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Sammy Lee: “Michael had a huge personality”

first_imgSammy Lee (Liverpool, 1959) played as a midfielder for Liverpool from 1976 to 1986, where he met and became friends with Michael Robinson. The two also played for QPR and Osasuna after leaving Liverpool.What was Michael like?The thing about Michael is that he had a huge personality. When he came to Liverpool, he entered a very good team and made a fantastic contribution to the football club, but, for me personally, he was more than that. He was just an absolutely excellent guy in every way and his death is a sad, sad loss for all of football.What impact did Michael have on your career?When I finished my time in Liverpool as a player, Michael was very, very important in my departure first to QPR when he was there, and then, and even more important to me, Osasuna in Spain. He was crucial in all of those decisions of mine, and he played a hugely important role in everything I learned on the stage after Liverpool, both as a player and as a coach.So Michael was helping you when you left LiverpoolWhen you leave Liverpool no matter where you go, it is always difficult. Michael first helped make this happen by influencing me to go to the QPR and then helping me adjust to life in London; It was very important because it was not an easy moment for me, personally or professionally. Leaving the club you have loved and been with all your life is a brutal change and Michael helped me a lot. How was your time together in Spain?He was excellent with me in all of that – it’s always difficult to leave the club you grew up with and supported all your life – but that moment comes for everyone and both Michael and his wife Chris helped a lot and made life much easier for me and my wife. After Liverpool it was the best experience I had as a player because I got to know a new culture and that’s where my love for training started, because I was lucky to go to Osasuna in Pamplona and the people there were absolutely fantastic with me and Michael. That was my best football experience as a player after leaving Liverpool.Football was everything to Michael …Yes, he had a passion for life and soccer and I think that all this passion was evident on TV, his knowledge of soccer was evident. I noticed it in every conversation I had with him.After his injury, he knew how to start a career on television.He knew how to take advantage of what happened to him and created a second option in the world of commentators in Spain, he was loved, and rightly so because he was passionate about it. He loved life, the main parts of his life were his family and soccer and he was passionate about both.People here in Spain are absolutely devastated …It was just a guy with great enthusiasm. He came out of it in everything he did, both in his playing days and in his later career. So they love him in Spain, I know they really love him.last_img read more

‘It’s a surprise’: Klopp wowed by Liverpool’s hot start

first_img0Shares0000Mohamed Salah was on target in Liverpool’s win over Southampton © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Sep 22 – Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool’s flying start has surprised him as they won their sixth successive Premier League game to return to the top of the table.The comfortable 3-0 victory over Southampton at Anfield was wrapped up by half-time on Saturday courtesy of an own goal from Wesley Hoedt, Joel Matip’s header and Mohamed Salah’s simple finish. The victory marked Liverpool’s best start to a season since they won eight league games in a row in 1990-91.Klopp’s red-hot men have now won seven successive matches in all competitions this term.Southampton manager Mark Hughes, now without a league win in 12 visits to Anfield with six different teams, admitted the second half was simply “damage limitation” for the Saints.And Klopp was happy to welcome another unexpected milestone on his team’s journey.“I lost seven games in a row once, that felt different! But then we won game number eight 5-0, very cool,” he said.“It’s a surprise, but all the performances we showed so far were good enough to win the games.“Different challenges, different styles of opponent, the boys were there, really in the situation and in the game.”Klopp was also able to offer good news on the only possible downsides on the day for Liverpool, the half time removal of Xherdan Shaqiri and the second half substitution of Virgil van Dijk, who left the pitch clutching his ribs.Klopp revealed Shaqiri’s early substitution in his first Liverpool start was purely tactical despite his involvement in the build up to the first goal – his shot hit Shane Long before going in off Hoedt – and his superb 25 yard free-kick against the bar which led to Salah’s tap-in for the third.“I said to Shaq at half time that I’d never taken a player off at half time after such an influential half,” Klopp said.“He was not injured, but I wanted to control the game, go back to our normal formation, and that helped us.”The Swiss international understood the decision, according to his manager.“He’s a fantastic boy so there was no problem. I explained it to him, usually I don’t explain substitutions but I thought today it made a bit of sense,” Klopp added.“It’s just good to have him. You saw the free kick, it was outstanding. What a ball!”– Cutting edge –Van Dijk, said Klopp, aggravated bruised ribs which he carried into the PSG game in midweek.“He had already before the PSG game kind of a bruised rib, which is very uncomfortable, and today he got another hit there,” he said.“It’s not cool, but should not be too serious.“He said he couldn’t shout any more, so that’s obviously 60 per cent less of his level!”Klopp’s 600th competitive game as a manager saw Liverpool extend an impressive home league record, unbeaten now in 18 games and 17 months at Anfield.No opposing player has even scored here in the league since February, with Liverpool scoring 23 in the same period.While the Saints enjoyed some promising moments they could not find the cutting edge to worry their opponents.The second half was rather a non-event with Salah’s disallowed finish after James Milner’s shot was cleared off the line the closest Liverpool came to adding gloss to the scoreline.Hughes thought 3-0 was harsh on his side but added: “We faced a quality side today. We’re not the first and won’t be the last not to cope with their attacking threat.“We didn’t really give ourselves a chance in the opening period, we were too easy to create chances against though we were unfortunate with the opening goal.”The victory ended a positive week for Liverpool with a third win after a statement victory against top four rivals Spurs at Wembley last weekend and the breathless, late victory against Paris St Germain in the Champions League.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Green card wait affects Northwest Arkansas residents

first_imgVanshika Chintakunta dreams of going to college, becoming a doctor and opening a medical office in the United States.But she’s different from many immigrant dreamers: She came to America legally. Still, her immigration status diminishes her hope of achieving those goals.Vanshika, a ninth-grader at Bentonville High School, moved to the United States from India when she was 3 through her father’s work visa. Her sister, Trishika, was 5 months old.Read it at NWA Online Related Itemslast_img read more