Ford today launched the 2019 Figo facelift at an introductory price of Rs 5.15 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The new Ford Figo comes with 1,200 new parts and is available in three variants across two fuel options. There are seven different colour options as well.The 2019 Ford Figo facelift gets a three-cylinder, 1.2-litre, TiVCT petrol engine that generates 96 PS of power and 120 Nm of torque. The diesel option with a 1.5-litre, TDCi motor is good for 100 PS of power and 215 Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The company claims mileage figures of 20.4 kmpl and 25.5 kmpl for the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel options, respectively.The new Ford Figo also gets a three-cylinder, 1.5-litre petrol engine. This motor churns out 123 PS of power and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The claimed fuel efficiency for this option is 16.3 kmpl.The Ford Figo facelift is available in three trims — Ambiente, Titanium and Blu. Below are the variant-wise prices (ex-showroom, India) of the 2019 Ford Figo.Ford Figo (Petrol 1.2L TiVCT)– New Ford Figo Ambiente MT – Rs 5.15 lakh– New Ford Figo Titanium MT – Rs 6.39 lakh– New Ford Figo Blu – Rs 6.94 lakhFord Figo (Petrol 1.5L TiVCT)– New Ford Figo Titanium AT – Rs 8.09 lakhFord Figo (Diesel 1.5L TDCi)– New Ford Figo Ambiente MT – Rs 5.95 lakh– New Ford Figo Titanium MT – Rs 7.19 lakh– New Ford Figo Blu – Rs 7.74 lakhThe 2019 Ford Figo facelift is being manufactured at the company’s facility in Sanand, Gujarat. The seven colour options available with the new Ford Figo are White Gold, Moondust Silver, Smoke Grey, Absolute Black, Deep Impact Blue, Ruby Red and Oxford White.advertisementThe front fascia of the Ford Figo facelift has been redesigned and features a three-dimensional cellular grille. The fog lamps are integrated into the front bumper and come with chrome and blue touch, depending on the trim. The headlamps get a black encasing.With blue and charcoal black interiors, the inside of the Ford Figo is equipped with several convenience features, including push-button start/stop, reverse parking sensors and camera, automatic climate control and USB slots. It also gets a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with built-in navigation.The top-of-the-line Ford Figo Blu will feature premium alloys and bigger 15-inch tyres. It will also offer rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps and electrochromic inside rear view mirror. There will be side and rear decals on it as well.The company is offering dual front airbags as standard across all the variants of the 2019 Ford Figo facelift. The Blu edition will have six airbags. There will be ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) also. The automatic variant will get ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and EPAS (Electric Power Assisted Steering) as well.The new Ford Figo comes with a five-year or one lakh km warranty. This includes two-year factory and three-year extended warranty.ALSO READ | 2019 Ford Figo: Important details leaked ahead of March 15 launch, might be priced below Rs 5 lakhALSO READ | Yamaha MT-15 launched, price starts at Rs 1.36 lakhALSO READ | Yamaha MT-15: Price, features and everything else you need to know about the new sports naked bike
Authorities have identified the victim who crashed his pickup truck and died following a police pursuit in the Iowa Lakes region.26-year-old Colton Baschke of Spirit Lake died in the Tuesday crash.Spirit Lake Police say they attempted to pull over Baschke’s pick up truck for a traffic stop, but the vehicle sped away.The vehicle crashed into a utility shed and wound up on the shore of East Lake Okoboji.Police say Baschke was ejected from the truck.He was taken to Lakes Regional Healthcare and was pronounced dead a short time later.
MLS MLS Review: Atlanta christens new home in style, Sounders held by Galaxy Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 12:24 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Adam Hagy MLS Atlanta United Columbus Crew v Sporting KC Atlanta United v Dallas Seattle Sounders v LA Galaxy LA Galaxy Sporting KC Columbus Crew Dallas Seattle Sounders The expansion franchise kicked off at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a 3-0 victory against FC Dallas on Sunday It was a memorable night for Atlanta United, which celebrated playing in its new stadium with a convincing win over FC Dallas, while the reigning champion Seattle Sounders drew at home against the LA Galaxy.Expansion franchise Atlanta christened Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a 3-0 victory against Dallas on Sunday.Having used Bobby Dodd Stadium temporarily, Atlanta moved to the newly built venue — also home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons — this week and snapped its four-match winless streak in front of a sell-out crowd of 45,314. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Leandro Gonzalez Pirez gave Atlanta a 14th-minute lead when he snuck in at the back post and bundled the ball home.The FIRST EVER win in @MBStadium Relive the historic match for #ATLUTD pic.twitter.com/L7FX5GK3gH — Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) September 10, 2017 It took only a minute into the second half for Atlanta to double its lead after Josef Martinez side-footed past Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez.Miguel Almiron rattled the crossbar before teammate Greg Garza made it 3-0 in the 68th minute.Atlanta occupies the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, while Dallas — amid an eight-game winless run — is sixth in the West, only a point ahead of the San Jose Earthquakes.The Sounders, meanwhile, were held to a 1-1 draw by the Galaxy at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.Lamar Neagle’s 85th-minute equalizer cancelled out Gyasi Zardes’ first-half opener as Seattle extended its undefeated streak to 12 matches.Ozzie Román Lamar1-1 #SEAvLA pic.twitter.com/cTZMMwLPWz — Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) September 11, 2017 Earlier, Cristian Lobato and Ola Kamara scored as Sporting Kansas City and the Columbus Crew played out a 1-1 draw at Mapfre Stadium.
AFF U19 Championship Hodak’s charges need more competitive match experience Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 07:26 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Zulhilmi Zainal AFF U19 Championship Malaysia U18 Thailand U18 Malaysia U19 AFC U19 Championship Thailand U18 v Malaysia U18 Malaysia U18 head coach Bojan Hodak admitted that he was surprised at how well his charges played in the recent AFF U18 Championship. BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter After guiding his Malaysia U18 charges to the recent AFF U18 Championship final on Sunday, Bojan Hodak has remarked that what set his boys apart from eventual champions Thailand was experience in competitive matches.Speaking to the press upon the team’s arrival from Yangon, Myanmar at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday, the Croatian trainer said that he was surprised that the team got as far as they did, following his own less-than-optimistic observation of the team before the tournament began.He did not have a long preparation time with the team, and did not set a specific target for the tournament. But in Yangon, his boys won four matches and drew one match in the group stage, en route to defeating hosts Myanmar on penalties in the semi-finals, before falling to a 2-0 defeat to Thailand in the final match. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “I’m surprised with the result but I I’ve said before it’s good because there was no pressure. For them it’s their first experience playing at the international level as they’ve never played in any AFF (Asean Football Federation) tournaments before, unlike the U16 boys. They did not have this experience before and you could see in the semi-final match, their performance was affected by the big crowd. “They surprised everybody but they showed character and quality. I’ve mentioned before that their tactical knowledge is quite low, but the good thing is they are young boys and they really listened. They followed everything especially after we won the first few matches. We’ve developed this bond between the coaching staff and players, and now they trust each other much more.”The outcome in the final may not be the best but we matched Thailand and even had better chances than they did. What’s important for me is that the boys have performed well and there is hope for the future,” explained Hodak on Monday.When asked what set his boys apart from the eventual champions Thailand, Hodak responded that the Thailand players have constant competitive experience, something that his charges lack.”They (Thailand) play competitive football regularly so they know how to win games that could go either way.”They have experience in competitive matches, and this is what our boys and team lack,” he pointed out.Now the former Kelantan and JDT head coach turns his attention towards preparations for the 2018 AFC U19 Championship qualification, which will take place in South Korea from October 31 to November 8.”The boys will now return to their clubs because they will be playing in the kockout stages of the President’s Cup and the Youth Cup, but in early October I will call up the players whose team have been knocked out to start preparations for Korea.”It will be very tough because we have been drawn against South Korea, one of the top Asian teams and Indonesia who have been playing very good football in the tournament and have been preparing for six months and playing in Europe.”Then we have Timor-Leste who have four overseas-based players and will have one-month’s preparation in Korea, this will definitely be a tough group,” he noted.
World Cup World Cup winner Tostao: Brazil won’t deliberately harm Argentina Dejan Kalinic 13:11 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Brazil v Chile Ecuador v Argentina Brazil Ecuador Chile Argentina WC Qualification South America The former Brazil international believes his nation will want to win their final qualifier against Chile, even if it helps another rival Brazil will want to beat Chile even if it helps Argentina in World Cup qualifying, according to Tostao.Tite’s Brazil have already sealed a spot at Russia 2018 ahead of hosting Chile on the final matchday in CONMEBOL qualifying on Tuesday.The nation’s rivals, Argentina, are sixth – outside even the play-off spot – ahead of a trip to Ecuador, but a win would see them secure at least a top-five finish. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Tostao, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 1970, insisted Tite’s side would be desperate to beat Chile, who are also at risk of missing out.”The sports programs here in Brazil have talked a lot about that. They ask the question if we have to support Brazil or we must support for Argentina to miss the World Cup,” he told La Tercera.”The rivalry with Argentina is very big and everyone knows that, but I can say with certainty that Brazil isn’t thinking of helping Chile, or anything.”Brazil will play for Brazil. They want to win for them, but I think Tite can make one or two changes to test players.”Argentina (25 points) are sixth, but will rise above Colombia (26) or Peru (25) with a win – with the latter duo meeting in Lima.Chile (26 points) are third, behind Uruguay (28) and runaway group winners Brazil (38), while Paraguay (24) can also sneak in.
Chelsea ‘We have to improve!’ – Courtois slams Chelsea team-mates for lack of fight against Roma Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 08:05 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Chelsea Roma v Chelsea Roma UEFA Champions League The Blues must respond against Manchester United and rediscover the fight of last season, says the Belgian after the 3-0 defeat on Tuesday Thibaut Courtois called on Chelsea to rediscover their fighting spirit after Roma stormed to a 3-0 win over the Premier League champions at the Stadio Olimpico.Antonio Conte’s side ceded top spot in Champions League Group C and were left with an uphill task when Stephan El Shaarawy clattered home a stunning opener inside the first minute.The former AC Milan youngster doubled Roma’s advantage before the break and Diego Perotti took advantage of a flagging Chelsea to drive home a superb third after the hour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chelsea’s defence, so often impregnable last season, shambled towards full time and were indebted to goalkeeper Courtois for not being on the end of an even heavier loss.Blues 2/1 for defeat to Man U”We knew Roma would start with intensity and we had to equal it but after 50 seconds we were down 1-0. A second ball and El Shaarawy scores a screamer,” Courtois told BT Sport, before explaining he thought communication issues were at play as Antonio Rudiger’s woeful error allowed the Germany international’s former club to double their lead.”The second goal is a bit unfortunate,” he said. “I saw El Shaarawy going towards the back of Toni and I shouted ‘away’.”He let it go. Maybe he heard something else. It was a loud stadium.”I thought we played well in the first half but in the second half we seemed to drop our fighting spirit and I don’t know what happened.”Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday and Courtois knows improvements must be immediate.”It’s hard to say what the problem is,” he said. “Last season I had sometimes nothing to do but this season, every game is a hard game for the team – the defence and everyone.”We have to find that balance again and keep that mentality of not conceding goals and keeping clean sheets.”We have to improve on Sunday. Today was not a good image of ourselves and we have to react.”
Topics Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Pinterest features Share on Twitter The tributes started long before Patrick Vieira had officially departed as head coach of New York City FC.In the wake of Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Atlanta United, David Villa, a man whose endorsement carries weight, talked about the “identity” that Vieira had cultivated during his two-and-a-half-years at the club, before discussing the need to maintain that course. Talk of Vieira’s impact continued late on Sunday night when news broke accidentally via Manchester City’s website that he had chosen to continue his career back in Europe with OGC Nice, following weeks of speculation.The begrudging acceptance from NYC FC supporters shows just how well Vieira has done during his spell in the Bronx. There was a large dose of skepticism when NYC FC – who had just finished their debut season by missing the playoffs – appointed Vieira as their head coach in November 2015. Traditionally, European coaches have not flourished in MLS, especially those who arrive without experience of the league and its unique mechanisms. Terms such as allocation money and the SuperDraft are befuddling to those coaches not used to a salary cap.When addressing such concerns in January 2016, Vieira displayed his usual blend of calm assertiveness. “This is the reason why I need to have [director of football operations] Claudio [Reyna] next to me to get me more into details of the rules in this country,” Vieira said. Share on WhatsApp It would, however, be unfair to claim a poor derby record as the legacy of Vieira’s New York tenure. He inherited a team that had endured a poor first season in MLS. Not only had they finished down the league, but Frank Lampard’s decision to skip the first few months of the season to stay with Manchester City drained the enthusiasm of supporters. From there Vieira built the club an ethos, improved individuals, and ushered in the first handful of academy players. Vieira dispelled the notion that European coaches cannot thrive in MLS, and now he must go against convention again.MLS boasts a handful of promising young coaches, mostly American, and although Jesse Marsch has been linked with a move to RB Leipzig this summer, Vieira is the first of this new generation with an MLS foundation to coach in a top European league. And if he can bring that same blend of leadership and identity to the French Riviera it may change the way people view MLS. Nice represent a tough proposition, however. The club finished third in Ligue 1 in 2016-17 and qualified for the Champions League. Their form dipped last season as they finished eighth, with both leading scorer Mario Balotelli and midfielder Jean Michaël Seri expected to leave this summer. That gives Vieira the chance to build something new and exciting, as his mentor Arsène Wenger did when he arrived from a less-heralded competition, the J-League, to take over Arsenal in 1996. Comparisons between the two may seem a stretch, but what is certain, is that Vieira leaves New York having changed both his reputation and that of the league he left behind. The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Ligue 1 New York City FC European club football He also pushed back against his doubters by building a clear tactical identity for the team. Initially, the World Cup winner wanted his players to be comfortable on the ball, to play through teams, and ultimately to entertain. That style drove NYC FC to second in the Eastern Conference in both of Vieira’s first two seasons, but that success was cast alongside disappointing playoff defeats to Toronto FC, in 2016, and to the Columbus Crew SC, in 2017.Vieira accepted the need for further change and began to impose his will. During his second season, he phased Andrea Pirlo out of the starting XI as he sought a younger, more dynamic, team. He continued towards that goal this season and worked with City Football Group’s global scouting network to recruit a string of players under the age of 25.Just as the starting line-up began to change so too did the team’s tactics. This season NYC FC have pressed opponents high up the field, and while they still prefer to play possession football, they are now also able to be direct and transition the ball quickly from defence to attack. That evolution is why they once again sit second in the Eastern Conference, a long way from where Vieira inherited them.The Frenchman’s reign had its faults though. Vieira could be tactically stubborn. This presented itself most notably against the New York Red Bulls, whose style is reminiscent of Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool side, and troubled NYC FC and Vieira consistently. Vieira won three and drew one of the nine matches he contested against NYC FC’s cross-city rivals. While on the surface that appears an acceptable record, he lost his first meeting 7-0 at Yankee Stadium, and suffered a 4-1 defeat later that same season. He followed that up with three more defeats, two of which were by a scoreline of 4-0, including the most recent fixture last week. Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share via Email Read more Patrick Vieira: ‘I am doing what I love and I am where I want to be’ Nice US sports MLS Reuse this content
Mark Johnston is one of the most prolific trainers of all time and his relentless pursuit for winners could result in him setting a personal record this season. Uniquely he has notched up at least 100 winners in each of the last 25 campaigns and with 120 already in the bag at the halfway point he is on the way to a new personal best.Affectionately known as ‘Braveheart’, due to his Scottish heritage and his horses’ never-say-die attitude, the Kingsley House handler looks to have another cracking chance on Wednesday in Musselburgh’s 7f maiden auction (2.30) with Light Heart. Show Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Quick guide Horse racing tips for Wednesday 4 July … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Horse racing Was this helpful? Since you’re here… Thank you for your feedback. Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Donnacha O’Brien: ‘I know if I mess up, I’m not going to lose any rides’ Topics Hide features Musselburgh 2.00 Scoundrel 2.30 Light Heart (nap) 3.00 Breakwater Bay 3.30 Tommy G 4.00 Lucky Violet 4.30 Falcon’s Fire 5.00 Kinloch PrideWorcester 2.10 Sizing Scorpion 2.40 Blagapar 3.10 Skin Deep 3.40 Alcock And Brown (nb) 4.10 Armaans Wish 4.40 Phoenix Rock 5.10 Outrageous Romana 5.40 Dr DunravenThirsk 2.20 Immokalee 2.50 Induct 3.20 Quaysaide 3.50 Ajjady 4.20 History Writer 4.50 Indian Pursuit 5.20 MunthanyKempton 5.50 Fortune And Glory 6.20 Look Around 6.50 Anbaa 7.20 Buzz 7.50 Piedita 8.20 Zarjaz 8.50 Strange Society 9.20 Smooth SailingBath 6.10 Arcanista 6.40 Always Amazing 7.10 Queen Of Desire 7.40 Kawasir 8.10 Altra Vita 8.40 Groveman 9.10 DeliriumTips by John O’Hara Horse racing tips Talking Horses Share via Email Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest The Excelebration colt ran a red-hot 1-4 favourite to a half-length on his debut at Ayr last month and, allowing for the fact that Johnston’s newcomers always progress, this fellow looks a good thing and is worthy of being made the day’s banker. Beryl The Petal ran a pleasing race on her debut and looks the danger.Another trainer in terrific form is Dan Skelton, who is banging in winners as if there is no tomorrow. Since the start of the new National Hunt season Skelton has amassed over 50 winners and is more than 30 ahead of Peter Bowen, his closest pursuer. The Alcester-based trainer can keep the ball rolling with Alcock And Brown (nb) in the 2m4f handicap hurdle (3.40) at Worcester.The six-year-old has won three times in Britain since joining Skelton and each of them has been at Worcester. He was an easy winner last month off a mark of 112, where he looked to have plenty left in the tank. The handicapper was suitably impressed and raised him 10lb to a new mark of 122, but that might not be enough to stop him going in again over the same course and distance on Wednesday.John Gosden is enjoying a healthy lead at the head of the race to be champion trainer and his academy of bluebloods has an interesting runner at Kempton in the guise of (6.50) Anbaa.The Lope De Vega filly was sent off a warm favourite at Salisbury on her debut in May but forfeited any chance with a tardy start. She was not thrashed about to make up the lost ground and under a considerate ride she made ground to pass the post in third, only a neck behind the runner-up. Gosden has given her plenty of time to recover from those efforts and, assuming she does not blow the start again, she can take advantage of stall 2 and break her maiden. Read more Share on WhatsApp
Share via Email Not so good Juan Carlos Osorio Who said … Toby Alderweireld World Cup 2018 Who said … Julen Lopetegui The sacked Spain manager insists he did nothing wrong by accepting the Real Madrid job just days before Spain’s opening World Cup match against Portugal. Share on Pinterest Fernando Hierro Diego Maradona Well, who else? Diego watched Argentina v Iceland while chuffing on a big fat cigar. This behaviour was mild compared to his antics when Argentina beat Nigeria, though. Martin Keown Stanislav Cherchesov Mark Lawrenson Pretty decent Juan Antonio Pizzi Diego Maradona Argentina might have been knocked out but Diego still had plenty to say about England’s penalty shootout victory over Colombia. You got… Who said… Harry Kane Perfection Submit answers Gareth Southgate Jordan Pickford Juan Carlos Osorio Carlos Queiroz The Iran coach said his team’s work ethic, not individual ability, had helped them to complete a smash-and-grab win over Morocco in their World Cup opener. Nice work Topics Joachim Löw Ivan Perisic Share on Twitter René Higuita Lovely stuff Tite Who said … Share on Facebook Jorge Sampaoli Harry Maguire The Leicester defender talks about his large head after powering home a header during England’s 2-0 defeat of Sweden in the last eight. Aliou Cissé Dejan Lovren The Liverpool centre-back left humility in the dressing-room as he made this bold claim after Croatia beat England in the semi-final. Juan Carlos Osorio The Mexico coach spoke for many observers when summing up Neymar’s theatrics in Russia. Share on WhatsApp World Cup Carlos Valderrama features Share via Email Nice work Kylian Mbappé Pretty decent Lovely stuff Stanislav Cherchesov The Russia manager references the 19th-century playwright to sum up how he believes his team willl play against Croatia in the quarter-final. Who said … Oh dear Who said… Harry Kane Kyle Walker Danny Murphy Ally McCoist The former Scotland striker and ITV co-commentator gives Jon Champion a history lesson during Brazil v Mexico’s last 16 clash. Roy Keane Roberto Martínez Not so good Oh dear Challenge your friends Who said… Luka Modric The Croatia captain and player of the tournament believes his side deserved to win the World Cup, not France. Phil Neville Roy Keane Who said … Vladimir Putin Share on LinkedIn Harry Maguire Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Denis Cheryshev Gareth Southgate Who said… Who said … Share on Messenger Reuse this content
Share on WhatsApp Read more Facebook With Scotland already threatening to pass up a chance to become one of the 749 qualifiers for the finals of Euro 2020, fans would be forgiven for heading to Hampden and burning down the ticket office in a humorous homage to the 1909 Scottish Cup final. [Legal disclaimer: fans may not be forgiven.] And yet they shouldn’t be too disheartened. After all, with just the five losses from his seven matches in charge, and a win percentage of 28.6%, McLeish has yet to plumb the depths of his reigns at Aston Villa (21.4%) and Nottingham Forest (14.3%). So that’s got to count for something. Onwards and upwards, then! Unless Scotland manage to get themselves relegated, of course, but let’s cross that bridge when we come to it.England plan to show the auld enemy how it’s done on Friday evening. They travel to the 8,279-capacity HNK Rijeka Stadium, which will be packed with tens of officials, delegates and journalists, plus a TV cameraman, all of whom will witness the League Q Group 73 Matchday 3.5 encounter with Croatia. The hosts have been ordered to play the game behind closed doors, as punishment for their fans marking geometric spiritual shapes on the pitch before a Euro 2016 qualifier with Italy, and Gareth Southgate will be hoping to take advantage of a “strange experience” to avenge that defeat. Mind you, Croatia have a miserable capitulation of their own to address, having been thumped 6-0 by Spain on Matchday 2b. So mix yourself a large Turps’n’tonic; if you squint real hard, it’ll almost look as though what’s going on actually means something.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Scott Murray for hot MBM coverage of Croatia 1-1 England in the Nations League from 7.45pm BST.QUOTE OF THE DAY“I’m quite a reserved character and I keep a lot of things to myself. That’s my home life as well. I just try to deal with things and, rightly or wrongly, get on with it. Maybe if I had spoken to somebody about it properly, it might have gone away quicker or it might not have been as bad as it was. But I never did” – Michael Carrick talks to Daniel Taylor about depression and guiding young players though pitfalls. Michael Carrick. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian Twitter Pinterest Twitter Facebook Pinterest Share on LinkedIn CROATIA > ENGLAND > TURPS DRINK > SCOTLANDFor a while on Thursday, if you squinted real hard after draining a couple of glasses of refreshing turps-flavoured isotonic beverage Turps, Scotland looked a little bit like Brazil. Yellow shirts, you see. And also they were winning! But you’ll have quickly sobered up in the second half as Israel, ranked an impressive 94th in the world, showcased their undoubted quality. Oh John! Oh Kieran! Oh Scotland! 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One fancies their chances.Heard the one about the Irish team facing an English side in a Scottish cup? Simon Burnton’s here all week.Eni Aluko on the value of playing abroad.How many world-class players does the Premier League have, ponders Paul Wilson.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!BRAZE THE LORD! Share via Email Jordan Murray and teammate. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images features Croatia invoke grievance procedure for closed-doors rerun with England The Fiver Football Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Aaron Ramsey thought he had agreed a new contract but Arsenal didn’t let him put his pen anywhere near it. “That’s a decision they have made and things happen in football,” he sniffed.Kylian Mbappé has become only the fourth footballer in 95 years to appear on the cover of Time. “I think I might have missed out on something,” he sighed. “I did not have the moments of so-called normal people during adolescence, like going out with friends, enjoying good times.” Preach, Kylian.Former Uefa chief suit Michel Platini has filed a lawsuit in France in a bid to prove Fifa bods got him banned from football.And Jürgen Klopp reckons Liverpool will give the Anfield cleaners another trophy to polish one day. “I’m sure this club will win something,” he tooted. “Nobody wants to look back in 10 or 20 years and say: ‘So the best time we had without winning anything was when Klopp was here. 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Cricket Since you’re here… Share via Email Root said: “We came here to win and to find ourselves out of it with a game to go is hard to take. We have been outplayed, outperformed and have to take that on the chin.“We have to learn some lessons. The way West Indies went about stuff in certain areas has been very skilled, especially how they batted yesterday against some very high skilled bowling. That was frustrating.“There were guys that will have to look at themselves individually. But on a surface like that you have to commit to whatever decision you make. It was definitely a bowler-friendly surface. I wouldn’t say it was a fair contest between bat and ball. But both sides have played on it and they’ve managed certain areas better than us.”Asked whether any England batsmen could bat like Bravo did, Root replied: “I think a number of guys can. I’d like to think I can. I felt unfortunate not to make a big contribution and when experienced players aren’t making scores over 50 it makes it very difficult for the rest of the guys around them. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Alzarri Joseph stands tall for West Indies despite death of his mother Share on Pinterest Read more Support The Guardian “The choice comes down to the individual. I can’t bat for 11 guys, neither can Trevor Bayliss or Mark Ramprakash. The responsibility is down to the individual. But we will stick together and try and come back with a really strong response in St Lucia.”Holder, the impressive captain of this West Indies team and one quarter of their four-man attack, said: “It’s a definite high point for me. The way the guys performed is admirable. Exceptional actually, beating England in three days.“The love for Test cricket is there among the young players. We’ve got a lot of young players who are aspiring to play Test cricket and I love it. It is my favourite format of the game and if you ask a few of the guys in the dressing room they would say the same thing. Hopefully this is the start of new things.” Share on LinkedIn The Observer news Share on Twitter West Indies thrash hapless England by 10 wickets to seal series victory Share on Messenger Joe Root As Jason Holder led his victorious West Indies players on a lap of honour around the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, an ashen-faced Joe Root blamed England’s series defeat on the failure of his batsmen to copy the home side.Speaking after going 2-0 down with one to play in St Lucia, the England captain rejected suggestions his batsmen had gone too hard at the ball as they collapsed to 132 all out on a surface that for three days presented a significant challenge. But in the face of a West Indies first-innings total of 306 built on obdurate batting from Kraigg Brathwaite (49 from 156 balls) and Darren Bravo (50 from 216), the nature of some English dismissals nevertheless grated. England in West Indies 2019 Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook England cricket team Reuse this content West Indies cricket team Topics
Raheem Sterling ‘His heart is bigger than his talent’ – a look at the real Raheem Sterling Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Raheem Sterling Liverpool v Manchester City Liverpool Manchester City Premier League Opinion The 23-year-old returns to Anfield on Sunday, where he is sure to receive an unkind reception. But the greedy, blingy perception of him is erroneous “I don’t know how, in the midst of all the hostility, he showed such warmth.”It is a windy Wednesday evening under the Anfield lights and Liverpool are pressing Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City into submission.The date – 2 March, 2016 – sees Raheem Sterling’s past and present converge for the first time at the stadium following his acrimonious £49 million exit from Merseyside eight months earlier. The home crowd are antagonist; there is a routine airing of “one greedy b***ard” as well as amplified jeers whenever the forward becomes active. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Thirty seconds after the first whistle, Jon Flanagan crunches Sterling with a ferocious-but-fair tackle, which captain Jordan Henderson applauds, and for the entire opening half, the full-back has his former team-mate comfortably pocketed.At the start of the second 45, the derision is capped by ironic cheers when Wilfried Bony replaces the England international to end his miserable evening. Sterling, vulgarities still flying in his direction, notices some of the press and backroom staff from Melwood near the tunnel and stops to greet and engage with all of them.“He’d been booed, ridiculed, had an awful game and must have been so frustrated, yet he was still so kind,” noted one observer at the time. “I’m much older than him, and I can’t imagine I’d have handled things with as much maturity as he did.”On Sunday, the 23-year-old will anticipate a similarly belligerent reception at Anfield as Pep Guardiola’s pacesetters attempt to end Liverpool’s 17-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.The acerbic manner in which Sterling departed the club for City in July 2015 – doing an unsanctioned interview on his future, refusing to be part of Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia, agent Aidy Ward insisting his gifted, young client would not sign a new contract with them even if it was “for £700,000, £800,000 or £900,000 a week” – understandably riled supporters.While the player’s transfer could have undoubtedly been handled in a cleaner, less corrosive way, the perception of City’s No.7 as an ungrateful “brat” – to borrow Sterling’s description of his portrayal – is distorted.“His heart is bigger than his talent – and trust me, that’s massive,” a member of Liverpool’s Academy previously related about the lad with lightning feet that walked through Kirkby’s doors at 15, possessing tactical intelligence and a steeliness that belied his age.“Speak to many people who worked with him and they will say they genuinely miss him. He had time for everybody, even when he moved to the first-team. You can still drop him a text now and the response would be immediate – he would help those younger than him, those who didn’t have as much as him.“He would be playing alongside Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard the one day, then coming down to watch the kids at the Academy on his own accord.“I’m not saying he was perfect, but none of us are. He had the court case while with the club, he’s made mistakes, like we all do, that we have to use to grow and not let it define us.“Raheem has done that, but it is heartbreaking the way he is portrayed – especially in some of the papers. He’s such a good lad, and was always that way from a young age. The only worry was that he should have knocked around with more sensible people.”Sterling is no saint, as per the above, and neither is he the reckless sinner he has been framed as. “If you’re doing something wrong – the times I’ve been caught doing balloons (filled with nitrous oxide), whatever, yeah, no problem. I accept if you’re a silly boy you get dealt with,” he told the Guardian last March.“But there are these times when you’ve been thinking about football, been at home, just trying to stay out of everyone’s way, and you’re still getting stuff. I see it as I can’t win.”It is perhaps the indicator of how much Sterling has dropped the shoulder on his troublesome days that tabloids have to resort to reporting about him driving a “filthy” Mercedes, eating a sausage roll from Greggs and shopping at Poundland.Post-England’s embarrassment at Euro 2016, the Kingston-born star was #TheHatedOne. His placement by the gutter press as a “flop” happy to “insult fans” and “flash his wealth” weaved a long, wholly inaccurate thread that still lingers now.Blinged-up. Lavish. Obscene. Footie Idiot. Those are just four of the adjectives that have been used in recent years to describe Sterling, who made a substantial donation to people affected by the Grenfell Tower Fire.And so when Karl Anderson committed a racially aggravated common assault against the City speedster last month, the negative, sensationalist coverage was rightly highlighted as the kind of fuel that could flame such hatred.That the father-of-two scored twice in a 4-1 victory over Tottenham just hours after the incident took place did not surprise another employee of Liverpool’s Academy.“At times when he was here, they’d be situations at home in London he’d need to deal with. We’d drive there, sort it out, drive back and I’d think to myself: ‘Just how is he going to perform?’“There were cases where we’d only get back to Liverpool at 2am and he’d have a game in the afternoon. But he was bulletproof, he would exceed expectations. All his issues disappeared once he entered the pitch.”Despite the best attempts to reduce Sterling to being the posterboy for rashness and excess, through all the shovelling of dirt and gleeful underscoring of his faults, the multi-faceted attacker is excelling.He has 18 goals and four assists this season, with Guardiola keen to stress City’s top marksman deserves “all the credit” for the way in which he has sidestepped the negativity to thrive.Sterling, as with any opposition player, should never find Anfield an easy experience. It would be nice, however, if he is seen for what he actually is, rather than the easily pedalled misconception. Not just on Sunday. And at every football ground and beyond. 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England 2 Costa Rica 0: Rashford scores stunner in final World Cup warm-up win Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 04:56 6/8/18 Getty Images England claimed a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in their final World Cup warm-up match, courtesy of goals from Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck. A spectacular strike from Marcus Rashford helped England to a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in Thursday’s friendly clash at Elland Road.The Manchester United forward’s effort set the Three Lions on their way to victory in their final warm-up match prior to the World Cup, with Danny Welbeck sealing the result with a second-half header.Manager Gareth Southgate made 10 changes to the team that beat Nigeria 2-1 on Saturday, with John Stones the one player to keep his place, while Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold made his debut at right wing-back. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now These two teams played out a goalless draw in their final group game at the World Cup in 2014, where Costa Rica went on to reach the quarter-finals, but Rashford made sure there would be no repeat of that result with a stunning goal 13 minutes in – his first for England since last September.It was just reward for a fine first-half performance but England lost some of their rhythm after the break, as Southgate made a number of changes, including handing goalkeeper Nick Pope his first taste of international football.Substitute Welbeck made certain of the win 14 minutes from time, though, diving to head home Dele Alli’s cross, as England earned a vociferous send-off from the Leeds crowd before their opening match in Russia against Tunisia on June 18.3 – All three of Marcus Rashford’s goals for England have come in games he started for the Three Lions (v Australia, Slovakia and Costa Rica). Claim. pic.twitter.com/LqRpVjWVKL— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 7, 2018Phil Jones clipped the crossbar with a header but it was Rashford who looked brightest in a positive early spell for England, and it was fitting for him to break the deadlock.Collecting Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s pass, Rashford turned into space and unleashed an unstoppable strike from 25 yards out that dipped over Keylor Navas and into the left-hand corner.Jamie Vardy was denied by a flying Navas from point-blank range as England pressed their advantage, although Jack Butland made a good save to deny Johan Venegas after a rare Costa Rica break.England’s pressure resumed after half-time, with Navas palming away a fierce Jordan Henderson strike before the resulting corner saw Harry Maguire’s header cleared off the line by Bryan Oviedo.16 – Danny Welbeck has now scored 16 goals in his 39 games for England, three more than any other player in the Three Lions World Cup squad. Option. pic.twitter.com/1bH2PDTfio— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 7, 2018Both sides made a host of alterations around the hour mark, which included a return to international action for the fit-again Christian Bolanos, while Burnley keeper Pope made his senior England bow in place of Butland.The game seemed set to finish at 1-0 until Welbeck made the most of his first clear opportunity since coming on, stretching to nod in Alli’s clever cross from the left for his 16th England goal, potentially giving Southgate more positive selection headaches ahead of the Tunisia clash in Volgograd. read more
TFA are delighted to announce a partnership with Stage and Screen Travel that all the touch community can share and benefit from.Stage and Screen, as preferred supplier to TFA, are able to offer excellent deals for all your travel needs – flights, cars, accommodation, coaches, meeting arrangements and much more.Stage and Screen have a travel consultant dedicated to serve the needs of the touch football community. Touch people are assured of the best possible service at the best possible price.Take the hassle out of your team travel – let Stage and Screen do the run around for you and save money at the same time.Personal travel needs are also catered for and do not need to be touch related.The One Touch Travel Hotline is now up and running. To access, simply click on the new One-Touch icon on left of screen.
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New Zealand was the first team to score before Australia hit back to lead at half-time and take a four touchdown win. Australia’s Nikki Etheridge impressed for the Australians, scoring four touchdowns. It took until the ninth minute of the match for either country to get on the scoreboard, and it was New Zealand who took the early advantage with Tiwi Davis scoring. The Australians were quick to hit back however, with Nikki Etheridge the recipient of a great long ball from Peter Watkins to score in the corner to level the game at 1-all. Michael Chapman scored his first touchdown for Australia just after the midway mark of the half, when a deflected pass landed in his hands to give them a 2-1 lead. Watkins again set up Etheridge for her second of the game and when Sarah Spacie scored in the corner in the 18th minute, Australia had a handy 3-1 lead. New Zealand hit back just before the siren to bring the deficit back to two touchdowns, with Clayton Ngawharau diving over but the Australians went to the half-time break up by two touchdowns, 4-2. Australia was quick to get back on the scoreboard in the second half, with co-captain Roy Prasad the recipient of a switch from Watkins, to take a 5-2 lead. Etheridge got her first touchdown of the second half in the third minute of the second when Sebe Rey darted from acting half to take a four touchdown lead. New Zealand’s Awhina Savage helped reduce the deficit to three touchdowns at the midway mark of the second half, scoring in the corner for her side to trail by just three, 6-3. Watkins was in the thick of the action two minutes later, with Spacie scoring her second to extend her side’s lead to four, and Etheridge made it a five touchdown lead with five minutes remaining with her fourth touchdown. New Zealand’s Lauren Ensor scored with minutes remaining, but it wasn’t enough to spark a Kiwi comeback, with the new look Australian team taking a four touchdown win, 8-4. Highlights of the game can be viewed at the TFA YouTube channel. Please click on the link to view the highlights:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WC8pLLb2Ys&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=1&feature=plcpAustralia – 8 (Nikki Etheridge 4, Sarah Spacie 2, Michael Chapman and Rohit Prasad) defeated New Zealand – 4 (Tiwi Davis, Lauren Ensor, Clayton Ngawharau and Awhina Savage)Half time: Australia 4 – New Zealand 2Referees – Mick Medlin, Andrew Williams and Anthony Smith
Not many opportunities arise in sport where families can represent Australia at the same time, but the creation of the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series will see several families in the Australian contingent get to share the honour together. One of the families sharing the experience are the Gillards, with Brett representing Australia in the Men’s 50’s side and son Josh wearing the green and gold for the first time from Tuesday in the 20’s Boys team. The Gillards are just one of many family combinations that are in the Australian contingent for the Super Trans Tasman, which include twins Amy and Holly Smith, marriages including Dylan and Emily Hennessey and Erin and Dean Taylor and sisters Sarah and Laura Peattie, just to name a few. We caught up with the Gillards in the lead up to the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series about sharing the experience together and how much it means to wear the green and gold jersey. Congratulations to both of you for making your respective Australian teams, how much are you looking forward to the Super Trans Tasman Series?Brett: Enormously, it’s always a great opportunity when you play for Australia and it’s extra special to have Josh there, I’m filled with a lot of pride to watch him play, that’ll be really special. Josh: I’m stoked, it’s a pretty big honour to represent your country and like Dad said it’s pretty special that I get to be over there with him. Was it ever a thought that maybe one day you could represent Australia at the same time?Brett: I had always hoped that we may end up somewhere like that, only a couple of years ago we were both playing in the same Premier League side, so that was nice to reach that level. I sort of figured that it wasn’t going to happen at a New South Wales level, we both played State of Origin this year and to back it up with this is really good and quite exciting.What have you told Josh about playing at an Australian level?Brett: Not that much, he only needs to focus on his own game and he knows that, he certainly knows enough to perform at that level. He’s had so many years under his belt of Premier League now, he’ll find it, not easy, but he’ll cope with it quite well. It won’t be the daunting prospect of such a large leap for him. Other than that, he’s only got to focus on his own game and getting that right and I think he’s pretty much there. Josh, what can you tell us about the 20’s Boys team?Josh: We’ve got a really good attacking side, we’ve just got to make sure our defence is good, we’re going to score plenty of touchdowns. It looks like the team has a lot of fun together and gets along very well?Josh: It’s good fun, the coaches are legends, they are good fun to be around. There’s plenty of banter. Brett: They’ve got an enormous boost having Sam Brisby back in the team. That gives them a lot of experience. He played a World Cup in 2011, so he’ll bring a lot to the team. Brett, can you please tell us a bit about your Men’s 50’s side?Brett: We’ve got a plethora of experience, players with enormous ability, three Hall of Famers, Tim Kitchingham, Dave Cheung and Garry Lawless. We’ve got Mick McCall as our assistant coach and Bruce Ager (as coach), he’s quite experienced at this level now. We’ve got a lot of blokes with a lot of experience, there’s only three debutants and the three of them are very strong players. We should do very well. How good is it that you can continue to still play at this level and have similar teams each time?Brett: It’s very good, it’s great to still be able to play around with mates at this level. It shows the benefit of Touch, where Josh and I are still able to play the game and at this level, it is the family game. It is underappreciated for that. How nice is it that you can actually be there to cheer each other on in New Zealand?Brett: It makes it very special, I hope that Josh relishes the moment and enjoys every bit of it but knows he’s got that level of support there with him. It really makes it special, and the reverse for me, it’s nice to know that he’s sitting in the stands watching. Josh, how much has your Dad helped you over the years?Josh: An unbelievable amount, he’s put in plenty hours on and off the Touch field, he would have spent at least three years with me and all of our younger friends developing us, making us better players. And just the one-on-one stuff with me, we spend two or three days a week at least over at the park practicing individual skills.And it must be nice to see a lot of the younger Manly players coming through and representing Australia in those age groups?Brett: That started with Josh’s age group, with Sam Brisby and Simon Lang, that was the group that started the development, Daniel Chiddy was a part of that too. To recognise there was a need there and that’s when we got serious about it and really started to develop those guys and we’ve kicked it on since there and that’s been the bonus for Manly, a lot of that development has gone on and developed into Scorpions. There are plenty of ways that you can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series, which is taking place in Auckland from Tuesday, 5 February until Sunday, 10 February 2013. Touch Football Australia will be reporting live during the games on its social media pages, which can be found by clicking on the links below:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the #transtasman2013 hashtag)Instagram – Search for ‘Touch Football Australia’The www.austouch.com.au and www.transtasman.mytouchfooty.com websites will have all of the latest news, information, stories and match reports uploaded to the sites. Highlights from the series will also be uploaded to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel throughout the event – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. Be sure to also send in your message of support to the Australian teams in the lead up to the series, which will then be posted on the www.austouch.com.au website in the lead up to and during the series. You can do this through any of our social media sites or send an email to email@example.com with your message.Related LinksSTT A Family Affair
Crystal Palace striker Sorloth already off mark for new club Gentby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth is already off the mark for new club Gent.Sorloth joined the Belgians on-loan and scored twice in the friendly win over Holstein Kiel.After the 6-1 victory, he told VG: “It’s really good. It’s good to get started this way. It’s nice that the teammates see that I can play football.”I chose Gent because of (coach) Jess (Thorup). He got the best out of me in Denmark. When going for a six-month loan, it is nice to be sure that the coach knows what I stand for.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid, Barcelona target Liverpool boss Klopp AND Van Dijkby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp AND Virgil van Dijk are being linked with a LaLiga move.AS says the German’s success with the Reds has him being discussed inside the boardrooms of Real Madrid and Barcelona.With doubts persisting at Barca over coach Ernesto Valverde and inside Real regarding Zinedine Zidane’s return, it’s been suggested Klopp is emerging as the prime target for both clubs should choose to change.And it’s also claimed, with the LaLiga rivals keen on Van Dijk, their best shot at landing the Dutchman would be hiring Klopp as coach.For his part, Klopp has insisted he’s happy at Anfield and should the time come to part ways he would be taking a break from the game. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say