How will the Liverpool look without their top scorer in all competitions?

first_img 5 Liverpool have been dealt another huge blow to their hopes of success this season with the news Danny Ings will miss the rest of the season through injury.The striker made his England debut on Monday and is the Reds’ top scorer in all competitions but now see his first campaign at Anfield cruelly cut short.His absence leaves Jurgen Klopp a little light up top now, but just how will Liverpool look without the hard-working forward?talkSPORT takes a look.1. No Benteke?It’s unlikely Jurgen Klopp will start with two strikers in the team so he could choose to play Daniel Sturridge centrally to chase and harry defenders, ahead of Benteke. This would allow Divock Origi or Adam Lallana to come into the side to play on the flank along with Roberto Firmino on the opposite side. Philippe Coutinho, who usually links well with Sturridge would play in a No.10 role. 5 5 5 3. Coutinho and Sturridge on the flanksHe might not be the normal type of striker Klopp goes for but Christian Benteke could well be his first-choice in a central role. Instead of playing behind the Belgian, Sturridge could find himself out on the right, a position has played before, with Coutinho opposite him on the left and Firmino coming in as a No.10. 2. Sturridge behind BentekeKlopp, if he does choose to start Sturridge and Benteke together, would probably put the English forward in a deeper role. This could see Firmino and Coutinho playing deeper in attacking midfield positions, which would allow Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno to push forward and provide width. 4. Sturridge on the leftGiven Sturridge’s success against Aston Villa came as he came from the left, Klopp could use the forward in this role going forward. This would allow Benteke to continue as the centre forward, while Firmino could line up on the right with Coutinho as No.10. Liverpool striker Christian Benteke 5 How do you think Liverpool’s forward line will look without Danny Ings, let us know below…last_img read more

BWF World Championships 2018: Sindhu settles for silver after losing to Marin

first_imgPV Sindhu had to settle for silver yet again at the BWF World Championships after losing the final in straight games against arch-rival Carolina Marin of Spain in Nanjing, China.Marin, who has been Sindhu’s toughest rival on the badminton court, prevailed once again over the Indian 21-19, 21-10 to clinch her third world title. The former world No. 1 shuttler had previously won the title in 2014 and 2015. She is now the first female player in history to hold three world titles.Sindhu couldn’t better her performance at the tournament from last year after failing to find rhythm and form in the final match against Marin, who took a 7-6 lead in the head-to-head battle against Sindhu.The star Indian shuttler seemed out of sorts throughout the match although, she did manage to put up a good fight for some time in the first game. Marin however, simply blew her opponent away in the second to win the match in just 45 minutes.(Match highlights)Marin proved too good for Sindhu in the match which mattered the most and brought out the full range of shots on court with surprising drop shots, constant varying of pace in a rally, down-the-line smashes and impeccable net play dominating her play.All through the tournament, Marin has looked in supreme form. Her confidence, her movement on court and her attacking strokes have been top notch.On the other hand, Sindhu had shown a lot more patience and variety in her strokes in this edition. Timely drop shots have been a major addition in Sindhu’s arsenal and that has helped her get past her opponents. Against Marin, she will need to bring all her variety to the court.advertisementEven though Marin and Sindhu have faced each other many times since the Rio Olympics final, this was the first major event after 2016 when they face each other in a final.Sindhu entered the final with a spirited performance against world No.2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan and beat her 21-16, 24-22 to guarantee herself another silver medal.Marin on the other hand, played her semi-final against home favourite He Bingjiao and the Spanish player came from behind to beat the Chinese 13-21, 21-16, 21-13.last_img read more

‘Chelsea might have to sell Hazard to improve’

first_imgTransfers Selling Hazard might be Chelsea’s best option, says Clarke Chris Burton 21:51 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Chelsea Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Premier League Eden Hazard The former Blues player and assistant manager believes whoever is in charge at Stamford Bridge might have to generate cash to finance additions Eden Hazard may have to be sold by Chelsea in order to free up for funds for summer additions, says Steve Clarke.The Blues continue to be bankrolled by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, but elaborate spending sprees have dried up in recent windows.With more attention being paid to balancing the books, sales are now required in order to counter purchases. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Hazard is the most saleable asset currently at the club, and continues to be linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, with it possible that he could be sacrificed on the back of failure to secure Champions League football.Former Blues player and assistant manager Clarke fears that approach may have to be taken, telling BBC Radio 5 Live: “You can always look to replace players.”They come and go, they always move on. The club is the most important thing.”They have to rebuild that squad a little bit. It wasn’t good enough to be in the top four. They have got a lot of work to do over the summer.”To help fund other transfers for the club this summer, maybe they do have to sell Hazard.”Eden Hazard Chelsea sell to buy Steve ClarkeHazard has already admitted that his future will be shaped by the ambition shown by Chelsea this summer, with exciting additions required in order for him to stay put.He said ahead of a match-winning performance against Manchester United in the FA Cup final: “I’m waiting for new players next season.”I want good players, because I want to win the Premier League next season.”Thibaut Courtois – another of those to be generating plenty of transfer talk – echoed those sentiments after helping to secure major silverware at Wembley.He told BT Sport: “I love this club but we need to see how the club is going forward.“We want to win trophies, but we want to play for the title, too. We need to see how Man City and United are spending. If Chelsea want to be on top, we need to show it.”last_img read more