Flanagan fired in a fine finish for his first Liverpool goal as the Reds thumped Tottenham 5-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday, a result which brought about the sacking of Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas. Captain Luis Suarez scored twice and had a hand in Liverpool’s three other goals. Press Association The Uruguay forward and Jordan Henderson drew lavish praise from their manager, but Rodgers also found time to pay tribute to 20-year-old defender Flanagan. Rodgers had looked to send the homegrown youngster on loan for experience, but admitted he changed his mind after Flanagan’s eye-catching performance in the 3-3 derby draw with Everton last month. Rodgers said: “Only one club has come in for him on loan, a club in League One. “He’s a terrific boy that has played for the under-21s, in practice games with about two people watching. “And whoever he’s up against, he doesn’t change. I thought when he came in for a few games this was a kid that can handle it. “And since he came in and played in the derby, where he was man of the match against Everton, he’s been fantastic. “His confidence has grown and grown over time. “A young player like that, probably a couple of years ago, might not have had a chance. “Or maybe someone comes in, does well for a few games then drifts away. “So I’ve said to him, ‘just play every game as if you haven’t cracked it, go out and be the best you can be’, and that’s what he’s done. “His goal was a brilliant finish. I’m delighted for him, he’s a real good boy and you can see how much it means for him and the supporters.” Liverpool’s victory at Spurs pushed them up to second in the Premier League table, but Rodgers was quick to play down any talk of a title tilt this term. He said: “We’re not even thinking about that to be honest. We’re working on our style of football going forward. “You can be looking to finish fourth, or third or second, but eventually you want to be winning the league. “The year before I came it was eighth, then last season we finished seventh. “But realistically we just have to keep fighting. You look at the depths of some of the squads. “If we can keep continuing to improve our football, let’s just see where that takes us.” Jon Flanagan is fast proving his Barclays Premier League pedigree, according to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
Before his college lacrosse trainees return home for the summer, shooting coach Torre Kasemeyer spends his Saturday nights watching game film. He calls players on Sunday with feedback and they discuss off-season goals. Through five games, Kasemeyer saw the same themes in Brendan Curry’s game. The sophomore saw himself as a facilitator, Kasemeyer said, and his speed often forced slides and opened passing lanes.With a quick first step, Curry could always shoot on the run. But what if he modified his release motion, changed the pacing of his stride and stepped into slides?“You can be a 20 goal scorer and stay where you are,” Kasemeyer said. “Or you can be close to a 30 and pick this up.”When Curry left campus for the summer, SU head coach John Desko told the rising sophomore to improve his shooting. He favored a sidearm on the run shot, and still does sometimes in moving situations. Last year, Curry had played hero for Syracuse against North Carolina when he scored two goals in the final minutes of regulation and assisted the overtime winner. But Kasemeyer saw the opportunity for Curry to build on his usual sweep down the right alley. And that training — combined with an injury to midfielder Tucker Dordevic — vaulted Curry’s production to a projected second-team All-American midway through the season while leading the midfield in points (27) ahead of the Orange’s game on Saturday against North Carolina.“My shooting’s been subpar,” Curry said after scoring on one of 12 shots against Duke. “I’m getting a lot of shots off and they’re not really falling, not all of them so I just got to keep working on that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCurry’s worked with Kasemeyer since his freshman of high school at Calvert Hall College (Baltimore) High School, where Kasemeyer is the team’s offensive coordinator. Kasmeyer noted Curry’s biggest improvement since he’s first met him was strength development, but this summer he coupled that with technical practices. Over the past summer, Curry worked with Kasemeyer through Gotskillz Lacrosse, where Kasemeyer trains lacrosse’s top shooters.This year, Curry’s moved his hands further away from his body to elongate the shooting motion, therefore generating more power. Kasemeyer compared it to a rubber band: the further back you pull the band, the more velocity upon release.Curry’s shooting motion is different, too. With time and space, Curry’s shooting more overhand. It provides more options in changing planes, Kasemeyer said, like starting with a stick high and shooting the ball low, or starting with the stick on the right and shooting to the left. Shooting overhand also limits the goalie’s ability to read the shot’s direction. When the shot comes from the side, the goalie can follow it all the way through the motion. When it’s overhand, the goalie can’t see the ball until it’s being released.“You usually try to go far pipe,” Curry said, “change your plan, drop your shoulder a little bit.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorKasemeyer had Curry perform normal shooting on the run drills, but instead of traveling six or seven yards in a few strides after catching the ball, Curry stretched his steps. Stepping eight or nine yards in the same amount of paces meant a bigger step into his motion. Over the course of the off-season, Kasemeyer estimated Curry went from shots in the upper 80s to the low 90s in miles per hour.In Syracuse’s most recent game against Cornell, Curry caught a pass about 14 yards out from the goalie. With a moment before a defender came, he switched from his left hand to his right and stomped nearly three yards forward. His stick swung through and rocketed the ball into the left corner of the net.“He’s got a good first step,” Desko said. “He’s got good speed after the first step which gives him distance from the defender. And the bottom line then is, hit the back of the net. And I think he worked hard at that.”And there’s more to add to his game. Kasemeyer thinks with Curry’s speed, which forces defenses to slide, and the more powerful shot he could be scoring six or seven points a game. Curry wasn’t fond of his 1-of-12 shooting performance against Duke, despite scoring the game winner.Kasemeyer wants to work on inverting Curry, meaning he’d dodge from an attack spot though playing midfield. And he wants him to learn the step-down shot once more, this time left handed.“I think he’s a world team guy,” Kasemeyer said. “I’ve said since his junior year of high school, his game is tailored made for it and he doesn’t do anything but get better every year.” Comments Published on April 10, 2019 at 11:13 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+
Jamaica’s talismanic goalkeeping captain, Andre Blake, is not as seriously injured as was first feared.Blake was forced out of the Gold Cup final in Santa Clara, California, half after being kicked by U.S. midfielder Kellyn Acosta as both jostled for a loose ball close to the Jamaican goal. There were jitters as Blake looked like he might have suffered a serious injury involving a potentially broken hand or wrist. But X-rays taken at Levi’s Stadium revealed no broken bones.Cut between fingers“I’ve got a cut between my middle finger and my index finger,” Blake said after the U.S. team’s 2-1 victory over Jamaica. “I got seven stitches so that’s what it is for right now, so hopefully I can get back pretty soon.”Blake was awarded the Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper while sporting a bandage on his right hand.Stitches to be removed in 10 daysBlake entered Wednesday’s final as one of the best players in the 2017 Gold Cup. On Wednesday night he indicating another good showing. He parried a rasping shot from Jozy Altidore before suffering the injury attempting to slap the rebound away as Acosta raced in to try and score.“I wasn’t sure what it was. I just knew I got hit so I took off my glove and saw it was a pretty bad cut. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to continue, but that happens sometimes. The stitches are going to be out in 10 days, so from there on in it’s going to be a day-by-day situation to see how it feels,” Blake said. “It was pretty painful, but it’s soccer.”Blake had three clean slates in five games and was only beaten twice throughout the whole tournament. His loss proved detrimental to Jamaica Reggae Boyz who had to settle for second place behind hosts USA.
Juventus gaffer Maurizio Sarri believes the lack of progress the team has experienced in the Champions League is due to a bad spell that can’t be explained.He made the remarks after he witnessed his side crash out in the round of 16 against Lyon in a tie that ended 2 – 2 on aggregate over two legs with the French side advancing on the away goal rule.“We are out of a competition where we won six out of eight games we played.”I believe in this competition Juventus are cursed,” he stated after the match.Lyon were handed a controversial penalty 10 minutes into the game which ended up being the deciding factor.Despite a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo, their efforts were not enough to see them through to the next stage.The performance of the Italian Champions will come under heavy scrutiny as they also crashed out in the quarter finals of the previous edition under Max Allegri.They are still in the hunt for their third Champions League crown with the last coming as far back as 1996.