Liverpool boss Klopp on Newcastle thrashing: We can perform betterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his team can perform better after their 4-0 thumping of Newcastle United.The Reds led 1-0 at half-time on Boxing Day thanks to Dejan Lovren’s powerful early strike, and Mohamed Salah’s penalty doubled their advantage in the opening stages of the second half.Xherdan Shaqiri made it three by rounding off a slick team move with 11 minutes remaining, before substitute Fabinho completed the scoring with his first Liverpool goal.Klopp said afterwards, “It was difficult. It is always difficult. I liked the start offensively, but I didn’t like the start defensively – the protection was not as it should have been. We were not as compact as we should have been. They had the first corner, half-counters and stuff like that, so it looked like kind of an open game. When we had the ball, after the first 15 minutes, we were good – one-twos, good finishes. We lost the formation a little bit, we were too wide offensively. “If we could play the ball in behind it was good, but if they could clear it with a header then we were not there to win the ball back formation-wise. 1-0, a fantastic goal, quick in mind; again it was off a set-piece, which is brilliant. A fantastic cross and then a good reaction from pretty much everybody in the box, then a fantastic finish from Dejan. I was really happy about half-time [so that] we could adjust a few things and go back to the way we actually wanted to play. That made life easier, especially after we scored with the penalty in minute 47 – pretty early in the second half. Then we controlled the game, which was good. “We scored wonderful goals again, set-pieces fantastic. Even Ali could show – apart from all his football-play skills – what his actual job is and saves the clean sheet. A pretty perfect day for us; not a perfect performance, but a really good performance. Result-wise and a lot of parts of the performance, really good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: Gabbiadini not suited to my systemby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says the sale of Manolo Gabbiadini to Sampdoria was good for all parties.With Saints looking to trim the squad and Gabbiadini a player that has constantly attracted some interest from Serie A clubs, the decision was made to cash in now, free up some space on the wage bill and bring in extra funds.Hasenhuttl said: “If you are a new manager at a new club you get the first experience, first impressions of the player and it seems to me he is a good player with fantastic technique but with this intensive pressing system we try to play, to be honest, it’s not his way of playing.“It was better to find a solution that is better for both sides.“We can’t show him what he wants to see from us and he can’t bring what we want to see from him so it’s better to find a different solution.“I think it’s a good step for him to go back to Italy and I wish him all the best.“He’s a fantastic player and I am sure he can score goals at every club in the world and we go in different ways.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Derby boss Lampard wants reaction against Southamptonby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDerby manager Frank Lampard wants to see a reaction from his team.After losing to Leeds United on Friday, Derby are hoping they can get back to winning ways in the FA Cup replay.The clash against Southampton is a great chance for the Championship side to progress into the fourth round.Lampard said to reporters: “It’s a good ‘reaction’ game for us, to show that what you saw on Friday night was not what we’ve seen this season.”It’s important for us. We love the FA Cup, and the fans do, too.”It’s another opportunity for the players to show what they can do against a good Premier League team.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd push Luca Ercolani to open new contract talksby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have kicked off talks with Luca Ercolani about a new deal.The young Italian defender has impressed for the U18s this season.TMW says Ercolani’s current deal expires in June and United have approached his agent about negotiations over a new contract.The defender is keen, though is fielding interest from home and across Europe.Ercolani, 19, has been capped at U20 level by Italy.
Leicester boss Rodgers texted Klopp & former Liverpool players after Champions League triumphby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrendan Rodgers has revealed he messaged his former Liverpool players and Jurgen Klopp after they won last season’s Champions League.Rodgers returns to Anfield this week with his Leicester outfit, who are in third on the table after an impressive start to the season.And speaking before the game, the Northern Irishman revealed he congratulated his former club after their win over Tottenham in June.”When Liverpool won the Champions League I sent them all a message congratulating them and Jurgen,’ he said.”I am the type of person who is happy for the club and especially happy for players like Jordan and James Milner – players I worked with and had a strong relationship with. “I was so happy for Jordan when he lifted the Champions League trophy because I know how much he has developed and worked for it.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool ace Wijnaldum critical of Netherlands performanceby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum was critical of the Netherlands despite his two goals helping them past Belarus on Sunday.The Liverpool midfielder scored twice, including a long-range thunderbolt, to clinch a 2-1 victory for the Oranje.Speaking to NOS, Wijnaldum said after the win: “We can do much better, we showed that in the last matches. We thought it too easily in the second half, so we still gave them hope.”It’s very frustrating. I think we thought about it too easily. That was certainly the case in the second half. We were leading 2-0 against a team that is worse than our previous opponents.”On why he is being critical of a victory, Wijnaldum added: “We have to be critical, because at the European Championship you play against the best teams in Europe and this can be fatal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham chairman Levy on Bosman exits: We can’t force players to sign contractsby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy has hinted they face losing several players next summer.The likes of Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen are among those coming off contract in June.The Mirror reports, speaking at a meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, Levy appeared to suggest there is a strong chance some players could leave for free at the end of the season.The minutes stated: “DL said it wasn’t possible to make anyone sign a contract if they didn’t want to.“Some players have been at Spurs for a long time and want to pursue opportunities elsewhere.”Tottenham will look to get back to winning ways when they face bottom club Watford on Saturday.
EAST LANSING, MI – JANUARY 23: Michigan State Spartans mascot entertains the fans during a time out against the Maryland Terrapins in the second half at the Breslin Center on January 23, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)Here’s everything that has gone viral in college sports over the past 24 hours. The LSU men’s basketball program is trying everything in its power to give itself an advantage over undefeated Kentucky. Former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston may have had too much fun in his recent visit to San Diego. Twitter/LSU1. LSU released a letter to excuse fans from work so they could be in attendance for tonight’s game against undefeated Kentucky. 2. Ohio State running back signee Mike Weber was seen on Instagram wearing Michigan gear yesterday.3. Eastern Washington Athletic Director Bill Chaves released a somewhat critical statement about quaterback Vernon Adams leaving for Oregon. 4. Former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was seen flying with a jet pack in San Diego. 5. Kentucky coach John Calipari is claiming that star big man Trey Lyles is “missing.” Twitter/@BigJah156. UNC fans posted photos from Chapel Hill over the weekend as they payed their respects to the late Coach Smith.7. Michigan’s Jay Harbaugh was annoyed as he expressed his feelings via Twitter about a passenger who tried giving him advice on film. 8. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones expressed how winning the national championship still doesn’t feel real. 9. Iowa Hawkeye’s center Adam Woodbury has been proven to be college basketball’s eye poker. 10. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was photographed in an supervillain’s mask while he trained over the weekend. Video of the Day: Michigan State fan caught checking out girl’s backsideTweet of the Day: Florida Gators celebratory Tweet after CeCe Jefferson’s commitmentAnd with that, #Gators15 class is now complete. http://t.co/AE4EDMxLTO pic.twitter.com/9TGQzKYewK— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) February 9, 2015Ranking College Football’s 15 Most Difficult Schedules In 2015
Phil SteeleOhio State is the least-experienced college football team in the country heading into the 2016 season according to Phil Steele. The college football expert released his annual preview magazine earlier this week and in it is a ranking, No. 1 to No. 128, of every college football team based on experience. Steele’s formula:I then devised a formula that factors all 5 into the total points equation and then turned the point total into a number from 100 to 0. A 100 would be a team with 25 seniors (NCAA scholarship limit) in the two deep and every yard and tackle returning and 120+ career starts on the offensive line. A 0 would be a team with no experience and 0 seniors in the two deep. Just as in years past the first number is where each team ranks in the NCAA.Here’s his top 25:Kent StateCharlotteTennesseeBYUEastern MichiganOklahoma StatePittsburghLSUColoradoUCFPurdueConnecticutNew MexicoLouisvilleIdahoSouthern MissOld DominionWake ForestSMUAppalachian StateKansasBall StateWashington StateMiamiCentral MichiganAs you can see, some of college football’s expected best teams are not among the most-experience. We talked about Ohio State, ranked No. 128, being the least-experienced team in the country, but they’re not the only power near the bottom of the list. Alabama (No. 116), Michigan State (No. 117), Notre Dame (No. 121) and Stanford (No. 122) are also pretty inexperienced heading into the 2016 season. They’ve got a ton of talent, though. And that’s usually what matters more than anything. You can view Steele’s full ranking here.
Chile’s hopes of winning a third successive Copa America are over after a heavy 3-0 defeat against an impressive Peru in Porto Alegre on Wednesday.First-half goals from Edison Flores and Yoshimar Yotun, along with Paolo Guerrero’s late sealer, dashed La Roja’s dreams of equalling Argentina’s record of three consecutive continental triumphs and sent Peru through to their first final since 1975.Though they only reached the knockout rounds as one of the group stage’s two best third-placed teams, Ricardo Gareca’s Peru were superior throughout and now face hosts Brazil in Sunday’s decider at the Maracana. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Chile’s humiliation was complete when Eduardo Vargas dinked a penalty straight to Pedro Gallese at the death. Os artilheiros do primeiro tempo! #VibraOContinente #CopaAmerica pic.twitter.com/InQL1HfgWi— Copa América (@CopaAmerica) July 4, 2019An entertaining start saw Christian Cueva and Charles Aranguiz poke wide with good opportunities at either end.Peru settled quickest and punished a disorganised Chile defence in the 20th minute.Andre Carrillo nodded on Cueva’s right-sided delivery and winger Flores made no mistake at the back post.Gabriel Arias was at fault for the second 18 minutes later, the goalkeeper failing to beat Carrillo to a loose ball and leaving his goal exposed for Yotun to skilfully control and volley home a high cross.Peru lost Flores to an innocuous ankle injury five minutes into the second half and narrowly avoided another setback when Vargas’ glancing header struck the left post.A well-worked counter should have brought the sealer on the hour, but Yotun ballooned his finish over a gaping target.Gallese then produced three important stops to keep the two-goal margin intact and, after Guerrero coolly slotted away the third in the 91st minute, denied Chile a consolation.Luis Abram’s rash challenge on Aranguiz sent Vargas to the spot but the striker’s Panenka met goalkeeper Gallese’s outstretched arm. What does it mean? Expectation descends on SelecaoIf there was not already enough pressure on Brazil to lift the trophy in their own backyard, the belief of local fans is set to ratchet up further.Peru last reached the final 44 years ago and the prospect of facing an inexperienced – albeit clearly talented – opponent is sure to sit comfortably with Tite’s team.Cueva exudes class in attackThough he squandered a promising early opportunity, Krasnodar’s Cueva more than made amends by designing Peru’s opener.The attacking midfielder forged a dangerous partnership with centre-forward Guerrero that gave Chile constant headaches.Arias all at sea for crucial secondChile had limited the damage of a poor first half until shot-stopper Arias ventured well outside his area before the break.Retreating defenders were unable to account for an error in judgement that condemned Reinaldo Rueda’s side to defeat.Key Opta Facts:- Peru’s 3-0 win over Chile was their joint-biggest margin of victory in a competitive game against La Roja (a 3-0 win in the 1949 Copa America, also in Brazil).- Peru are the only side to score against Chile in Copa America knockout games since 2015 – They did so in the 2015 and 2019 semi-finals.- Peru eliminated Chile in a Copa America knockout game for the first time ever after losing in the 1979 (two-legged tie, D1 L1) and 2015 semi-finals.What’s next?Two-time Copa America winners Peru will hope to upstage Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, while Chile meet Argentina in the third-place play-off a day earlier. read more