Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: Now is time to show we’ve learned defensive lessons

first_img There were more lapses in Saturday’s manic and madcap 5-4 win at Norwich, and Klopp accepts part of that was down to another poor start in the game. He is still trying to find a solution as to why they often are slow out of the blocks, which he has observed has happened three or four times this season, but insists the talking must stop over how to defend set-plays. Press Association Only Bournemouth and Swansea have conceded more from dead-ball situations and, after admitting at the weekend it had become a “self-fulfilling prophecy”, he hopes to have put an end to it. “First of all, of course we know about this problem. I am sorry to say it is not a problem we can ignore,” he said. “It is obvious we didn’t handle it too well. We are a football team and we always work on our weaknesses. “It is not about the formation because we changed the formation. It is not always about the quality of the set-plays – it is about what we are doing. “We had good talks together – it’s not the first one but hopefully the last one. “It is not too late to learn, but now it is time to learn and show we have learned.” Klopp hopes he can harness the power of Anfield to get his side through to their first final since they lost against Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup in 2012. He does not believe the players will have any problems motivating themselves for the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Stoke, which they go into holding a 1-0 advantage. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is losing patience with his players over the way they defend set-pieces and does not want to have to speak to them about it again. However, it is beyond that game where he believes motivation may be a factor. “I am really fine with our reaction to the result in the (Norwich) game, but I didn’t like our start,” the German added. “The first 15 minutes I have no words for and we’ve had this situation three or four times this season. “The striking back mentality is much better than we had when we came but now we really have to find a way to start on our highest level in each game, not only in some. “I have to find a solution of course but it is not the biggest problem in a semi-final. “(On Tuesday) we don’t have to think about it because it is a semi-final and it will be go from the first whistle. “We have to fight for every single ball, every single yard and that is easy. “I’ve heard about the special atmosphere at Anfield in semi-finals and I am really looking forward to it. “Let’s take the whole power of LFC and take it to the final.” However, Klopp does not see getting to Wembley as an achievement in itself. “It is only a step. I never heard about second place in the Carling Cup. Does anyone know who it was four years ago?” he said. “Reaching a final is great, but at the end it is only memorable when you win it and that is what you have to do. “You should not waste the opportunity of winning something and I know for the players it is really important – they really want to go to the final.” Among all the seriousness of a semi-final build-up, Klopp was still able to inject some humour, however. In Saturday’s wild celebrations at Adam Lallana’s added-time winner, the Reds boss had his glasses knocked off and broken by striker Christian Benteke. He appeared at the club’s Melwood training ground bespectacled once again, but he is not a fan of his spare pair. “These are not new – they are my second pair of glasses. Now I have to be careful,” he joked. “They are black and I look a little bit like a serial killer.” Asked whether Benteke would have to pay for the damage, Klopp replied: “It was my fault and never in my life has someone had to pay for something which is my fault.” last_img read more

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Gov’t pledges support for future Olympians

first_imgTHE government of Guyana will utilise its partnership reaches and the full ability of its resources to assist in the preparation of future Olympians, starting with those for the 2020 summer games in Tokyo, Japan.During an appreciation ceremony last evening for the six athletes who represented Guyana at the recently concluded Rio Olympics junior Education Minister Nicolette Henry confirmed that the Government is looking at providing more exposure for the younger athletes.In this regard, the state is committed to more partnerships with the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) and the private sector, saying, “We know that Guyanese can become world class athletes if they are given the necessary exposure and training.”“I wish to let you know that through the government of Guyana, the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport is prepared and we are going to commit to providing you (athletes) in partnership, of course, with the necessary resources for the continued preparation and training in your particular discipline,” she continued.The minister said, “We intend to support you to participate and compete in international meets wherever they exist and that will help you to master your skills. We recognise that in order for you to reach your full potential, you must be exposed to the kind of competition that will bring out the best.”She outlined some of the issues plaguing local athletes – infrastructure, equipment, coaches as well, but confirmed that the government is working to correct these deficiencies, the most recent of which was a meeting with the GOA boss K. Juman-Yassin to find possible solutions.In brief remarks, GOA president Yassin contended while Guyana did not medal at the event, one must take into consideration that those athletes who stood atop the podium are full-time athletes who dedicate their lives to mastering their niche area.“When we look at the medal table of the countries that won medals, whether it’s gold, silver or bronze, 78 countries of 207 won medals. Out of the 78 countries, several won various medals. If somebody were to calculate the amount of medals various countries won to the number of athletes, you would see it’s much lower.”Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alfred King, commented, “It would suggest to us (Government) that there is hope if we adopt and create the right environment and resources, the right programmes. We might be able to see better returns than just participation. But as a country, we are proud of our involvement, we are proud to have been recognised internationally.”Of the six competitors, Hannibal Gaskin (swimming) and Winston George (athletics) were on hand to collect instruments of appreciation from the ministry, with representatives collecting on behalf of Troy Doris (triple jump), Brenessa Thompson (athletics), Aaliyah Abrams (athletics) and Jamila Sanmoogan (swimming).last_img read more

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Volleyball: Wisconsin closes out regular season with critical road victories against Rutgers, Penn State

first_imgThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (22-6, 15-5 Big Ten) wrapped up their regular season with an undefeated weekend on the road, defeating Rutgers (6-26, 0-19 Big Ten) Friday followed by a dramatic victory over No. 7 Penn State (23-7, 14-6 Big Ten) Saturday night.Wisconsin proved too strong for the Scarlet Knights, winning in straight sets, 25–15, 25–18, 25–12. The Badgers cruised to another victory behind a strong all-around performance led by Dana Rettke, Tionna Williams and Molly Haggerty. All three finished with eight kills, with Rettke adding seven blocks and Williams and Haggerty each adding two blocks.The Badgers would take the first set 25–15 before facing a tougher challenge in the second set. With the score tied at 15–15, Wisconsin managed to finish the set on a 10–3 run en route to a 25–18 victory. The Badgers then jumped to a 16–5 lead to open the final set and would coast to a 25–12 victory, extending their set winning streak to a season-high 15. Wisconsin held Rutgers to a paltry .011 hitting percentage while not surrendering a single ace.Football: Minnesota takes Paul Bunyan’s Axe on Badgers’ home turf in 37–15 lossThe University of Wisconsin football team (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) fell to the Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6, 3-6 Big Ten) Read…The Badgers then journeyed to University Park, Pennsylvania, to take on the No. 7 Nittany Lions in a marquee Big Ten matchup Saturday night. Coming off a signature victory over No. 3 Minnesota the night before, Penn State entered the match looking to finish the weekend 2–0, but Wisconsin wasn’t about to let that happen.The Badgers took the match in five sets — 25–20, 22–25, 25–23, 19–25, 21–19 — claiming the deciding fifth-set in a nail-biting tiebreaker. UW earned their sixth straight victory to close out the regular season behind Madison Duello’s 24 kills and Rettke’s eleven blocks and three aces.Wisconsin won the first set 25–20 to extend their set winning streak to 16, before Penn State won the second set 25–22. In the third set, the Badgers curbed a late comeback by the Nittany Lions to win 25–23 via tiebreaker and take a 2–1 lead.Penn State pulled ahead quickly in the fourth set, jumping out to an 11–3 lead before Wisconsin called a crucial timeout. UW would cut the deficit down to 13–9 before Penn State pulled away to win 25–19 and tie the match.Men’s basketball: Badgers impress in Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, come up short in finalThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team spent their Thanksgiving break in the Bahamas where they participated in the eight-team Read…After a back-and-forth final set, Penn State had match point leading 19–18, but Wisconsin was able to rally three consecutive points to take the set 21–19 and win, earning their first victory in University Park since 2002.With the regular season now in the rear-view, the Badgers now shift their focus to the NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin will begin the NCAA tournament as the No. 6 seed and will face UW-Green Bay Thursday night at the UW Field House at 7:30 p.m. If the Badgers win their first-round match, they will go on to face the winner of the Northern Iowa–Pepperdine match Friday night at the UW Field House.last_img read more

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Shane Warne fancies an Australian win: Aussie pacers will blow India away in Perth

first_imgShane Warne was hopeful of big performances from Michell Starc and Aaron Finch as he fancied a solid Australian win against India at the new Optus Stadium in Perth in the second Test.India beat Australia by 31 runs to register a historic first Test win and took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. While India are looking to take an unassailable lead in the series, Australia are hoping to storm right back in.Warne believed Australia will outplay India at the “hard, green bouncy and fast pitch” in Perth.”Good luck to both teams in Perth today for the second Test! Sorry to all my Indian fans, but given the pitch conditions, a hard, green bouncy & fast pitch – I think the Aussies will blow India away! I hope Starc finds his form & gets 10 for the match & Finch gets a big 100,” Warne said on Twitter.Good luck to both teams in Perth today for the second test ! Sorry to all my Indian fans, but given the pitch conditions, a hard, green bouncy & fast pitch – I think the Aussies will blow India away ! I hope Starc finds his form & gets 10 for the match & Finch gets a big 100Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 14, 2018India vs Australia, 2nd Test in Perth: Live Blog | Live ScoreAhead of the Test match, the pitch curator unveiled a green top and promised plenty of pace and bounce. Two days out from the match, Tim Paine and a few former Australian cricketers warned India – be ready for a barrage of pace.advertisementVirat Kohli saw the pitch and immediately said he was ready for the challenge. Bring it on and don’t shave off anymore grass, he urged the curator.Under 38 degrees on the first day, Australia opted to bat after winning the toss and captain Kohli also said at the toss that he would have chosen the same had he won the toss. All this indicated just one thing – there was dryness on the pitch.While the pitch did show pace, bounce and seam, it does not look like as if pacers would do all the damage like the case at the iconic WACA stadium.Even on-air commentators said that the pitch required discipline in line and length, something that Indian bowlers (read Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah) struggled to find in the first hour of play.On the other hand, despite a few nervy balls, Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris looked largely comfortable batting on the surface and even managed to find regular, solid strokes.Also Read | Perth Test: Green pitch set to test India’s skills and Australia’s resolveAlso Read | India will be undisputed No.1 in the world if they beat Australia: Mark ButcherAlso Read | More excited than nervous looking at lively pitches, says Virat Kohli ahead of Perth TestAlso See:last_img read more

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