Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers feels he needs to regain the trust of the club’s fans this season after a poor 2014-15 that concluded with what he has described as his “worst day in football”. A year on from finishing second in the Barclays Premier League, the Reds’ follow-up campaign ended in May with them out of the Champions League places in a disappointing sixth position and suffering the humiliation of a 6-1 final-day defeat at Stoke. Liverpool are back at the Britannia Stadium taking on the Potters again on Sunday to open their 2015-16 season. And Rodgers – who has been in his job since 2012 – said at his pre-match press conference: “I need to gain the supporters’ trust again. “It has been an absolute privilege to manage this club and have the supporters behind us. “But of course, you have to do well to earn that, and I know I need to earn that again.” Rodgers agreed with the suggestion he and his players ”owe the fans a result” after the 6-1 thrashing and admits, with at least a fourth-placed finish the aim this season, they are under pressure to deliver – although he stressed that has always been the case since his appointment three years ago. And when asked if he had feared he might be sacked after the Stoke defeat, the Northern Irishman said: “You never take your position here for granted and you certainly can never be complacent. “In my second season here, we nearly won the league – you judge me on that, then maybe I deserve a bit more time. If you judge me on us being on the top five or so for budget, and we finish sixth, then maybe it might be different. “But the owners have always put a big trust in me from the first day I came in here and I have confidence in how I work.” Regarding end-of-season talks held with the club’s owners, he added: “There were things we needed to look at and discuss on how we can become better. Press Association “They have always felt I was the guy to be here and reassured me of that, so that gives me great confidence going ahead.” Rodgers has stressed lessons have been learned from the “unacceptable” previous outing at Stoke, and described Sunday’s rematch as the ”perfect” opening fixture for the Liverpool’s season. “I aim to never ever have anything like that again in my career,” Rodgers said of the defeat in May. “That was my worst day in football, by a long way. “But there were great lessons learned from that. The supporters were rightly absolutely devastated and we are determined to put things right. ”When the fixture came out (Sunday’s game), I felt we couldn’t have had a better one to be honest. ”I think lots of people looked at it wondering whether we would have been better going back later, but for me it was the perfect fixture. ”The reaction (to the loss in May) over the course of the summer has been terrific and it gives us real motivation now to start the season well.” Liverpool have lost the likes of Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling this summer, but seven new signings have been brought in and among them, there is certainly a weight of expectation on the shoulders of striker Christian Benteke, bought from Aston Villa for £32.5million. Benteke has rejected suggestions from Villa boss Tim Sherwood that he is not suited to his new club’s style because he primarily feeds off crosses. And Rodgers has backed Benteke up, saying: ”I think he is the type of player who fits perfectly for us. ”I have seen him close hand, and for me, he can play in any type of game. ”He can play the power game, the strength game, but what I think will surprise a lot of people is the quality of his football – his clever movement, his link-up play and the different types of goals he scores with his feet. He is going to be a huge player for us.”
August 14, 2020
WEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerThe story of Jones’ season has been more frustrating. Almost every game, he was more effective than Peyton Barber but rarely saw more work. Sunday, though, Jones outcarried Barber 18 to four and gained 67 yards with a touchdown on the ground. He also remained on the field in many late-game passing situations that normally fall to Dare Ogunbowale. Because of how frustrating Bruce Arians’ backfield split has been, we can’t say for certain that Jones will remain the man. But he’s still unowned in a lot of leagues, and if he can get 15 carries a game, he’s also in the RB2 range.One of the more intriguing battles to watch as the week goes on is in Arizona, where Kenyan Drake played better than expected in his Cardinals debut against the tough 49ers’ defense. David Johnson (back, ankle) and/or Chase Edmonds (hamstring) should have a chance to make it back from injury after last Thursday’s game. Kliff Kingsbury has said it will be a committee, although you’d have to imagine that Johnson, if fully healthy, will get the bulk of the work there. Any back in that fast-paced offense has fantasy value with enough workload, though.WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWe’d be concerned more about Chris Carson’s matchup (@ 49ers) this week if not for how successful Drake was against San Francisco. Carson did fumble twice Sunday, losing one, so that return of an early-season narrative is worth keeping an eye on. We’ll also continue to watch the backfield split with the Niners, where Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman continue to share carries, and with the Chargers, where Melvin Gordon finally looked a bit like his old self in Week 9.WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPBye weeks knock off a number of committee backfields this week: Royce Freeman/Phillip Lindsay, Sony Michel/James White, Jordan Howard/Miles Sanders, Carlos Hyde/Duke Johnson and Adrian Peterson are all off. The most notable player on bye at RB is Leonard Fournette.MORE WEEK 10:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Snap counts | Trade values | Fantasy playoff SOS Reminder: These rankings will be adjusted throughout week, so check back often for the latest updates and analysis!MORE WEEK 10 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 10 Fantasy RB RankingsThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.RankPlayer1Christian McCaffrey, CAR @ GB2Saquon Barkley, NYG @ NYJ3Alvin Kamara, NO vs. ATL. We’ll have to see how Kamara (ankle) is doing health-wise out of the Saints’ bye, but he should be in line for a big week as long as he’s healthy.4Dalvin Cook, MIN @ DAL5Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. MIN6Derrick Henry, TEN vs. KC. Henry continues to be one of the highest-volume running backs in football, and the Chiefs allow the third-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to backs. Expect a big week.7Josh Jacobs, OAK vs. LAC8Nick Chubb, CLE vs. BUF9Marlon Mack, IND vs. MIA. No matter whether Jacoby Brissett or Brian Hoyer is starting, you can rely on Mack against the Dolphins porous run defense.10Mark Ingram, BAL @ CIN. The Bengals allow the second-most FPPG to RBs, so while Ingram might not normally rank quite this high, it’s deserved for Week 10. 11Le’Veon Bell, NYJ vs. NYG12David Montgomery, CHI vs. DET. The Lions allow the most FPPG to running backs this year. Montgomery almost always sees double-digit carries and a little passing-game involvement, so as long as he gets his usual workload, he should have Week 10 success.13Todd Gurley, LAR @ PIT14David Johnson, ARZ @ TB. Johnson (ankle, back), Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds (hamstring) all would have value if the other two were out, but if more than one is active, you have to defer to DJ, who has the most upside and should be heavily involved in the passing game, even with Drake in town.15Chris Carson, SEA @ SF. The Niners run defense is less scary after Kenyan Drake had success against it, but Carson’s two Week 9 fumbles (one lost) have us a little concerned about his job security, at least enough to bump him down this far. 16Aaron Jones, GB vs. CAR17Devonta Freeman, ATL @ NO18Tevin Coleman, SF vs. SEA. Matt Breida remains too heavily involved to count on any more four-TD games in the near future, but Coleman is still an important player in a run-first offense and should start in fantasy leagues because of that. 19Jaylen Samuels, PIT vs. LAR. Most of Samuels’ value seems likely to come from his catches — he had 13 in Week 9 — while James Conner (shoulder) is out. If Conner is back, you can forget about Samuels, who at least has the potential to do more in the run game.20Devin Singletary, BUF @ CLE. He finally outdid Frank Gore in carries, rushing 20 times in Week 9. The Singletary takeover of this backfield looks about complete, and so you can start him as an RB2 with confidence. 21Ronald Jones, TB vs. ARZ. Jones outcarried Peyton Barber 18-4 in Week 9, and we want to think that will continue. Because of how Bruce Arians seems to continuously fool us, it may not, but you’ve got to be on Jones at least in Week 10 against an Arizona defense allowing 4.4 yards per carry to running backs. 22Joe Mixon, CIN vs. BAL23Melvin Gordon, LAC @ OAK. Finally, Gordon looked like a solid NFL running back again with 20 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns in Week 9. It appears he’s the lead dog again in this backfield and works as an RB2 most weeks going forward. 24Damien Williams, KC @ TEN. Williams and McCoy keep swapping back and forth, but after 125 rushing yards (including a 91-yard touchdown run), it’s Williams that gets the edge in our rankings this week.25Austin Ekeler, LAC @ OAK26Jamaal Williams, GB vs. CAR27Matt Breida, SF vs. SEA28Ty Johnson, DET @ CHI. Johnson will probably lead the Lions in carries but struggle to create much momentum on the ground. The medium volume makes him playable as an unexciting FLEX option. 29Kenyan Drake, ARZ @ TB. If Johnson and Edmonds remain out, slide Drake up the rankings, as he’ll be looking at a heavy workload after running well in his first game with the Cardinals.30Trey Edmunds, PIT vs. LAR. Edmunds had 12 carries for 73 yards with James Conner out Sunday, so if that injury status repeats itself, maybe Edmunds can repeat his ground production, too. 31Latavius Murray, NO vs. ATL. If Alvin Kamara remains out after the bye, Murray becomes a rock solid RB2 for Week 10.32Gus Edwards, BAL @ CIN33Kalen Ballage, MIA @ IND.34Peyton Barber, TB vs. ARZ35Frank Gore, BUF @ CLE. It looks like he’s been surpassed by Devin Singletary. He might get 10 carries against Cleveland but not do a ton with them. Another week of heavy Singletary usage can probably make Gore expendable in fantasy.36LeSean McCoy, KC @ TEN37Nyheim Hines, IND vs. MIA. Hines continues to see very limited involvement in the passing game, and if Indy handles business against Miami, gameflow will be working against him, too. 38Tarik Cohen, CHI vs. DET. The Lions allow the most FPPG to RBs, including being vulnerable against receiving backs. Cohen is a decent FLEX play this week, and his value is obviously higher in PPR.39J.D. McKissic, DET @ CHI. McKissic looks like a PPR option going forward, but if Detroit struggles to move the ball at times against Chicago, Week 10 might not be the week to deploy McKissic in your lineup.40Alexander Mattison, MIN @ DAL41Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. BUF. Hunt is back from suspension for Week 10, although he’s been away from the team and Nick Chubb has a stranglehold on the starting job. If Hunt is ever going to take a decent chunk of work away from Chubb, it shouldn’t be for a few weeks. 42Jordan Wilkins, IND vs. MIA43Rashaad Penny, SEA @ SF44Dare Ogunbowale, TB vs. ARZ45Darrel Williams, KC @ TEN46Dion Lewis, TEN vs. KC47Raheem Mostert, SF vs. SEA48Darrell Henderson, LAR @ PIT49Tony Pollard, DAL vs. MIN50Giovani Bernard, CIN vs. BAL51C.J. Prosise, SEA vs. BAL52Dontrell Hilliard, CLE vs. BUF53Wayne Gallman, NYG @ NYJ Devin Singletary and Ronald Jones were both well overdue for breakouts. We’ve touted them both, but for various reasons — injuries for Singletary and curious usage for Jones — neither had really had a top-tier NFL game prior to Sunday. After last week, we can’t say that any longer. Both had shining moments, and both, if their usage continues, will justify their elevated spots in our Week 10 fantasy RB rankings. And don’t forget — Kareem Hunt is back for the Browns this week, although it will probably be a few weeks until he affects Nick Chubb at all.For the first time this season, Singletary received more carries than Frank Gore (20 to 11). He was efficient, too, averaging 4.8 yards per carry for 95 yards total on the heavy workload. He added three catches on four targets for 45 yards. Buffalo had already been playing Singletary many more snaps than Gore, so it seemed like only a matter of time before his carries reflected that. A Week 10 game in Cleveland shouldn’t slow Singletary down, and he’s now firmly in the RB2 tier.
May 14, 2020
In all probability, it wasn’t a coincidence that he be the executor of a transfer that will stay for historical past. Two years in the past, Alexander-Arnold he sat with black in opposition to Magnus Carlsen. You endured 17 actions. Invoice gatesFor instance, he resisted earlier than the Norwegian grandmaster and quantity one in all the rating FIDE 9 actions. Throughout nowadays of confinement due to the pandemic many have approached the boards once more. The information says that digital video games have elevated exponentially. Many dad and mom have adopted the instance of Alexander-Arnold’s mother or father, maybe someday their offspring shall be offered with one other nook … I do know making a 12 months one in all the largest comebacks in the historical past of the Champions. This time it was his flip undergo it to Barcelona on a fateful evening in Anfield, when the Klopp males traced the 3-Zero behind that had been introduced from the duel at the Camp Nou. Every little thing went fallacious that day to the pupils of Valverde, amongst some issues consideration to element. The internet, who had been steeped in that nearly liturgical mystique of Anfield, fairly the reverse. Amongst them Alexander-Arnold confused. The very younger aspect, who continues in ascending development, is one in all the strongest on the continent, particularly when there’s discuss of the offensive section. That evening in Liverpool it served Wijnaldum 2-Zero and on everybody’s retina the play that determined the sport stays, that swiftly taken nook that caught all Barcelona red-handed, nearly even his fellow origi, who managed to push that sudden move to purpose, not with out shock. They could have appeared reflexes or easy intuition, however time handed and listening to the participant you may see a focus potential steady in the sport, psychological agility and skill to anticipation and forecast. Detailed view of the sequence exhibits how Arnold executed the nook as if enjoying a place on the board in a kind of so modern quick video games now. Alexander-Arnold really feel devotion to chess. He has defined it a number of instances, however he has additionally associated how persevering with to play helps him to enhance his considering in soccer. “You could possibly hyperlink the soccer with chess when it comes to strive to suppose one, two or three actions forward of what make the rival and anticipate what I do, “he explains.” You could have to suppose forward and know what you’ll do earlier than receiving the ball. Earlier than it reaches me, I strive to get an image of how will probably be offered the state of affairs after I obtain it and it should occur. I’ll watch to see the place the attackers are. If I foresee that they aren’t in an advantageous place, I’ll know that I can’t throw the heart with out even having obtained the ball. If it’s the reverse, I’ll be prepared to put together the move prematurely “he says to give clues as to what that occurred Might 7 at Anfield. “You could have to perceive that the soccer adjustments in a second and that once you decrease your head and lift it once more, every thing has modified. As soon as you’re in the warmth of the sport, All of this stuff come to me of pure type, and also you’re not considering step-by-step. It occurs rapidly in a single second, “he causes. Possibly that’s why throughout these 4 steps than Alexander-Arnold gave after placing the ball in the nook by no means bowed his head and he’s seen observing the horizon, calculating pulling on spatial abilities and establishing high quality of dimensional relationships that provides the agility of sitting earlier than a board. Then Arnold roll the diagonal to Origi like a bishop.A passion instilled by his father.its father instilled in him a passion that Alexander-Arnold paid to compete along with his brothers. The sport sand become ardour that he now used to escape from soccer, however that has noticed himadditionally helps in the subject. “The soccer and chess They could seem to be reverse poles, however there are many similarities with the trendy sport, I strive to use soccer techniques in chess and on the opposite, “he affirms, acknowledging, above all, the enchancment in anticipation and planning. The chess will increase pace and the high quality of the neural communication and in that nook, absolutely, the neural stimuli traveled by way of the dendrites of the Liverpool aspect at full pace. What is definite is that earlier than some other footballer that evening.