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Exclusive – Signing more attackers is NOT the answer for Liverpool, claims Reds hero

first_imgLiverpool legend John Barnes believes his former side are wasting their time chasing more attacking players in the January transfer window, and has called for Brendan Rodgers to instead shore up his defence.The Reds have again been strongly linked with a move for Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri over the New Year, while they are also thought to be keen on another striker to cover for the injured Daniel Sturridge.But Liverpool’s weak defensive options were in many ways their downfall in last season’s doomed Premier League title bid, as they relied on goals from Sturridge and departed star Luis Suarez to bail out their leaky back-four.Their form at the back has seen little improvement so far this term and Barnes believes the club should look to address the defensive balance of the squad in January, rather than add to their already wealthy attacking options.“Liverpool don’t need any more attacking players, we need defensive midfielders and defenders,” the Kop hero told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“The solution to winning more matches isn’t always signing more attackers, particularly if you haven’t got the right balance in the squad.“Chelsea have the right balance, if you look at the defenders and more defensive-minded midfielders they have in their team.“And, with all due respect, I don’t think Liverpool, together with other top teams teams like Arsenal and Manchester City, have that balance.“So for us to be looking to sign more attacking players, it doesn’t make sense for me. We need to get better defensive midfield players and defenders in our squad.”last_img read more

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Manchester City confirm the signing of striker Wilfried Bony from Swansea

first_img1 Wilfried Bony Manchester City have confirmed the signing of striker Wilfried Bony from Swansea.The Ivorian has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Premier League champions after City agreed a deal worth around £30million with the Welsh club.“It’s a great feeling for me, it’s a big honour to be here and it’s a great challenge,” said Bony, who will not be available for his new club until after the Africa Cup of Nations.“As a player it’s always good to be part of one of the biggest clubs in the world and it’s a good opportunity for me to be in that situation now – I’m really proud. I felt excited to wait for this moment and now it’s come, it’s fantastic.“I think it’s a great decision for me – Manchester City is in the Champions League. You remember at the end of last season I said that if I want to move it will be to a team in the competition because it’s a great tournament that I really want to play in and one that I want to win.“It’s a motivation for me to give my maximum to be in that place. City is a big club with great players with a lot of experience; I believe we can do it.”Bony has been among the Premier League’s deadliest forwards since his arrival at Swansea in the summer of 2013 for a club-record fee of £12million.He scored 25 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions during his first season at the Liberty Stadium and has netted nine times already this term, with three of those goals coming against his new club.The 26-year-old will now hope to continue his fine record at City, where he will join a strikeforce that features Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic.City boss Manuel Pellegrini said of his new signing: “He is very difficult to mark because he is so strong.“He is an intelligent footballer who has skill and power. His goals record has been excellent since he came to England. He adapted very quickly to the game here and I think he will settle in at City quickly.“He will be a very good addition to our squad. We now have four top class strikers and I am looking forward to seeing them work together.”last_img read more

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ROAD CLOSED AS FIRE CREWS TACKLE CAR BLAZE

first_imgFire crews at the scene of the blaze a short time ago. Pic Donegal Daily staffBREAKING NEWS: Gardai and fire crews are at the scene of a burning car in Donegal Town.The incident – close to the bridge – has led to road closures and traffic is being diverted away from the area.Local people say the car appeared to “burst into flames” without any noticeable cause. No-one has been injured.Fire officers and Gardai will carry out a forensic investigation once scene has been preserved. ROAD CLOSED AS FIRE CREWS TACKLE CAR BLAZE was last modified: December 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carDonegal Townfirelast_img read more

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Warriors’ Steve Kerr with the latest on Kevin Durant’s injury

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON — Though Kevin Durant will sit out when the Warriors (45-21) visit the Houston Rockets on Wednesday (42-25) with a right ankle contusion, Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed uncertainty about Durant’s availability during the remainder of the team’s four-game trip.“I expect him at some point,” Kerr said. “I don’t know when.”The Warriors play in Oklahoma …last_img read more

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Kurtenbach: 49ers look Super in rout of Packers

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Are there any more questions for these 49ers to answer?After Sunday’s 37-8 win over the Packers at Levi’s Stadium, there’s only one:How far can this team go in the playoffs?Perhaps all the way to Miami and Super Bowl LIV? Yes, there might be a month left in the regular season, but it’s not jumping the gun to start thinking about such things: Sunday’s win effectively guaranteed a spot in the tournament for the 49ers — their first postseason berth since 2013.But it …last_img read more

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Qantas expects bumper annual profit of up to $A1.4 billion

first_imgAustralian carrier Qantas is predicting another bumper full-year underlying pre-tax profit of $A1.35 billion to $A1.4 billion, making it the second highest in the airline’s history.In a trading update released after the market closed, the airline said it had seen an improving performance from its domestic operations and a “slight moderation” in the challenging conditions facing it in the international market.The result compares to an underlying profit of $A1.53 billion and a net profit of $1.03 billion in 2015-16.“Last year we posted the highest earnings in Qantas’ history and our guidance today would make this year’s underlying profit the second best in almost 100 years. It shows we’re able to keep performing in a mixed global environment,” chief executive Alan Joyce said.“Between our domestic flying businesses, Qantas and Jetstar, and Loyalty we are delivering solid earnings growth.“Internationally it’s still tough, with high levels of capacity growth pushing fares down, but we’ve seen those conditions ease slightly. Because of the work we’ve done to transform Qantas and expand into growth markets, our international businesses are navigating the headwinds better than our key competitors.”Group revenue was down 1.4 per cent to $A3.96 billion in the third quarter and unit revenue was down 1.8 per cent.Domestic unit revenue rose 4.6 per cent compared to the third quarter last year as the airline reduced capacity by 3.7 per cent, including a 19 per cent reduction in the resource sector.It expects the positive trend to continue in the fourth quarter.The airline said tough conditions that have seen other airlines in the Asia-pacific record big profit falls had eased slightly in the third quarter as capacity growth in the broader market slowed.International unit revenue was down by 5.6 per cent year-on-year on a group international capacity increase of 2.2 per cent but the airline said it expected the decline to continue moderating in the fourth quarter as the capacity growth from competitors dropped from high first-half levels to around 5 per cent.“Taking this into account the Qantas Group expects to report an Underlying Profit Before Tax in the range of $1.35 billion to $1.40 billion for the financial year 2017,’’ it said.“This reflects improving performance from group domestic and Qantas Loyalty partially offsetting a relatively weaker, but resilient, group International performance in a highly competitive market.’’The airline said the guidance did not include the impact of bond rate movements which would have an adverse non-cash impact on the underlying profit of $A25 million.last_img read more

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The Hustler’s Playbook – Hustlers Don’t See Themselves As They Are

first_imgHustlers don’t see themselves as they really are. They see themselves as they want to be. Then they act accordingly.Look around you right now. Your smartphone is somewhere very close to you, isn’t it? It’s a modern marvel that we can carry our telephone, computer, internet, email, camera, photo album, video camera, home movies, blockbuster movies, music, newspapers, magazine, maps, address book, and global position satellite in our pocket (and the list of all the other things your smart phone does is greater than this list).What’s interesting about your smart phone is that everything that was necessary to make it has been on planet Earth since before we were. There isn’t a single element that wasn’t here since forever ago. All that was missing was vision and the knowledge.The hustler knows that success is never a matter of resources. It’s a matter of resourcefulness.Hustler’s Have VisionThe hustler sees themselves as something bigger, brighter, and better than they are now. The hustler has a vision of what they will become. The hustler’s non-hustler friends will criticize the hustler for his vision. They say things like, “Who do you think you are,” and “Do you think you are somehow better than us?”The non-hustler can’t imagine being something more. The non-hustler lacks the vision; they lack the identity. They question the hustler because they fear facing the person they could become and because they fear losing the hustler as they grow.Hustlers Are ResourcefulThe hustler knows that everything they need to grow and develop into what they must ultimately become is already inside them right now. They don’t believe that they are missing anything that they can’t somehow go acquire. The hustler looks at the gap between what they are now and what they want to be, and they go do the things they need to do to close that gap. They develop the vision. They acquire the knowledge. And they take action.The non-hustler believes that the successful are somehow anointed from birth or that someone taps them on the shoulder and hands them their success. The non-hustler doesn’t believe that what they need to succeed lies dormant in them right now, this very second. They believe that the circumstances of the birth would need to be different for them to succeed. They believe they’d need permission, a formal degree, or more money to get started.The non-hustler sees themselves as what they are, with no vision of what they could become. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more