn Mayorga has accused Juventus forward Ronaldo of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in Las Vegas in 2009, something the Portuguese has strenuously refuted since the story came to light.German publication Der Spiegel first reported the claims, which also included the suggestion Ronaldo paid Ms Mayorga $375,000 in 2010 as part of a privacy agreement, preventing her from going public. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Ms Mayorga filed a lawsuit last year in an attempt to quash that agreement, with Las Vegas police subsequently re-opening the investigation.Now, however, detailing a lack of physical evidence, the district attorney’s office has announced that Ronaldo will face no charges.“The Clark County District Attorney’s Office announced today that it will decline to prosecute a 10-year-old sexual assault allegation against Cristiano Ronaldo.“On June 13, 2009, a female victim (“V”) placed a call to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and reported that she had been the victim of sexual assault. Members of law enforcement responded to her location to take a crime report. Police transported V to the hospital so that a sexual assault examination could be conducted.“A short time later, sexual assault detectives arrived at the hospital and made contact with V. Although she knew who the person was who assaulted her, V refused to identify him or disclose where the crime occurred.“As a result, the police were unable to follow investigative protocols for sexual assault cases or to conduct any meaningful investigation. Without knowing the identity of the perpetrator or the location of the crime, detectives were unable to search for and impound vital forensic evidence.“In addition, video evidence, showing interactions between the victim and perpetrator before and after the alleged crime, was lost. The criminal investigation was closed.“V and Cristiano Ronaldo, through their respective attorneys, eventually reached a civil settlement related to this matter in 2010. For the next eight years, law enforcement heard nothing more from V regarding the crime on the perpetrator.“On August 28, 2018, V contacted the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, asking that her sexual assault investigation be reopened, naming Cristiano Ronaldo as the offender. In spite of the passage of over nine years, Metro investigated her allegations.“A Request for Prosecution was submitted to the District Attorney’s Office on July 8, 2019. Based upon a review of the information presented at this time, the allegations of sexual assault against Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.“Therefore, no charges will be forthcoming.”last_img read more

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ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Is Placing This Top 10 Team On “Upset Alert”

first_imgKirk Herbstreit On College Football's Most "Intimidating" StadiumKirk Herbstreit predicted a major college football upset in Week 3. The ESPN college football analyst picked Vanderbilt to upset Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The upset didn’t happen, of course, but the Fighting Irish barely eked out a victory.The ESPN analyst appeared on Get Up! this morning and was asked about Notre Dame and if the Fighting Irish are really as good as their ranking (No. 8).Herbstreit didn’t flat out say “no, they’re not,” but he did say that the Fighting Irish’s offense has not played like a top 10 team’s offense needs to play.“I think right now, in college football, you’ve got to be able to play offense and defense,” Herbstreit said. “The jury is out on their offense.”Notre Dame has a huge game coming in two weeks, as the Fighting Irish are set to host No. 7 Stanford in South Bend, Ind. on Sept. 29.Herbstreit says Notre Dame will be on “upset watch” again this weekend, though. The Fighting Irish can’t afford to look ahead.Notre Dame travels to Wake Forest to take on the Demon Deacons. Herbstreit cautioned the Fighting Irish to be “very careful” heading into that game.ESPN is fairly confident in Notre Dame’s chances for victory, though. The FPI gives the Fighting Irish a 70.9 percent chance to win the game.Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. E.T. on ABC.last_img read more

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ESPN Releases New Top 10 After Week 9

first_imgTrevor Lawrence hands the ball off for Clemson.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 hands off to running back Adam Choice #26 of the Clemson Tigers during the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)ESPN has updated its college football rankings following the ninth week of the 2018 regular season, which ended on Saturday night.There were a couple of major upsets this week, with several top 25 teams losing, including Texas, which had been ranked inside the top 10.The new top 10 from the Worldwide Leader features quite a few changes as a result.Here’s the full top 10:AlabamaClemsonGeorgiaOklahomaMichiganOhio StatePenn StateNotre DameWashingtonLSUESPN’s computer is, for some reason, still very high on Washington, despite the Huskies having lost three games so far this season.The official new polls – the Coaches’ Poll and the AP Poll – will be out later today.last_img read more

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