Klopp follows Shankly’s lead to make Liverpool dreams come true

first_img Loading… Read Also: Video: Ramos fires home wonder free kick against Real Mallorca“I will never compare with this fella,” insisted Klopp after breaking another of Shankly’s records with a 22nd consecutive home league win just before lockdown.Yet, even for a great orator, Klopp’s actions speak louder than words.By finally bringing the Premier League title to Anfield, Klopp has followed in Shankly’s footsteps into Liverpool folklore.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Jurgen Klopp’s legendary status at Anfield was secured on Thursday as he became the first Liverpool manager to win a league title in 30 years. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp On Klopp’s first day in charge at Anfield five years ago he addressed players, staff and supporters, telling them: “If somebody wants to help LFC, you have to change from doubter to believer.” Confidence was not high on Merseyside at the time. Klopp arrived with Liverpool 10th in the Premier League table after finishing a lowly sixth the season before. The German’s force of personality, charisma and coaching nous soon began a transformation that had been seen at Liverpool many years ago under Bill Shankly.Advertisement Bill Shankly transformed Liverpool from sleeping giants into the dominant force in English footballThe Reds had been in the second division for five years prior to his arrival. By the time the Scot stood aside in 1974, he had won three First Division titles and built the platform for his successor Bob Paisley to win three European Cups.“Jurgen is more like Bill Shankly,” said former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness, who was part of Paisley’s side. “A great communicator, a showman and the leader of the pack.“He is a great fit for Liverpool because he feels the emotion of the place.“Liverpool is an extremely emotional football club, with its history, its tragedies. You get that emotion when you go to Anfield and hear ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.”Klopp’s ability to communicate and lead by example has been even more valuable in the difficult circumstances surrounding the Reds’ long wait to get over the line.Liverpool were champions-elect long before the season was shut down in March for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Klopp admitted last week he had been concerned by threats to “null and void” the campaign, but always struck a measured tone, saying that if stopping the season “helps one individual stay healthy, we do it no questions asked”.“Throughout the pandemic, he didn’t ever say anything that crossed the line,” said another former Liverpool captain, Jamie Carragher. “He always nails what needs to be said and how people are feeling.”– Heartbreak on the journey –The construction of a title-winning side has been five years in the making.Klopp’s ways took time to be accepted. After a 2-2 draw at home to West Brom in December 2015, many questioned the wisdom of leading his players to join arm-in-arm in front of the Kop to celebrate a late equaliser.There was plenty of heartbreak along the way too. Finals in the League Cup, Europa League and Champions League were lost.Last season was one of a number of near misses over the past three decades as a club-record 97 points was still not enough to wrest the title from Manchester City.Yet, in contrast to other fine managers who came close to the title at Anfield such as Rafael Benitez and Brendan Rodgers, Klopp has turned that pain into glory.Jurgen Klopp lifts the Champions League trophyKlopp delivered on his word to win a major trophy within his first four years in charge by winning Liverpool’s sixth European Cup last season – a feat even Shankly never managed. Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has developed into one of the world’s finest full-backs under Klopp’s watch, summarised his manager’s impact at Anfield. “To change the whole club, to change everyone from doubters to believers, to get everybody thinking the same way, believing the same way and having the same dreams,” he said. “He just embodies the whole club. Even without being from the city, the country and being local, he just clicks with the club. He does it with every person – the fans, the staff and the players.” Shankly took the reigns at Anfield in 1959, with Liverpool mired in trouble.last_img read more

Man City Thrash Watford 6-0, Complete Domestic Treble

first_imgRaheem Sterling scored the first FA Cup final hat-trick since 1953 as Manchester City rounded off an outstanding season by crushing Watford at Wembley to clinch a historic domestic treble.Sterling was the star of the show as Pep Guardiola’s team became the first English men’s team to achieve this feat and re-affirmed their status as this season’s dominant force as Watford were utterly outclassed.Watford’s best chance of over-turning the odds came early on when City keeper Ederson saved at the feel of Roberto Pereyra and they were furious when referee Kevin Friend waved away penalty claims after Vincent Kompany blocked Abdoulaye Doucoure’s shot. The contest was effectively over from the moment David Silva finished from close range after 26 minutes, Sterling doubling the advantage before half-time by turning in Gabriel Jesus’s goalbound shot.Watford rallied briefly after the break but were always wide open to the counter attack.They were brutally punished by an imperious City side, as substitute Kevin de Bruyne scored from Gabriel Jesus’s pass just after the hour before the Brazilian raced clear for another goal shortly afterwards.Sterling wrote his own name into the history with a treble by scoring twice in the final 10 minutes – turning in Bernardo Silva’s perfect cross before bundling in the final goal of a memorable display from Guardiola’s side.It was City’s sixth FA Cup triumph and their first under Guardiola, who has now won six trophies since taking over at Etihad Stadium in 2016.City’s win means Wolverhampton Wanderers, who finished seventh in the Premier League table, will play in the two-legged second qualifying round of the Europa League on 25 July and 1 August.Manchester City’s latest triumph means they have become the first team to complete a treble consisting of those three trophies, taking yet another place in the history books.After also winning the league and Carabao Cup last season – they have now lifted five of the past major six domestic trophies available.And if you count the Community Shield, as Pep Guardiola seems to, you can make that six out of seven.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Citylift the FA Cup to complete an unprecedented domestic treblelast_img read more

Andrea Bombace thrives as role player in freshman season at Syracuse

first_imgJohanna Grauer’s barrage of fastballs held Syracuse scoreless through five and a third innings on Saturday. Sometimes, as in the UCLA game, these matchups only arise once, so the coaching staff has to recognize them and make the necessary adjustments. That said, Bosch knows that Bombace can hit in almost any situation and usually make something happen. Before her plate appearance against UCLA, junior Sydney O’Hara told the freshman not to swing for the fences or try to do too much. Instead, Bombace said, she told her to relax and be herself. “Before I get up, I ask teammates, ‘What pitches have you been seeing, and where in the count?’” Bombace said. As singular as pinch hitting may seem, Bombace relies heavily on her teammates for support and guidance at the plate. That was, until Orange slugger Corinne Ozanne took one deep with two outs in the sixth. The home run cut No. 13 UCLA’s lead to one and the SU coaching staff knew the Bruins hurler would vary her pitches. “Just like every player, we find roles that they are going to be successful in,” Bosch said. Bombace said that when she’s called on to pinch hit, she has to prepare by inserting herself in her teammates’ positions. In the first month of this season, Bombace has strived as a pinch hitter. She has pinch hit in six of the Orange’s 12 games this season, and has become one of the Orange’s go-to hitters off the bench. In one-at-bat situations, the freshman is hitting .333. In games where she gets two or more at-bats, she is hitting just .188. “A lot of times, with the freshmen, we match them up against pitchers that they’re going to be successful against,” Goler said, “You don’t want them to be in a situation where they’re overmatched.” “We figured (Grauer) was going to a curveball at some point,” hitting coach Alisa Goler said, “She had to make a change.”To start the seventh inning, Syracuse called on freshman Andrea Bombace to pinch hit for left fielder Alyssa Dewes. An exceptional curveball hitter according to Goler, Bombace belted a 2-0 curveball over the center-field wall to tie the game at two. Published on March 8, 2016 at 11:41 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu “I love that I have my teammates there to keep me humble, and keep me ready for any situation,” Bombace said, “It’s not like it’s just me up there hitting, it’s like it’s the whole team.” Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ “(UCLA) hadn’t seen (Bombace) in the game before,” Syracuse head coach Mike Bosch said, “They didn’t know how to throw to her, so we took a shot.”“Yay for us, for guessing that one,” Goler joked.In her first year with the Orange (8-9), Bombace is tied with Ozanne for the most home runs on the team with three, and has the second highest slugging percentage at .727. As what Goler calls the “epitome” of a role player, Bombace has to be versatile enough for a multitude of roles at any time. Often, she’s called on to pinch hit in tough situations or to fill a spot as a designated hitter for a game.last_img read more