Mane in contention for Norwich clash, Klopp confirms

first_imgSadio Mane is in contention to start Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Norwich City, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.Liverpool get the new season under way on Friday when they host the winners of the Championship at Anfield.And Mane’s participation has been in doubt following his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations over the summer. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Mane played in the final for Senegal on July 19 as his side lost out to Algeria in Cairo, and missed Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Manchester City as he completed his holidays.The former Southampton forward returned to training on Monday, and Klopp insists that Mane is being considered for a starting berth against the Canaries.”He only had two weeks off, so you don’t lose anything – that is the good news at least!” he told a press conference.”He looks fit. Yesterday was the first session with the team. He looks absolutely OK. Yes, he’s an option.”Mane is not the only Liverpool player to have returned late to training ahead of the new campaign, with fellow forward Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita having also participated at AFCON for the hosts Egypt and Guinea, respectively, while Roberto Firmino and Alisson were both key in Brazil winning Copa America on home soil.As such, Klopp has been forced to hand opportunities to fringe players during pre-season as well as experimenting with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gini Wijnaldum as wide forwards in the absence of his normal front three.Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2019And the Champions League-winning coach believes that will allow him some flexibility when it comes to selecting his team to face Daniel Farke’s newly-promoted outfit.”We have a lot of options, a lot of different line-ups. No player gave me a reason to leave him out, so we have hard decisions on a squad.”It is not about playing the best football in history tomorrow. It is about playing the best football in this moment.”We have to stay the team that nobody wants to play against because of that intensity.”Klopp also confirmed that James Milner will be fit for Friday’s match having missed the Community Shield with a minor muscular injury.last_img read more


Internet access restricted in Kandy Facebook blocked in some areas

Internet access has been restricted in Kandy on the instructions of the Government while Facebook has been restricted in some other areas as well.Downdetector.com showed that Facebook was not working in Colombo as of this afternoon (Wednesday). The move comes as the Government looks to crackdown on the spread of hate speech using social media as tensions continue in Kandy.The Government had said earlier that social media will be closely monitored to crackdown on hate speech. (Colombo Gazette)


Meals on wheels driver jailed for elderly womans murder 24 years on

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A meals on wheels delivery driver has been jailed for life 24 years after he murdered an elderly woman, following a DNA breakthrough.Raymond Kay, 70, from Halifax, exploited 86-year-old Amy Shepherd’s trust to enter her sheltered accommodation in Wibsey, Bradford, on August 2, 1994.While in there, he throttled Ms Shepherd, who never married, using her own tea towel, before ‘in all likelihood raping her’ and then finally killed her by stabbing her in the throat.At the time of the attack he was working as a meals on wheels delivery driver as part of a community order for a road traffic offence. He stole money, a watch and her jewellery then evaded justice for more than two decades.While Kay avoided police detection, a second man – Richard Whelan – was accused of killing Ms Shepherd but was cleared in 2000. A jury took just 50 minutes to return a guilty verdict against Kay.He was caught after police were able to match his DNA with that found at the murder scene when they reviewed the case. His DNA was on the tea towel used to throttle her, and his DNA was also on her body. When arrested on suspicion of murder, Kay – a career burglar with 60 convictions – told officers: “You’re joking.” Bradford Crown Court was told that Kay, 46 at the time, was able to “identify Ms Shepherd as a vulnerable person who he could target to steal from” due to his community order.He had been spoken to by the police during the initial investigation in the 1990s.Sentencing Kay, the Honourable Justice Finola O’Farrell said it was only through the “meticulous preservation” of evidence and “development of DNA analysis” that justice had finally been served.She said: “The violent assault which you then inflicted on her was unnecessary, cruel and grotesque.”Justice has finally been served for Amy Shepherd.”The judge sentenced Kay to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 17 years.Samantha Davidson, from the CPS, said: “This was an horrific and brutal attack upon a defenceless, elderly lady in her own home. Kay targeted her because of her vulnerability, conning his way into her flat and attacking her with shocking force.”In the quarter of a century since her murder, Kay must have thought he had got away with his terrible crime. But he has not. Advances in forensic science provided the scientific evidence needed to convince the jury of his guilt.”One cannot begin to imagine the terror Miss Shepherd must have experienced in her final moments. Our thoughts remain with her relatives, and we hope that the verdict today brings them some closure.” read more