Which Oklahoma State Fit in the NFL Did You Love Most?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I’ve been neglecting the Tuesday Poll, but we’re back at it this week with a question about the NFL Draft and free agent signings from last weekend. Which of the big OSU-NFL marriages did you love the most after the dust settled from the weekend?Because Twitter doesn’t offer more than four poll options I could only include Blake Jarwin to Dallas, Jordan Sterns to Kansas City, Chris Carson to Seattle and Vincent Taylor to Miami, but I’m curious about which signing/drafting excites you most.Which NFL/#okstate fit was your favorite after last week’s Draft and free agent signings?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) May 2, 2017I know I’m missing Lenzy Pipkins, Jhajuan Seales, Ben Grogan and Ashton Lampkin, but I think the four above are probably the most interesting and/or engaging.As always comments and results will be posted on Wednesday.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 79 Darrion Daniels

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. This is Part 2 of our Day 79 in the summer countdown. We go from an unproven offensive lineman to a third-year D-lineman with a clear path to leadership.How he got to OSUA four-star and ESPN 300 recruit, Daniels is the highest-rated signee Joe Bob Clements has brought in during his four years at OSU. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound tackle from Dallas’ Bishop Dunne High School held over 30 offers including from the likes of Ohio State, Oklahoma, Miami and LSU. He chose the Cowboys for early playing time and for a chance to “make a name for himself.”What he’s done in StillwaterThough entering his third year as a key contributor, Daniels is still only 19 years old. But physical maturity has not been an issue for Daniels.“At Oklahoma State, we haven’t had as many at that position, mainly because we haven’t gotten that many 300-pounders,” Mike Gundy said about Daniels playing as a true freshman. “Most of the time, we’re bringing in guys around 250 or 260 pounds and have to develop them into that position.”Daniels didn’t take long to show his potential. In his first career game, the 2015 season opener at Central Michigan, the true freshman chipped in for three tackles, a 0.5 sack and a quarterback hurry. He’s appeared in every game the last two years and has been a load behind the duo of Vincent Taylor and Mote Maile.Role in 2017The aforementioned mainstays at starting tackle are now gone and Daniels has a good chance to earn a starting spot in a very deep and talented defensive line. He came in with lofty expectations and buzz-worthy predictionss, most of which he’s lived up to (at least for a young defensive lineman in Stillwater). Now with the path to starting reps clear, it’s time for Daniels to take a leadership role on this defensive line and the defense as a whole.Noteworthy stats and highlightsHad four total tackles twice with a career-high four solo tackles against Texas in 2016. Recorded four total (three solo) tackles and a tackle for loss against TCU in 2015.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Now the Favorite To Land Israel Antwine

first_imgThings change quick in the world of recruiting.Just yesterday we talked about the defensive tackle recruits Oklahoma State should target for their 2018 class. Among those was three-star Israel Antwine, the former Ole Miss commit from Oklahoma City. At that time, 247Sports had Texas as the overwhelming favorites to land Antwine. They offered him a scholarship just before his decommitment from the Rebels, and seemed a lock to gain his commitment.Not so fast.In the past 24-plus hours, Oklahoma State has become the favorites on 247Sports, with some of the experts who originally picked Texas, now flipping their bets to the Cowboys.AdChoices广告 As of Tuesday, nine of the 10 expert picks are for OSU. That includes three who flipped their opinions. A look at who is picking the Cowboys makes me even more confident Antwine is going to end up in Stillwater next year.Daniel Seahorn, the recruiting analyst for 247Sports’ Texas page, HornSports, flipped his pick to OSU. Seahorn has a solid track record, correctly making 80% of his 155 picks. Two other HornSport contributos, Mike Roach and EJ Holland, are now picking Oklahoma State as well.This is what Holland had to say about his belief Texas is no longer the favorites.“Oklahoma defensive tackle Israel Antwine has been pegged as the strongest candidate to be UT’s next commit. However, after talking to a source, I do not expect Antwine to be a part of this class. With Keondre Coburn now in the fold, it seems the Longhorns’ recruiting approach with Antwine has changed.”Oklahoma State was in the mix for Antwine before he picked Ole Miss, and has continued to be ever since he reopened his recruiting. While offers are still coming in,(Baylor offered on Sunday, August 13th) Coach Gundy and Co. have to feel confident they can land one of the best players in the state. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Everyone Praising New OL Aaron Cochran Before his OSU Debut

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. There is one image that replays through my mind when Aaron Cochran comes up in conversation.@Cochran_Aaron/TwitterI don’t know how tall those other guys are, but if I’m Justice Hill or Mason Rudolph, I’m betting on the Bear — every single time.Cochran comes in this season as a graduate transfer from California and fills a void that was gaping after Victor Salako entered the NFL. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said he is excited to see Cochran play after all the strides he has made through the summer.AdChoices广告“He’s done everything we’ve asked him,” Gundy said. “I’m always a little surprised when we can bring a player in and in two months, they can adjust to our culture. It’s not easy to do.”Cochran’s weight was a concern when he got to Stillwater, Gundy said. Cochran was told he needed to lose “30 to 40” pounds before week 1, and with less than seven days until that point, he has done that.“We knew once he got here, he would,” Gundy said. “He’s in a different environment. Humidity is considerably different. And in our pace of offense, we knew he would drop that weight. We were concerned that if he was heavy when we started, it would take him 10 to 12 days before he could ever catch up.”California runs a similar system to OSU but with fewer up-tempo spurts. Gundy said it will be interesting to see how Cochran adapts to that change in pace.Cochran also has never had to protect a potential Heisman Trophy winner. At 6-foot-8, 350 pounds, Cochran will man Rudolph’s blind side and keep him upright. Rudolph said he has confidence in his new tackle.Opposite Cochran will be right tackle Zach Crabtree for the fourth straight season. With Salako out and mystery surrounding the opposite side of the line before Cochran’s decision to come to OSU, Crabtree said Cochran has been huge for the group’s cohesion.“He’s stepped up into the role that we needed him in, and he’s been a big help,” Crabtree said.How practice is put into a live setting remains to be seen and will be tested for the first time at 6:30 Thursday in the Cowboys’ season opener against Tulsa. But by all accounts, Cochran has been the key to the hole.Another one of those accounts is Hill’s. Cochran will run point off the left side for Hill and the run game. The sophomore back ran for more than 1,100 yards last season behind an offensive line that was much improved but still not elite.With another year of experience and talent under the veteran-heavy group of hogs, Hill has the potential to run even wilder in 2017, especially after Chris Carson left for the NFL and fellow backs Rennie Childs, Barry J. Sanders and Jeff Carr all moved on from OSU.A lot of Hill’s potential will ride on Cochran’s effectiveness to block out the sun, a trait Hill said he is “comfortable” with.“Knowing that he’s gonna make a huge hole, he’s gonna move anything that’s in the way,” Hill said.last_img read more

Why the Big 12 Needs to Go 10-0 This Weekend

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. KansasSoutheast Missouri State Kansas StateCentral Arkansas After months of waiting, it’s finally here; the return of college football. While this opening weekend is going to be fun for all of us fans, it’s time to get to work for the players and coaches.For Oklahoma State and any Big 12 teams with aspirations of reaching the College Football Playoff, one thing needs to happen this weekend: The conference needs to go 10-0.There are times I wonder if the Big 12 only having 10 teams is part of the problem. In the Big 10, SEC, and ACC, you can hide your bad teams better, schedule around them. Plus, the more teams you have, the more good records in the middle. The Big 12 however plays everyone. With as bad as Kansas, Iowa State, and yes, even Texas Tech have been since the induction of the CFP, it hurts the reputation of the league as a whole.AdChoices广告While the records in opening weekend haven’t been bad over the last three seasons (The Big 12 is a combined 21-8), they’ve yet to have a perfect record after week one. Of those eight losses, four were to non Power-5 teams including two losses to FCS opponents.Take a look at the schedule for this weekend: It’s not exactly a murderer’s row of opponents. There are five FCS teams, only two Power-5 teams, and only one ranked. No one expects a lot from Iowa State or Kansas this season, but performing well in non-conference is huge. Even if the only conference game either wins is when they play each other, not starting out with a bad loss would be big for the conference. It’s embarrassing for the whole league when any team loses to an inferior opponent. And when everyone plays everyone, a bad loss hurts the whole league by extension.Iowa State losing to Northern Iowa hurts the reputation of the league. OSU losing to Tulsa hurts the reputation of the league. I don’t mean to get all “SEC, SEC” on you, but we really should care more about how the other teams perform than we often do. It’s fun to laugh at Texas and OU when they lose to teams like Houston, but it comes back to bite us when suddenly what should have been a great win is diminished by early season failures.Don’t get me wrong, it’s more important for the league if the top teams win their big Power-5 match-ups (looking at you this week, West Virginia). But it doesn’t help when teams get bad losses early either.A perfect 10-0 doesn’t guarantee anything, but it will certainly help the league’s reputation down the line, which could be just the boost the conference needs to not get shut out of the playoff for the third time in four years. Texas TechEastern Washington BaylorLiberty HomeAwaycenter_img TexasMaryland OklahomaUTEP Oklahoma StateTulsa West VirginiaVirginia Tech TCUJackson State Iowa StateNorthern Iowalast_img read more

‘Mourinho influenced McTominay’s Scotland call’

first_imgManchester United Mourinho may have steered McTominay away from England and towards Scotland, claims Brown Iain Strachan 01:11 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Scott McTominay - cropped Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Scotland Premier League The former Scotland manager has suggested that the Manchester United boss may have cast the deciding vote on the midfielder’s international future Craig Brown suspects Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho may have helped convince Scott McTominay to commit to Scotland.Promising midfielder McTominay was born in England but has declared his allegiance to Scotland after a minor tug of war between the neighbouring countries.Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been credited with a role in convincing the 21-year-old to snub the Three Lions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But Brown, who coached Scotland from 1993 until 2001, feels Mourinho could also have exerted an influence, albeit on the tenuous basis of a conversation he had with the Portuguese while queuing for fast food over a decade ago.  “I read somewhere Sir Alex Ferguson was influential in McTominay’s decision. But the most influential guy will have been Jose Mourinho,” Brown told the Daily Record.”Mourinho has a great affection for Scotland. He did his coaching badges at Largs and loved his time here.”When he started at Chelsea I was at Derby and I met him at a reserve game – in the hamburger queue.”I was watching the game with the Derby reserve team and I said to him, ‘Don’t you think you can come to England and beat Alex Ferguson.’ “Mourinho replied, ‘No chance, it’s not him or the Scottish I want to beat – it’s the English!'”If the boy had said to Mourinho, ‘Scotland or England?’, I think Mourinho would have steered him down the Scotland route as he is so well disposed to Scotland. I believe Mourinho would also be supportive of him playing for Scotland.”last_img read more

Who is John Motson?

first_imgPremier League Who is John Motson? The BBC football commentator ahead of his final live commentary Harry Sherlock 19:25 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) John Motson Getty Premier League Arsenal Arsenal v Watford Watford The legendary broadcaster will step into the commentary booth during Arsenal’s clash with Watford, for his final live broadcast John Motson is set to call time on his esteemed live commentary career on Sunday March 11.The legendary 72-year-old has been the voice of football for many throughout the last half-century.Motson has been a commentator for the past 48 years and, while he will continue to feature on Match of the Day for the rest of the campaign, this Sunday will mark his final live commentary. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Who is John Motson?Motson is a commentator and football broadcaster, and has been working with the BBC since 1968.Born in 1945, to a Methodist minister, Motson went to school in Bury St Edmunds at Culford, where football was seen as secondary to the likes of rugby and cricket.Motson’s career began in 1963 and he began working for the Sheffield Morning Telegraph four years later, whereupon he began covering football.He has a son, Frederick, who was born in 1986, and is married to Anne. He also has an OBE.When was his first football commentary?Motson began work in the commentary booth in 1969, covering an encounter between Everton and Derby County.He has since covered 10 World Cups, and 29 FA Cup finals, along with over 200 England matches.His most famous commentary remains Newcastle United’s FA Cup defeat by Hereford United in 1972.Assigned the game as a young commentator, with the expectation of it being a five-minute highlights segment between Match of the Day’s two main games, Motson witnessed a brilliant comeback, as Hereford recorded a 2-1 victory, thanks to Ronnie Radford’s long-range strike, and it became the lead of the show.Who does John Motson support?Motson is a Barnet fan.In January, the commentator explained his fandom in an interview with the Daily Mail.”I’m a long-time Barnet FC fan,” he said. “My first job in journalism was on the weekly Barnet Press and they play only half an hour’s drive from where I now live.”My son Fred got me this set of Russian-style dolls, painted in Barnet’s colours, after spotting them in a shop in Prague, of all places.”John Motson’s coatMotson is well-known for his famous sheepskin coat!Covering a game between Wycombe Wanderers and Peterborough United, a sudden snow storm saw the game called off, with Motty recording a piece to camera explaining the change in weather conditions, all wrapped up in his coat.He explains in his autobiography: “A shock result seemed quite a possibility when I left home in bright sunshine that morning, preparing to interview Martin O’Neill for Football Focus. As I turned off the M40 in the Thames Valley and started my descent down the hill that leads to Wycombe’s ground, it started to snow.”So heavily, that within five minutes there was a covering on the road. But that was nothing compared with the Adams Park pitch half an hour later. It was in three or four inches of snow and the referee took one look and postponed the game.”Grandstand told me to forget the interview with O’Neill, and record a piece to camera explaining the sudden change in weather conditions.”Famous John Motson quotesMotty is well-known for his one-liners.”Here’s Gascoigne. Oh brilliant! Oh yes! Oh yes!” – Euro 1996, as England beat Scotland at Wembley and Paul Gascoigne scored a wonder goal. “For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all-yellow strip.” – Something of a gaffe!”The Crazy Gang have beaten the Culture Club.” – Wimbledon beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final.”The World Cup is a truly international event.” – Stating the obvious.”And Seaman, just like a falling oak, manages to change direction.” – David Seaman defies the laws of physics”Nearly all the Brazilian supporters are wearing yellow shirts. It’s a fabulous kaleidoscope of colour.” – In his own inimitable style. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Neville’s tactical advice for ‘disappointing’ Alexis

first_imgManchester United ‘Disappointing’ Alexis advised by Neville on how to get Man Utd firing Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:43 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Alexis Sanchez Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United A. Sánchez Manchester United v Liverpool Liverpool Premier League The ex-Red Devils defender admits the Chilean has not made the expected impact at Old Trafford, but has a chance to prove himself against Liverpool Alexis Sanchez “has been disappointing” for Manchester United, admits Gary Neville, with the Chilean yet to make the expected impact.Jose Mourinho has conceded that a January arrival from Arsenal has struggled to produce his best for the Red Devils, with it possible that his true colours may not be seen until “next season”.United could really do with him delivering before then, with there top-four places and a Champions League crown to challenge for this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Neville believes it is on Sanchez and Mourinho to find a solution which allows both to prosper, with a crunch clash against arch-rivals Liverpool providing the perfect opportunity to get things right.The former United defender told Sky Sports: “Yes, he has been disappointing since he arrived, but the thing for me with Alexis Sanchez is that he’s got to play more advanced.“Liverpool will want to see him in deeper areas rather than getting in behind Trent Alexander-Arnold.“The young lad did really well at Old Trafford but playing against Anthony Martial or Sanchez he will find the game more difficult if they are making runs in behind.“I would if I was playing and so would any other defender, so he has to be tested, as will Andrew Robertson.“He has to receive balls in advanced areas and I’d like to see him close to Romelu Lukaku and even making runs in behind him.”Sanchez has managed just one goal in eight appearances for United so far and no assists.He has faced accusations of destabilising the Red Devils, with positional problems similar to Paul Pogba being endured.Mourinho is yet to find the best tactical system to incorporate the 29-year-old, with others – such as Marcus Rashford – being shunted out of the side to make way for a high-profile addition.A meeting with Liverpool presents a timely occasion for Sanchez to start proving his worth, as United head into a heavyweight fixture perched just two points clear of their old adversaries in the Premier League table.last_img read more

Alexis not intending to retire at Man Utd

first_imgA. Sánchez Alexis Sanchez not intending to retire at Man Utd as he airs future transfer plan Chris Burton 17:42 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Alexis Sanchez Manchester United Getty Images A. Sánchez Manchester United Universidad de Chile Premier League The Chilean is 29 years old and committed to a four-and-a-half-year contract at Old Trafford, but he plans to head home before hanging up his boots Manchester United are unlikely to be Alexis Sanchez’s last club, with the Chilean planning to represent Universidad de Chile before hanging up his boots.The 29-year-old moved to Old Trafford during the January transfer window in a swap deal which took Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the opposite direction to Arsenal.He has committed to a four-and-a-half-year contract with United and will be 33 by the time that agreement comes to an end. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sanchez has suggested that there is little chance of him extending that stay, with there a desire on his part to head home before slipping into retirement.He told Chilevision: “I think it would be my family’s dream.“My father who is now in heaven was a supporter of La U and I think the truth is that a lot of my family would like me to end up there.“My dad was the pillar of the family and sometimes people do things for their family as well.“I played for Colo Colo and the truth is that it was great and I won a lot of things with them, but I think people are going to understand it because it’s a dream my dad had and god willing I am going to fulfil it.”Sanchez has, however, suggested that he would like to work in the Premier League again at some point further down the line, with English lessons intended to help him into a future coaching career.Those plans must wait for now, though, with the present very much about United.Alexis Sanchez Arsene Wenger best playerA move to the Red Devils was made as Sanchez ran down his contract at Arsenal, and the highly-rated forward admits that the Gunners did all they could to keep him before reluctantly sanctioning a switch.He added on discussions with a former manager at Emirates Stadium: “Arsene Wenger was very fond of me. He told me: ‘I want you to stay because you are the best player in this team.’“However, I wanted to continue growing as a player, more so as a Chilean, because it’s difficult to get to Manchester United. No Chilean had played here.“Arsene understood it at last, we ended up on good terms, he congratulated me and there was no problem.”last_img read more

Klopp fumes at PL over Merseyside Derby change

first_imgJürgen Klopp Klopp fumes at Premier League over Merseyside Derby date change Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 22:39 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Jürgen Klopp Liverpool Everton v Liverpool Everton Premier League Liverpool v Manchester City Manchester City UEFA Champions League Videos The Reds boss has hit out at those in charge of the domestic fixtures after April’s clash with Everton was switched from Sunday to Saturday Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reacted furiously to the Premier League’s decision to reschedule his side’s upcoming Merseyside Derby with Everton.The Goodison Park fixture was originally scheduled for April 8, with kick-off at 14:15 BST.However, after Liverpool were drawn to face Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the decision was made to bring the derby forward to April 7, with kick-off at 12:45 BST. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Liverpool will meet the Citizens at Anfield on April 4, with the second leg played six days later at the Etihad Stadium on April 10.And despite the move now allowing his side an extra day’s rest ahead of the return fixture against Pep Guardiola’s side, Klopp believes moving it closer to the first leg hands the initiative to Everton due to his side having a lack of rest.“I am already angry because the Premier League will move the derby game to 12.30 on Saturday,” he told a press conference.“I only heard it a second ago. It’s not too cool – Wednesday night and then Everton on Saturday morning.”Klopp was asked about the situation again, with a reporter suggesting he might want the game rearranged, and snapped back: “No, I want it at 9am in the morning, what the f***?”At three o’clock, like a normal game, or as usual on Sunday at 2:15 [pm]. Put it on a normal time, not breakfast.”What do you think I’m talking about? Is my English that bad you have to ask again? We play at 7:45 [pm] on Wednesday and 12:30 on Saturday.“City play [against Manchester United] at 17:30. That extra five hours means the world in terms of recovery – why not have it at 15:00, not after breakfast?“Other leagues [reschedule] the entire game for another time to help their teams prepare; we play three days later. Not too cool, we have to go the hard way.”You watch it, write a little bit about it, obviously you’re not interested and have no idea about it, and we have to deliver and I am not happy, because I’m not happy all the time and not smiling all the time.”Liverpool are protecting a formidable record in Merseyside derbies, having not lost to Everton since October 17, 2010 – a run of 16 matches.The Reds are also fighting to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League. If they are to achieve it, they will have to stave off the threat of Chelsea, who are out of Europe, and four points behind them in the standings.last_img read more

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