Van Dijk predicts ‘fantastic future’ for Liverpool

first_imgVirgil van Dijk believes there is a “fantastic future coming up” at Liverpool, with there “so much quality” at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal.Impressive progress has been made by the Reds in recent years.They finally secured tangible reward in 2018-19, with a memorable campaign ending with a Champions League victory over domestic rivals Tottenham. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Klopp’s side have narrowly missed out on the Premier League title, but made amends in European competition.With their trophy duck having been broken, the expectation now is that there will be more major silverware to follow.Van Dijk believes that will prove to be the case, with there too much talent at Anfield for Liverpool not to be in contention for honours at home and abroad.The Dutch defender told the club’s official website: “I think the future looks pretty bright.“We have a fantastic team with players that want to develop, that want to give everything for the team and for the club.“[There is] so much quality in the team; sometimes you don’t even realise how good of [a group of] players we have – and also on the bench that want to play and be part of the team. So we have a fantastic future coming up.”Virgil van Dijk Liverpool Champions League trophyVan Dijk has helped to raise the collective standard at Liverpool.He has been a revelation since completing a record-breaking £75 million ($95m) transfer in the winter window of 2018.The Netherlands international has seen those efforts recognised with the PFA Player of the Year award, while there is also talk of him challenging Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for the 2019 Ballon d’Or.Van Dijk is, however, not the only man to have impressed at Anfield, and the 27-year-old acknowledges as much.He added: “I have been consistent. I’ve been feeling great, with the help – obviously – of all my teammates. But everyone has been fantastic.“If you look around the team, Robbo [Andy Robertson] has had his best season ever. Trent [Alexander-Arnold] has been amazing for such a young guy, so mature. And all the centre-backs. And obviously the rest of the team have been performing at such a high level.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Loblaw under investigation by Competition Bureau for pricing strategies with suppliers

OTTAWA — The federal Competition Bureau is investigating the relationship between grocery giant Loblaw Companies Ltd. and a number of its suppliers.A spokesman for the regulator confirmed in an email Monday that the bureau is probing certain practices related to “pricing strategies and programs” by Loblaw with respect to its suppliers which “could raise concerns under the Competition Act.”“The bureau is looking at these practices and the impact that they could have on competition in the marketplace,” spokesman Greg Scott said.Loblaw’s profit beats expectations as Shoppers Drug Mart boosts pharmacy salesBeyond chicken and fries: Loblaw seeks bigger bite of restaurant sales with new fresh-food offeringsWalmart Canada has hiked the price of its groceries, BMO report findsWhen the Competition Bureau approved Loblaw’s acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart earlier this year, it imposed certain “behavioural restrictions” on the grocer in connection with its agreements with suppliers for up to five years.The bureau was concerned that without restrictions on certain programs and agreements, the deal would likely lead to higher wholesale prices paid by other retailers and, in some circumstances, higher prices for consumers.The federal regulator also said at the time that it would continue to investigate certain pricing programs and agreements by the company.Loblaw called the probe the latest step in that review.“Given it’s the nation’s largest-ever retail acquisition, we understand the bureau’s interest in maintaining competition in the marketplace,” Loblaw spokesman Kevin Groh said in a statement.“We don’t believe our commitment or practices are inconsistent with a competitive market. But, we continue to co-operate with the bureau and have worked to provide them the clarity they require.”Scott said Monday the bureau filed 12 applications with the Federal Court last week for orders that would require certain grocery suppliers to provide records and written returns of information to the bureau.“It is important to note that there is no allegation of wrongdoing by any of these companies,” he said.“While I cannot discuss the specific details of our investigation for reasons of confidentiality, I can say that we are seeking information regarding pricing strategies and programs by Loblaw, with respect to its suppliers, which is relevant to our investigation,” Scott said.The Canadian Press read more