Rodgers reveals recruitment fears

first_img “We always felt this year was going to be difficult, that was the reality of it,” he said. “Our run last year nearly brought us the title. We lost a world-class player (Luis Suarez) and lots of other developments that happened within the club. “But it is frustrating that we got ourselves in a position over the last three months, very close, to then come up short in the past two games. “However, I look at Arsenal and their bench, the players, the world-class players on the field with big talent and it shows the continual work we have to do.” Rodgers added: “It is going to be a little like this, until we become more stable, we have got young players who are growing, getting more experience and then hopefully there will be a period where we qualify again. “But we don’t give up. We will fight right to the end. “Obviously the FA Cup is a priority for us, but there have been lots of positives from it, looking at players’ development, seeing players grow, it has been good. “We aim to finish strongly and we have an obligation to represent the supporters in the last seven games, and in the FA Cup, to finish as well as we can.” Liverpool were without suspended duo Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel at the Emirates Stadium, where three Arsenal goals in the space of eight minutes at the end of the first half effectively ended the contest, with Jordan Henderson netting a consolation penalty. Midfielder Emre Can will also now be banned for the FA Cup tie following his red card for a second caution during the closing stages. Forward Mario Balotelli missed the trip to London with a knee problem, so it remains to be seen if the Italian will feature at Ewood Park. Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho believes the Reds can salvage their campaign by going all the way to lift the the FA Cup final at Wembley. “Of course, winning the cup would save our season. It is very important for us to have that as an objective,” he said. Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, meanwhile, insisted the off-field headlines surrounding Sterling’s future could not be used as an excuse for defeat to Arsenal. “No, that had no impact at all. As a player you just focus on yourself and the job in hand,” he said. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts missing out on the Champions League may make it difficult to recruit top-quality players this summer. Press Association “Most players want to be in the Champions League, but I think also that Liverpool is a great club,” the Liverpool manager said. “I said that before I came into the job, and it is been even more rubber-stamped now that I have been here for two-and-a-half-years. “Liverpool is a phenomenal club that players want to play for, but, of course, players want to play at the top level of the game and if you are not in the Champions League it makes it difficult for you. “We know that, but we just have to continue to fight in order to be a stable club in there – and we will continue to do that.” Rodgers knows unless one of Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United falter over the run-in, Liverpool will have to battle it out for Europa League qualification instead. “We want to be in the Champions League, that is important and it is key for us, but it is highly unlikely this year,” he said. “I wouldn’t expect the others to slip up, then add to that the growing number (of players) we have got unavailable and I think it will make it very, very difficult.” Rodgers maintains the hard work must continue to get Liverpool back into the battle for honours, with his side set to face Blackburn in an FA Cup quarter-final replay at Ewood Park on Wednesday. The Reds lost at home to Manchester United before the international break and then went down 4-1 at Arsenal on Saturday to leave them seven points off the top four. Raheem Sterling’s contract stand-off was the main talking point surrounding Saturday’s lunch-time televised encounter. While Rodgers has said the England international will be going nowhere this summer regardless of where Liverpool finish, their increasingly forlorn hopes of Champions League qualification will make it harder for the Northern Irishman to add new world-class talent to his squad. last_img read more

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FA Cup: Chelsea Beat Spurs in Thriller to Reach Final

first_imgSpurs seemed to have the momentum after Dele Alli converted Christian Eriksen’s brilliant pass seven minutes after half-time – before Hazard was introduced as Chelsea’s trump card, along with Costa, on the hour.Hazard drove powerfully past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris after 75 minutes and Nemanja Matic set up an appearance alongside Arsenal or Manchester City in the FA Cup final with a spectacular drive five minutes later.Conte raised eyebrows with a team selection that saw Belgian outcast Michy Batshuayi given a rare outing on this huge occasion. It led to suggestions Conte was prioritising the Premier League title race with Spurs after last weekend’s jaded performance in the 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.The winner takes the spoils, though, and Conte has every right to accept the plaudits as Chelsea won a magnificent game of football to reach the FA Cup final. Conte used Hazard and Costa at a crucial juncture – on the hour, with Spurs building up a head of attacking steam and looking the more assertive side – after Alli had equalised for the second time.Hazard, a scourge of Spurs having scored the goal that effectively ended their title chances last season, was involved in what turned out to be the defining moment 15 minutes after coming on, hitting a low drive that gave Chelsea a lead they would not surrender.It was also an illustration that the strength of Chelsea’s squad runs deeper than Tottenham’s as they were able not only to bring on Hazard and Costa but also Cesc Fabregas to change the face of the game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Eden Hazard came off the bench to make the decisive contribution as Chelsea won an FA Cup semi-final classic against Tottenham at Wembley yesterday. Hazard had been rested, along with Diego Costa, as Chelsea manager Antonio Conte shuffled his pack against a Spurs side high on confidence after closing to within four points of their London rivals in the Premier League title race. But the Belgian emerged as substitute to help settle an enthralling encounter.Willian, in for Hazard, gave Chelsea the lead with a fine free-kick after five minutes but Harry Kane levelled for Spurs with an instinctive stooping header before the Brazilian put Conte’s side back in front from the penalty spot just before the break – Son Heung-min penalised for a foul on Victor Moses.last_img read more

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Jungle Book/ Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Wellington Community Theater production starts tonight!

first_imgBilly GumptionSoldierRobert Hobbs Band of MonkeysQuinn McCue, Taylor Robbins, Maddox Wylie, Rahlee Colwell, Macy Gonzalez, Hannah Shelley Elephant’s ChildGets New NoseJavan Brown MuleAnotherDaniel Walker IkkiPorcupineAustin Harriger Cast members above include: Brenna Brown, Hannah Shelley, Lizzie Harriger, Chloe Henderson, Josh Amos and Hunter Lough.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Community Theater and Children’s Theater of Wellington will be presenting the Jungle Book and The Adventure of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi for three nights on April 17, 18, and 19.The premiere showing is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Junior High Building Auditorium at 311 North A Street.The other two showings are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door.The cast list for both productions are as follows: Wolf OneJungle CitizenKirstian Bruns Wolf TwoAnotherKaycee Pennington CamelArmy Camp AnimalAustin Fink Wolf ThreeAnotherHannah Shelley Wolf PackMoreRosalyn Carter, Olivia Dockery, Emberley Gonzalez English WifeAfraid of SnakesHollie May RIKKI TIKKI TAVI   NagainaHis WifeChloe Henderson English HusbandProper GentlemanRobert Hobbs Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Janette Moser · 277 weeks ago Wonderful show….. Report Reply 0 replies · active 277 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments HorseAnotherRachel Lee Priya BaghatStorytellerBrenna Brown Queen CobraClever ReptileLindy Fike  Jungle Book castBagheera: Hannah ShelleyBaloo:  Josh AmosMowgli: Hunter LoughCoconut Tree/Shanti: Lizzie HarrigerElephant Troupe: Jefferson Saunders, Taylor Heasty, Kaycee Pennington, Olivia Dockery, Rosalyn Carter, Emberley Gonzalez, Austin FinkBaby Elephant: Justus BrownKaa: Jessica Walker, Sadie Camblin, Jessica Kenemore, Sabrina Nelson, Nina Jo Carter, Claire NorrisKing Louie: Chloe HendersonMonkeys: Quinn McCue, Maddox Wylie, Taylor Robbins, Rahlee Colwell, Javan Brown, Micah Brown, Macey Gonzalez, Bekah Razey, Crystal Ramirez, Megan WylieShere Khan: Nate YbarraBees: Sarah Brown, Meryn Metzen, Scarlett SmithButterflies: Madalyn Nelson, Skylynn Robbins, Lorelei StaffordBirds: Makenna Wylie, Caroline Mott, Maddie FullertonVultures: Brenna Brown, Katie Ledbetter, Cassidy Harriger, Callie WickhamBaby Vulture: Caroline MottWolves:  Kirstian Bruns, Rachel Lee, Daniel Walker, Robert Hobbs, Joel Carter.Follow us on Twitter. Cast Assignments  Kolokolo BirdHelp’s Elephant’s ChildKelsey Wiens Shere KhanArrogant TigerNate Ybarra CrocodileSly & StrongChloe Henderson NagVicious CobraJoel Carter GenieDecides Camel’s FateJosh Amos DaughterRikki’s FriendMegan Wylie Rikki Tikki TaviMongooseCassidy Harriger Monkey PotentateSilly SimianBekah Razey Mongoose HunterAfter RikkiMicah Brown DarzeeBirdKatie Ledbetterlast_img read more

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Richards’ struggles continue in Eugene

first_imgEUGENE, Oregon: World Championships bronze medallist O’Dayne Richards continued his early season struggles in the shot put after posting a modest 19.09m on the opening day of the 2016 Prefontaine Classic at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene earlier.  Richards, who is still trying to regain his best form after a leg surgery earlier this year, says he will have to remain patient and continue to work hard, but was of course left disappointed with his result.  “There’s still a little bit of time but I think I was too cautious especially on my first throw. Its going to take some time and I know that I must remain calm and patient,” Richards told The Gleaner after his event. After fouling on his first attempt, Richards registered his best mark of the day on is second before going 18.30m on his final effort. World champion Joe Kovacs (USA) won the event, avenging his loss to Kurt Roberts at the recent Shanghai Diamond League with a world leading 22.13m effort on his last attempt.  Kovacs came into his own on his last three efforts, landing the implement at 21.57m and 21.66m before capping off the competition with the first 22m mark of the season.  Second place went to Tom Walsh (New Zealand) with 20.84m, with Reese Hoffa (USA), 20.58m finishing third.  Pawel Majewski (Poland) was too good for the rest of the field in the men’s hammer throw with a 80.28m mark. He was followed by Dilshod Nazarov (Tajikistan), 78.12m and Wojceich Nowicki (Poland), 76.86m. Olympic and world champion Sandra Perkovic (Croatia) was not at her best, but she was still the class act in the women’s discus event, winning in 68.57m ahead of Nadine Muller (Germany), 65.31m and Melina Robert-Michon (France), 63.39m. Brittney Reese (USA), 6.92m was tops in the women’s long jump with Ivana Spanovic (Serbia), 6.88m, finishing second and Lorraine Ugen (Great Britain), 6.76m taking third place.last_img read more

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