The England forward’s conduct was criticised by Liverpool greats including Steven Gerrard and Graeme Souness and he can expect a hostile reception from the away fans at the Etihad Stadium, but Klopp said it will be nothing that has not happened inside a football ground before.“That’s football. It’s normal in football that former players play against their old club or whatever,” the German told his pre-game press conference.“It’s absolutely normal and nothing special. I don’t know how many friends Raheem had here or has here.“He played here for a long time, had a good time here. I’ve heard no bad words about him. Good player, good boy, so (let’s be) friendly, shake hands, then it’s football.”Liverpool drew the first three games of Klopp’s reign before reeling off three successive wins, including an impressive 3-1 victory away to defending champions Chelsea on the last day in October.But they lost 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace in their last league game before the international break and go into the weekend seven points off the Champions League places in 10th place.The consensus over the campaign’s opening weeks was that City were the division’s outstanding team as Manuel Pellegrini’s team won their first five matches without conceding a goal.But their level has dipped since then as injuries have taken a toll and they have won only three of their last seven league matches, culminating in a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa on their last outing.– Aguero hopeful –It has allowed the chasing pack to close in and the concertina effect at the top of the table means that although City enter the weekend as leaders — above Arsenal on goal difference — they could be as low as fourth in the standings by the time the game kicks off.The two-week international break has given Pellegrini time to recover some of his injured players and striker Sergio Aguero has revealed that he hopes to feature on Saturday after seven games out with a hamstring injury.Aguero’s fellow striker Wilfried Bony is a doubt, but playmaker David Silva is also thought to be nearing a return after a seven-match absence with a knee problem.Another player coming up against his former club will be James Milner, who left City for Liverpool during the close season, and Aguero is wary of the impact that the hard-working England midfielder might have.“He’s a great player, though it will be odd to see him wearing another team’s colours,” the Argentine told the City website.“He is a true professional and I’m sure he’s going to come against us with everything he’s got.”While City’s fans will be delighted at the prospect of seeing Aguero back in a sky blue shirt, Liverpool could also welcome back their key striker if Daniel Sturridge can prove his fitness in time.The former City man has not played for Klopp yet after hurting his knee in training, but the German said there was a chance he could feature.Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is nearing a comeback after three months out with a heel problem and a broken foot, but he is not expected to be back in full training until next week.Liverpool have not won at City in six league games — a run stretching back to October 2008 — but prevailed 2-1 when the sides last met at Anfield in March.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (R) scores the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Watford at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain, 29 August 2015. PHOTO/EFELIVERPOOL, November 20- Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling will be one of several players facing a former club when Liverpool visit on Saturday, but Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has played down the significance of the reunion.Sterling, 20, felt the ire of Liverpool’s supporters after rejecting a contract offer from the club at the end of last season and subsequently joined City in a deal that could be worth up to £49 million ($74.9 million, 69.8 million euros).
(Missourinet) A key state senator from St. Louis is calling on Missouri’s GOP Senate leader to create an interim committee to study gun violence, saying it’s a public health crisis. State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, briefs Capitol reporters in January 2018 (file photo courtesy of Missouri Senate photographer Harrison Sweazea)State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, notes 13 children have been killed in St. Louis city shootings in 2019. She tells Missourinet she wants the Senate committee to hold a hearing in St. Louis.“And begin to hear all of the tragic incidents that have occurred due to gun violence from the surviving parents of those children that were killed,” Nasheed says.Nasheed describes the gun violence in her hometown as an epidemic. She’s also calling for increased protection of crime witnesses, saying they are fearful for their safety.Governor Mike Parson (R) signed legislation from Senator Nasheed into law this spring, which gives prosecutors discretion to redact personal identifying information about crime witnesses.Senator Nasheed, who serves as the Democratic Minority Caucus Whip in the State Senate, says by forming a Senate committee now, policies can be ready for discussion when lawmakers return to Jefferson City in January.She says lawmakers must also pass “concrete policy changes” to improve outcomes for police and prosecutors, when they return to the Capitol in January for the 2020 session.“Outstate (rural Missouri), they hunt animals,” says Nasheed. “And in the city (of St. Louis), all we have been seeing throughout the summer is humans hunting humans, killing humans.”Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, says he’s open to having a conversation about an interim committee. He says he’ll discuss the issue with GOP state senators next week.However, Pro Tem Schatz tells Missourinet that if it’s about restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners, then it’s a “non-starter” for him.Lawmakers will return to the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City on Monday for a special session on vehicle taxes. The annual veto session is next Wednesday.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Sean Dyche: We need to buy in Januaryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche admits he wants to buy in January.Dyche said the club were actively looking to add in January.”We are but it is tough,” Dyche said. “We are looking to build a system and a model that is not just for this window but works in a longer period for the club.”There is no immediate pressure on him (football chief Mike Rigg) but it is helpful if he can add something to what we already do and if there is something out there that we think we can move on then we will do.”It’s not throwing money at every situation. It is finding the right situations for now, and there needs to be a competitive element for now quite obviously because we’ve got to get wins, but also the next layer of player and the next development of player.”There’s a lot of boxes need ticking to make sure they are the right players for this club and that makes it difficult but that’s the challenge we’ve been doing for the last six or so years.”
Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Odegaard talks Real Madrid plansby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad midfielder Martin Odegaard sees his long-term future with Real Madrid.The Norway international is on a two-season loan in San Sebastian.Odegaard told TV2: “My goal is still to play for Real Madrid. That’s why I signed with them, because I want to play one day. “For me, this is the place to be. I feel that I have improved over the past two years. I think I’m a better player and I’m more mature, older and a little stronger. I feel better now than when I arrived in Spain.”Age also helps, of course.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Shaqiri admits frustration with Liverpool game timeby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loverSwiss international Xherdan Shaqiri admits his frustration over game time at the club.The right winger has only played off the bench twice this season, which is a similar story to last season.While Shaqiri has made important contributions, he knows that he is having a tough time dislodging the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane from the wide positions.It is possible that Shaqiri will ask for a transfer in January, but a move next summer is the outcome that looks the most likely.”It is not easy for me, of course I am a little downbeat,” Shaqiri told Teleclub.”You have to be able to handle that and you have to accept it, I was always still in the squad.”You cannot ask the coach to play every match.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Illustration; Image Courtesy: Stena WecoSwedish tanker shipping company Concordia Maritime and Danish tanker owner and operator Stena Weco have signed a contract for the chartering of two IMO2/3 class MR tankers. Under a joint chartering arrangement, in which the parties each hold a 50 percent share, the vessels will be hired for one year with the charters running from June and July 2017.The 2013-built ECO-design tankers will be operated by Stena Weco.“The arrangement is fully in line with our fleet and chartering strategy. We are exploiting our ability to act quickly when the right opportunity arises – this time by taking positions counter-cyclically and further strengthening our position in the MR segment,” Kim Ullman, CEO of Concordia Maritime, said.“With access to Stena Weco’s systems and networks, we are convinced that this will be a productive business arrangement,” Ullman added.
APTN National NewsThey protested the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.Now the people of Shoal Lake 40 have created their own ‘living museum.’APTN’s Dennis Ward reports.
New Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has hailed his move to the Spanish capital as a dream come true.The 26-year-old who left Chelsea to sign for Madrid this summer revealed he is fulfilling a lifelong dream by joining the European champions at his unveiling today.The deal which also involves Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic moving on loan to Chelsea is understood to have cost Madrid around €35million.“Joining the best club in the world is a responsibility and a huge honor. I would like to thank Real Madrid for their efforts to bring me here, as well as everyone who made the move happen,” he said, according to The News.“Throughout my career, I’ve done my best for all the teams I’ve played for and I want to show I can match the expectations at this club.”Report: Courtois’s agent arrested in money laundering case George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois agent has been arrested as part of a money-laundering investigation.The ugly word corruption is again staining the world of football. In…Courtois becomes only the second Belgian to play for Los Blancos after Fernand Goyvaerts, who was at Madrid from 1965 to 1967.“Real Madrid are signing one of the best goalkeepers in the world, if not the best,” Florentino Perez said.“He comes to Real at a young age but with a lot of experience and success in European Football.”Courtois won the Golden Glove award at the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia as Belgium finished third in the tournament.
Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic believes the game has evolved in terms of the way goalkeepers play.Begovic started his career at Portsmouth and has also played for Stoke City and Chelsea.He is now the number one keeper at Bournemouth and has enjoyed a terrific start to the Premier League season.Begovic spoke to Sky Sports and reflected on how his role as a goalkeeper has changed.“People expect you to be a more complete goalkeeper now. When I first came to England it was about shot-stopping and a little bit about distribution, maybe more [kicking it] long,” Begovic said.Match Preview: Bournemouth vs Manchester City Boro Tanchev – August 24, 2019 English champions Manchester City travel to Bournemouth for their encounter of the third Premier League Matchday.“Now every single part of your game is important; stop-stopping, cross-taking – high and low, and of course distribution as well, starting attacks.“Everything is so important to how fast the game is being played. The goalkeeper’s game has changed completely in the years I have been here.“A lot of the goalkeepers are a lot more skilful now. You have to really manage the risk. People label long ball as a long pass, but everyone has their own style. That’s what makes it beautiful.”