Ditching heavy metal football and battering Bayern Munich has turned Liverpool into Champions League contenders

first_img Read More Video Settings by Metro 1 min. story PLAY Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Klopp relishes 3-1 win to knock Bayern Munich out of Champions LeagueTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 13:02FullscreenKlopp relishes 3-1 win to knock Bayern Munich out of Champions Leaguehttps://metro.co.uk/video/klopp-relishes-3-1-win-knock-bayern-munich-champions-league-1882466/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.It was heavy metal football vs heavy metal football, a playground game masquerading as a European quarter-final. Klopp was unsurprisingly thrilled at the spectacle his current and former clubs had managed to conjure up, saying: ‘That was football at its best, a great game to experience for everyone involved.’Liverpool’s run to last season’s Champions League final had a similarly full-throttle feel to it. They topped a relatively straightforward group containing Sevilla, CSKA Moscow and Maribor, scoring 23 goals in the process before putting five past each of Porto and Manchester City followed by seven against Roma in the knockout rounds.Prior to the final in Kyiv, Liverpool had already broken the record for the number of goals scored in a single Champions League campaign with an astonishing 46 – including the six they scored against Hoffenheim in the qualifying round of the competition. In Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, they had three players each on 10+ goals, another record.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt was ludicrously entertaining football that embodied the style Klopp had talked up on his arrival. About Connatix V67539 Full Screen Oliver Young-MylesThursday 14 Mar 2019 1:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link675Shares Jurgen Klopp coined the phrase ‘heavy metal football’ before Borussia Dortmund played Arsenal in 2013 (Getty Images)That kind of style was perfectly suited to Dortmund, a club that at the time had a nucleus of exciting young talent with the legs and enthusiasm to carry out such instructions and a partisan home crowd, more than willing to roar them on. Having succeeded there, it is easy to see why Klopp was attracted to Liverpool where the conditions on and off the pitch were similar.Somewhat ironically, the most obvious example of ‘heavy metal football’ during Klopp’s opening months at Anfield, came during a Europa League game against Dortmund. Then managed by Thomas Tuchel, Dortmund were slowly moving away from their former manager’s style towards a more possession-based approach, but Julian Weigl aside it was a squad that had been assembled by Klopp.Dortmund flew out of the traps, racing into a 2-0 lead within nine minutes thanks to future Arsenal teammates Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Divock Origi pulled one back before Marco Reus quickly restored Dortmund’s two-goal advantage. Liverpool needed three goals to progress and they duly came inside the final 25 minutes through Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren. Read More Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk were on target as Liverpool beat Bayern Munich (Getty Images)Having conceded six over two legs against Roma last term, Liverpool restricted a side containing Robert Lewandowski, James Rodriguez and Franck Ribery to just one and even that was scored by a Liverpool player – Joel Matip turning a cross into his own net. It was a performance that was the polar opposite of that helter-skelter meeting with Dortmund early on in Klopp’s reign.AdvertisementRather than relentlessly pressing Bayern high up the pitch, Liverpool were happy to sit off them in the opening stages with Bayern enjoying 63% possession and completing 340 passes to their visitors’ 194 in the opening 45 minutes. Despite having more of the ball, though, Bayern barely looked like troubling Liverpool’s backline with the midfield shuffling dutifully across to plug any gaps that emerged.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMane’s opening goal – a wonderful solo effort that left Manuel Neuer seeing stars – gave Liverpool the boon of an away goal and although Bayern managed to find a route back into the game, Liverpool regrouped after the break and delivered a masterful counter-attacking display in the second half.Again, Bayern edged possession, but their use of the ball compared to Liverpool’s was sterile. For their 52% of the ball, Bayern failed to muster a single shot on target, while Liverpool had four. They picked their moments expertly, first capitalising on Bayern’s weakness at set-pieces through Van Dijk and then catching them cold late on when Salah’s brilliant ball was nodded in by Mane.Liverpool have enjoyed some memorable European nights under Klopp reaching two finals in three years, but this was by far the most complete performance they have put together in the Champions League during his time in charge. Top articles Ditching heavy metal football and battering Bayern Munich has turned Liverpool into Champions League contenders Coming Next Jurgen Klopp celebrating with the Liverpool supporters after the win over Bayen Munich at the Allianz Arena (Getty Images)When Jurgen Klopp was appointed Liverpool manager back in October 2015, editors across the land were falling over themselves in a bid to shoehorn the words ‘heavy’ ‘metal’ and ‘football’ into their headlines.It was Klopp himself who coined the phrase ‘heavy metal football’ during his time with previous club Borussia Dortmund prior to a Champions League game against Arsenal in November 2013 and it was a soundbite subsequently lapped up by the British media.Discussing the differences between his and Arsene Wenger’s footballing philosophies, Klopp quipped: ‘He likes having the ball, playing football, passes … it’s like an orchestra. But it’s a silent song. I like heavy metal.’AdvertisementAdvertisementHe reiterated his footballing preferences in his very first interview after joining Liverpool, saying: ‘My teams must play at full throttle and take it to the limit every single game.’ADVERTISEMENT 1/1 Skip Comment SPONSORED Read More Skip Ad Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Liverpool’s 7-6 aggregate win over Roma encapsulated their top-heavy approach (Getty Images)Nevertheless, there was a sense throughout their exhilarating Champions League run that for all the quality of their attacking play, Liverpool were a touch too top-heavy, as emphasised during their semi-final meeting with Roma.Liverpool were dominant for all but perhaps15 of the 180 minutes, yet only ended up winning it 7-6 on aggregate, itself a ridiculous scoreline at such a stage in the Champions League. Both at home and away, Liverpool invited Roma onto them in the final ten minutes and on each occasion, Roma scored twice. Even when Liverpool seemed in control they had the capacity to fall apart.The same was true in the final when Liverpool were defeated 3-1 by Real Madrid in what was, for the most part, an even contest.Liverpool’s desire to play fast-paced, attacking football at times left them short at the other end of the pitch and their style has been noticeably reigned in a touch throughout the current campaign with a far better balance struck between attack and defence.That has been obvious during a Premier League campaign in which Liverpool have only conceded 17 goals in 30 games and kept 17 clean sheets in total and it was in evidence again in the Champions League last-16 second leg against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.A 0-0 draw at Anfield in the first leg left the tie in the balance but Liverpool rarely looked troubled during the return in Munich, as a double from Sadio Mane and a thumping header from Virgil van Dijk handed them a 3-1 victory on the night and on aggregate overall. Advertisement Advertisement Klopp celebrating Mane’s second goal with his substitute (Getty Images)It was made abundantly clear during both legs that Bayern are a faded force, yet still, Liverpool dealt with them authoritatively and deserve credit for denying them a quarter-final place for the first time in eight years. No team will fancy meeting Liverpool in the quarters.AdvertisementBefore the game, Klopp responded irritably to pundits suggesting that Liverpool should lose to Bayern on purpose so as to free up space in their schedule and focus on the Premier League, the suggestion being that they don’t have sufficient depth to compete for both.Liverpool proceeded to make a mockery of that school of thought with an excellent all-round display. It might not be heavy metal football that Klopp promised but this slightly more orchestral style has better-equipped Liverpool to challenge for major honours.More: SchoolMum finds girl, 6, rubbing talcum powder on her face to make herself whiteParents vow to homeschool son after headteacher bans face masks in classTrans boy, 17, waiting two and a half years to get an appointment at gender clinic Heavy metal or full throttle, the idea was that Klopp would implement a fast-paced style at Liverpool based around the high pressing of spaces (Gegenpressing), quick transitions and creating overloads in attack. Essentially, it was pressing an opponent as soon as a ball was lost, winning it back and then immediately flying forward in numbers. Read More / last_img read more

A Quick Spring Wrap-Up

first_imgWe are nearing the state series time for spring sports.  Here are some of the things I have observed in the area so far.Batesville and Oldenburg Academy tennis are again on a collision course to see which team will represent our area in  regional tennis.  Christian Lamppert of BHS was this year’s Ripley County Golf Champion.  Alex Roell pitched a no-hitter for the BHS baseball team in late April.Some of the people in the area making news in track and field are Garrett Wagner of BHS in the hurdle races, Curtis Eckstein of OA in the distance races, and Robert Stroebel of BHS has set a new pole vault record for the Bulldogs.  The East Central girls track team seems to be the class of the area but the boys teams are still too close to make any predictions.In the other team sports no one has made a complete statement of dominance.  Good luck to all teams and individuals as they get ready for the sectionals and beyond.last_img read more

Carroll injury a worry for Hammers

first_img If the east London side felt robbed by Manchester United on Sunday, it was Saints this time ruing missed opportunities after dominating possession and the shot count. The hosts also had a man advantage from the 61st minute onwards after a moment of madness from Hammers goalkeeper Adrian, who attempted to turn away from Sadio Mane, only to be caught out and handle outside the box. Press Association While Carroll faces time out, Adrian may not after Allardyce confirmed West Ham would be appeal referee Craig Pawson’s decision. “It was a foul on our goalkeeper before,” he said. “There is no doubt Mane had his hands on Adrian. “Adrian made a mistake in the beginning but the linesman saw two hands on the ball but not the two hands on the back. “We will be appealing it and I’ll be very disappointed if he doesn’t get off.” As for Southampton counterpart Ronald Koeman, he could not hide his frustration after a fourth straight home match in all competitions without a win. “If you are the better team – more ball possession, more chances and you play 25 minutes 11 against 10 – then you expect to score at least one time and we didn’t,” the Dutchman said. “It showed a little bit our performance in the last few games in creating chances and scoring goals is a little bit more struggling than in the first part of the season. Okay, that’s disappointing.” Saints’ lengthy list of absentees certainly did not help matters against the Hammers, who displayed the increasingly defensive mindset clubs arriving at St Mary’s are employing. For Koeman, though, the main issue was his side’s inability to utilise the flanks. “I think we didn’t make the pitch very wide,” he said. “Always if you play against 10 players you need to play out of good positions on the pitch and I think it was not clever enough how we played against 10 players. “Too many players in the centre of the pitch, (not enough) players to make it wide to create the space, sharpens in the box. “Okay, that in my opinion is the reason we didn’t win the game.” The Spaniard was given a straight red card but it was not to cost his side, with replacement Jussi Jaaskelainen producing some fine saves, as well as watching a number of chances go well wide, as West Ham dug deep to secure a 0-0 draw. “I think that from our point of view it almost feels like a victory against all the odds,” Allardyce said . “I think the lads who ended up on the field, apart from Andy who was injured, have done a fantastic job.” Carroll was a second-half substitute at St Mary’s, where he made his return from an injury picked up in the defeat to Liverpool, but he left the stadium on crutches and said he does not know the severity of his injury. “The sad thing for us is the injury to Andy Carroll which we can ill-afford to take with our injury problems,” Allardyce said. “It’s the same knee, he got kicked in the back of the knee and felt something wrong. “He stayed up and was a nuisance. I just hope that staying on hasn’t done any more damage. “He got fit in two and a half weeks [after Liverpool] but clearly it’s going to take longer this time because it’s the same injury.” Andy Carroll left St Mary’s on crutches after West Ham impressively held out at Southampton despite Adrian’s dismissal – a red card Sam Allardyce will be appealing. last_img read more

In first meeting, Senate mulls student discounts

first_imgUSC’s Undergraduate Student Government held its first senate meeting of the year Tuesday, with senators discussing a proposed student discount program and laying the groundwork for the semester’s initiatives.USG has been in talks with the Student Savings Club, a company that partners with local businesses to provide college students with discounts on food and other services, USG President Holden Slusher said at the meeting.Students would have to present their USCards, at participating businesses, such as Office Depot and the L.A. Live restaurants, to receive these discounts.Slusher provided the senators with a sheet including restaurants and businesses that would tentatively be a part of the plan, with most showing 10 percent discounts.To implement the Student Savings Club program, USG would have to pay the company an annual fee of $1,700, Slusher said while introducing the initiative to the senate.But the senators’ approval of the measure would not directly cost students any money or result in a raise of the student programming fee, he said. Instead, the money would come from Senate allocations, funds left over after USG finishes distributing money to its various programs.Some senators expressed concerned about getting the word out to students about the discount program, but Slusher said USG would promote the program on its website and participating outlets would have signs to inform students.The Senate will vote on the measure next Tuesday.In addition to the Student Savings Club program, USG hopes to enact more initiatives over the upcoming weeks to improve student life at USC. Some of the initial projects being discussed included a tram to L.A. Live and the addition of more equipment and longer hours at the General William University Lyon University Center, according to Ashlie Chan, vice president of USG.“It’s still in the gray area, but we’re getting the ball rolling and we’re really excited,” Chan said. “I know that Holden and I have a really great administration. As long as we’re working towards what students want, that’s all we can ask for.”She added that they would also be working on the expansion of two-unit course offerings and the ability to transfer football season tickets from student to student.Slusher said he was optimistic about USG’s ability to make its proposed initiatives realities, citing the improvements to the Lyon Center as one area he hopes to significantly impact.“The biggest thing for me is that students and student government don’t back down on anything, [that] we have faith in ourselves not to back down from a big project,” Slusher said. “Going big pays off.”last_img read more

FB : DROPPING OUT: Woeful miscues prove costly as SU routed by South Florida in 3rd straight loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Alec Lemon won’t remember this game for his career performance. Instead of his 10 catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns, the plays the junior wide receiver didn’t make will stand out in his mind.Trailing South Florida by 13 in the fourth quarter, the Orange moved the ball into the red zone. On third-and-13 from the 17-yard line, Lemon couldn’t catch up to a pass in the corner of the end zone.But the next play may be the one that lingers in his memory. Lemon beat his man down the seam and leaped to catch the fourth-down pass at the goal line. The ball landed right in his hands but fell to the turf by the time he hit the ground.‘Those two opportunities I had for the touchdown to bring our team closer, that’s something that will haunt me tonight and all through the bye week,’ Lemon said. ‘That’s something I have to get over.’Lemon wasn’t the only receiver who dropped a touchdown for the Orange on Friday, though. Dorian Graham and David Stevens also failed to hold onto the football on probable scoring plays. And while the drops were the most glaring Syracuse errors, mistakes all over the field doomed the Orange (5-5, 1-4 Big East) in a 37-17 loss to South Florida (5-4, 1-4 Big East) in front of 41,582 fans in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe loss extends Syracuse’s losing streak to three games and drops the team to last place in the Big East.‘We’ve been trying to get bowl eligible since the Louisville game and we’ve been unsuccessful,’ linebacker Marquis Spruill said. ‘That’s really what we’re pushing for right now. We’ve just got to do something or fix something to help us get the next win.’After Friday, Syracuse has a lot to fix. Drops hurt the Orange throughout the game, and a couple of key mistakes early on special teams added to the team’s struggles.Syracuse handed South Florida 86 yards on seven penalties in the game, but it was the drops by Orange receivers that halted SU’s comeback hopes the rest of the way.After a B.J. Daniels’ touchdown run with 3:27 remaining in the second quarter, Syracuse drove down to the South Florida red zone and faced a third down from the 11-yard line.Quarterback Ryan Nassib dropped back to pass and looked to his left before coming back to Graham on a backside slant. Graham beat his man, and Nassib put the ball on him. But it bounced off the hands of the senior wideout just before the goal line.Nassib said he probably could have taken a little heat off the throw, but Graham took full responsibility for the drop.‘That’s completely my fault,’ Graham said. ‘Ryan Nassib did what he needed to do. He stayed in the pocket, read his keys and threw the ball. I didn’t make the play. That’s my fault.’Instead of a Graham score, SU settled for a field goal.USF then tacked on three points before halftime and added another field goal to start the third quarter to take a comfortable 23-10 lead.But Syracuse appeared ready to mount a rally early in the fourth quarter. SU moved the ball downfield and again faced a third down, this time from the USF 3-yard line. Tight end David Stevens ran a nice pattern, faking outside before beating his defender back to the middle.Again Nassib threw a strike, this time for what appeared to be a sure touchdown, but his receiver couldn’t hold on again.‘It should have been caught,’ Stevens said. ‘It’s not perfect, but it should have been caught.’Those costly drops were coupled with mental mistakes early in the game as the Orange shot itself in the foot all game long.On SU’s first possession, Jonathan Fisher shanked an 11-yard punt out of bounds to set up South Florida’s opening field goal. And after the Orange’s first touchdown later on, Shane Raupers sent the ensuing kickoff out of bounds, followed by a late hit on the play by Jeremiah Kobena to set up the Bulls’ drive in SU territory.USF scored two plays later on a 2-yard run by Daniels to take a 17-7 lead.‘I would like to think that I run a program that has a lot of structure and discipline that carries over to the field,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘With those penalties, I have to do a better job. It’s not like it happens in practice. We have officials in practice all the time.’Still, the Orange offense got one more chance to redeem itself from inside the red zone with 10 minutes left in the game. But that threat ended with Lemon’s drop at the goal line.And that final drop by Lemon ultimately became the backbreaker, as USF scored on its ensuing possession to go up 30-10 and put the game out of reach.‘We could have gotten back in the game at that point,’ Spruill said. ‘After that, everything just started going downhill.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Published on November 11, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Campaign for USC reaches $5 billion of $6 billion goal

first_imgThe University has officially crossed the $5 billion threshold of the $6 billion fundraiser that was publicly launched in 2011. According to an annual fundraising report released by the Council for Aid to Education, USC raised more than $653 million for the school last year.The campaign encompasses a comprehensive strategic planning process and the involvement of all USC constituencies according to Albert Checcio, senior vice president of university advancement.“We designed a campaign that would touch all parts of the University,” Checcio said. “Every single school would participate in this campaign. So it is very comprehensive.”Half of the funds, or approximately $3 billion of the money raised, will be used to increase USC’s endowment. These funds will help support faculty and students, along with research, public health services and enhancement of the quality of life around the world.Two billion dollars of the money that is being dedicated to the endowment will be dedicated to faculty and research programs, The other $1 billion will be devoted to an endowment for student scholarships. The priority of this endowment is additional undergraduate scholarship aid and increasing fellowships for Ph.D., postdoctoral and graduate students.The rest of the money from the fundraising campaign will provide immediate support for new resources.Two billion dollars of these funds are for the immediate support of academic priorities. The campaign will help establish new educational programs and nurture the research projects that aim to explore the intersections of technology and communication, extend global connections, foster arts and humanities and enrich the undergraduate and graduate learning experiences.One billion dollars will be catered toward immediate support for capital projects. One of these capital projects is the USC Village, scheduled to open in Fall 2017. These funds are needed for infrastructure on both the University Park and Health Sciences campuses.“In the campaign, we don’t have priorities; our job is to try to fund them,” Checcio said. “So, the president and deans did a strategic plan and identified a whole series of priorities. These priorities became the programs that we tried to raise money for, through the campaign.”Fifty-two percent of the raised funds will be for academic priorities, 34 percent for the endowment and 14 percent for capital projects. As of March 4, 296,775 donors have made campaign gifts. A total of $1.4 billion has been raised for faculty and research endowments, $230 million for endowment toward student scholarships and $1.6 billion for health sciences.“All of the schools have individual goals to try to meet their needs,” Checcio said. “So, when we were setting the goal, we looked at will it take private support to continue USC’s academic ascent and take the University to excellence for the next 10 years and beyond. After looking at the analysis of what the schools need, $6 billion was the number we thought was attainable and would have the biggest impact.”The alumni have contributed $1.8 billion, and parents have contributed $1.4 billion to the campaign. Also, 262,436 donors have made gifts of less than $1,000. Checcio further mentioned the how important the donations have been to the success of the fundraising initiative.“The whole University is benefiting dramatically from the private support of this campaign,” Checcio said.Daniel Hennes, a freshman majoring in business administration, said that the increase in funding will help make the University a better place.“The recent fundraising campaign speaks not only to the administration’s commitment to make the University a better place for its students, but also to the passion and willingness of the Trojan Family to give back,” Hennes said. “USC is a place that wants to remain cutting-edge and this fundraising campaign is a great way to do that.”Juan Martinez, a junior majoring in civil engineering, did not immediately laud the administration’s efforts, pointing to the fact that many students do not know where the money is going.“Many of us probably won’t — we already feel tuition hikes, but hopefully it’ll benefit the university in some way,” Martinez said. “It’s just hard to tell when we don’t really know where the money goes.”last_img read more

D.O. Sportscast: A closer look at one of Syracuse’s largest football tailgates

first_img Published on September 24, 2019 at 1:30 am Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img The Fine Mess tailgate in SU’s Stadium West lot started as seven people in 2006. On this week’s D.O. Sportscast, Anthony Dabbundo and Josh Schafer discuss the tailgate, which grew through a Syracuse fan online forum, and give an update on Syracuse men’s soccer (2-2-3, 0-1-1 Atlantic Coast).last_img

efbet completes product puzzle through deVRealm purchase

first_img Share Bulgarian lottery dispute sees Kambi suspend 7777.bg service March 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Intralot rocked by Bulgaria Eurobet suspension  June 5, 2020 Submit Sportal365 to power efbet’s multi-market content strategy April 30, 2020 Sportsbook and casino operator efbet believes it has found the “missing puzzle piece” to extend its market leader status in Bulgaria.The operator has become a majority shareholder in deVRealm, a tech startup based in Sofia, in a deal which will help efbet to take back control of its product roadmap.A ‘pilot’ project for deVRealm, efbet’s new platform will be developed entirely in-house, with third parties only involved for casino content and localised payment types.Boyan Naydenov, efbet co-founder and COO (pictured, centre), said: “With years of experience in the betting industry and having achieved the market leader position in Bulgaria, we found that the missing puzzle piece for our development was to have our own platform. “This way we will not be dependable on third parties and will be able to develop our product without limitation and at the pace we require. We made this decision about a year and a half ago when we started thinking about expanding our company and entering new markets. “We believe that in order to become and retain the position of a leader, one must be ready to invest funds and work towards independence. Only then can you create truly unique products and experiences which can’t be found on other platforms.”Naydenov confirmed that the current platform was developed by a third party provider, but what you see on the site is largely reflective of efbet’s individual needs as it was one of this third party’s first betting and gaming clients.When asked about the key requirements of the new platform served by deVRealm, Naydenov explained: “The most important part when we create our platform is to serve our needs so this way we don’t have to adapt to the work process of the system. “Over the years we have gathered so many ideas to implement, but couldn’t due to some form of restrictions. Now with all these ideas in mind, we are setting them as requirements and we believe that this will give our team the possibilities to truly innovate, simplify the work processes and reduce the amount of human mistakes through automation.”He concluded: “For so many years on the market, we have been studying our customers and we have understood what their biggest needs are, now it’s time for us to create our own way of how to satisfy those untapped desires.”last_img read more