first_imgIan Rush says Christian Benteke holds the key to Liverpool’s top four hopes.The striker, a £32.5million summer signing from Aston Villa, netted on his Anfield debut on Monday night to make it back-to-back wins for the Reds in the Premier League this season.Rush was hugely impressed by the Belgian’s all-round performance against Bournemouth, and believes he can fire the Reds to Champions League qualification.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Liverpool great said: “He won every header, he held the ball up well and it’s a different option for the players. He was excellent and I think he can get better.“He can be the difference between fifth, six and getting in the top four and that’s the target Liverpool will be looking at.”Rush also reserved special praise for Philippe Coutinho, with the Brazilian following up his stunning strike in the opening day win over Stoke with another influential display against Bournemouth.The Welshman added: “He gets into those pockets. He scored that wonder goal against Stoke and last night for the first hour or so he was really, really good. “He tired towards the end of the game but I thought he was absolutely fantastic. Having another Brazilian there in Roberto Firmino has probably helped him as well.”last_img read more

first_img 11 Right-back: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) – He’s moved forward into a wing-back role now Brendan Rodgers has tinkered with his formation once again. He did well on the flank both defensively, with four tackles, and offensively, as he looked to feed the ball into Daniel Sturridge. Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) – OK, the Villans might have lost, with the American conceding three, but he also put in a brilliant display. Guzan made nine saves during the match and denied Daniel Sturridge a hat-trick after stopping an excellent Philippe Coutinho free-kick. Left winger: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – Watch out defenders, the Chilean is back and he means business. The 26-year-old was in scintillating form for the Gunners against Leicester City as he got himself a hat-trick. 11 Right winger: Erik Lamela (Tottenham) – His time at Spurs almost came to an end in the summer when a move to Marseille nearly went through. Now he’s looking like a different player with some excellent recent performances. He made a fool of stern-faced Serbian Aleksandar Kolarov on Saturday and played a big role in two goals, while scoring Tottenham’s fourth. His hard work defensively deserves a mention too as he dispossessed an opponent three times, made five tackles and won an aerial duel. 11 11 11 11 It was another thrilling weekend, well, Saturday, of football, with the Premier League proving its unpredictability once more.There were goals galore too with seven being scored at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium as they were defeated 5-2 by Arsenal.While it was a great weekend for under-pressure forwards as Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez and Memphis Depay all scored.But who were the outstanding players in the Premier League at the weekend? talkSPORT takes a look. 11 Central midfield: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – The little Spaniard is continuing to pull the strings for the Gunners as they look to fire themselves into a title tilt. Not only did he grab an assist, Cazorla ran the show with a fine display of passing, and he still managed to trouble Kasper Schmeichel with four strikes on goal. 11 Centre-back: Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) – The former Celtic centre-back is hitting the ground running with the Saints. He nabbed the opening goal of the game and was a rock at the back alongside Jose Fonte. His ability in the air will be a real asset for the Saints. 11 11 11 Central midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham) – Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to move the young star into midfield baffled many at the start of the campaign, while experts believed the clash with Man City would be make or break for the player – it turns out he broke Man City instead. He was excellent breaking up play and forcing errors from his opponents and scored the opener for Spurs, which was a lovely hit. Left-back: Kevin Mbabu (Newcastle) – Making your debut against the reigning Premier League champions has got to be pretty daunting. Add to that, you’re facing ex-Barcelona star Pedro, and you’re playing in a Newcastle side devoid of confidence, it makes Mbabu’s performance quite superb. He got in nine tackles for the Magpies as they nearly beat Chelsea at St James’ Park. Centre-back: Winston Reid (West Ham) – Another week, another brilliant display. Getting the New Zealander to sign a new deal last season was an excellent bit of work by the club. As Norwich threatened to beat them at Upton Park he got in three vital tackles and won an impressive seven aerial duels. Attacking midfield: Juan Mata (Manchester United) – The Spanish star’s accuracy with a pass in the final third is incredible and as the Red Devils took on Sunderland at the weekend, he mucked in with a goal and an assist. Striker: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) – Two brilliantly taken goals helped the Reds down a dismal looking Aston Villa side 3-2 at the weekend and he would have had a hat-trick had it not been for Brad Guzan. His link up play with Philippe Coutinho will have excited the Anfield faithful.last_img read more

first_img Diego Perotti has played nine times for Genoa this series 1 Bournemouth and Watford target Diego Perotti is uncertain what will happen in the January transfer window.Both clubs were chasing the midfielder in the summer but Genoa held firm and refused to entertain any bids.Bournemouth’s pursuit of the Argentine proved the greatest and the newly-promoted side even saw an £11.2m offer rejected.Eddie Howe’s side and Watford are now expected to reignite their interest in January and Perotti, 27, admits he is uncertain what will happen.“In the summer there was a lot of speculation, but I have always been focused on Genoa,” Perotti told Sky Italia.“I do not know what could happen in January.”last_img read more

first_img1 Villa Park Stream Aston Villa v Manchester City live in the Premier League on Sunday 8 November 2015 on talkSPORT.CLICK HERE FOR A LIVE STREAM OF ASTON VILLA V MANCHESTER CITYWe have live commentary of the match from Villa Park, with Sam Matterface and Stan Collymore at the ground.And you can give your views on the game and listen to what the fans have to say, on Call Collymore after the match, on talkSPORT.last_img

first_imgFormer Everton defender Alan Stubbs believes the Toffees have the ability to break into the Premier League’s top four if they build the team around the club’s young stars.The likes of Ross Barkley, John Stones and Gerard Deulofeu, all below 23, have been in top form this season, while Romelu Lukaku has transformed into one of the country’s most lethal frontmen.The Belgium international become only the fifth player to reach 50 Premier League goals before the age of 23 earlier this term – joining Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo – and he scored his seventh goal in six games to seal a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Monday.Roberto Martinez’s men endured a disappointing campaign last season, missing out on a European spot as they finished in 11th in the top flight table.But, having manged to hold off interest from a number of clubs to keep their promising young starlets over the summer tranfer window, ex-centre-back Stubbs sees real signs for excitement for the future at Goodison Park.“The last window was a big statement to make for Everton, especially standing their ground over John Stones,” the former Toffees star, now manager of Scottish side Hibernian, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“If Everton are going to become a top four team they have to build a team around these young players.“You look at the Everton team and the players now, whenever they get the ball they look like they’ve got lots of options and are full of confidence.“Lukaku is unplayable at times up front and Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu; they all want to take the ball into tight areas and are not afraid if someone is close to them.“Everton look very exciting at the moment.”last_img read more

first_img Jean-Kevin Augustin 1 Tottenham have had a loan offer for Paris Saint-Germain starlet Jean-Kevin Augustin rejected.Spurs are desperate to sign a striker during the current transfer window to provide back-up for top scorer Harry Kane.A host of players have been linked with a move to White Hart Lane, from West Brom’s Saido Berahino to Toulouse’s Wissam Ben Yedder.However, according to France Football, Tottenham have now been knocked back in a loan approach for PSG forward Augustin.Manager Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of the 18-year-old and has despatched scouts to watch him several times this season.PSG, however, are unwilling to loan the Frenchman out at present and any potential deal seems unlikely.last_img read more

first_imgQ I am fairly new here, and I work with another employee on most projects. Whenever he has a criticism of my work, he sends me an e-mail and sends a copy to our boss. If I tell him to stop doing this, he’ll report it to my boss. If I say nothing, he’ll keep reporting on me. What do you suggest? A It is difficult to work effectively when you have an associate who is effectively working against you. It is rather surprising that your manager has done nothing to stop this online bashing, as it is clearly divisive and disruptive. Besides, who is this co-worker who somehow thinks he is supposed to be criticizing your work? Perhaps your manager has been encouraging him to play this role, and that is not a good sign. One tip-off is that if such tattling and prattling were not expected or accepted, your boss would have put a stop to it. The best way to find out what is going on here is to meet with this co-worker and discuss the matter. You should try to use a question-and-answer approach and basically ask him why he is doing this. His answer is going to help you determine your next step. For example, if he says the boss needs to know about these kinds of matters, then perhaps you should follow that guideline as well. If your co-worker thinks that you will be copying the boss on your communications to him, perhaps he will think twice about this whole matter. Q We provide our employees with treats at the end of the week, and we use this as a form of recognition and appreciation, as well as an opportunity for the employees to mingle with one another. I was shocked the other day when a few employees said they don’t like the treats and would prefer something different, something better. I told them I’d keep their comments in mind. However, I am quite annoyed that they would complain about a gift. What do you make of this? A There is an epidemic of entitlement that is spreading through many companies, and it appears that yours has not been spared. Unfortunately, there is no inoculation to prevent it. It is easy for employers to become annoyed and insulted when employees display this type of behavior, and the temptation is to simply tell them that if they do not like the treats, there is an easy solution: Stay in their work areas and keep working. Treats are not mandatory. However, it is best to let the temptation to say this pass by. One of the best ways to handle these types of comments is to ask the employees for their suggestions for the next round of treats. Take a look at their ideas, and if they make sense and fall within the budget, give them a try. And if their ideas are not feasible, let the employees know why, and then ask for more suggestions. In the meantime, take pleasure in having some employees who enjoy the treats and provide you with a two-word treat in return: thank you. Ken Lloyd is an Encino-based management consultant, coach and author who specializes in organizational behavior. He is the author of “Jerks at Work: How to Deal With People Problems and Problem People.” Write to him at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Q I just interviewed an applicant who looked perfect on paper. His interview went well, but I have one lingering doubt. He has a very weak handshake. On several occasions, I have heard that this is a sign of weak character, and that is the last thing we need here. This applicant did not have a hand injury or anything like that. Since I have this doubt, should I look at other applicants? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.A Instead of looking at other applicants, you should look at yourself. You are making a major business decision, as well as a decision that will profoundly affect the life of another person, and you are basing your decision on nothing more than a stereotype. There is absolutely no correlation between a person’s handshake and his or her character. The notion about the relationship between a person’s handshake and his or her character has been bandied about for many years, and this fact alone has caused many people to believe it. However, there are many age-old truisms that have been around for eons and lack even the slightest hint of truth. If you want to know about the strength of this applicant’s character, take a look at the best indicator of his character, namely his past behavior. By gathering a clear picture of his work history, you will have no problem discerning a true measure of his character. If you rely on a handshake to make this determination, you are on shaky ground. last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.She said she has specific plans on Social Security, diplomacy and health care. “I have been standing against the Republicans, George Bush and Dick Cheney,” she said, “and I will continue to do so, and I think Democrats know that.” It was the Democrats’ first debate in a month, and during that time Clinton has solidified her front-runner position, gaining in polls, taking the lead in fundraising and dominating the agenda. The Iowa caucuses are scheduled for Jan. 3, and the New Hampshire primary could be even earlier. Clinton defended her Senate vote in favor of designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group. Obama, Edwards and others have said President Bush could interpret the measure as congressional approval for a military attack. Edwards caustically challenged Clinton’s claim that she stands up to the Bush administration. “So the way to do that is to vote yes on a resolution that looks like it was written literally by the neocons?” he said. “In my view, rushing to war – we should not be doing that – but we shouldn’t be doing nothing,” Clinton said. “And that means we should not let them acquire nuclear weapons, and the best way to prevent that is a full court press on the diplomatic front.” PHILADELPHIA -Democrats Barack Obama and John Edwards sharply challenged Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s candor, consistency and judgment Tuesday in a televised debate that underscored her front-runner status two months before the first presidential primary votes. Obama, the Illinois senator, began immediately, saying Clinton has changed her positions on the North American Free Trade Agreement, torture policies and the Iraq war. Leadership, he said, does not mean “changing positions whenever it’s politically convenient.” Edwards, the former North Carolina senator, was even sharper at times, saying Clinton “defends a broken system that’s corrupt in Washington, D.C.” He stood by his earlier claim that she has engaged in “doubletalk.” Clinton, standing between the two men, largely shrugged off the remarks and defended her positions. She has been the focus of Republican candidates’ “conversations and consternation,” she said, because she is leading in the polls. Clinton also was the main focus during a discussion of the Iraq war. Again, Edwards leveled the toughest charges against the New York senator. “If you believe that combat missions should be continued in Iraq” without a timetable for withdrawal, Edwards said, “then Senator Clinton is your candidate.” Edwards vowed to have all combat troops out of Iraq “in my first year in office.” Clinton replied forcefully, saying “I stand for ending the war in Iraq, bringing our troops home.” She added, however, that “it is going to take time,” and some troops must remain to fight al-Qaida in Iraq. “I don’t know how you pursue al-Qaida without engaging them in combat,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsSaffir’s scale was expanded by former National Hurricane Center Director Robert H. Simpson and became known as the Saffir-Simpson scale in the 1970s. The scale is now so well known that many coastal residents toss off shorthand like “Cat. 1” and few need to be told that it refers to Saffir and Simpson’s creation. Simpson, 95, said the system was invaluable in helping him communicate the power of an approaching storm. “We needed that type of thing desperately at the time,” he said Thursday. Despite devoting much of his life to thinking about and preparing buildings for hurricanes, Saffir acknowledged earlier this year that his own home was not completely protected from a storm with hurricane shutters. He had done studies on the glass in the windows and found it was relatively shatterproof, he said. At the same time, he told AP, “I confess I only have partial shutters.” MIAMI – Herbert Saffir, an engineer who created the five-category system used to describe hurricane strength and warn millions of an approaching storm’s danger, has died. He was 90. Saffir died Wednesday of complications from surgery, said his son, Richard Saffir. A structural engineer, Saffir created his scale in 1969 – laying out for the first time what kind of damage could be expected from an approaching hurricane. It has since become the definitive way to describe intensity for storms that form in the Atlantic and parts of the Pacific. Before the scale, hurricanes were simply described as major or minor. Saffir’s innovation was ranking storm destruction by type, from Category 1 – where trees and unanchored mobile homes receive the primary damage – to Category 5 – the complete failure of roofs and some structures. The five descriptions of destruction were then matched with the sustained wind speeds that would produce the corresponding damage. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more