Liverpool v Chelsea player ratings

first_imgEden Hazard’s brilliant goal took Chelsea through. [Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire]Eden Hazard scored a sublime individual winner as Chelsea came from behind to beat Liverpool in the third round of the Carabao Cup. Here’s how we rated each Blues player in the victory at Anfield.AdChoices广告Willy Caballero: 7The Argentine made two decent first-half saves in quick succession from Naby Keita’s strike and Sadio Mane’s header. He also took up a good position to make an unknowing but vital second-half save from Mane after Ross Barkley’s defensive error in a faultless display.Cesar Azpilicueta: 6He was caught out of position as he pressed forward in the first half, but his pace got him out of trouble and he remained solid and effective in defence.Gary Cahill: 7An impressive return to the starting line-up for the captain, who was composed and calm in possession, making good angles and finding Cesc Fabregas at every available opportunity to enable Chelsea to play from the back. Had his work cut out after the interval as Liverpool seized control, but he stood firm.Andreas Christensen: 5Christensen looked a little edgy in the first half, making a couple of mistakes that could have proved costly and struggled more after the break with his confidence having been shaken. Got away with a woeful backpass that led to Daniel Sturridge missing an open goal and was culpable for Liverpool’s goal with a daft attempt to play the ball out from the back when under pressure.Sturridge’s goal looked like taking Liverpool through. [Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire]Emerson: 7Neat and tidy and he had some bright moments in the final third, but was sometimes over-enthusiastic with his forward running and subsequently left the left side of the defence exposed. He was one of the few Chelsea players to improve after the break and capped an increasingly promising performance with the equaliser.Cesc Fabregas: 7The star man in a fine first-half midfield performance by Chelsea, he sat deepest of the central trio and used all his quality and extensive passing range to dictate play. His long-range first-half ball to set up Alvaro Morata was vintage Fabregas but, like his team-mates, he was rattled by the home side’s increased tempo and started to get sloppy.Morata should have scored after being set up by Fabregas. [Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire]Matteo Kovacic: 7Alongside Fabregas the Croatian was mightily impressive as Chelsea seized control in the first 30 minutes, creating space and making countless telling runs. But he barely saw the ball after the interval and was taken off after 64 minutes with Chelsea being over-run in midfield.Ross Barkley: 7The former Everton man had a decent evening, linking up play well and striding through on numerous occasions but was also guilty of giving the ball away too cheaply. Barkley stayed positive and kept demanding possession and his fine header led to the leveller.Victor Moses: 7Sparky and always involved, Moses had plenty of opportunities to run at Alberto Moreno and was a consistent threat on the right.Willian: 7He was busy and dangerous, winning back possession high up the pitch and making several surging runs, before being replaced by Eden Hazard.Alvaro Morata: 5Morata was unfortunate not to score from the exquisite Fabregas pass and also when played in by Willian. But should have scored from a delicious outside-of-the-foot pass by Willian after the break, heading wastefully over. The Spaniard has had his fair share of bad luck in front of goal but needs to show more conviction and urgency.Eden Hazard: 9A brilliant strike that even eclipsed his stunning Premier League goal at Anfield in May 2016. Hazard was slow to make an impact after coming on but it was worth the wait and he was head and shoulders above anyone on the pitch in the closing stages.Hazard was Chelsea’s hero yet again. [Martin Rickett/PA Wire]N’Golo Kante: 8He brought much-needed zest and energy just when the Blues needed it most.David Luiz: 7The Brazilian made a significant contribution in his late cameo, settling those around him with his ability to bring the ball out of defence and coolness under pressure. See also:Zola: Hazard is among the world’s bestBrilliant Hazard gives Chelsea cup victory at AnfieldKlopp insists Liverpool were unlucky against ChelseaSarri v Klopp: How do they match up?Hazard probably the world’s best – BarkleyCahill ‘very useful’ for Chelsea – Sarri Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Former Foreign Minister King-Akerele Releases New Book

first_imgThe Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Madam Olubanke King-Akerele, recently released her fourth book entitled, “The Liberian Way: Breaking the Cycle.” The foreword of the book is written by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, while the book is a publication of the Liberian Institute for “Growing” Patriotism and the Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC) for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security. The launching ceremony was held in conjunction with the dedication of the Ruth Morgenthau Reading Room at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia (UL).Vice President Joseph Boakai, who performed the official launch, described Madam Akerele as a prolific writer, noting that the book is her fourth since she left government. Boakai said the development of emergent leaders is a key program area in several African nations. He hailed former Minster Akerele for bringing the subject matter into the spotlight through her book. Veep Boakai said Liberia has been through a lot of tribulations in recent years and as the country is in the process of rebuilding and rebranding itself, the people must include deliberate and drastic change from being “business as usual.” He urged Liberians to adopt an attitude of transformation, stating: “let’s celebrate and recognize the leadership modules that have impacted our nation the most. Let’s think about changing minds and changing attitudes” as propounded by former Information Minister Lawrence Bropleh. He said it is within that dimension that the book delves into the descriptive and narrative challenges associated with reconstruction and nation building. Boakai explained that the “Liberian Way” as defined in the book means taking “shortcuts, lack of standards, doing the wrong things, but careless because it is convenient.” Such impediments that constitute the “cycle” need to be broken, he said. The author divided the book into five parts with part one documenting the experience of the ABIC in Africa, generally, and in Liberia in particular with support for the “Nurturing and Growing” of its Emergent Leadership. Part two documents a selected number of initiatives that are ongoing or have taken place in the country that are contributing to the “growing of Liberia’s Emergent Leadership.” The book entitled, “Patriotism in Action,” highlights some of the many positive things that Liberians are engaged in that are nothing short of Patriotism in Action, but are hardly heard about.Akerele went on to explain that part three contains inspiring life paths of mid-career professionals, while part four contains profiles of Liberians from the earlier book, The “Growing of Africa’s Emergent Leadership.” Part five focuses on “Plaiting the New Mat: Breaking the Cycle of the Liberian Way,” and tackles the issue of what has come to be referred to as “the Liberian Way” – a problem brought into focus by the discussion on the motivation behind the writing, since it is seen as critical to the future of the country.Dr. Herman Browne, President of Cuttington University, who critiques the book, noted that it is very refreshing to be reading a book by one author and hearing several other voices and their perspective on the same theme. He described the style by the Madam Akerele as an unusual approach, but said what is paramount is that, “the book makes readers not just to think about patriotism, but to feel patriotism, which makes it more related to poetry than to prose.” He said in reading the book, “there is something that makes you to appreciate and see how easy it is to be frustrated that the generation so cherished and loved either knows so little or appreciates so little of what is so important.” The Dedication of the Ruth Morgenthau Reading RoomThe program also included the dedication of a reading room at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia. Liberia’s former Ambassador to the United States, Charles Minor and former Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, Cllr. David A.B. Jallah, performed the dedication of the Ruth Morgenthau Reading Room (RMRR), where the ceremony was held. Amb. Minor recounted the history leading to the establishment of the reading room, noting that the reading room dates back to 2010 at the time Madam Akerele was Minister of Foreign Affairs. He outlined the immense contributions she made to ensure the establishment of the room. The RMRR is named after a distinguished American scholar, and international political scientist who was a specialist on Francophone Africa. She was born in Vienna and managed to escape along with her family from Nazi prosecution. Ruth grew up to become prominent, serving as Foreign Policy Adviser to three US Democratic Presidents. She lent her expertise to the United Nations (was part of the U.S.A. delegation to the United Nations) and the World Bank in various capacities.Upon her death, Ruth’s widower called to say that he wanted to donate her library to Madam Akerele, her former student at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. He said he could not think of anyone else she would have wanted to have her books. It was then that MadamAkerele contacted the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law to receive the collection and set it up there. Ambassador Minor then Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States assisted in this process, as did the President of the University, Dr. Emmet Dennis to get the books to Liberia together with the then Dean of the Law School, Cllr. David Jallah. He was assisted by Cllr. Krubo Kollie, then Legal Counsellor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Professor Morgenthau’s daughter Sarah (then Director of the Peace Corps Response office in Washington DC) visited Liberia in the second half of 2010 at which time she presented the books. Unfortunately, as the Minister was on mission, she could not be there during the presentation. The Morgenthau family sent an official message during the dedication of the library pledging to provide a computer and printer to facilitate the use of the RMRR.The ceremony was attended by UL president Dr. Dennis; the Dean of the UL Law School, Cllr. Negbalee Warner; President of Stella Maris, Sister Mary Laurene Brown; Rev. Emmanuel Bowier; Judge Eva Mappy Morgan; among others. Madam Akerele had previously written books entitled, “Women’s Leadership in Post-Conflict Liberia”; “My Journey,” launched in 2012; “Accelerating Regional Integration through Micro Regionalism: the case of Zambia-Malawi-Mozambique”; “Growth Triangle and its Impact”; and “The ‘Growing of Africa’s Emergent Leadership,” launched in 2014 in Lusaka, Zambia, with the foreword by the first President of Zambia, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

First look at Arsenal’s new Puma kits!

first_img 3 Arsenal 2014/15 away kit – Click the arrow for more – The Gunners’ iconic yellow and blue design returns and will be worn during Premier League matches Arsenal mean business this summer. They have already brought in Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez and Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy is expected to follow but on Thursday they unveiled their latest signing – their hotly anticipated new home and away kits.The Puma manufactured home, away and cup kits were revealed through a 20m high water projection on the River Thames viewed from the North Bank.To see the first shots of Arsenal’s new kits, click the arrow above. 3 3 Arsenal 2014/15 home kit – Click the arrow for more – A modern take on Arsenal’s traditional red home strip Arsenal 2014/15 away (cup) kit – Click the arrow for more – A bold design, Arsenal’s alternative away strip will be worn for Champions League and FA Cup matcheslast_img read more

Exclusive – Everton and Crystal Palace target going nowhere, insists Swansea manager Garry Monk

first_imgSwansea manager Garry Monk has told talkSPORT there is no chance captain Ashley Williams will leave the club this summer, amid reported interest from Premier League rivals Everton and Crystal Palace.The Wales defender has been consistently linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium ever since impressing in the Swans’ debut top flight season three years ago.Palace boss Alan Pardew has already been active in the transfer market with the club record arrival of Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Yohan Cabaye, and it is believed the London outfit have submitted a formal offer – reportedly around £10million – to make 30-year-old Williams their second big-money arrival of the summer.Everton have also registered an interest, but the centre-back is “very committed” to Swansea and fully focused on the season ahead, according to manager and former team-mate Monk.“Ash will be here, he’ll be here with Swansea,” said the Jacks boss, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I’ve got a good relationship with him, he’s our captain and obviously I played with him for many years as well.“For the past six or seven years he’s been linked with a team in the summer, and whether that’s actual interest or driven by the papers and agents, I don’t know.“But Ash is very committed to the club, he’s our captain and he’s captain of Wales as well, it’s a big year for him with qualification coming up with his country.“I don’t think he’ll want to do anything that unsettles him, I think he’ll want to give himself the best chance to qualify with Wales and have a good season with Swansea as well.“I know he’ looking forward to it and is fully focused on the season ahead with Swansea.”The Jacks were busy in their early stages of the transfer window, bringing in four new faces including £5.2million Portuguese striker Eder.But, when asked if he is planning any more swoops before the window shuts, Monk insisted he is completely satisfied with the squad he has at his disposal.“As a manager, you’re always looking to improve the squad,” the manager added.“We recruited really well last season, which was really important – we moved 12 players out and brought eight back in. This year we’ve brought four in and we managed to get it done early, which is great for the preparation for the season which is vitally important.“Of course, there’s the possibility of doing a bit more business, but I’m very happy with the squad I have.”last_img read more