About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery hints at new position for Torreiraby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery believes he may have found a solution to their midfield in a position change for Lucas Torreira.The Uruguayan played in a slightly more advanced role against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.It worked and he managed to help his side to a 3-0 away win.And Emery spoke about that adjustment after the game.He said to the club’s official website: “Tonight he [Torreira] played very well and this season it’s the first match that he was feeling physically very good in. He was able to go from box to box and I want to use his quality. “His qualities are that he can give us good pressing, and he can win the ball high up the pitch to give us the possession to score. He did that tonight. “After, we need someone with the ball and in his position, he can help us with the build-up.”
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl wants to improve set piece goalscoringby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to improve their set piece record.Jannik Vestergaard is the only defender to have found the net this season with Maya Yoshida – who scored for Japan in international action on Thursday – having gone close on several occasions from James Ward-Prowse’s trademark deliveries.“I think we had a few chances in this season so far and for Maya as well who is always very close to score. I am really hoping that Maya gets the first one,” said Hasenhuttl before the international break.“With Prowsey we have a fantastic man who can bring the ball very good in the centre.“We were a little unlucky but we must be convinced we can decide games on set-pieces and this is something we are working on.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd academy chief Parry hints at loan plans for young trioby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United plan to let several players depart on loan in January.Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, Brandon Williams and James Garner have all featured under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in league and cup competitions.Their progress could stall with the arrival of new recruits and academy player performance manager Les Parry admits more outgoings are likely in January.”We’ll plan it out and we’ve identified four or five who might be going out in January. Obviously, our first-team manager has a say,” he said.“Angel, Tahith, and James could have gone out on loan but he wanted to keep them here and have a look at them on tour. So a decision will be made, no doubt, for January as well. Hopefully, all three will be in the first team and not going anywhere.“They’ve been presented with an opportunity and they’ve taken the opportunity so now a couple of them are regulars on the team sheet each week. We’ve had opportunities that have cropped up from nowhere. That’s football.“Hopefully, some of the lads out on loan now will also catch the eye as some have gone out with a perception of their ability and where they’ll end up but hopefully they’ll come back and people will say maybe we’ve got a little diamond.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ohio state terry mclaurin spring gameOhio State’s young wide receivers are having a day during the program’s spring game. First, it was Noah Brown corralling a pass one-handed over the middle. Now, Terry McLaurin has his own catch to add to the highlight reel.Right before halftime, McLaurin went up over the top of Buckeye cornerback Damon Webb and hauled in a touchdown from quarterback Stephen Collier. It was a pretty play on both ends. The record-breaking crowd at The Horseshoe today are certainly being treated to some entertaining action.
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott was named the winner of the 2014 AAU James E. Sullivan Award, given to the nation’s top amateur athlete. Elliott, a rising junior tailback for the national champion Buckeyes, rushed for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2014, including a stellar 246-yard, four-touchdown game in the national title contest against Oregon. One of six finalists for the award, Elliott accepted the award in person at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan Sunday afternoon. ICYMI the winner of the 85th Annual #AAUSullivanAward is Ezekiel Elliott @EzekielElliott #topamateurathlete http://t.co/JJhjqWtGPV— AmateurAthleticUnion (@TheRealAAU) April 19, 2015Elliott praised the other finalists, praised his Ohio State team, and said “I’d like to thank my parents for pushing me to be …— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) April 19, 2015“… the person I am. … they push me for excellence.”— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) April 19, 2015The award’s other finalists included Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, among others.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) @ClemsonFBThere weren’t many upsets in college football this weekend, but there was still plenty of exciting action throughout the country. Michigan, Stanford and Miami eked out last-second victories, with Miami coming in especially improbably fashion. Notre Dame rallied in the final minutes to hold off Temple, and UNC’s win over a ranked Pittsburgh squad bumped the upstart 7-1 Heels into the top 25. But in ESPN’s Weekly Power Rankings, the big news is at the very top of the poll. That’s where you can find a new No. 1 team: Clemson. The Tigers’ ’56-41 win over NC State enabled them to vault over undefeated Ohio State and into the top spot. Poor Buckeyes: they were on a bye this week and could do nothing about Clemson overtaking them. Here are the full rankings:1. Clemson 2. Ohio State 3. LSU 4. Baylor 5. TCU 6. Michigan State 7. Alabama 8. Florida 9. Notre Dame 10. Stanford 11. Iowa 12. Oklahoma State 13. Oklahoma 14. Utah 15. Memphis 16. Florida State 17. Michigan 18. Houston 19. Ole Miss 20. Temple 21. Toledo 22. UNC 23. UCLA 24. Mississippi State 25. Navy Texas A&MCompared to last week’s rankings, how do you think ESPN did?
We showed you ESPN’s Football Power Index for the 2016 season about a month ago, but it’s changed a decent amount since then. With spring football being over and teams’ rosters and depth charts being a little more clear, ESPN’s FPI should be more accurate than it was in early April. ESPN tweeted out what’s basically its post-spring FPI and there’s a new team at No. 1: Florida State. The Seminoles have taken the top spot from LSU. 2016 college football FPI1. Florida St. 2. LSU 3. Oklahoma 4. Clemson 5. Tennessee 6-128: https://t.co/IjfdEtg4aC pic.twitter.com/jAAUJO7QjH— ESPN (@espn) May 6, 2016Georgia and Oklahoma State have also switched spots in the top 10 and UCLA has made a big jump from No. 19 to No. 13. Stanford dropped out of the top 25. Here’s ESPN’s full top 20. ESPN FPI.You can view ESPN’s complete FPI, which ranks every team, here. [ESPN]
Bournemouth have invested £19 million ($24m) in Dominic Solanke, but a big-money arrival from Liverpool will not be seen until February.The Cherries, who have also acquired Nathaniel Clyne on loan from the Reds, had moved to land a highly-rated forward after seeing him struggle for game time at Anfield.Eddie Howe was hoping to be the man to unlock the undoubted potential of a 21-year-old talent who already has a senior England cap to his name. 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? He will, however, have to be patient with his new recruit, who suffered an untimely knock which is set to delay Solanke’s debut and prevent him from making an immediate impact on the south coast.Howe told reporters after seeing Bournemouth suffer a 3-1 FA Cup third round defeat to Brighton: “Dominic will miss most of January.”He’s got a bit of a hamstring issue so it will be more February before we’re likely to see him in action.”But we knew about that because he’s been through all the medicals and checks.”Solanke had been ruled out of contention for Liverpool’s recent fixtures because of muscle problems.Bournemouth clearly do not consider those issues to be too serious, despite the youngster’s lack of minutes this season.He left Merseyside having failed to make a competitive first-team appearance in 2018-19.The Cherries would have been looking for him to hit the ground running in new surroundings, as they have meetings with Everton, West Ham and his former employers Chelsea to come in January.They will, however, look to carefully nurture him to full health before bringing him into their plans.Given that Solanke may miss all of Jauary, his first game for Bournemouth could actually come against Liverpool – with the Cherries set to visit Anfield on February 8.
Imagine holding a garage sale, and trotting out the goods you no longer had use for and had no plan on keeping, only for a deep-pocketed buyer to come along and offer you a bag of cash for the same stuff you were going to get rid of anyway.Now you know how Toronto FC probably felt when FC Cincinnati handed them a jaw-dropping trade package for defender Nick Hagglund, a player who was likely competing to be TFC’s fourth center back in 2019, assuming he was even going to stick around.Cincinnati traded $300,000 in allocation money and the top spot in the MLS allocation ranking, a valuable asset estimated to be worth another $250,000 in allocation on the trade market, for Hagglund, a Cincinnati native who will be expected to fill the team’s need for a central defender next to Costa Rican giant Kendall Waston. 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? Wanting Hagglund was understandable for Cincinnati, which sees a chance to add a local product with an MLS Cup on his resume, and one who, at 26 years old, could be a building block for the expansion team. Going after him made plenty of sense, but the exorbitant price paid left many around MLS baffled.An informal survey conducted by Goal of general managers/technical directors around MLS yielded a near unanimous reaction to the trade, with phrases ranging from “nonsensical” to “just plain dumb” being used to describe the price Cincinnati paid. As one general manager noted, expansion teams overspending isn’t a new phenomenon considering the amount of allocation money they start out with, but Cincinnati exceeded even that standard by a wide margin.Cincinnati isn’t likely to care, not when it now has a hometown player it can market, and it’s not like Hagglund isn’t talented. He showed his quality as part of TFC’s run to the 2017 MLS Cup title, but he had a bad year in 2018, failing to capitalize on the opportunity to shine when TFC’s defense was decimated by injuries. Instead, Hagglund struggled badly when he did play, and that helped doom TFC to the unexpected fate of missing the playoffs.TFC’s acquisition of Laurent Ciman made it clear the club was serious about upgrading its defense, and it also likely meant that Hagglund would be on the way out. The market for Hagglund after the 2018 he endured likely consisted of just Cincinnati, which wound up overpaying anyway.The move has already had repercussions around the league, because it has raised the bar for what teams are seeking in trades, specifically those involving central defenders. Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara has made it known he either wants a new contract or a trade. Several teams had already been looking to pry the former MLS Defender of the Year away from SKC, which has stocked up on central defenders and is well positioned to deal Opara. Only now, Sporting KC can point to the price paid for Hagglund and ask for considerably more.That probably won’t stop Opara from being traded, but the fee paid for Hagglund has put him in the unenviable position of having to live up to his hefty price tag. Perhaps Hagglund rebounds in 2019, and reaches his potential thanks to the motivation of playing in his hometown. Cincinnati has put together a solid defense for him to be a part of, though you can make the argument that a Waston-Hagglund center back pairing may not be ideal given the reality that neither is a true organizer.Consider just one element that Cincinnati traded away: the top spot in the MLS allocation order. Right now the list of players eligible to be acquired via the MLS allocation order list includes Geoff Cameron and Omar Gonzalez, two World Cup veterans who are both possibly returning to the league in the near future. Not only did Cincinnati give up the chance to acquire one of those two, but also the chance to benefit from a bidding war for the top spot if one of the high-profile players on the list decides to come to MLS this year.Instead, Cincinnati helped a strong TFC get even stronger, while the expansion team has been left looking overmatched on the trade market once again. To be fair, Cincinnati has also made several good moves this winter, including the signing of Waston and recent addition of Caleb Stanko, but when the dust settles on Cincinnati’s inaugural season, it is a safe bet that several of the deals the team has made will wind up looking like the stinkers they were originally thought to be.Of course, if Hagglund winds up breaking out as a standout central defender, nobody will care what he cost, and Cincinnati will be left looking like the geniuses who came away from a garage sale with a treasure.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists the Premier League leaders will not crack under the pressure of being chased by Manchester City.Monday’s 1-1 draw away to West Ham meant the Reds missed the chance to move five points clear of last season’s champions City, who can now go top on Wednesday if they win at Everton.City last topped the table on December 15 but Liverpool drawing their past two matches has opened the door to Pep Guardiola’s side, while Tottenham have sealed three consecutive dramatic late league wins under Mauricio Pochettino to rejoin the title race. 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? Liverpool were without Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren and Trent Alexander-Arnold for the trip to London Stadium, where a lead earned by Sadio Mane was cancelled out by Michail Antonio in the first half.The Reds’ opener should not have counted due to an offside in the build-up and Liverpool were well below their best, but Klopp does not feel the pressure exerted by City will affect his side.”Yes, I’m confident about that,” Klopp told a news conference when asked if he feels Liverpool will not crack. “I think since five, six, seven, eight weeks we talk about a two-horse race now and Tottenham came from behind.”They had a very difficult situation and deal with it brilliantly, I have to say, all credit to Pochettino and his team how they did it, winning games late with a lot of injury problems as well. For me, they are 100 per cent in the race. So that’s the situation.pic.twitter.com/SXL7olA0JW— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) February 4, 2019″If you want to be top of the table at the end of the season then you have to deal with much tougher situations than we had today, that’s the truth. Of course you need players fit and available, that helps a bit.”Our midfield players tonight apart from Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] would have been 18 and 18 years old – brilliant boys and if needed we would have played them tonight but that’s not perfect. We have to fight. It’s not about pressure, it’s about enjoying the situation you are in.”We have 62 points, lost one game in the full season so far, which is very positive. But I see your faces already, you feel a bit sorry for us – you don’t have to, we are fine, everything is good.”Tonight was just a tough game but if you have a day like that with the things that happened yesterday and then you get a point at West Ham, for me that’s absolutely fine.”Just three points in it.#PL pic.twitter.com/Ht7Ei1xLqt— Premier League (@premierleague) February 4, 2019Liverpool had teenagers Rafael Camacho and Curtis Jones on the bench at West Ham due to their injury issues and Klopp confirmed Virgil van Dijk and James Milner could have also missed the game due to a bug.”We had a difficult situation,” Klopp added. “It’s a long season. In general, we lost one game in the whole season. So the team is doing well and we have a tough situation in the moment. The injuries, I don’t know where they come from, or the illness.”Millie was ill – or maybe still is ill – and Virg had three, four days where he was out. He lost three or four kilos. That doesn’t help as well. You have difficult situations. It’s difficult in the moment, but the boys still fight. Could we have played better, even in that situation? 100 per cent.”That’s what we expect from ourselves. But the games are difficult and we have to accept the quality of the opponent and use their weaknesses what they have. We did that in a lot of situations pretty well, but they reacted already with the line-up…”I don’t moan about that, it’s just a fact. It’s not an excuse, I said we could have played better tonight, 100 per cent. But it’s a situation that’s not perfect, changing three players. Millie came back but he did not train yesterday, he came to London by himself because he’s infectious.”That’s all not perfect, of course. For me, it explains parts of the game but we don’t look for these things. How I said, the preparation for the game was far from perfect and we still got a point! That’s it.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web