Liverpool players still finding their feet under Klopp says Philippe Coutinho

first_img “When you get new players, especially strikers, it is the job of all of the team to give them the service they need,” he told the official Liverpool magazine. “I have to learn whether it is right to play a fast ball or a pass along the ground, depending on who I am playing the ball to. “I have to adapt to them, but it’s not only me who must do this. “The training sessions are very, very important for this adaptation process to happen. “We work on this every day in training and the sessions are very intense. “If we’re not doing it right, or something isn’t working, we do it again and again until we get it right. “The more you train with your team-mates, the more you learn about each other and this is important for the team to do well.” An international break means Klopp has a reduced number to work with over the next 10 days and his difficulties have increased by a growing injury list. Defender Mamadou Sakho is the latest to be added to that number – there are currently nine first-team players out – after a consultant confirmed damage to medial ligaments in his right knee after he fell awkwardly in Sunday’s defeat to Crystal Palace. Press Association Sport understands the Frenchman is likely to be sidelined for up to two months, which leaves Klopp with just three centre-backs in Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure until the new year. Press Association Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho admits the players are still learning their individual roles in manager Jurgen Klopp’s way of playing. center_img The German has had little time to fully implement his methods because since taking over from Brendan Rodgers the team have played seven matches in 23 days with no spare time in midweek. There have been signs of progress and despite Coutinho being somewhat rejuvenated with three goals in as many games, the Brazil international accepts there is plenty of work still to do both on an individual and collective level. last_img read more

NOTRE TAMED: Syracuse offense breaks out late, defense clamps down on Fighting Irish to send Orange to Big East tournament finals

first_img Related Stories Lamolinara shines in Big East tournament semifinal after watching from sideline last year Syracuse defense frustrates Notre Dame for 2nd time in 6 daysSyracuse’s 2nd midfield line continues to produce, scores 3 goals in Syracuse’s win over Notre DameGallery: Syracuse beats Notre Dame 9-3 to advance to Big East tournament final Published on May 2, 2013 at 6:32 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+center_img VILLANOVA, Pa. – It didn’t matter who dodged, passed or shot for either team for nearly 27 minutes. The attack would be checked away, the pass would sail out of bounds and precious chances sailed wide or nestled into a goalie’s stick.The Syracuse and Notre Dame offenses were trapped on either side of the field, bound by their own half-field sets and opposing air-tight defenses – until Steve Ianzito blew past UND’s Conor Doyle to scoop up another stray Irish pass. Ianzito darted 40 yards, dished to Derek Maltz at the point, Maltz rifled to Donahue. Donahue buried his shot to put SU up one.The whole play took eight seconds. It took Notre Dame another 28 minutes and 23 seconds to score.Ianzito’s breakaway keyed a 3-0 SU run to end the first half. It shattered No. 5 UND (10-4) and its defense’s hold on the game. No. 3 Syracuse’s (12-3) stayed as tight as ever and the Orange offense ticked on as SU ran out to a 9-3 win in the Big East semifinals on Thursday in front of 2,517 fans at Villanova Stadium. That run busted open what was once a contained game. Still, the Orange defense kept the Irish under wraps and Notre Dame fell deeper and deeper into a 35-plus-minute scoring drought.“We just got our butts kicked by the same team in the course of five days twice,” Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFifty-five seconds had passed since Donahue’s fast-break finish when Hakeem Lecky shook his man with a faint half-step to his left. Lecky stepped up right and just ripped a shot into the upper-right corner from 12 yards out.With the quick, but often erratic, Lecky firing, it looked as though nothing would stop SU. Then, head coach John Desko called a timeout. Just as the game was breaking open into SU’s style and score, Desko paused it with 1:56 left in the half.And 31 seconds later, JoJo Marasco ran past Jack Near and fed Kevin Rice on the crease – 5-2 Orange.“With Dom seeing the ball and making big saves we knew that all we had to do on offense was put a couple in and we were going to win this game,” Marasco said.SU scored four more. The Orange offense ticked on while Notre Dame spiraled into defeat as Syracuse’s defense clamped down even more tightly.When Quinn Cully was whistled for a hold on Maltz with 13:09 left in the third, the scoreless streak was just 12 minutes old.Notre Dame finally settled into its first composed possession of the second half six minutes into the third quarter. Steve Murphy crept down the left hashes and saw Sean Rogers breaking open off the goal line for a seemingly certain goal. But a harsh body check clattered Murphy just as he flipped the ball toward Rogers. It sailed over Rogers and out of bounds.On Tuesday, SU goalkeeper Dominic Lamolinara and his defense complained of Corrigan not giving them enough credit after the Orange held the Irish to just four goals in the Konica Minolta Classic on Saturday. After Thursday’s game a reporter asked Lamolinara if SU shut UND down, or the Irish were merely sloppy.Lamolinara pursed his lips and shook his head. “No,” he said. “I feel like it’s what we were doing as a defense … They gave up shots that I wanted to have on me.”The Fighting Irish continued to create decent chances. But the game was won. UND continued to spoil its own opportunities on the rare occasions its attackers escaped SU defenders.Rogers showed it as he batted away what would’ve been an easy fast-break opportunity with 12 minutes remaining.“I wouldn’t say it was getting to us, but there is a realization when you’re down and they possess the ball for such long periods that we need a goal, but unfortunately we forced too many things,” Rogers said.And if there was any doubt who would play in Saturday’s tournament final, Marasco vanquished it. With his back turned to the goal, he cradled against his defender, 12 yards from the net on the left wing. Marasco turned to retreat to the point.Instead, with his back turned to the entire game, he flipped a blind over-the-shoulder pass to on-rushing Luke Cometti. Cometti buried his goal, SU’s last. Marasco threw his hands above his head.Said UND goaltender John Kemp: “I just think that they were canning shots. I think they got some good opportunities throughout the game and it’s kind of just they put it in when they needed to … They pretty much just took care of business.” Commentslast_img read more

Women of Troy look to finish year undefeated

first_imgThe women’s water polo team looks to put a cap on its undefeated regular season when they host Cal in their final home game Friday. USC is 20-0 this season including 5-0 in MPSF play. Cal is 19-7 and 1-3 in conference play.During the season, USC has outscored their opponents 253-85. The team leads the MPSF in both offense and defense scoring an average of 12.65 goals per game while only allowing 4.25.No. 6 Cal’s most recent game was a 13-5 loss at the hands of No. 3 Stanford last week. USC has already beaten Cal twice this season, once in a 12-6 victory in the UC Irvine Invitational and again 6-5 in Berkeley. The focus for the Women of Troy will be on stopping the Golden Bears’ top goal-scorer sophomore Carla Carrega who has scored 53 times this season.There are two possible goaltenders for the Golden Bears. One is junior Madeline Trabucco and the other is freshman Madison Tagg who are both averaging 5.6 saves per game.On the offensive, USC is led by junior driver Stephania Haralabidis who has scored 50 goals to date which puts her at No. 8 on the career goals scored list with 172. Two other Trojans have scored more than 30 goals this season — junior driver Ioanna Haralabidis and junior 2-meter Brigitta Games with 33 and 32 goals, respectively.In the cage is freshman Amanda Longan who has appeared in 40 periods and is averaging 9.9 saves. She is joined by sophomore All-American goalie Victória Chamorro who is averaging 6.9 saves through her 32 periods of work.Friday’s game will not only mark the end of the regular season, but also the end of a career for the three seniors on the team. Goalie Alegra Hueso, driver Melissa Bergesen and driver Nicola Welch will be honored before the game begins.Looking ahead, regardless of Friday’s outcome, USC has already clinched the top-seed in the MPSF tournament which is set to begin for the Women of Troy on April 30.last_img read more