Liverpool midfielder full of praise for team effort after Man City victory

first_img1 James Milner feels there is even more to come from Liverpool after their stunning victory at Manchester City.Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Reds knocked City off the top of the Barclays Premier League with a comprehensive 4-1 win at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.Most of the damage was done in a whirlwind opening period as Liverpool raced into a 3-0 lead after forcing an Eliaquim Mangala own goal and with further strikes from Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.It was some statement by the Merseysiders as momentum continues to build under new boss Klopp while City were left with plenty of questions to answer.Midfielder Milner, who left City for Anfield in the summer, said: “I thought we were outstanding.“We pressed them all over the field, created a few chances and I thought we could have had a few more.“In the second half we didn’t want to keep it tight – we wanted to keep doing what we were doing and get on the front foot. We wanted to be in their faces.“We didn’t do it as effectively in the first half, and they changed their formation a bit, but I still thought we put in a pretty good second half.“There are always areas we can improve. If you look at the teams we have played away from home and the results we have got, it has been pretty solid, but obviously the home form we can improve.“We know that is where we need to do better and we are more than capable of that. If we can get the home form right we won’t be too far away.”Liverpool were beaten at Anfield by Crystal Palace on their last outing but on this occasion they ravaged the title favourites with a high-energy display from the outset.The opener came after seven minutes as Coutinho robbed Bacary Sagna and Mangala turned Firmino’s cross into his own net. More poor defending allowed Liverpool’s Brazilian duo to quickly increase the lead and Firmino was close to adding two more.City’s top striker Sergio Aguero marked his return after seven games out injured with a fine goal to reduce the arrears but Martin Skrtel lashed in a shot nine minutes from time.Milner, 29, produced one of his best performances for Liverpool on a day of mixed emotions back at the club where he won four trophies.He said: “It was strange coming back to place where I was for five years and had a lot of good times, but as soon as you step on the field it is business time.“It is important we keep this going now and it is a great start to a period where we have a lot of games. Hopefully we can keep keep the confidence going.” Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Reds knocked City off the top of the Premier League with a comprehensive 4-1 win last_img read more

Manchester United on red alert as Dotrmund star set to slap in transfer request

first_img1 Manchester United are keeping a close eye on Mats Hummels’ situation at Borussia Dortmund, according to reports in Germany.The German international was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer but opted to commit his future to Dortmund.However, according to Bild, Hummels has struggled to adapt to life under new coach Thomas Tuchel and is set to hand in a transfer request at the end of the season.That is likely to alert United, with Louis van Gaal known to be an admirer of the 26-year-old and eyeing a regular partner for Chris Smalling at the heart of his side’s defence.Hummels has a contract with Dortmund until 2017 but is unlikely to renew terms so the Bundesliga side may want to cash in on him next summer. Mats Hummels last_img read more

Man City join £30m Vardy chase, Mancini to be next Chelsea boss? Paper review

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Louis van Gaal is even closer to the axe at Manchester United. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was locked in a meeting at the club’s London HQ yesterday. LVG was at Carrington yesterday to prepare the team for the Boxing Day trip to Stoke. But his time is running out after three successive defeats and six games without a win. (The Sun)Chelsea are looking to make Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini their next permanent manager. The Blues appointed Guus Hiddink as interim manager last week shortly after sacking Stamford Bridge icon Jose Mourinho. Blues owner Roman Abramovich is busy scoring the market for a long-term replacement and has identified Mancini as a possible candidate. (Daily Star)Chelsea may face January competition for the £30 million-rated striker Jamie Vardy from Manchester City, who have made a tentative check on the 28-year-old. City’s interest is not thought to be anywhere near as strong as Chelsea’s at the moment and there has been no indication that they are currently lining up a bid. But an offer from Chelsea or another significant injury to Sergio Agüero may persuade City to target Vardy, who is eligible for the Champions League and would boost their home-grown quota. (Daily Telegraph)Brazil hotshot Alex Teixeira has agreed to join Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea revamp next month. The struggling Blues are desperate to boost their attack and are in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk for the free-scoring midfielder. A fee of around £30m is likely for the 25-year-old uncapped star, who is the top goal-getter in Europe. (Daily Star)Arsenal are willing to enhance Mesut Ozil’s status as the best-paid player at the club to ensure he signs a new deal. The 27-year-old’s deal expires in 2018, but tying him down to an longer deal will become a priority during the early part of next year as Arsenal look to avoid any uncertainty over his future. (Daily Mail)Mathieu Flamini is set to leave the Emirates next summer – despite being Arsenal’s lucky charm. France midfielder Flamini, 31, has never finished on the losing side in the 52 Premier League games he has played at the Emirates, winning 36 of them. But Flamini, who is on £80,000 a week, is set to go this summer when his current deal expires while Mikel Arteta and fellow veteran Tomas Rosicky are also out of contract. (Daily Mirror)Ashley Cole is ready to make a fresh start by following Steven Gerrard to LA Galaxy. The former England left-back looks set to sign for the MLS outfit and move to California. Cole is free to find a new home after being released by Roma and he fancies Los Angeles over offers in England. (Daily Mirror)Dutch club Groningen will move for Liverpool starlet Jerome Sinclair in January. Contract talks have stalled between Sinclair and Liverpool and the young forward could quit Anfield as a free agent next summer. Sinclair would be allowed to go for just a compensation fee and one of Liverpool’s best young prospects could come back to haunt them in the future. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham defender Federico Fazio could be heading for a swift return to Sevilla. The Spaniards want to re-sign the Argentinian defender who they sold to Spurs in August 2014 for £8million. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Newcastle to rival Arsenal and Manchester City for Croatian defender Sime VrsaljkoClaudio Ranieri insists Man United-linked Riyad Mahrez will not leave Leicester in JanuaryExclusive – Andy Gray backs Jose Mourinho to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United managerChelsea flop set for exit as Besiktas enter talks over January switchChelsea transfer report: Cesc Fabregas lined up for sensational move to Real MadridExclusive – ‘Premier League title is Arsenal’s to lose this season’, claims Stuart PearceArsenal ‘have to start believing’ they can win Premier League title, Gunners legend David Seaman tells talkSPORTLiverpool ‘in a very good position’ to end silverware hunt despite poor run, claims Reds star CoutinhoSteve Sidwell expected to leave Stoke in January after falling out of favourAston Villa in talks to sign former West Ham midfielder Morgan Amalfitano 1 Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more

‘Liverpool fans moaned to me about Klopp’, reveals Exeter player

first_imgExeter City striker Clinton Morrison has revealed Liverpool fans told him about their fury at Jurgen Klopp’s team selection at half-time on Friday night.The two teams drew 2-2 in the FA Cup third round as the German manager fielded an inexperienced team at St James’ Park, with the minnows leading for much of the second half.And former Premier League striker Morrison warned Klopp Reds supporters will not accept a similar selection or performance in the replay on Merseyside.He told the Sports Bar: “I don’t think, when we play them at Anfield, he will change the team as much. I think you will see five or six first-teamers back. Jurgen Klopp knows the Liverpool fans won’t accept [a similar performance at home].“When I was warming up at half-time one of the Liverpool fans shouted out, ‘Oi, Clinton. Tell that Klopp to sort it out. We didn’t come all this way to see this.’“I know for a fact there were some disgruntled people there who were disappointed in the team he picked.”But Morrison admitted, while the Grecians were buoyed when they saw Liverpool’s line up, that some of the Reds youngsters proved they have what it takes to become stars.He added: “We thought they were there for the taking but they still had a lot of quality. The left-back Brad Smith is a terrific talent. He’s one for the future, and the right-back [Randall] too. I thought they were both very good.“I still think they had enough quality on the pitch to cause us problems but I just thought we were the better team and we’re slightly disappointed we’re not through.”last_img read more

LSU’s gamble pays off

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityClearly, the LSU coach is on quite a roll. The No. 1 Tigers and their go-for-broke coach pulled off one gamble after another before Jacob Hester hit the jackpot, scoring on a 2-yard run with just over a minute remaining for a 28-24 victory over ninth-ranked Florida on a thrilling Saturday night in Death Valley. Playing as the top-ranked team in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1959, LSU was in serious trouble much of the game. Their top-rated defense was shredded by Florida’s double-threat quarterback, Tim Tebow, who led the Gators to a trio of 10-point leads. But they couldn’t hold off the Tigers. LSU (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) took advantage of two second-half turnovers and barely converted a pair of fourth-down runs on their final drive. Finally, Hester powered into the end zone to give LSU its first lead of the night – and the only one that mattered. “We pretty much knew it was going to be a chance to win the game,” Hester said. “Coach Miles said, `I believe in you. I don’t want a tie. I want to go out and win this thing.’ When your head coach has that kind of respect and trust in you, you want to prove something to him.” Florida (4-2, 2-2) lost for the second week in a row, the first time that’s happened to Urban Meyer since he was a little-known coach at Bowling Green in 2002. And, in all likelihood, the Gators’ hopes of repeating as national champions have been snuffed out just halfway through the season. “I don’t know if I’ve ever done this, but I guarantee we’ll be back,” Meyer said defiantly. “The Florida Gators will be back. Smokin’.” Tebow threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another, guiding Florida to a 24-14 lead with 15 minutes remaining. But the Gators, who failed to complete a comeback against Auburn the previous week, were the victims of LSU’s rally this time. “I thought our defense hung in there,” Meyer said. “They are so young and the offense has got to move the ball. That’s twice now. It’s two weeks in a row.” LSU kept rolling the dice and coming up with winners. The Tigers scored two touchdowns on fourth-down plays and another after pulling off a fake field goal. Then it was Hester, bulling his way into the end zone to put LSU ahead with 1:09 remaining. When LSU knocked down Tebow’s final long pass in the end zone, the record crowd of 92,910 let out its biggest roar of all. The Tigers should still be No. 1 when the poll comes out today. And, with second-ranked USC losing to Stanford in a 24-23 stunner, really there’s no doubt about it. “We took great strides in showing our character and ability to come from behind,” Miles said. “I like the way this team is coming together.” Miles helped the cause by going all-in every chance he got. Backup quarterback Ryan Perilloux scored on a fourth-and-goal run from the 1 in the second quarter. Starting quarterback Matt Flynn pulled off a fake field goal that led to Keiland Williams’ 4-yard TD run in the third quarter. Flynn tossed a 4-yard scoring pass to Demetrius Byrd on fourth-and-goal with 10:15 remaining. But the Tigers weren’t done. First, with 7 minutes left and the ball on their side of midfield, LSU passed up a punt and went for it needing nearly 2 yards. Hester took the handoff and put his head down. The chains came on after he was tackled. First down by about the length of the football. “I gamble more than you think,” Miles said with the devilish grin of someone who doubled down and hit blackjack. “Their offense is a possession offense. … They keep the ball. We knew if we got some fourth-down opportunities, we knew were going to make those calls. We were going to make `em. We just knew that.” They did, over and over again.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GAME OF THE DAY: Tigers rally to defeat Florida and remain undefeated. By Paul Newberry THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BATON ROUGE, La. – Les Miles should head straight to one of those Mississippi River casinos. last_img

Couple sought in 2005 killing

first_imgPICO RIVERA — Jimmy Aguilar and his wife, Sheyla, were supposed to spend that weekend with his mother, Ofelia Gutierrez.It was a weekly ritual.But Sunday rolled around and still no word from her only son. The couple didn’t answer their cell phone.“I get nervous. I felt something happened,” Gutierrez, 49, said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.She and her brother-in-law, Mario Enrique Campos, decided to check on the Aguilars. They dropped by the couple’s studio apartment in the 7400 block of Rosemead Boulevard the afternoon of Aug. 14, 2005.When no one answered, she used her key and made a horrific discovery.Inside were the bodies of Jimmy Aguilar, 23, and Sheyla Aguilar, 31. Each was shot once in the upper body and had been dead for a couple of days at least.“I don’t expect that. He was a very good boy, he was working so hard,” Gutierrez cried.No one in the Towne Center Village apartments apparently reported hearing gunshots or any disturbances. But unlike other cold cases, detectives have suspects in the fatal shootings.Witnesses saw Fernando Manuel Sanchez, 32, and his wife, Yanet Garcia Mota Sanchez, 28, arriving at or leaving the Aguilars’ apartment on Aug. 12, 2005, according to Sgt. Robert Taylor of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.The Sanchezes employed Sheyla Aguilar as their housekeeper and nanny. They were also friends of the Aguilars.Fernando and Yanet Sanchez have been on the run since 2005 and are believed to be traveling with their two children. Although the couple are wanted for questioning, there hasn’t been an arrest warrant issued.They faxed a letter to the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau in 2005 denying they were the last people seen with the Aguilars and told authorities they were en route to Mexico to avoid being arrested.The fax was sent from a pharmacy in the Rosarito, Mexico area.Within the past two months, Taylor said the couple renewed their California driver licenses in San Diego County. Their current whereabouts remain a mystery.“This is a case where we need the public’s help. Fernando and Yanet might think we stopped working on this,” said Sgt. Kenneth Clark.The family of Jimmy Aguilar also pleaded for help in the case.“I really need somebody to find out what happened,” Gutierrez said.Clark and Taylor suspect the Aguilars were killed because of a dispute over money.Sheyla Aguilar was saving money to bring her biological son from Peru to America, Taylor said. He added that a portion of the funds were also meant to start a trucking business.“Fernando found out and wanted to be part of the business and convinced Jimmy to give him money,” Clark said. He declined to reveal how much the loan was.Taylor said Sanchez told the younger man he would invest the money and return it with interest.Sheyla Aguilar didn’t know about the loan. When she found out, Clark said she went to confront her employers/friends but they wouldn’t answer the door.A girlfriend who accompanied her to the Sanchezes’ Montebello home told investigators they could hear the air conditioner and the television.“Sheyla wanted her money back. … She wanted to bring her kid over,” Taylor said.But while she had a key to the Sanchezes’ house, she didn’t use it when she went to confront them.A week later, the Aguilars were dead.The Sanchezes fled after detectives called Fernando Sanchez trying to set up a date for him to take a polygraph test. Investigators had twice interviewed him earlier.Clark said he called Fernando Sanchez but there was a click and he lost connection. Successive calls started going to voice mail.When detectives went to the Sanchezes’ home that night, they found it empty.“They took the kids out of school in one day, moved all the furniture and abandoned the house they were renting,” Taylor said.He said the couple was living beyond their means. They were being evicted from the Montebello house, drove an Expedition that was actually a salvaged vehicle and hadn’t paid Sheyla Aguilar’s weekly salary for two weeks, Taylor added.Jimmy Aguilar’s only sibling, 16-year-old Jasmine Gutierrez, said she wants people to know he wasn’t a gangster. People have assumed things about him because he was shot, he was bald and Latino, she added.He worked as a truck driver for a relative for about three years and was let go a little over a month before he was shot. He was looking for a job.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

`Safe’ at home, FBI says

first_imgBut Ernst warned any business could be targeted. “You may not think your business has anything to do with animal or environmental issues, but if you do business with a company, you will be defined as a threat,” he said. The goal of animal and environmental terrorists is to get media attention, inflict economic damage and stop the abuse. One of the largest incidents of domestic terrorism, he said, was the 2003 SUV arson attacks at several West Covina automobile dealerships. “A suspect was arrested and jailed, but there are accomplices still out there,” Ernst said. SANTA FE SPRINGS – Special agents from the San Gabriel Valley Joint Terrorism Task Force told business owners and employees Tuesday their city has not been targeted by international or domestic terrorists. FBI agents Shane Vinall and Jason Ernst spoke before 50 business people as part of the the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce’s “Security and Safety Briefing” at City Hall. “Whittier and Santa Fe Springs are relatively safe,” said Ernst, who spoke on domestic terrorism. He said businesses such as restaurants, meat-packing facilities, animal research labs, car dealerships and even banks are likely to be marks of animal and environmental terrorists. Both agents told the audience to invest in quality security surveillance equipment, including a recording hard drive to store data. “If you don’t make a good investment, there is nothing we can do if there is not adequate evidence,” Vinall said. Despite the warnings, he did not want to present a “doom and gloom” scenario. “We are in a relatively safe time,” Vinall said. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

€4M INVESTMENT IN DONEGAL’S MOBILE PHONE INFRASTRUCTURE

first_imgAn investment in Vodafone and Three mobile infrastructure in Donegal is expected to lead to a much improved mobile phone and broadband service by the end of the year.Raidió na Gaeltachta today report that Vodafone will have invested €4m in their infrastructure in the county by the end of the autumn, making high-speed broadband and 4G services available to 92% of the population.Three had also undertaken work to upgrade their service in Donegal, with further work due to take place soon in the areas of Glenties, Killybegs, Mountcharles and Moville. Vodafone began their upgrading work in Co. Donegal in Donegal town in September 2014, and 40% of the work has been completed.At present, 79% of Vodafone customers in Donegal have access to 3G, and this will have increased to 98% by the end of autumn. 33% of their customers currently have access to 4G, which is up to ten times quicker that 3G, and that will increase to 92% as a result of the work.Since Vodafone began their upgrade work in Donegal, there has been a 50% increase in the number of customers using data and broadband on mobile phones in the county due to the improved speed.€4M INVESTMENT IN DONEGAL’S MOBILE PHONE INFRASTRUCTURE was last modified: May 7th, 2015 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

‘Pep Guardiola will transform us to a whole new level’, says Man City chairman

first_img Pep Guardiola lifts the German Cup 1 Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has hailed new boss Pep Guardiola, saying the Spaniard is an “an incredible asset” who will “transform” the club.Guardiola begins a three-year contract as City boss this summer having decided back in February to leave Bayern Munich for the Etihad.The 45-year-old has amassed a vast haul of trophies over spells with Bayern and Barcelona, who he guided to two Champions League triumphs.And Khaldoon told City TV: “I’m absolutely excited about Pep joining our team.“I consider Pep to be one of the best, if not the best, managers today in football.“We are getting a manager that epitomises, in my view, passion and commitment.“He’s a winner, he’s a proven winner, he has won professionally in every team he has coached, his record at Bayern Munich, his record at Barcelona, I think speaks for itself.“The trophies he’s won…every single club competition out there, from the Champions League to La Liga to the Bundesliga, to the respective cups.“We are getting a proven winner, we are getting a passionate man, we are getting someone who I think will be an incredible asset to Manchester City. And I have no doubt that he will transform our team to a whole new level.”Guardiola does not officially start work at City until next month, but he met Khaldoon in Abu Dhabi earlier this week and has also made two visits over the last few days to see the club’s facilities in Manchester – their training ground and their Etihad Stadium home.Guardiola is succeeding Manuel Pellegrini, under whom City won silverware three times in a three-year tenure.The Chilean steered the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season in charge, plus the League Cup, which was collected again last term after a trophyless 2014-15.The season just finished also saw City reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time, and they came fourth in the Premier League.Khaldoon has thanked Pellegrini and his team for their efforts but also stressed that the last year in particular was a disappointing one overall.“Let’s be objective first,” the chairman said.“Over three years we won our second Premier League title in the history of the club, we’ve won two League Cups under Manuel, we’ve gone to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time, we’ve scored – I think – an incredible amount of goals.“So there are a lot of achievements that have been made in those three years that I think we all have to recognise…Manuel and the team around him, we should thank them and be grateful for these achievements.“At the same time, I think we also can’t hide the disappointment, particularly this year.“I think all of us came with high expectations for this season, and I think, at the end of the day, I cannot hide the disappointment of myself, obviously (club owner) Sheikh Mansour, I know the fans of the club, and I’m sure the entire team.”last_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has NOT decided on Manchester United move, says Mino Raiola

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has still not decided whether to join Manchester United or move elsewhere, according to his agent.The veteran Swedish striker is out of contract at the end of June after rejecting the offer of a new deal at Paris Saint-Germain.Ibrahimovic has a close relationship with new United boss Jose Mourinho, having worked with him at Inter Milan, and has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford.Many reports have claimed the 34-year-old has already signed a deal with United and it will be confirmed after Sweden’s participation in Euro 2016 is over.However, his representative Mino Raiola has now insisted that Ibrahimovic is still to make a decision on his next move.He told French broadcaster Telefoot: “Manchester United are a great team with a great coach.“It’s fascinating. I’ve made my decision, but he hasn’t made his. He’s really busy with the Euros,“Out of respect for the Euros, the team, the country and the coach he has to be professional and concentrate on that.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for Sweden 1last_img read more