Monaco sign €20m Henrichs from Leverkusen

first_imgMonaco have signed Benjamin Henrichs from Bayer Leverkusen.The 21-year-old right-back, who can also play on the left and in midfield, has signed a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 side reached an agreement worth a reported €20 million (£18m/$23m) with €5m more in add-ons.The three-time Germany international made 76 appearances for Leverkusen’s first team after rising through their youth academy to make his debut in August 2015. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But Henrichs said he is excited to make the switch to Ligue 1, telling the club’s website: “I am very proud to be involved with AS Monaco, a European top club for many years. I will do everything to adapt quickly and help the team win many victories. I cannot wait to work with the staff and my new teammates.”He spent 14 years with Leverkusen overall, and left with best wishes from the German side’s sporting director Rudi Voller.”Benny has kicked the ball under the Bayer cross since childhood and celebrated great success,” he said. “We wish him all the best in his new life abroad.”Meanwhile, Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said he is expecting a lot from the versatile player.”Benjamin Henrichs is a talented defender with solid national experience and experience at the very highest international level. His arrival reinforces the quality of our workforce,” he said. “I am sure he will contribute to the good results of the team.” Monaco have had a busy transfer period, having already signed Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA and Willem Geubbels from Lyon among others after selling Fabinho to Liverpool and seeing Thomas Lemar join Atletico Madrid.last_img read more

Ohio St QB Cardale Jones Has To Make His Stay/Go To NFL Decision Today, What Are People Saying He Should Do?

first_imgA closeup of Cardale Jones warming up for an Ohio State football game.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Cardale Jones has until 11:59 p.m. E.T. to decide his future as a college football player. Will the redshirt sophomore declare for the NFL Draft or opt to return to Ohio State for another season? It’s one of the most intriguing decisions we’ve ever seen from a college football player. Jones has started just three games at the college level, but they were three incredible starts – wins against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon – leading the Buckeyes to the national championship. If he decides to return to Columbus, there’s no guarantee he’ll be the starter for Urban Meyer in 2015 – J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller could both be back, too. Jones is 22. Age wise, he’s ready. Physically, he’s probably ready, too. But is he ready mentally? Does that even matter? ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper believes Jones could be a second-round pick in this year’s draft, but has the potential to be a top-five pick and the No. 1 QB taken in 2016 if he returns to school, wins the starting job and improves. Here’s what people are saying the Ohio State quarterback should do: Cardale Jones should declare for the NFL draft. His stock can’t get any higher. He would be perfect as a backup for Big Ben for example.— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) January 15, 2015If Cardale is leaving he has to say so by 11:59 tonight. But he’ll still have 72 hours to change his mind, return. pic.twitter.com/pbA8nzOoC7— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) January 15, 2015In my opinion, Cardale Jones should declare for the draft just to get the extra three days to think about it. If you don’t, it’s done today.— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) January 15, 2015Our http://t.co/hoxCxP0Plk poll on whether Cardale Jones should go to NFL or stay at Ohio State: 65% go, 35% stay http://t.co/6ccP1lRUFU— Doug Lesmerises (@DougLesmerises) January 15, 2015Today is the day Cardale Jones must decide if he should turn pro or stay. His stock never will be hotter–but he could use more seasoning.— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) January 15, 2015So many in NFL think Cardale Jones should/will come out. Decision today. True overnight (or three game) sensation— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) January 15, 2015http://t.co/2EljtaiDgP‘s Rob Rang has Cardale Jones rated as high as the second round, right after Winston-Mariota. http://t.co/CF94WLgmPb— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) January 15, 2015Cardale Jones has an unprecedented, complex choice between school and the NFL. “If it’s my son, I’d tell him to go.” http://t.co/n3YYI1QNww— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) January 14, 2015What would you do if you were Jones? Stay or go?last_img read more

Information Minister Outlines Progress in Eliminating Discrimination Against Women

first_img The Government will continue to drive the implementation of the outstanding recommendations Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Information, Sen. Sandrea Falconer on Tuesday, September 17, reaffirmed Government’s commitment to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and outlined some of the progress being made as she addressed the opening ceremony of a Government/NGO Dialogue Towards Effective Implementation of the tenets of the Convention being held in Kingston.In highlighting the Government’s commitment to CEDAW and the implementation of recommendations of the CEDAW Committee, Minister Falconer said the Government will continue to drive the implementation of the outstanding recommendations noting that: “Already we have a fundamental policy shift in how the Government will treat the matter of sexual harassment”. According to Minister Falconer, “previously, the government had decided to implement a national policy and then enact the requisite supporting legislations, but after consultations with the Minister of Justice…our approach will be to move towards promulgating legislation that will penalize sexual harassment and provide an avenue of redress for our women.”Minister Falconer added that several targeted public education campaigns, sensitization and training sessions have already been held with members of the private and public sectors and civil society and that the Government has established a committee comprising representatives of Government, NGOs and other key stakeholders to examine the issue of Gender-based Violence.“We are committed to promoting Decent Work for Domestic and Household Workers and ratifying ILO Convention 189 which promotes Decent Work for Domestic Workers. The Minister of Labour and Social Security has stated his commitment to Jamaica’s ratification of Convention 189, and work is advanced to adopt the relevant legislation as well as measures to ensure that the Government can be in a position to ratify this new Convention in the near future. We are also committed to acceding to the CEDAW Optional Protocol” Minister Falconer said.The Minister said that consistent with commitments given at the international level, the Government of Jamaica will continue to strengthen the national policy framework for development and will not stop until all the work is done, noting “considerable progress has been made in advancing women’s rights and gender equality” although there are lingering challenges which demands a more strategic and creative framework which takes into consideration local realities and how these impact the implementation processes.The two- day government / NGO Dialogue initiative brings together participants from Jamaica and the region and is organised by International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific) and Woman Inc. (Jamaica) in collaboration with the Association of Women’s Organizations Jamaica (AWOJA). Several targeted public education campaigns, sensitization and training sessions have already been held Gov’t committed to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) last_img read more

Winning Shipping Acquires Capesize Duo

first_imgzoom China’s Winning Shipping has purchased two Capesize bulk carriers from South Korea’s shipping company Dong-A Tanker (DAT), according to data provided by VesselsValue. The vessels in question are the 179,600 dwt Dong-A Leto and the 179,200 dwt Dong-A Ether and they were bought for USD 21.85 million and USD 24.65 million, respectively.Market value of Dong-A Leto currently stands at USD 19.84 million and of Dong-A Ether at USD 22.64 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.The two bulkers were built at South Korean Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries’ shipyard in 2010 and 2011.Headquartered in Busan, Dong-A Tanker owns a fleet of 23 ships comprising 13 tankers, 5 bulkers, 2 containerships and 3 pure car/truck carriers.Winning Shipping, based in Singapore, has a fleet of 27 bulk carriers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Weaver says Greens will fight pipeline calls Clarks Liberals reckless

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s three Green members will use their increased political clout to fight Kinder Morgan’s $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, party leader Andrew Weaver says.Weaver reaffirmed the Greens’ election campaign promises Wednesday to oppose the pipeline and the B.C. government’s $8.8-billion Site C hydroelectric dam as the party enters high-stakes political negotiations with the New Democrats and Liberals over Green support.The final results of last week’s B.C. election remain inconclusive after Christy Clark’s Liberals and John Horgan’s New Democrats failed to win a majority in the 87-seat legislature. The current standings have 43 Liberals, 41 New Democrats and three Greens.Elections BC, the agency that administers provincial elections, reports that almost 180,000 absentee ballots remain to be counted. The final tally, including recounts in two ridings, Vancouver-False Creek and Courtenay-Comox, is expected to be announced next week.Weaver said his members believe it’s their responsibility to stop the federally-approved Kinder Morgan project.“We believe we need to support the First Nations in B.C. who are in court now,” he said.Weaver said the Greens will seek intervener status to support a pending legal challenge by First Nations and municipalities opposed to the project.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said Tuesday her province had been given intervener status in the same legal action. One province or region can’t hold hostage the economy of another province, she said.The Federal Court of Appeal application, launched by several First Nations, environmental groups and the cities of Burnaby and Vancouver, seeks to have the approval of the pipeline expansion project by the National Energy Board thrown out.The Kinder Morgan project would double the pipeline and triple the available capacity between Alberta and B.C., allowing for up to 890,000 barrels of crude to be shipped every day.Weaver said the Greens strongly reject the B.C. Liberal government’s support for the project.“The fact we’re being told to ship diluted bitumen in our coastal waters is just reckless,” he said. “The government is reckless for agreeing to it.”Clark said Tuesday that B.C. negotiated $1.5 billion worth of environmental protections and services with the federal government in exchange for provincial support for the pipeline project. The Liberals also negotiated a 20-year revenue-sharing agreement worth about $1 billion with Kinder Morgan.Weaver said the National Energy Board approval process for the pipeline was flawed and Clark’s demand that five conditions be met before her government approved the expansion was “pure political spin.”Clark said she is willing to collaborate with the Greens and the New Democrats to ensure a working government.The NDP leader has said his party won’t work with the Liberals, but he believes the New Democrats and Greens share many common positions, including halting the Kinder Morgan pipeline.Weaver said he is prepared to enter face-to-face negotiations with both parties.He suggested the Greens and NDP appear more aligned on issues surrounding the environment and electoral and campaign-finance reforms.Weaver, who said he negotiated faculty contracts at the University of Victoria, said he will head up the four-person Green negotiating team. Norman Spector, a chief aide to both former prime minister Brian Mulroney and former B.C. premier Bill Bennett, was recruited to provide political advice to the Green negotiators.last_img read more

A HEALING MOMENT ALEXANDER STEWART ON SINGING HALLELUJAH AT DANFORTH TRIBUTE

first_imgSinger Alexander Stewart began posting covers of popular songs on YouTube about three years ago. When the videos started to take off, he began to consider his aspirations more seriously. (CHRIS YOUNG / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Facebook Twitter Advertisement “It was such a healing moment and a beautiful thing for the community to come together like that,” Stewart says of the experience, which marked the opening of the area’s Taste of the Danforth Festival.The young singer had already sung “Hallelujah” at the Danforth candlelight vigil last month. His performance led organizers to ask him to return for the annual street festival and he was also invited to open Billy Talent’s benefit concert for the victims on Saturday.It’s a sombre point to Stewart’s burgeoning music career, which he’s built from his parents’ home in the Danforth neighbourhood where his father also owns a recording studio. Both his parents worked at The Canadian Press several decades ago. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Stewart began posting covers of popular songs on YouTube about three years ago. When the videos started to take off, he began to consider his aspirations more seriously. Eighteen-year-old singer Alexander Stewart has played for big crowds and pulled in millions of views on his YouTube videos, but performing a rendition of “Hallelujah” for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a public tribute was something special.Stewart delivered a poignant rendition of Leonard Cohen’s classic on Friday to honour the victims of the Danforth shooting that shocked the Greektown community where he grew up. The prime minister quietly sang along while standing beside him. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Chamber hosting Geoscience BC at Tuesdays luncheon

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A delegate from Geoscience BC will be the next guest speaker at the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday.Geoscience BC is an independent non-profit organization that studies earth science in B.C., collaborating with First Nations, local communities, governments, academia and the resource sector. The organization has conducted a number of studies in Northern B.C. over the last few years, including aerial surveys of mineral deposits, groundwater, as well a natural gas atlas.The next Chamber luncheon will take place at the Pomeroy Hotel on March 20th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets for the lunch are $35 for Chamber members and $40 for potential members. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-20-chamber-luncheon-with-geoscience-bc-tickets-43553431486last_img read more

CLEANING THEIR MESS

first_imgMy dog rubs herself against my clothes every day. Is there any way to get dog hair off my clothes. I don’t want to wash them every day. Here are some suggestions for your clothes, carpets, sofas, bed linen: Soak the palm of your hand. Wipe the pet hair off in a downward motion. The hair will ball up and stick to your damp hand. This works because the hair becomes wet, therefore heavier. This results in it being unable to stick to your pants (or whatever surface you’re dealing with) in response to static electricity. Also Read – Feel what you fear Slightly dampen a clean, regular kitchen sponge. Use a sponge mop if you’re removing pet hair from a low-pile carpet, in which case the floor should be thoroughly vacuumed first. Rub the fabric, upholstery, or carpet with the sponge. The fur should roll up into clumps that you can pick off by hand. Rub Velcro curlers on the surface to catch the hair. If the curler has a metal inner form, it can be bent to reach corners. Use sellotape to peel off some fur. Just wrap some around your hand with the sticky, adhesive part sticking out and tap it on the fur-covered areas. Use masking tape. It’s relatively cheap and you can tear off a piece, tape the ends together, and then rotate the tape while removing pet hair from clothing or other surfaces Also Read – Homecoming Put on a latex glove. Rub the surface wearing it. The pet hair should stick to your glove. This also works with rubber gloves or cloth gardening gloves with a rubber coating on the palm. A rubber bristle push broom can work in the same way on floors. Dampen the glove or rubber section of the glove for increased effectiveness. You can use dishwashing gloves. If you lightly dampen them and rub them over your clothes, the static they create and the texture of the palms will cause the stray hairs to cling to the gloves. Once they become covered with hair, give them a rinse and start again. Using the gloves for hair collection also works great on upholstered furniture. Inflate a balloon. Rub it across the surface that has pet hair on it. The static on the balloon’s surface will attract the hair, which you can collect and then re-use the balloon to get more hair. Use a rubber broom. This is effectively for especially stubborn pet hair that sticks to a surface. The bristles work with static electricity and the hair jumps onto the brush. Use rubber soles. Use a pair of shoes with a rubber sole, like a trainer for example. Wearing the shoe(s) (the easiest option), drag your foot along the rug or carpet and watch all the hair bunch up! Simply lift up the hair. Buy a lint brush. These work on most types of dog and cat hair. Keep it by the door for quick touch-ups before going out. To clean quickly, rub the lint brush in the “wrong” direction with a damp washcloth Keep several clothes brushes handy for a quick clean up before leaving home. If you have woollen clothes that are covered with hair, use a clothes steamer or even hang them in a steamy bathroom before using the clothes brush. The dampness will help the fibers release the pet hair, making it easier to brush away. A sticky clothes roller is often best for removing pet hair. If you don’t have one (or can’t find it), use some sturdy packing tape wrapped around your hand with the sticky side out. Vacuum your home and furniture often. Much of the pet hair on your clothes comes from the furniture. (Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to [email protected])last_img read more

AAP Congress will form alliance in the end says Delhi BJP leader

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay claimed Tuesday that despite the bickering between the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress, the two parties will form an alliance for Lok Sabha polls in the national Capital. The Congress and the AAP were fooling people with their allegations against each other, he said.”I feel both the AAP and the Congress are fooling people by levelling allegations and counter-allegations. Ultimately they will contest the elections in alliance,” Upadhyay, joint in-charge of the BJP for Lok Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh, told reporters. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe claimed that the BJP will win all the seven seats in the national Capital. “The AAP had formed government in Delhi with the Congress’ support earlier too,” he said, adding that the AAP’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal had once said he would never form government with the Congress support, but he later did a U-turn. “Both parties are involved in a friendly fight,” he said. However, the people of Delhi will not be fooled by them, Upadhyay said. Earlier Tuesday, the Congress said it had shown a “big heart” by agreeing to form an alliance with the AAP in Delhi, and the ball was now in the court of the Kejriwal-led party. A day earlier, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal had indulged in a public spat over the issue.last_img read more

How Liverpool Built A Potential Champion

Seasons with Klopp 2015-16 only includes games when Klopp was manager.Source: Opta Sports In the round of 16, Liverpool got to face Porto and avoid a match against Real Madrid or Juventus. This increased the Reds’ chance of winning the Champions League from about three percent to about five percent. For the quarterfinals, Liverpool got a tough matchup in Manchester City, but most of the other remaining teams were also extremely strong, so the draw caused only marginal movement in Liverpool’s chances of winning the Champions League. Then the semifinal draw brought the greatest bounty, as the Reds avoided Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to face Roma instead. This increased Liverpool’s chance of winning the league from about 20 percent6The exact number was not available, so I extrapolated from the last number available before that draw. to 29 percent.The table to the left shows the net total improvement, in percentage points, of the chance SPI gave each team of winning the Champions League before and after the draw for each round. Among the teams that reached the quarterfinals, none benefited more than Liverpool. (And this calculation doesn’t even include Liverpool’s luck in the group draw, when the Reds were given the weakest of the eight groups.)Liverpool can winAs the table of team luck shows, Real Madrid has reached the Champions League final by facing a true gantlet. They got Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16, Juventus in the quarters and Bayern Munich in the semifinals. However, the draw is not the only method by which good fortune may affect the outcome. Real would not have made the finals if Bayern Munich had not been extremely profligate with its chances. Bayern scored only three goals, but based on the chances the team got, we would expect them to have gotten 6.9 goals.But the way Bayern got all those chances bodes well for Liverpool. They pressed high and created turnovers. If Liverpool can execute its pressing game as effectively as Bayern did, the Reds should also be able to make trouble for Real Madrid. In this game, Liverpool’s defensive flexibility probably will be less help — sitting back and allowing Cristiano Ronaldo time to find space in the penalty area does not seem like the best option. With heavy metal soccer, Klopp may finally win a Champions League and bring a trophy back to Liverpool.CORRECTION (May 24, 2018, 6:15 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly described Real Madrid’s path to the Champions League finals this year. They played Bayern Munich in the semifinals. Liverpool had the luck of the draw in this tournamentChange in each team’s chance of winning the Champions League before and after the draws, according the Soccer Power Index, 2018 Sevilla+3 Direct attacks to final third conceded per match25.021.218.7 The Egyptian-born Salah was coming off a 15-goal campaign with Roma in Serie A, but the signs of even bigger breakout were there. Liverpool inked him for around $47 million in June of last year, which was then a club record, and 42 goals later, that deal is looking like an incredible bargain. Firmino and Mane both similarly showed their potential before their Liverpool signings: Firmino’s production for Hoffenheim in 2014-15 and Mane’s for Southampton in 2015-16 were among the best player seasons in the sample I examined, which included non-striker attacking players in the five biggest leagues over the previous three seasons.3Minimum 2,500 minutes played combined between the player’s domestic league and the Champions League and European League. Liverpool used data to identify players who weren’t just on a hot streak but who demonstrated repeatable skills, and those purchases have paid off in goals.Liverpool adjusted to improve its defenseJurgen Klopp has called his style of play “heavy metal” soccer. His teams focus on creating and exploiting transition opportunities, the moments when neither team has established possession or set its defensive structure. His teams press high up the pitch, closing down opponents even when they have the ball well into their defensive half. In Klopp’s first season with Liverpool in 2015-16, his team led the league with a roughly 52 percent success rate in breaking up new opposition possessions. This metric calculates how often and how successfully a team closes down its opposition early in the opponent’s possession, which reflects the degree to which they implement a pressing defensive style.4Pressing rate is calculated by identifying when a new possession begins, and then tracking if the team in possession either completes three consecutive successful passes or completes an attack (by taking a shot, playing a pass into the penalty area, or winning a corner). If the possession is stopped, whether by a turnover, a foul or the ball going out of play for a throw-in, that counts as a “press.” The next season, with a year of training under their belt, Klopp’s players stepped up their pressure, breaking up nearly 54 percent of opposition possessions early. Once again, this rate led the league. However, there were some drawbacks to this style: In both those first two seasons, Liverpool was relatively vulnerable to direct attacks. If the first line of press failed, the Reds often found themselves chasing back to stop a counterattack headed for their goal. This is measured by direct attacks into the final third of the pitch, which shows when an opposition team can break forward into dangerous areas.5Direct attacks are calculated as attacking moves in which at least 50 percent of the movement is directly toward the goal, meaning that if you draw a straight line from where the attack started to where it ended and then measure the total distance the ball covered over all the passes and runs in the move, the ratio between those two distances must be at least 0.5.This season, Klopp has drilled his team to drop the pressing intensity in matches where it’s not needed. While they still can press high, Liverpool can also sit back and absorb pressure, as they did to great effect in the Champions League quarterfinal against Manchester City. This improved tactical flexibility has yielded results — reducing opponents’ goals, chances and successful fast attacking moves by a significant margin. The Champions League final seems immune to upsets. Real Madrid won three of the last five finals, with Bayern Munich and Barcelona taking the other two. And now Madrid is one win away from its fourth title in six years and third in a row. But this list of winners should not obscure that smaller clubs have come close. Atletico Madrid has taken Real Madrid to extra time twice in the last five finals, and Borussia Dortmund lost a nail-biter of a final 2-1 to Bayern. This year, it is Liverpool that has a real shot at upending a traditional power structure in the Champions League. And according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index, a Liverpool victory would not even be that much of an upset: SPI gives the team a 47 percent chance of lifting the trophy on Saturday.How did Liverpool become a true Champions League contender? To a certain degree, this is unsurprising. For starters, Liverpool is no upstart, at least historically. The club has five European Cups and its revenues are among the highest in European soccer.1Ninth highest last season, according to Deloitte. But the Reds have played in the Champions League only four times in the last decade, and this season is the first time they have even reached the knockout stages since 2009. It took an extensive and highly successful rebuilding effort to get Liverpool to the cusp of a European trophy. The three key components of this effort were smart analytics, innovative tactics and the usual helping of good luck.Liverpool struck gold in the transfer marketThe engine of this Liverpool team is its front line. Manager Jurgen Klopp prefers a 4-3-3 formation with four defenders, three central midfielders, and a forward line with a central striker flanked by two wide attackers. Center forward Roberto Firmino and left forward Sadio Mane combined for 44 goals and 22 assists between the Premier League and the Champions League, while Mohamed Salah matched that production almost by himself with 42 goals and 14 assists.Every one of these players was acquired in the transfer market: Firmino in 2015, Mane in 2016 and Salah last summer. Hitting on star attackers in three consecutive transfers is a major accomplishment no matter what your budget, but it’s especially impressive for Liverpool, which cannot afford to pay as much as the world’s richest clubs — as was made evident when Philippe Coutinho forced his way out of Liverpool for Barcelona in January. To build one of the world’s most dangerous front lines, Liverpool had to look for relative bargains, which more or less ruled out peak-age players at the height of their powers. Further, with Klopp’s pressing style, the team had to avoid the typical lumbering center forward and look for players versatile enough to press high and interchange in the attack. They needed attackers who could play anywhere in the front line. To find these key pieces, the team turned to analytics.One of the simplest ways to identify undervalued attackers is with expected goals (xG) and expected assists (xA) — two metrics that estimate the quality of scoring chances, built from information collected by sports-data company Opta.2The model for calculating expected goals seeks to give a single estimate for the likelihood of scoring a given shot, and the estimates for each shot are then added up over a season to give an expected goals total. You can find further methodological details in previous writeups. The ability to get on the end of good scoring chances, or to create them with a telling pass, is more stable across seasons than the ability to finish off such a chance. Over the last three years, very few young players have put up big numbers in xG and xA per 90 minutes while playing on smaller clubs and getting the majority of their minutes from outside the center forward role. Liverpool found three of them. Klopp has improved Liverpool’s defense this seasonHow Liverpool has fared in three defensive statistics during seasons under manager Jurgen Klopp Liverpool got lucky tooIt is practically impossible to win a cup final without some good fortune. Liverpool, by using its resources smartly and developing more flexible tactics, put itself in position to take advantage of good fortune when it arrived. And this year, every time the UEFA drew teams into competitive fixtures, Liverpool benefited. Expected goals conceded per match1.030.970.86 Roma-3 Pressing rate51.753.749.5 Juventus-2 Barcelona+6 Defensive stat2015-162016-172017-18 Bayern+9 Liverpool+11 Man City+2 Real Madrid-11 Source: FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index TeamChange in chance of winning read more