Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp vote of confidence for Simon Mignolet

first_img The German insisted no pattern could be discerned from the goals, saying: ” They are all different. Of course it’s a situation. Maybe it could be the next misunderstanding. “Simon came out of his goal and wanted to reach the ball and that’s how I work. You can say that if the goalkeeper comes out he has to take the ball, and he didn’t. But he came out because I said he should. “Not in this situation but in general. Because I think as a goalkeeper you have to try to help in the six-yard box as much as you can. That’s what he tried and if you try sometimes you miss, that’s all. It’s not about quality, or something else, it’s only this situation. “The second goal, nobody spoke about things like this after the game because we defend bad set-plays, but it was a foul and it was offside. “Everybody spoke about Jurgen Klopp, Tony Pulis, celebrating with fans, whatever, nobody spoke about this. If it’s a foul and it’s offside, how can I tell my team to defend it better? We have to defend so that nobody can easily make a goal. That’s it. “We know about this but in this special game, they were two different situations to all the other things. Usually we are more stable in situations like this. “We cannot be taller but we saw all the situations, we saw that some teams change their formations against us because of our kind of defending. We try to change now again something to be better prepared for situations like this.” Klopp, meanwhile, is confident he can get the best out of striker Christian Benteke. The Belgium international swapped Aston Villa for Anfield in the summer after Liverpool shelled out £32.5million but has come in for criticism for his performances. Klopp insisted it was natural that Benteke, who has netted five goals for Liverpool, would take time to feel totally comfortable in the side He said: “As a striker you always want to have five or six games in a row. At Aston Villa, I think when he was fit he played. Everything is different. “I have time to work. He played very good games for us, he made brilliant goals for us, so that’s not a problem. “I’m not sure anybody at Aston Villa saw the best Christian Benteke, so we have to work on it. He’s young enough to develop and that’s what we do.” On Sunday, Liverpool travel to Watford, who have been one of the surprise packages of the season and went into the weekend in seventh place in the Premier League table. But Klopp does not think it should be too much of a shock how well Quique Sanchez Flores’ side are doing. He said: “I don’t think it’s a big surprise, it’s how football is. “If you have a good team, of course you need good players, but if these players together are a really good team, if you have a good plan like they have and if you play football like they do, then it’s not easy but it’s possible to be more successful than everybody expects. And if the expectations are not too high, then it’s easier to go over them. “But we go there not to clap our hands because of their season because we want to fight for the points.” The Reds needed a very late Divock Origi strike to salvage a 2-2 stalemate at Anfield last weekend after Craig Dawson and Jonas Olsson had both scored from corners for Albion. Klopp was quick to defend goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who missed his punch to allow Dawson to head in, and protested Olsson’s goal should have been disallowed. Jurgen Klopp denied the goals Liverpool conceded against West Brom showed they have a problem defending set-pieces. Press Associationlast_img read more

GOtv Boxing Night 17  Scorpion Vows to Retire Nurudeen

first_img“He is a former national champion. His time is gone, but he does not want to admit it. I have taken it upon myself to send him into a fitting retirement by defeating him. He will lose interest in boxing by the time I finish with him. He will see hell,” he said.GOtv Boxing Night 17, the biggest ever edition of the show, will stage the World Boxing Federation Intercontinental super featherweight title fight between Nigeria’s Seun Wahab and Tanzania’s Issa Nampepeche. The show will also see US-based Nigerian, Oluwafemi Oyeleye take on Meshack “Smart Boy” Mwankemwa of Tanzania in an international light middleweight challenge clash.Similarly scheduled to be in action is a clutch of big names on the domestic scene, led by Olaide Fijabi, who will take on Yusuf Mufutau in a national light welterweight challenge. In the same category is reigning African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, who fights Hammed Hammed Ganiyu; national lightweight champion, Rilwan Oladosu who takes on Mubarak Hamzat.The show will equally see some of the brightest young talents take to the ring. Ebubechukwu Eze, a graduate of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 1, will take on Femi Akintayo in a middleweight clash, while the bantamweight division will see Opeyemi Adeyemi, best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 4, up against Jamiu Dada.The best boxer at the event which will be aired live on SuperSport to viewers in 47 African countries, will go home with a cash prize of N1.5 million attached to the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola, best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 15 has declared that he will send Nurudeen “Prince” Fatai, former national lightweight champion into retirement. The two boxers are billed to clash in a national lightweight challenge bout at GOtv Boxing Night 17 holding on December 28, at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.The eight-fight show tagged ‘Boxing Jams Music’, will feature live music performances by Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Teni Da Entertainer and Daddy Showkey.In an interview yesterday, Scorpion, a product of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, said his opponent was past his prime and is due for retirement, a duty he has imposed on himself to carry out.last_img read more

Men’s hockey: Badgers hit the road to New York for matchups with No. 18 St. Lawrence and Clarkson

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team takes their season out East this weekend as they head to upstate New York to battle two formidable ECAC opponents in the St. Lawrence University Saints and the University of Clarkson Golden Knights.The Badgers (2-2-0) are coming off a 4-3 win in their final exhibition game of the season against the U.S. under-18 team and is hoping to have a successful first regular season trip to the two New York universities.With two weeks of practice and an exhibition game win, the Badgers should be well rested and poised to have a successful weekend after an unsatisfying finish to the Boston College series.Men’s hockey: Badgers score two power play goals to help upset No. 6 Boston CollegeThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team continues to impress under Tony Granato, taking care of No. 6 Boston College Read…“The BC weekend was good in a lot of ways and it was bad in a lot of ways,” head coach Tony Granato said. “I think the most important thing is that you learn from what happened and try to improve each and every week.”Granato and the team took full advantage of the extra practice time and game experience this past week. The coach described how Tuesday’s practice put emphasis on playing without the puck in the neutral and defensive zone while also continuing to play fast.“You can work just about on everything when you have four straight days to practice just to touch up on, stay sharp” Granato said.The Badger’s top line struggled defensively in the final matchup against Boston College as their captain, Luke Kunin, finished the game at minus four in the plus/minus column while alternate captains, Grant Besse and Cameron Hughes, finished minus four and minus five, respectively.“They’re a good solid two-way line and I would say they just went through a little bit of a tough stretch,” Granato said.The leading line and the rest of the Badgers head into their long distance road trip hungry for a sweep of upstate New York. Two wins would be a big step in establishing a winning tradition in Granato’s first year as head coach.Friday night Wisconsin will land in Canton to take on the No. 18 St. Lawrence Saints who hold a record of 3-3-0 on the year. The Saints started the year splitting with No. 19 Penn State and splitting the rest as well. St. Lawrence brings back their two leading scorers from a year ago in senior defenseman Gavin Bayreuther and senior forward Drew Smolcynski.After the Friday night showdown, the Badgers will make the short 20 minute drive to Potsdam where they’ll face the Golden Knights of Clarkson. The Golden Knights hold a record of 3-2-1 with their lone draw coming to No. 14 Providence. Clarkson also brings back their two leading scorers from a season ago in junior forward Sam Vigneault and senior forward Jordan Boucher and should be a strong offensive front.The neighboring teams finished No. 4 and No. 5 in the ECAC the previous season and should pose a good test to a hungry Badgers crew.The puck drops at 6 p.m. in Canton’s Appleton Arena Friday, and begins Wisconsin’s road trip out east.last_img read more