How a loss at Burnley helped Klopp’s Liverpool take shape

first_imgJurgen Klopp will remember his first trip to Turf Moor, even if he’d much rather forget it.It is a little over three years since the Liverpool boss led his side up the M6 and across the M65 to Burnley, and returned with his tail between his legs.The Reds wore bright green shirts that day – ‘Toxic Thunder’ was the official marketing description – but delivered a performance with little to illuminate it.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream They lost 2-0, Burnley scoring twice in the first half, then watching with comfort as Liverpool huffed, puffed but, despite having 80 per cent possession and 26 shots at goal, failed to blow the Clarets’ house down. Afterwards a beaming Sean Dyche spoke about football’s “obsession” with possession, while Klopp became involved in a heated exchange with journalists who had quizzed him on his team’s display, railing at suggestions a dip into the transfer market was needed.“If one game should change my mind, then I would be a real idiot,” he scoffed. “I know you all would buy a left-back, but a midfielder?! I love your job. We have the ball, but then we need to be the best fighters? Come on!”This, remember, was the start of Klopp’s first full season at Anfield, and the Liverpool we witnessed that day was a long way from the one which will return to Turf Moor later today looking to make it four wins from four at the start of the new Premier League campaign.Indeed, of the 11 who started in 2016, only four remain regular starters: James Milner, Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino.Liverpool at Burnley 2016Simon Mignolet, Ragnar Klavan, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge have all gone, while Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne find themselves down the pecking order. We didn’t know it at the time, but at Burnley we were watching the first big evolution of Liverpool under Klopp, who had begun the process of turning the Reds into a team that could fight as well as flow.They suffered in Lancashire, but decisions made there would set them on their way back to the big time.Milner started at left-back, Klopp having lost faith in Alberto Moreno’s ability to deliver consistently, while Henderson was asked to drop into a deep-lying midfield role.Wijnaldum, signed a month earlier from Newcastle, was to be converted into an orthodox midfielder, while Firmino was to be trusted as Klopp’s gegenpressing No.9, ahead of both Sturridge and Divock Origi.Sadio Mane missed the game, but would bring the pace and dynamism we now take for granted with the Senegal star.Little by little, his team was taking shape. “I saw a lot of good things,” Klopp said. “Life is not over.”He was right. Liverpool went on a 15-game unbeaten run after that Burnley game and, by the end of the season, had secured a top-four finish and a return to the Champions League.From there, and with signings such as Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Alisson Becker, they have been able to establish themselves among Europe’s elite.Liverpool 2019 PSNow, there are no questions over whether they can handle a team like Burnley, whether they are physically and mentally ready to deal with a trip to Turf Moor.They have dug deep to win on each of their last two visits, the most recent being a 3-1 come-from-behind victory in treacherous conditions last December.“We have had all the weather at Burnley!” said Klopp on Friday. “Turf Moor is great. It’s a really tough place to go.“It’s not planning a holiday when you go to Burnley; it’s planning the hardest work you can imagine. That’s what we will be ready for.”There is no reason to doubt him. Burnley’s approach hasn’t changed, nor has the challenge they pose on home soil.Klopp’s Liverpool, though, have come a long way since that chastening afternoon three years ago. They have another chance to show it on Saturday evening. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Intentional plunkings come under fire after Urena hits Acuna

first_img Published: August 16, 2018, 6:00pm Intentional plunkings come under fire after Urena hits Acuna Braves young star back in lineup one day later Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Urena’s pitch “seemed pretty blatant to me.”“It had a bad look to it,” he said.Rays veteran Kevin Kiermaier thinks plunkings have a time and a place. He recalled being a rookie when Tampa Bay unintentionally hit Yankees star Derek Jeter twice in the same game. Kiermaier was the first batter up for Tampa Bay the next inning.“I knew I was going to get thrown at,” Kiermaier said. “Guy ended up missing. I had no problem with it. He got thrown out, whatever.”But Kiermaier also suspects at least one pitcher has thrown at him intentionally because the speedy center fielder tried to bunt for a hit in the first inning of a game, and that experience infuriated him. Kiermaier, who is expecting a child in November, doesn’t want any part of pitchers throwing at him for just playing the game. He called Urena’s pitch “classless.”“You’re hitting good, and they want to hit you to hit you, then I got a problem with that,” Kiermaier said. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said he would’ve preferred umpires leave Urena in the National League game, rather than eject him.“That would have been a little more punishment, because he’s got to bat,” Gardenhire said, adding that “I would be mad enough if I were the manager, I might start (Urena) tomorrow and lead him off just so they can smoke him and knock him out just because he did something so stupid.”Added Angels manager Mike Scioscia, the longest tenured manager in the majors: “Throwing at somebody with intent should not be part of this game.”Retired seven-time All-Star Michael Young said on Twitter that “you don’t drill people for doing their jobs” and “that’s not old school.” He also said the concept of brushback pitches — throwing a fastball inside to scare a batter off the plate and make him uncomfortable — doesn’t work against major league hitters. NEW YORK — Aaron Judge saw Jose Urena’s plunking of Ronald Acuna Jr. before the Yankees played a day game Thursday, and he felt Acuna’s pain. The reigning AL home run leader knows that with so many big flies comes a risk that some disgruntled pitcher may try burying a fastball in your ribs.“Oh yeah, it’s happened before,” New York’s star slugger said.Throwing at a batter for hitting home runs? That’s what many think Urena did, including Mets broadcaster and former big league first baseman Keith Hernandez, who defended Urena’s plunking of Atlanta’s breakout rookie. Mostly, though, players and coaches around the game seem to want nothing to do with this murky unwritten rule.The Miami right-hander sparked a benches-clearing fracas in Atlanta when he drilled Acuna in the elbow with the first pitch of a game Wednesday. Acuna had homered leading off three consecutive games and gone deep four times in the first three games of the series against the Marlins.Acuna had a CT scan that revealed his elbow was normal, and X-rays also were negative. He was back in Atlanta’s lineup Thursday night against Colorado. “You can’t make a good hitter uncomfortable,” Young said. “He’s been there, done that. He’s laughing in his head because your heaters inside are simply teeing him up with a 2-0 count. Then he’s going to torch you.”Freelancers Steve Hunt in Arlington, Texas, and Tyler Mason in Minneapolis contributed to this story. By JAKE SEINER, Associated Press Urena claimed he was just pitching Acuna inside and missed his spot with a “bad pitch.” He was suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount on Thursday.The Braves — as well as the game’s umpires — believed the plunking was intentional. Braves All-Star Freddie Freeman said it “was just completely classless on Jose Urena’s part,” and manager Brian Snitker was near the front of a line of Atlanta players charging out of the dugout toward the mound.“I’m not sure I’ve ever felt like that in a baseball uniform,” Snitker said.At least one prominent baseball voice thought Urena would be right to intentionally drill Acuna, though. Hernandez, the 1979 NL co-MVP, said during the Mets broadcast Wednesday night that in this case, “you got to hit him.” “They’re killing you,” Hernandez said. “You lost three games. He’s hit three home runs. You got to hit him. I’m sorry, people aren’t going to like that. You know, you got to hit him, knock him down.”Hernandez’s words weren’t well received by the Braves. Reliever Peter Moylan tweeted that Hernandez was a “clown,” and Hall of Famer Chipper Jones tweeted that the comments were “waaay off base!”“So by this way of thinking, Jacob deGrom should get drilled cuz he’s the hottest pitcher on the planet? NO!” Jones wrote.Players and coaches around the majors were asked about intentional plunkings Thursday, and it’s clear that Hernandez’s opinion falls among the minority. 3 Photoscenter_img Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: GO The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Share: Subscribe Today Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) is tended to by a member of the training staff as Ozzie Albies talks to him after Acuna was hit by a pitch from Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Atlanta. 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Handson Fun The Skytree Town® Campus Chiba Institute Of Technology

first_imgSkytree Town® Campus is an attraction facility managed by the Chiba Institute of Technology, located on the eighth floor of the shopping complex Tokyo Skytree Town®. Visitors can enjoy here experiencing cutting-edge technology.The floor is separated into AREA I and AREA II, each area displaying unique technology. Today we’ll be introducing some attractions from each area.AREA I: Japanese Robot TechnologyThe first thing you’ll see upon reaching the eighth floor is AREA I. This area introduces Japanese robot technology to visitors. Step one foot inside the dimly-lit room and you will find various displays and attractions.1. ROBOT EYEIn order for a robot to act like a human, it must first be able to recognize the world as we do.A finder using the technology of the robot eye can be found at the entrance of AREA I. With its precise recognition accuracy and processing capability, the robot eye automatically counts the number of visitors. This is made possible with a sensor that retrieves 3D information about its surroundings.2. RESCUE ROBOTThis rescue robot has been investigating and gathering information in places where humans cannot safely enter since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011.3. ROBOTIC SHADOW There are many interesting things to see within AREA II, but we were most excited by the SOLAR SYSTEM GRAND TOUR.Here visitors can learn facts about the solar system using a 120-inch touchscreen.You could say it’s a digital encyclopedia with a touch screen. We enjoyed a function that let us see how the planets are lined up on a specific date.It might be fun to check out how the planets were lined up on the day you were born. I myself took a commemorative photo.What do you think about this place? We weren’t able to introduce all of the displays and attractions in this article, so we recommend stopping by yourself. You’ll find it won’t hurt your wallet either, as admission is free.Enjoying some cutting-edge technology after visiting the Skytree sounds good, doesn’t it?InformationSkytree Town® Campus, Chiba Institute Of TechnologyAddress: Tokyo, Sumida, Oshiage 1-1-2 Tokyo Skytree Town® Soramachi 8FHours: 10:30-18:00Closed: IrregularMenus/Pamphlets in Other Languages: English PamphletsNearest Station: Oshiage Station, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon, Keisei Oshiage, Toei Asakusa linesAdmission: FreePhone Number: +81-3-6658-5888Website: Skytree Town® Campus, Chiba Institute Of Technology This display called “ROBOTIC SHADOW” (*1) stands out within AREA I. Images on a giant screen react to the visitors’ movements.You will be able to experience sensor technology used to recognize the movements of people. You’ll enjoy watching various items attaching to you on the screen, or flying towards you and falling apart on impact.When we visited, some children were trying to dodge flying objects by jumping or getting down on their stomachs. Maybe we’ll see attractions like these at arcades in the future?*1 This display is available only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. On weekdays, visitors can enjoy operating robots on the screen with an iPad (“GIGANTIC ROBOT SCREEN”).AREA II: Planetary Exploration Research TechnologyAcross from AREA I is AREA II. Here, a mysterious machine jumps into view.This is the transforming robot Valkyrie VF-25F from the Japanese sci-fi robot anime Macross Frontier. This life-size display will make you feel as if you have entered the anime world itself.This is a visual game where you can kick around planets using images projected onto the walls and floor. This attraction uses AR (augmented reality) technology.The planets you kick around will fly toward other planets, and bump into them or even explode.4. MOON WALKERImages of the moon’s surface taken by Japanese lunar probe “Kaguya” are projected on the walls and floor. You’ll feel as if you’re on the moon when standing on the display.5. SOLAR SYSTEM GRAND TOURlast_img read more