Don’t do it! Why Klopp should resist the temptation to complete rumoured January deal

first_img1 Steven Gerrard could return to Liverpool from MLS club LA Galaxy Steven Gerrard could be set for a return to Liverpool this winter, in some capacity, but it shouldn’t be as a player, argue football stats analysts…For any MLS player, the off-season provides the ideal opportunity to maintain match fitness via the medium of a short-term loan deal to one of Europe’s top leagues.Landon Donovan, Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane and David Beckham each moved to a team on the continent in the past in order to continue playing and hit the ground running when the new season started.The latest on the list is reportedly Steven Gerrard, who is believed to be pondering a return to Liverpool.Gerrard departed for LA Galaxy over the summer and enjoyed a respectable start to life in America, gaining a modest rating of 7.15.Rumours suggest new Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been in constant contact with the former Liverpool captain, who Klopp believes will define the standards of professionalism at the club’s training ground.Some even go as far to say that the 35-year-old could return to Merseyside in a playing capacity, though it’s likely Gerrard will return to Anfield to train only, a promise made by former boss Brendan Rodgers.While his return to the club could boost morale, Klopp may be wise to steer clear of allowing Gerrard a short-term playing role.A benchmark of the German’s managerial ability is to press the opposition across every area of the pitch, a term marked ‘Gegenpressen’ during his time with Borussia Dortmund.It won Klopp numerous plaudits during his time at the Westfalenstadion and deservedly so, with Die Schwarzgelben enjoying a hugely successful spell during Klopp’s reign.However, for the style of play to work, every player needs to adopt a high-intensity approach. Gerrard, though, is unlikely to be able to match the demands of the German manager.During his final season at Liverpool, the former England international struggled with the pace of the English game and was often caught short in the middle of the park.His rating in the Premier League in his final campaign at Liverpool (6.95) was his lowest in the last six seasons.Meanwhile, an average of just 0.8 interceptions per game in his final season at Anfield is his worst in the last seven league seasons.At his peak, Gerrard had the physical attributes to cover the necessary ground to stem the flow of opposition attacks, but at his age the midfielder can no longer mask a decline in performance levels with his contribution off the ball.It’s for this reason why Klopp would be wise against looking to bring the Liverpool hero back in a playing capacity.With the likes of Lucas Leiva, Emre Can and James Milner each capable of performing in the middle of the park and Jordan Henderson still to return, Gerrard’s availability would only hinder their respective development to form a solid midfield trio.Furthermore, it’s likely that Klopp would be forced to alter his system in order to accommodate Gerrard, which, after a commendable start to life on Anfield for the German, would only set Liverpool back.The chance for him to train at the club prior to the final year of his playing career would be a boost around the club, of that there is no doubt, but it would perhaps be in Klopp’s best interests to refrain from attempting to bring Gerrard back to club during the MLS off-season in a playing capacity.For more stats on Steven Gerrard, click here to view his player pagelast_img read more

Disqualified driver claimed he was getting milk for new baby after Garda pursuit

first_imgA man who was disqualified from driving claimed he was forced to take his partner’s car to get milk for his new baby when caught by Gardai.Jonathan Stewart of Croaghross, Portsalon was charged with driving while disqualified after being followed by gardaí on August 20, last year. Sergeant Jim Collins told Letterkenny District Court that gardai had been on patrol when they saw the defendant driving towards them.Stewart then reversed and took another side road and was pursued by gardai. They later saw the red jeep outside a private house and the defendant came out a short time later. He admitted that he had no licence or insurance.The court heard that Stewart has a total of 59 previous convictions, many of which are related to road traffic offences.In 2016 he received a six-year driving disqualification for a culmination of offences.Solicitor for the defendant, Donough Cleary, told the court that just days prior to this detection, Stewart’s partner had a baby via c-section and was not able to drive.“He had to take her car as he was attending to necessities for the baby. There was no milk in the house and they live in a rural setting. He made no attempt to dodge gardai in the dead of night. This happened at mid-day,” said Mr Cleary.He continued: “My client had a difficult childhood with a fractious family background. He is now in a stable relationship and is the primary carer for his daughter as his partner works. He made a bad decision on this occasion.”Having heard the evidence Judge Paul Kelly said it would be “very difficult to see how a custodial sentence can be avoided”.He noted, however, that community service had never formed part of the defendant’s ongoing sentencing and adjourned matters for a relevant report to be compiled by the Probation Service.Matters have been adjourned to the March 25 sitting of Letterkenny District Court.Disqualified driver claimed he was getting milk for new baby after Garda pursuit was last modified: January 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:babycourtGardaiJonathan StewartmilkPortsalonlast_img read more

Man City can name an entire XI of players in the World Cup quarter-finals

first_img 1 Kyle Walker, John Stones and Raheem Sterling are three of the four England players who represent Manchester City The #mancity, #worldcup quarter-final squad! 🤩 What a team!— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 5, 2018Despite this record breaking showing from City proving just how many of the world’s best players represent the Etihad Stadium club, it is not all good news – especially for manager Guardiola.None of the players still in Russia will take part in City’s pre-season tour of the United States, as they will not report back to training until early August – just a few weeks before the start of the 2018/19 Premier League season. Manchester City have become World Cup record breakers for a second time as the competition reaches its final stages.Having sent 16 players to the tournament when it started, City, along with Real Madrid, set a record for the most players from one club playing at the World Cup. And now, with just eight teams left, City can still call 11 players their own – the highest ever total at this stage of the tournament.England and Brazil have the highest share of Man City players, with each nation selecting four of Pep Guardiola’s stars.John Stones, Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling have been key players for the Three Lions in Russia, while Fabian Delph has played a back-up role in Gareth Southgate’s squad.The Brazil internationals contracted to City are: Ederson, Danilo, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus.Belgium (Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne) and France (Benjamin Mendy) take the total of Man City players in the World Cup quarter-finals to 11.Incredibly, City’s World Cup last-eight XI can be built into a pretty impressive starting line-up – one that would seriously challenge for the Premier League title!last_img read more

Man United are ‘fully behind’ Jose Mourinho, believes former boss David Moyes

first_img“It was a great result – any team that comes from 2-0 down.“But the one thing that happens at Old Trafford is the crowd gets right behind you, and is always supportive of the manager and the players.“They knew that the team needed help; the support helped them, and it was a great win for them.“For any team to come from 2-0 down is a great result.” Jose Mourinho has the full support of Manchester United and its fans despite the team’s dreadful start to the season, believes former boss David Moyes.Mourinho was said to be close to the sack ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Newcastle, with the Red Devils sitting tenth in the table going into the game. David Moyes believes Mourinho will receive the backing he did not from the United board 2 Some sources claimed the Portuguese would be axed as manager regardless of the result at Old Trafford, but after United’s comeback from two goals down to win 3-2 against the Magpies, he has so far remained in his position.Moyes experienced the ruthlessness of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s regime when he was dismissed after just ten months in charge, despite having the support of predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson.The man who replaced Moyes, Dutchman Louis van Gaal, was similarly axed despite winning the FA Cup.But even amid the intense pressure surrounding Mourinho, Moyes senses the ‘Special One’ will be given the time he was not, and that Mourinho’s history of success would justify them doing so.“I think the club are firmly behind the manager, and he’s been a winner, Jose, throughout his career, so I don’t see why that should suddenly change,” the Scot, 55, told Press Association Sport. Mourinho remains under a lot of pressure at the Old Trafford helm, but Moyes says his job is not under threat 2last_img read more


first_imgA 5km Fun Run and Walk will take place in Gweedore this Friday 7th September. Registration from 5.30pm at Gweedore Celtics grounds, An Screaban, Industrial Estate, Derrybeg.Race starts at 7pm sharp. All proceeds in aid of Gweedore Celtic Youth Academy. All ages welcome. Entry €5 per person, or enter a team of 5 for €20, spot prizes.  GWEEDORE 5K FUN RUN/WALK TAKES PLACE THIS WEEKEND was last modified: September 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Parakeets eye top spot as Futsal Match-Day 11 takes center stage

first_imgFutsal Super League 2018/19Thursday, 10-01-2019Mengo, Futsal Grounds-Equator vs Nomad @6pm-Parakeets vs Yapstars @7pm-Typhoon vs Elephants @7pm-Yeak Kabowa vs Bajim @8pm-Aidenal vs Dream @8pmMENGO- Parakeets FC will be out to claim spot when the Futsal Super League resumes at the Mengo Futsal Grounds on Thursday evening.The chance to gain ascendance couldn’t have present it’s self  in a more appealing fashion than a tie against Yap Stars, one of the sides struggling at the wrong side of the table.Parakeets are currently 3rd on the log with 18 points, one (1) behind leaders Park and level with second placed Crown. With neither Park nor Crown in action on Thursday, a win for Parakeets would see them move two points clear atop the standings whilst having played the same number of games.For Yap, they have so far lost a League joint high of six games this season and are on a hunt for a result that can kick start their season.Third from bottom, they (Yap) have collected only 6 points from their first 8 games, winning only two and losing the other 6.Fans watch the action unfoldThe day’s action will however kick-off with Equator taking one Nomad.Equator lost 3-1 to Yap Stars last week and will hope to make amends against a Nomad side that has been average since the League started, winning four (D2 L2) in their first 8 games.The other fixtures pit mid-table Typhoon against rooted Elephants, Yeak Kabowa takes on Bajim while Aidenal hosts the so far disappointing Dream.Park’s Joseph Bukenya still leads the scorers’ charts with 19 goals, six ahead of his closest rivals Adfatah Ahmed (Yeak Kabowa) and his (Bueknya) teammate Shaffic MulangiraComments Tags: Futsal Super Leaguetoplast_img read more

Cranes trounce Kampala Select in Regional tour

first_img Tags: allan okelloBright Anukanidan sserunkumaSebastien DesabretopUganda CranesUganda Cranes Regional Tour The Cranes (Red and Black) are gearing up for their last AFCON qualifier away to Tanzania (Photos by FUFA Media)Uganda Cranes Regional tour Uganda Cranes 4-0 Kampala Select StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Saturday, 16-07-2019LUGOGO – The Uganda Cranes locally based players defeat a Kampala select side 4-0 in a warm-up game played at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.In the game played on Saturday afternoon, Vipers’ striker Dan Sserunkuma helped himself to a brace while Allan Okello and debutant Bright Anukani scored the other goals.After a week’s long training at the same venue, the Cranes struggled to get to grips in the game as Kampala Select put up a spirited first half display to ensure the game is dead-locked after 45 minutes.12 minutes into the second half, Sserunkuma, a first half substitute struck the first goal for Sebastein Desabre’s side, off a Brian Majwega assist.Six minutes later, KCCA FC’s Allan Okello scored the second, his first for the senior side.Okello (left) dribbles past a Kampala Select player at LugogoOn 73 minutes, Sserunkuma struck again off another Majwega assist to put the game beyond Kampala Select who looked to be growing into it.Moments later, another substitute-Anukani put the icing on the cake, registering his first goal in as many appearances for the Uganda Cranes.The well attended match was also graced by the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo, first vice president Darius Mugoye, FUFA CEO Edgar Watson, Executive Committee members, delegates and general public.Out of the 31 players who have featured in training and the game on Saturday, Desabre will announce the 9 that will join up with the other 14 foreign-based in Egypt.The selected 9 will depart the country for Egypt on Sunday morning, where they will camp before the AFCON qualifier against Tanzania on Sunday.The game will be Uganda’s last in Group L despite already qualifying for the finals proper.Uganda Cranes XI Vs Kampala Region: Charles Lukwago (G.K), Paul Willa, Godfrey Walusimbi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Captain), Musitafa Mujjuzi, Tadeo Lwanga, Julius Poloto, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Bashir Mutanda, Allan Okello, Juma BalinyaSubs:Nicholas Ssebwato (G.K), James Alitho (G.K), Filbert Obenchan, Mustafa Kizza, Patrick Paul Mbowa, David Owori, Bright Anukani, Ivan Eyam, Joel Madondo, Dan Sserunkuma, Michael BirungiComments last_img read more

Raiders will host Rams for joint training camp practices

first_imgThe Raiders will host the defending Super Bowl runners-up Los Angeles Rams for two joint training camp practices this year, the Raiders announced Monday morning.The Rams will join the Raiders at their Napa training complex on Aug. 7 and 8 before their Week 1 preseason game on Aug. 10 in Oakland. This marks the second straight year the Raiders have hosted joint practices in Napa after the Detroit Lions visited in 2018.Raiders coach Jon Gruden hired Rams coach Sean McVay to his first NFL …last_img read more

We, the People Walk 2017

first_imgOn Sunday 26 March Brand South Africa, Constitution Hill and other stakeholders including the Gauteng Legislature and the City of Joburg took part in We, the People Walk event. Its aim is to promote constitutional awareness and reinforce unity and ubuntu.While ‘We, The People Walk’ took place, children under the age of 12 had an opportunity to participate in their own walk, designed to inculcate the Bill of Rights and ResponsibilitiesThe Constitution Hill annual ‘We, the People Walk’ took place on 26 March 2017 under the theme ‘Affirming Constitutionalism’. Brand South Africa – in partnership with Constitution Hill, Gauteng Legislature and the City of Jo’burg – hosted this event.The foundation of the South African Nation Brand is the widely respected Constitution of South Africa, which guides, promotes and protects the values of the South African Nation Brand. The ‘We, The People Walk’ title was taken from the South African Constitution preamble. The walk commemorates the coming of age of the world’s most progressive Constitution through activities which nurture patriotism, constitutional awareness and active citizenship and celebrates the 21st anniversary of South Africa’s Constitution.While ‘We, The People Walk’ took place, children under the age of 12 had an opportunity to participate in their own walk, designed to inculcate the Bill of Rights and Responsibilities through activities such as interacting with mascots; musical activities; chalking the legacy and other child friendly activities.After the walk there were various activities for both young and old alike. On stage were performances by musicians, poets and dancers, and there were also be activities for children such as face-painting, a jumping castle, as well as educational programmes to teach them about their rights and responsibilities.last_img read more

Going Alone: Thoughts on the Single-Person Startup

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… There are more than 20 million single-person businesses in the United States, comprising about three-quarters of all businesses, according to Inc, citing recent Census data. But despite those numbers, the notion persists that founding a business alone is more difficult and more risky than founding it with two or more people.Because that two-person founding team is often praised as the perfect, well, marriage of skill and responsibility, many solo founders feel as though they should search for another person with whom to take the startup plunge. But as the costs for starting a business have declined substantially and as “lean” has become the modus operandi for many new companies, as Geoff Lewis wrote in a Business Insider article in April, “Not having a co-founder is no longer a valid excuse for not starting.”In a post today entitled “The Royal We: Single Founder Startups,” Ray Grieselhuber examines some of the reasons that people continue to believe that having co-founders increases your odds of startup success. Co-founders, so the argument goes, help solidify your emotional fortitude. They mean more hands to get the work done. And they provide an importance source for new ideas.“Being a single founder is just a starting place. If you decide to raise money or achieve profitability on your own, you can hire the people you need to come up with new ideas and do more work. You’ve already demonstrated to yourself that you have or can find the emotional fortitude to survive.” – Ray GrieselhuberGrieselhuber disputes each of these, arguing that having “more hands” is “the least important, although it is probably the one that most people think of as being hardest when they hear about people doing startups on their own. You could have 20 people on your team and there will always be more work than you can handle at any time. In many early stage startups, having too many people can be a kiss of death (not that 2-4 is too many, necessarily.)” He does agree in the importance in having an influx of new ideas, although these needn’t come from co-founders. Single-person founders need to work to find ways to generate new ideas, to get feedback, to get advice.Grieselhuber concludes that “Many of the startups I meet would work just fine with just The One, because they have that right mixture of charisma, determination and product vision. This is important to note because, even if you start out on your own, it doesn’t mean you won’t someday be able to hire employees and recruit strong players for your executive team. Being a single founder is just a starting place.”center_img Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#start 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more