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Brendan Rodgers: Daniel Sturridge is fittest he has been for 18 months

first_img Last season they went to Old Trafford and enjoyed the majority of chances only to lose 3-0, but Rodgers is confident there will be no repeat of the shambolic defensive performance against the Hammers. Dejan Lovren came in for most criticism as his mistake led to the crucial second goal but his manager has backed the Croatia international, who endured a tough start to his Liverpool career last season, to bounce back. “Like all the players know we performed below our level in that game but it was a collective,” added Rodgers. “We can’t isolate any performance on to one player. Dejan knows he made a mistake and you have to live with that as a player. “We never stick the blame on to one player. We fell below the standards in that game. “In his first three games he showed he has that quality and consistency to defend well, so the key is letting go of the mistake and showing your character.” Liverpool will be without suspended playmaker Philippe Coutinho on Saturday after his red card against West Ham, so striker Danny Ings or winger Jordon Ibe are in contention to start. “There is no timeline as to when he will be fit to participate in the game but he is obviously back in training, which is good,” said Rodgers. “He looked really sharp in training, probably the best he’s looked fitness-wise for 18 months, and it will be really good when he gets back. “I can never say that (he is over the worst of his injuries) because I don’t want to sit here and something happens in a couple of months’ time. “I can only look at what I see and from my experiences in the past I don’t want to put any timeline on him coming back. “I am grateful for the work done in America, for our own medical team who have done a brilliant job to do everything they possibly could to get Daniel back to a level of fitness. “He has worked hard. He has joined in with the group and we will take it from there, day-by-day.” Liverpool go into Saturday’s game having been humiliated 3-0 at home by West Ham before the international break which saw them concede their first goals of the season. Having only scored twice in four matches – with those coming in the opening two games – the side are also struggling up front. The England striker, who spent most of the summer undergoing rehabilitation in the United States, returned to full training with the rest of the squad this week after recovering from a hip operation in May. He will not be ready for Saturday’s match against Manchester United at Old Trafford but his impending return will boost a goal-shy squad which has scored just two goals in four matches and none in their last two. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes striker Daniel Sturridge is the fittest he has been for 18 months, but will still handle him with caution. Press Associationlast_img read more

LeBron makes history, drills game-winner in OT against Bucks

first_imgMilwaukee took a 108-107 lead on a tip-in by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 1:12 left. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving missed a 3-pointer from the left corner on the next possession, but Jabari Parker’s lay-in attempt at the other end curled out.James was fouled on the rebound by Antetokounmpo, his sixth. James then hit the deep 3-pointer to put Cleveland up 110-108.Parker was fouled on a layup attempt on the ensuing possession but missed both free throws. Irving hit a pair of free throws with 15.7 seconds left to make it 112-108.James had 34 points and Irving 28 for Cleveland, which had lost at Milwaukee 118-101 on Nov. 29. Parker had 30 points and Antetokounmpo added 25. The two teams meet again Wednesday night in Cleveland.The Bucks scored the final seven points of regulation to send it into overtime tied at 100.Parker scored on a drive to put Milwaukee up 104-102, but Richard Jefferson was fouled on a three-point attempt and hit all three free throws to put Cleveland back ahead 105-104. Antetokounmpo answered with a short jumper from the lane to put the Bucks in front 106-105.Jefferson scored on a baseline drive, but Antetokounmpo made a tip-in to give the Bucks the 108-107 lead with 1:12 left.The Cavaliers took a 100-93 lead on Irving’s 3-pointer with 2:32 left in regulation, but Greg Monroe’s inside basket and Tony Snell’s 3-pointer cut it to 100-98 with 47 seconds remaining.After a missed 3-pointer by James, Parker scored on an inside spin move from the left side to tie it at 100 with 15.5 seconds left. Irving missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1 second left.After trailing by 18 during the first half, the Bucks scored the first five points of the third quarter, going in front 58-57 on Dellavedova’s 3-pointer for their first lead since the opening minute.James and Channing Frye hit consecutive three-pointers to put the Cavs up 77-71 with 3:30 left in the third quarter. Cleveland led 84-78 entering the fourth quarter.last_img read more

Executive Mansion in Transition Mandate Mixup

first_imgPresident George Manneh Weah. Did Weah’s transition team understand Executive Order #91?Barely three days following the inauguration of President George Weah, the Executive Mansion appears to be in a mix-up over its own appointments and the dismissal of non-tenured officials appointed by the former administration.Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued Executive Order #91 establishing the Joint Presidential Transitional Team (JPTT) on December 25, 2017, which stated that non-tenured presidential appointees shall be presumed to have resigned as of the date of inauguration (Monday, January 22).Notwithstanding, the executive order stated that such officials shall continue to function until their successors have been nominated, confirmed, appointed and commissioned.Executive orders in Liberia have the full force of a law until the Legislature through an Act on said subject cancels such order or a subsequent executive order that would override the one in question.On January 22, the Executive Mansion under the watch of President Weah, issued a release appointing some ministers, and at the same time relieving the heads of ministries and agencies, thereby ordering the Human Resource Directors to run the affairs of such entities until a new heads are appointed.This action by President Weah, according to political analysts, technically undid the former President’s Executive Order #91, which also cannot be undone simply by a press release.The purpose of the executive order is to establish mechanisms for the proper management and orderly transfer of executive power from the administration of former President Sirleaf to that of President Weah.The work of the JPTT was to ensure that services are provided to the President-elect and Vice President-elect, which shall then include office facilities, logistics, transportation, travel allowances, communication services, daily briefings and other services and benefits.The JPTT should have commenced performing its power and authority granted by the Executive Order no later than 48 hours after the declaration of the President-elect by the authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC).“It shall cease to function after the publication of its final report, which shall be no later than January 31, 2018,” the Executive Order #91 said.Efforts to reach presidential press secretary Sam Mannah for clarity on the matter did not materialize. Mannah has yet to also convey President Weah’s response concerning the appointment of Cllr. Charles Gibson, who is currently under suspension by the Supreme Court, as Justice Minister designate.“The incumbent President and the Vice President shall vacate their official offices and official residences on or before inauguration day.“Notwithstanding this provision, the JPTT shall ensure that services are provided to them which shall include, but not limited to, two vehicles and chauffeur each, VIP Protection (EPS and Police Services), logistics, allowances, other benefits and services to be determined by the JPTT,” the Executive Order stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more