Liverpool boss Klopp: 6 points are nothing. We’re creating our own historyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp isn’t getting carried away after victory over Newcastle United.The Reds have been installed as the new title favourites after they comfortably beat Newcastle 4-0 and Manchester City lost for successive matches, going down 2-1 at Leicester City.Now six points clear at the top of the table, Klopp said: “That means nothing. We play Arsenal and City. I had no idea how any other teams were playing, I didn’t even know where they were playing.”Afterwards I got the results and I can say it didn’t do a lot for me. It is just information. It’s good that we have six points than other teams, or seven, but that is pretty much all.”Klopp added: “We want to create our own history. It is the first Liverpool team in the Premier League unbeaten (at the halfway stage of the season).”All good numbers but there are 19 games to go. So we play Arsenal, we play City, we play Tottenham. We play all of them again. There is a long way to go, we all know that.”We have to win our games we have to be focused, we have to be really in the mood and have tunnel vision and see where it leads us to.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rob Holding admits feeling pressure from Arsenal supportersby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRob Holding admits he has felt pressure from Arsenal supporters in recent weeks.Gooners have been waiting for Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin to return in order to shore up Unai Emery’s defence.The aforementioned trio took part in Tuesday’s 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest, and Holding was pleased with how he dealt with the pressure.”I was speaking with Kieran – we were saying there is actually a bit of pressure on me, Hector and him,” he said.”Obviously the fans have been putting a lot of pressure on saying: ‘We need those three back, hopefully they can perform’.”So we had a bit of pressure going into [the Forest game] and the way we performed and dealt with it was great.”It is a healthy pressure. It’s not a sort of draining pressure if you know what I mean. It is a nice pressure and it is the competition. It is pushing everyone to be better.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man City keeper Hart hails David Silva: He was tiny, slow and one-footed!by Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart still marvels at the transformation of David Silva since he joined the club.Silva arrived in England in 2010 with a big reputation from his success with Valencia.However, Hart recalls the little midfielder appearing tiny, slow and extremely one footed in early training sessions.Silva has gone on to become one of City’s greatest ever players.The former City goalkeeper told the Kickback podcast: “The wizard came over, I had no idea who he was.”£25 million, tiny, slow, only left footed and didn’t even know his position.”He seemed like a lovely guy, didn’t really speak much English.”He didn’t take over straight away but his consistency and quality were through the roof.”Just an all-round amazing player – there isn’t one negative to him, other than he’s small.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Norwich City boss Farke sorry with Godfrey injuryby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City boss Daniel Farke admits Ben Godfrey’s injury is a blow after 0-0 draw wit Aston Villa,Norwich’s injury woes continued as Godfrey was forced off shortly after the break.”We have to wait and see what the outcome is [with Ben Godfrey],” Farke said. “He had hernia surgery 10 days ago and he only had one [training] session with the team.”He was top class in the first 50 minutes and it was important to have him on the pitch – he was a great leader. After 50 minutes he felt pain, I think his body was getting tired after only one session, I hope it’s not a big setback, but I hope to have him available for Man United but we have to wait.”
Wolves captain Coady takes blame for Southampton equaliserby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady held up his hands and admitted his mistake against Southampton.The defender was not happy with his performance as Wolves had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Molineux against the Saints.He missed a clearance that allowed Danny Ings to step in and score the first goal in the game.Speaking after the game with reporters, captain Coady said: “It was a tough game, but I felt we let them off the hook a bit with individual errors – mistakes at the back that cost us a little bit.”I’ve got to deal with it better, it is as simple as that. We need to know when to not try and play out from the back.”I need to improve, it is as simple as that. From my point of view, it is just something where I lost concentration of the ball.”I was trying to look at what was ahead of me to start a counter-attack because I felt it was quite an easy ball to control.”These things happen and we need to move on with two big games ahead.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Frank Kaminsky SI 6Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky is currently manning Sports Illustrated’s Twitter account to field questions from fans, and the results have not disappointed. Fans have asked everything from his favorite teams and musicians, to his underwear preferences, to the classic Reddit question about duck-related preferences when it comes to a fight. We already knew that Kaminsky was the best. This just confirms it. Whichever team lands Kaminsky in the draft is getting one of the most entertaining guys available…and a pretty good center as well.
joel klatt cardale jones fox sportsSaturday, Ohio State, for the first time this season, will be starting sophomore J.T. Barrett over junior Cardale Jones at quarterback. Most college football analysts are applauding the move, given Jones’ struggles this year. Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt agrees, and even went one step further when he joined Dan Patrick Friday morning.Klatt, using a Thanksgiving analogy, implied that Jones was given too much credit for last year’s national title. He believes that Barrett did most of the work in leading Ohio State to the promised land.Klatt’s right, but he is discounting the fact that Jones, who had never started a college football game, beat Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon in his first three games. Regardless, Barrett is set to lead the offense, and it has Ohio State fans excited.
week 7 college basketball coaches poll Twitter/@MSU_FootballMichigan State continues to roll. The 12-0 Spartans are one of just three power conference programs that remain undefeated so far this season, and should enter Big Ten play with an unblemished record. Things won’t be easy for Michigan State going forward, however, with the injury to do-it-all star guard Denzel Valentine, who will be out for 2-3 weeks. For now, Michigan State remains on top of the college basketball world. Here are the week seven Top 25 polls. AP Poll:1. Michigan State 2. Kansas 3. Oklahoma 4. Maryland 5. Virginia 6. Xavier 7. North Carolina 8. Arizona 9. Butler 10. Providence 11. Iowa State 12. Kentucky 13. Miami (FL) 14. Purdue 15. Duke 16. Louisville 17. Villanova 18. SMU 19. West Virginia 20. George Washington 21. Texas A&M 22. Cincinnati 23. Baylor 24. Utah 25. South Carolina USA Today Coaches Poll: 1. Michigan State 2. Oklahoma 3. Kansas 4. Maryland 5. Virginia 6. Xavier 7. North Carolina 8. Arizona 9. Iowa State 10. Duke 11. Kentucky 12. Butler 13. Purdue 14. Providence 15. Louisville 16. Miami (FL) 17. Villanova18. West Virginia 19. Texas A&M20. George Washington 21. Cincinnati22. Baylor 23. South Carolina 24. Gonzaga 25. Vanderbilt
Steven Gerrard was under no illusions whatsoever. His first senior role in management was still weeks away, but the Liverpool legend knew exactly what was lying in wait.“A bit of time off, and then the mad house,” said a smiling Gerrard, sat aboard a flight to Kiev in May. He was heading to watch Liverpool in the Champions League final, part of BT Sport’s punditry team. After that, it was time for the real work to start. “Looking forward to it,” Gerrard told reporters and well-wishers en route to the Ukraine.That work has been as intense as he anticipated. Thirty-seven games across three competitions, 10 permanent signings and five loan deals, highs, lows and the steepest of learning curves. No easy introduction, even for someone of Gerrard’s stature. 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? It has been, in his own words, “a rollercoaster ride” but would he change it? “Not for anything,” he insists. The biggest thrills could be still to come.If Rangers beat Celtic at Ibrox on Saturday they will not only end a run of 12 Old Firm games without a victory; they will also ensure they end 2018 level on points with their greatest rivals. They’ll have played a game more, but it would still be a significant milestone given the club’s journey over the past decade.Not since 2011, prior to their decline into administration and eventually liquidation, have Gers fans had a title challenge to get their teeth into. After just seven months in Glasgow, Gerrard’s impact is there for all to see.That won’t surprise anybody who witnessed his remarkable playing career, of course. Nor those who followed him during his year in charge of Liverpool’s under-18 team. Gerrard the player was something special, and Gerrard the manager carries many of the same key traits. He demands, he leads, he inspires. He sets high standards and he craves success.“In terms of targets, I just want to win,” he told his first press conference back in May. “That’s my buzz, my demand.”His start has been a positive one. Rangers have won 11 and lost just three of their 20 league games so far, and Gerrard oversaw the longest unbeaten European run in the club’s history as he navigated his way through the Europa League qualifying rounds and into the group stage. Only narrow defeats to Spartak Moscow (4-3) and Rapid Vienna (1-0) denied his side a place in the last 32.“People always ask me; is Steven a coach or is he a manager?” says Michael Beale, part of Gerrard’s coaching staff. “He’s very much in the leader/manager role.“We’ve had a good start at Rangers so far, and that’s something I put down to his personality and how he holds the group when he communicates.”Beale, a highly-rated youth coach, was taken with Gerrard from Liverpool, along with Tom Culshaw, Rangers’ technical coach, and Jordan Milson, their head of performance. Assistant manager Gary McAllister and goalkeeping coach Colin Stewart complete the first-team setup, with Gerrard happy to delegate among his trusted lieutenants. “He’s a very talented field coach,” says Beale. “But he likes to stand back and see the whole group. That means he’ll see things that I’ll never see.”It hasn’t all been plain sailing, of course. Defeat to Aberdeen in the League Cup semi-final denied Gerrard a first shot at silverware, while their performance in losing narrowly to Celtic in the season’s first Old Firm clash suggested that the gulf in quality between the two teams remains.Disciplinary issues have dogged Gerrard’s early months as a manager. Rangers have collected no fewer than eight red cards this season, with top scorer Alfredo Morelos responsible for three of those alone. “We aren’t a dirty team,” says Gerrard, but successful teams should certainly not be playing with 10 men so often.Morelos, with 20 goals in all competitions, is the key man. Gerrard went public this week, denying that the Colombian would be sold in the January transfer window. He knows he can ill-afford to lose the combustible 22-year-old; Rangers’ second leading scorer is their right-back, and captain, James Tavernier.Recruitment so far has been mixed. Goalkeeper Allan McGregor and centre-back Connor Goldson have been clear successes, while midfielders Lassana Coulibaly and Scott Arfield also fall into that category. More, though, might have been expected of the likes of Kyle Lafferty, Eros Grezda and Ovie Ejaria, a young midfielder signed on loan from Liverpool, who has since returned to Merseyside.Part of Gerrard’s make-up as a person is his ongoing quest for perfection, and his inability to hide his feelings when things aren’t as he wishes. That has been clear in some of his public statements, in which he has criticised his players and, on more than one occasion, suggested he will look to bring in better ones if they fail to perform. Rangers are expected to be busy themselves in January, with forwards and wide players high on the agenda. Turning draws into victories will be key if they are to sustain their challenge in the New Year.Gerrard was critical of his team after their recent win at St Johnstone, with his comments that “we shouldn’t have to work that hard to win at places like this” causing something of a stir in the media. Gerrard, for his part, denies he meant any disrespect.As for this weekend, he will be hoping for a more positive showing than he got from his team at Celtic Park back in early September. Then, an Olivier Ntcham goal was enough for Rodgers’ side, on a day when Rangers’ attacking threat was minimal.It should be different in front of an expectant Ibrox, who are eyeing a first home Old Firm win since March 2012, prior to the liquidation of The Rangers Football Club. Their only success in 14 meetings since came via a penalty shootout in the Scottish Cup semi-final in 2016. Typically, Rangers went on to lose the final anyway.If Gerrard’s side, reformed, re-built and re-energised, can end that long wait, it will underline the work he is doing in Glasgow. He took on a hell of a challenge when he walked into Ibrox, but the rookie manager is making a more than decent fist of it so far.
ESPN.ESPN’s College GameDay will be in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Saturday.The decision to host College GameDay at Western Michigan this weekend was a surprising one for some. The Broncos are 10-0, but their game this weekend isn’t a particularly enticing one. WMU is set to play 2-8 Buffalo.Many thought GameDay would go to Morgantown, West Virginia, where the Mountaineers are hosting Oklahoma in the Big 12’s biggest game of the season.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit explained on Twitter last night why GameDay made the decision it did.“This is more of a tribute to the season that Western Michigan is having and a salute to the “smaller” schools,” he wrote on Twitter.Boulder & Morgantown both deserving-this is more of a tribute to the season that W.Michigan is having & a salute to the “smaller” schools. https://t.co/FCyhLWrYMC— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 15, 2016GameDay at a non-traditional football power is always a good time. This weekend should be fun.