Origi, Ibe, Lallana: Seven players that Liverpool must start v FC Sion

first_img 7 7 7 3. Joe Gomez (centre back or full back) – The 18-year-old, signed by Liverpool for £3.5m from Charlton Athletic in the summer, got his Anfield career off to an exciting start at left back. However, his inexperience quickly left him exposed, with conceding a penalty against Manchester United a moment to forget, and Alberto Moreno has now moved in on his position. Gomez, nonetheless, would relish the opportunity in the Europa League and such experience will be crucial for his development. The talent is there, but he needs the minutes under his belt. 2. Divock Origi (striker) – Rodgers will not risk Daniel Sturridge against Sion, and with Christian Benteke injured, this could be Origi’s best chance to impress. Rumours were rife that Liverpool would send the Belgium international on loan again this season, yet with Rodgers having recently discussed the need to nurture his talent, he must be given playing time. He could partner Ings in attack and it’ll be interesting to see how another potential forward partnership combines. 7 5. Jordan Rossiter (centre midfield) – Rossiter’s performance in their opening Europa League clash against Bordeaux has left supporters eager for more. The stage is certainly set for the youngster to prove to Rodgers that he is ready to become an important player in his senior squad. He appears unfazed at stepping out onto the main stage and his progression is one to keep a close eye on. 7 7 4. Danny Ings (striker) – Danny Ings is shining in the absence of Christian Benteke; so much so that the Belgian could struggle to force his teammate out of the line up upon his return. And with the confidence of a striker so fragile, Rodgers could be wise to hand Ings a continuous run in his side, particularly given there will soon be a great deal of competition for a place up front. The England Under-21 international will be desperate to get his name on the score sheet and such determination is key in a competition that the Reds should be targeting glory in. 7 With Liverpool’s form in the Premier League leaving much to be desired, Brendan Rodgers is likely to rest a number of key players in their Europa League clash on Thursday night.However, while English top flight clubs often treat the second tier European competition with similar tactics to the League Cup – in using the tournament to hand young players an opportunity in the first-team – Rodgers must be smart in his selection. PREDICTED LIVERPOOL EUROPA LEAGUE XI VS FC SIONAs such, we’ve looked at seven players, including youngsters hoping to impress and key first-teamers, who should be named in Liverpool’s starting XI.Find out our chosen players by clicking the yellow above, right.Liverpool fans – who would you like to see play against Sion? Let us know by leaving a comment below. 1. Jordan Ibe (winger) – to see six others that should start, click the arrow above – With constant comparisons to former teammate and now Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, expectations on Ibe have been arguably unrealistically high. The 19-year-old is yet to really dazzle supporters as he struggles to emerge from Sterling’s shadow, but a run in Europe could do wonders for his confidence. 6. Adam Lallana (attacking midfielder) – The Europa League is an excellent opportunity for young players to be handed their chance to impress; yet the more senior of Rodgers’ squad must also step up. Lallana has been met with mixed reception since arriving, with his form and influence in games far too inconsistent, but he should be able to express himself comfortably in Europe. 7. Adam Bogdan (goalkeeper) – Following his heroics in the League Cup, Bodgan perhaps deserves be the first choice goalkeeper in the Europa League, too. What’s more, Simon Mignolet shouldn’t get too comfortable at believing his role as the No.1 is uncontested. A little competition could be healthy for the squad.last_img read more

Can you believe this John Terry statement? ‘There is no difference at Chelsea from last season’

first_imgJohn Terry says Chelsea’s underperforming players remain united behind manager Jose Mourinho.The champions are 16th in the Premier League after Southampton on Saturday inflicted a fourth loss in eight games.Terry started for the second time in six matches but the now familiar defensive failings were all too evident, leading to speculation Mourinho might be sacked, like many of his predecessors.The Blues boss has repeatedly denied fractures in relationships within the squad, particularly with Terry, who has now publicly spoken of his support for Mourinho.“We have a big group of players and we have the best manager who we remain behind and we remain together,” Terry told chelseafc.com.“That is what you do in tough circumstances. I have been here a long time and I have seen managers come and go and if anyone is going to get us out of this hole it is going to be Jose Mourinho.“And the players will remain together and fight, and keep fighting for the supporters because they were excellent on Saturday.”Chelsea paraded the title and the Capital One Cup through west London just five months ago and the speed of the decline is alarming. Terry reckons a lack of confidence is a major factor, but maintains there will be a response from the players. “We are not in the familiar position we are normally in,” the 34-year-old added. “We find ourselves in it and it is down to the group of players and the manager to get ourselves out of it and we must do that very soon.“Generally I think we are looking low on confidence but we have a big group of players in that dressing room and we need to stand up, which we will do. There is no difference from last season.“We need to be hungry like we were. Like many teams find, it is difficult to come back after winning the Premier League, we have seen it with Man City. “We are suffering a bit of late but we have big characters in the dressing room and we will remain together along with the manager and get ourselves out of this.”Chelsea resume after the international break at home against Aston Villa on October 17. “Once you can get one win you build on that,” Terry added. “We must win at home to Aston Villa after the international break, which is maybe a good opportunity for players to go away and clear their heads and come back after that and really kick on, because we need to start winning football matches.” 1 John Terry is backing Jose Mourinho last_img read more

Bad news for Norwich! Manchester United trio in line to return

first_imgWayne Rooney is expected to return to Manchester United’s starting XI against Norwich on Saturday.The United captain has missed the last three games with an ankle injury, but Louis van Gaal confirmed in his pre-match press conference that the 30-year-old has come through training unscathed this week.Rooney is in line to make his 500th appearance for the club at Old Trafford.United could also welcome back Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera against the Canaries, while Ashley Young has an outside chance of featuring.“Three or four players are coming back,” Van Gaal said.“They have trained a full week – Rooney has, for example. It is possible he can play, but we have to wait and see.“We have to decide if they can play or not because some players like Herrera have already been ‘out of the office’ for three or four weeks.”Rooney has only scored once for the club since October, and Van Gaal added: “I hope when he plays he scores a goal, because it is a big day for him.” Wayne Rooney 1last_img read more

Derby leapfrog Middlesbrough to reach summit as home sides dominate Boxing Day

first_img Johnny Russell 1 Derby County took full advantage of league leaders Middlesbrough’s game at Blackburn being called off to move top of the Championship with a straightforward 2-0 win over Fulham.It was one way traffic throughout at the iPro Stadium but took until seven minutes into the second half for the Rams to forge a breakthrough when Tim Ream turned Johnny Russell’s teasing cross into his own net.And Paul Clement’s side ensured they would move a point ahead of Boro when Jacob Butterfield slammed in Chris Martin’s clever knock down with six minutes remaining.Hull were another promotion chasing side who were made to wait until the second half to grind down their opponents, although again they ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Burnley at the KC Stadium.Goals after the break from Jake Livermore, Abel Hernandez – his 10th of the season – and an injury time strike from Sam Clucas put the gloss on a fine Boxing Day outing for the Tigers as they kept pace with the leaders and put distance between themselves and their opponents.Sheffield Wednesday were also big winners on the day, although were bumped out of the play-off spots in injury time, after a resounding 3-0 win over Birmingham at Hillsborough as home domination in the Championship continued.In-form Fernando Forestieri made it an impressive four goals in the space of a week with a goal either side of half time, while Kieran Lee also finished with aplomb in between his strike partner’s two efforts.But Wednesday sit just outside the top six courtesy of a dramatic late finish at Portman Road, as Ipswich captain Luke Chambers headed home in injury time to snatch a 2-1 win over QPR.Rangers, who are toiling well below their pre-season expectations in mid-table, took the lead on the stroke of half time through Junior Hoilett before Jonathan Douglas levelled for the hosts 13 minutes from time.The game appeared destined for a draw until Chambers popped up two minutes into stoppage time to complete the turnaround.At the other end of the table, Bolton’s fate looks almost consigned to League One already after they were handed an embarrassing 4-0 pasting by fellow relegation contenders Rotherham.Home advantage again proved pivotal as on-loan Tottenham man Gavin Ward, namesake Danny, Joe Newell and Jonson Clarke-Harris saw the hosts jump out of the bottom three on goal difference and deepen the Trotters’ plight.That’s because Charlton left it late to grab what could prove a priceless point at fellow strugglers Bristol City, with the Robins falling behind Rotherham as a result.Harry Lennon popped up in injury time to cancel out Nathan Baker’s first-half header as both sides remain firmly consumed in the scrap at the wrong end of the table.Meanwhile, Nahki Wells starred as Huddersfield put breathing space between themselves and the aforementioned quartet with a convincing 3-1 win over Preston.Wells struck a brace – either side of half time – to take his season tally to seven and former Manchester City man Emyr Huws also scored as the Terriers romped to victory despite Adam Reach’s late consolation.MK Dons also made the most of the full 90 minutes to snatch a 2-1 win over Cardiff at Stadium MK, with ex-Norwich youngster Jacob Murphy proving the match winner.It was a vital win for lowly Dons, who thought Craig Noone had cancelled out Nicky Maynard’s opener until Murphy’s clinical late intervention as the hosts stay a point above the drop zone.Elsewhere, In the early kick off, highflyers Brighton were held to a 0-0 draw at Brentford in treacherous conditions.Championship results:Brentford 0-0 BrightonBlackburn P-P MiddlesbroughBristol City 1-1 CharltonDerby 2-0 FulhamHuddersfield 3-1 PrestonHull 3-0 BurnleyIpswich 2-1 QPRMK Dons 2-1 CardiffRotherham 4-0 BoltonSheffield Wednesday 3-0 Birminghamlast_img read more

Serie A star’s admission ramps up talk of £35m Man United move

first_img Felipe Anderson 1 Manchester United target Felipe Anderson admits he is uncertain about where his future lies.The Lazio midfielder has been heavily linked with a £35million move to Old Trafford this month as the Red Devils attempt to bolster their attacking options.Bayern Munich and Barcelona were also scouting the 22-year-old last season after he struck 10 goals in Serie A.And now Anderson has hinted that he could be off during the current transfer window.“I do not know if I will stay in January,” Anderson told Sky Italia.“I am concentrated only on my work and doing well here. I do not know what will happen.”last_img read more

O.C. sheriff plans to delegate most duties

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Campbell said Carona would submit a plan in writing to each of the supervisors before their meeting on Tuesday, when Campbell had planned to submit a resolution urging Carona to step aside. Campbell said the resolution was now unnecessary. Carona was meeting with his lawyers to decide what jobs he must do by law while he remained sheriff, and which he could hand off. “He can’t delegate certain tasks,” Campbell said. “He knows there are some things he must continue to do.” Campbell knew only that the sheriff planned to make the move “soon” but had no specific timetable. Carona has not made an announcement about any such move, and a message left with a Sheriff’s Department spokesman Friday was not immediately returned. Carona was facing seven counts of conspiracy, mail fraud and witness tampering in a federal corruption case unsealed earlier this week. He has vowed to remain in office and fight the charges. Campbell said the command staff would be led by Undersheriff Jo Ann Galisky, and that Carona would be available for consultation. Carona returned to work Thursday, a day after appearing in federal court in handcuffs to face the corruption charges.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press SANTA ANA – Orange County’s embattled sheriff planned to hand off most of his day-to-day duties while he faces federal corruption charges, a county supervisor said Friday. Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell said Sheriff Michael Carona told him Thursday that he was drawing up a plan to hand over specific tasks to others in his department. “He asked his command staff to come up with a plan to take over day-to-day operations,” Campbell said. last_img read more


first_imgWATER SUPPLIES have returned to normal in most of Donegal tonight – except in the east of the county where overnight switch-offs are continuing this Monday night.Donegal County Council today (MON) announced that water supplies will be restricted between 6pm this evening and 8am tomorrow morning in the following areas: Convoy, Castlefin, Raphoe, Lifford, Ballinacor, Tievebrack and Gleneely.In Ballybofey and Stranorlar the supply will also be turned off to the Twin Towns from midnight until 8.00am each night. A council spokesman said “The important message here is that we wish to continue our appeal to the public to help eliminate wastage and conserve water we are seeking key holders of all types of properties where water may be lost to return and check for losses.“The Council is very actively involved throughout the county responding to bursts on watermains, however the sooner we get that level of buy-in from the public the sooner we can reduce the exceptional demand for water and return to normality,” he said. TWIN TOWNS AND RAPHOE HIT AGAIN IN WATER DISRUPTIONS was last modified: January 3rd, 2011 by gregShare 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


first_imgLetterkenny businessman Mairtin Kelly was delighted when he got the opportunity to meet his hero in the form of former SuperQuinn chairman Fergal Quinn. Kelly who owns the hugely successful Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top and diner said he jumped at the opportunity to meet Quinn.The former SuperQuinn chairmen was seen as a revolutionary leader in the grocery distribution industry and overseen some of its most innovative changes. Kelly who has turned his business into an incredible success says he was able to pick Quinn’s brain and also told him about his own business.Mairtin Kelly told Donegal Daily, “It was a real pleasure to meet with Feargal, I learned a lot from him over the years.“He was a towering figure in our industry and has been an incredible success.“It was great to tell him about my business and our success story. “He also gave me some great suggestions for our business moving forward, so look out for these in early 2015.“It was brilliant to meet him and he was very warm, insightful and interesting. LETTERKENNY BUSINESS MAN GETS TO MEET HIS HERO! was last modified: December 4th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:BusinessFeaturesFergaal QuinnMairtin KellySuperQuinnlast_img read more

‘Goal was cherry on the cake!’ Guedioura looks forward to possible Palace clash

first_imgAdlene Guedioura’s wonder goal capped what the player called a ‘perfect afternoon’ as Watford beat Arsenal 2-1 to book a place in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.The Algeria international scored the club’s second goal after Odion Ighalo’s opener and explained victory made his goal all the sweeter.“We tried to manage the play and follow the manager’s plan and today we won, so it was the perfect afternoon on a lovely day at the Emirates,” he told Stan Collymore after the game.“Yes, the strike was the cherry on the cake, but it was good to win and go to Wembley,” the 30-year-old added.And Guedioura is looking forward to a potential reunion with Crystal Palace who he left for Watford in 2015 after Alan Pardew’s side saw off Reading in their quarter-final match.“I have friends there and it’s always nice to play Palace but why not meet them in the final? It can be a rematch of the [2013 Championship] play-off final.”Listen to the full interview above and hear him relive that excellent strike.last_img read more

FA Cup: Man United boss frightened by West Ham duo after poor defensive showing

first_img1 Louis van Gaal admits West Ham striker Andy Carroll could run riot in Wednesday’s FA Cup quarter-final replay if his Manchester United defence does not improve.Carroll scored a brilliant hat-trick against Arsenal on Saturday, terrorising the Gunners’ back-line in what was only the striker’s first league start since January.The 6ft 3in forward’s performance has pushed him back into the reckoning for England’s Euro 2016 squad this summer and he will be confident of capitalising again versus a United side vulnerable after a 3-0 drubbing at Tottenham.The defeat saw the Red Devils concede three times in six minutes at White Hart Lane and Van Gaal is well aware a similar display could spell the end of his team’s FA Cup hopes.“I’ve seen the Andy Carroll show (against Arsenal) and I think our problem against Tottenham was also the miscommunication of our central defenders,” Van Gaal said.“I hope that we improve our communication because it is very important this game for us.“Carroll has special qualities. We have seen that in the match that he played on Saturday. It was also against Arsenal and they have great central defenders but still he could do that.“So we have to cope with Andy Carroll and not only Andy Carroll, the other players.“They have a certain player called Dimitri Payet for example, he can also play, and (Manuel) Lanzini can also score goals.”Sunday’s loss means United trail Manchester City by four points in the race for the Champions League while their hopes of silverware now rest solely on the FA Cup. West Ham, however, have little reason to be fearful.They held United to a 1-1 draw in the first game at Old Trafford last month, have not lost at Upton Park since August and, as Van Gaal was keen to point out, will enjoy the benefit of an extra day’s rest.“It is our last chance of a title so it is very important for the players, the club, the manager and the fans,” Van Gaal said.“And still we have one day less than West Ham United. That’s also important. We have proved against Arsenal and Manchester City, in spite of less days to recover, we could beat them.“So I hope we can recover very good, also mentally because the defeat to Tottenham was a blow of course. Everybody knows this is the last chance.” Andy Carroll and Dimitri Payet are worrying Louis van Gaal ahead of Wednesday’s clash last_img read more