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Rodgers shifts focus from Suarez

“Being at this club is a huge privilege and whatever comes with that – pressure or the challenges – I will accept.” With Suarez suspended fellow striker Daniel Sturridge’s recovery from an ankle injury is more than timely. When the ban kicked in towards the end of last season Sturridge showed he could fill the void left by a striker who contributed 30 goals last term by scoring six in his last four appearances. An ankle injury on England duty restricted his pre-season work and while he may only currently be around 80 per cent fit Rodgers is convinced a fully-firing Sturridge can be one of the Premier League’s top performers. “He has worked tirelessly with the medical crew and while he’s not 100 per cent fit yet I think Daniel is a player who at 70-80 per cent he will be right up there as one of the top strikers,” he said. “If he remains fit and churns out the games and scores and creates goals while working hard I think England will have one of the top strikers for sure.” Sturridge arrived at Anfield as a £12million January signing and despite questions being asked about his ability to cope at the highest level, having not really succeeded at either Chelsea nor Manchester City before that, he scored 12 goals in 15 appearances. Rodgers believes those few months will have done wonders for the striker. “Every player, and in particular strikers, feed on confidence and it is a huge part of the game and he is a player who feels really settled now,” he added. “That January to the end of the season was an adaptation to this club and the expectations that surround it and he is fully up to speed with that now. “It is now about fine-tuning his fitness but even at this stage he looks very strong. “But there is not just pressure on Daniel to score goals, it is throughout the team. “You can’t just have the focus on one man – although of course that is the job when you are paid to score and create goals – but for me he is a real outstanding talent. “He has all the tools to be a leading marksman at this level and we are hoping with a full season here with us he can go and showcase the qualities he has.” The summer has been dominated by the Uruguay international’s repeated utterances about wanting to leave but after two failed bids by Arsenal, the second a controversial £40,000,001, and a dip in performance the the 26-year-old has been made to train on his own. Rodgers will undoubtedly have to have private conversations with Suarez after he returns from international duty in Japan but he is determined not to add any more to what has been a highly-public affair. Press Association And with the striker suspended for the first six matches of the campaign as his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic is carried over the manager intends to keep the focus on football. “My only concentration is the players who are available. Purely out of respect to them and the work which has been going on I only want to talk about them,” said the Reds boss. “So much has been written and said about Luis over the last few months the standpoint from the club and myself has not changed. “I won’t be speaking any more about Luis Suarez until he is available. “There is nothing to be said that hasn’t already been said. I am sure people are fed up of listening about it and reading about it.” Rodgers’ stance – along with that of the club after principal owner John Henry vowed not to sell Suarez to a rival – has been praised during such a testing period but he insists dealing with such issues comes with the territory. “You meet many different challenges as manager and when you are at one of the biggest club sin the world there is a lot more profile involved,” he said. “For me it is always about dealing with people and I have always tried to do that in an open and honest way. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is determined to draw a line under the Luis Suarez saga and insists until the banned striker is available for selection again he will not talk about him. read more

ICC World Cup Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Highlights: Sri Lanka win by 34 runs

first_imgNew Delhi: In the seventh game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will lock horns at the Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground in Cardiff on Tuesday. Both the team will be looking to register their first win of the tourno after losing one match each. On one hand, Sri Lanka faced embarrassment when they lost to New Zealand by 10 wickets. From Sri Lankan side, only the skipper Dimuth Karunaratne could manage to put decent score on the board by hitting half century. On the other hand, Afghanistan lost their opening match to the defending champions. The match was held on June 1 at the County Ground in Bristol. Gulbadin Naib-led Afghanistan managed to put just 207 runs on the board which Aaron Finch and Co chased down easily with David Warner scoring half-century in his returning game in the Yellow jersey. (LIVE SCORECARD)Highlights:23:38 hrs IST: Malinga with his perfect yorker scalps one more wicket and first victory to the aquad23:32 hrs IST: RUN OUT! Najibullah departs at 43. Now, Sri Lanka need just wicket to win 23:25 hrs IST: Lasith Malinga removes Dawlat Hassan at 6, AFG are 136/8 after 31 overs23:10 hrs IST: With the end of 30 overs, Afghanistan 135/7 with Dawlat Zadran and Najibullaj Zadran at crease23:00 hrs IST: Numwan Pradeep bowled Rashid Khan, Afghanistan lose their 7th wicket, 22:50 hrs IST: OUT! Nuwan Pradeep picks Afghanistan skipper’s wicket, AFG 122/6 after 25 overs22:40 hrs IST: Just 6 runs added to the total, AFG 105/5 after 22 overs22:35 hrs IST: Afghanistan completes its 100 total on board in the 22nd over, 22:25 hrs IST: With the end of 20th over, AFG 96/5 with Najibullah and Naib at crease22:10 hrs IST: Gulbadin Naib hits bak-t-back boundaries 22:07 hrs IST: After 17 overs, Afghanistan are 76/521:55 hrs IST: Afghanistan loses another wicket in Shahidi, Nuwan Pradeep picks his second, AFG 57/4 after 13 overs21:45 hrs IST: Hazratullah Zazai departs at 30, Afghanistan lose their third wicket 21:35 hrs IST: Isuru Udana removes Afghans lose early wickets at just 221:30 hrs IST: Just 4 runs in the 7th over, Afghanistan are 41/4 with Rahmat and Zazai out at crease21:18 hrs IST: Afghanistan lose thier first wicket in Shahzad, AFG 34/1 after 4.4 overs21:15 hrs IST: After 4 overs, AFG 29/0, Afghans off to a good start21:00 hrs IST: With the end of 2 overs, Afghanistan are 18/0 with Shahzad and Zazai at crease20:43 hrs IST: Sri Lanka all out for 201, Rashid Khan picks up the last wicket20:40 hrs IST: Sri lanka lose their ninth wicket, Lasith Malinga departs at 4, SL 199/ 9 after 36 overs20:15 hrs IST: Game has been reduced to 41 overs each side17:38 hrs IST: RAIN STOPS PLAY17:37 hrs IST: With the end of 33rd over, Sri Lanka are 182/8 with Lakmal and Malinga at crease17:32 hrs IST: Kusal Perera departs at 78, Sri Lanka 180/8 after 32.2 overs17:23 hrs IST: BOWLED! Isuru Udana departs at 10, SL 178/7 after 31.3 overs 17:18 hrs IST: MAIDEN OVER by Rashid Khan, Sri Lanka 177/6 after 31 overs 17:15 hrs IST: After 30 overs, Sri Lanka are 177/6 with Perera and Udana out in the middle17:10 hrs IST: SIX! by Isuru Udana17:00 hrs IST: RUN OUT! T. Perera out at 2, Sri Lanka 159/6 after 25.4 overs 16:52 hrs IST: Sri Lanka crosses 150-run mark in the 24th over 16:49 hrs IST: Hamid Hassan picks his first, takes Dhananjaya de Silva wicket, SL 149/5 after 23 overs16:44 hrs IST: Angela Mathews again departs for DUCK, Sri Lanka lose another one, SL 146/4 after 22 overs 16:40 hrs IST: OUT! Mohammed Nabi takes Kusal Mendis at 2, Sri Lanka lose its third 16:36 hrs IST: Nabi strikes again, picks Thirimanne’s wicket, SL 144/2 after 21.2 overs16:30 hrs IST: Thirimanne and Perera’s second wicket partnership is looking fine at this moment, SL 144/1 after 21 overs 16:22 hrs IST: After 18 overs, SL 131/1 with Perera and Thirimanne out in the middle16:20 hrs IST: Kusal Perera hits 12th ODI 50 and that too in style16:05 hrs IST: With the end of 15 overs, SL 104/1 with Thirimanne and Parera at crease16:01 hrs IST: Mohammed Nabi picks Sri Lankan skipper’s wicket at 30, SL 92/1 after 13.1 overs16:00 hrs IST: After end of the 13th over, Sri Lanka 92/0 with Dimuth and Parera out in the middle 15:56 hrs IST: Another tight over, this time from Gulbadin Naib and Sri Lanka are 83/0 after 11 overs.15:51 hrs IST: Afghanistan are pulling things back but Sri Lanka are still in a healthy position at 79/0 after 10 overs.15:49 hrs IST: Mohammad Nabi is bowling tightly and after nine overs, Sri Lanka are 76/0.15:44 hrs IST: Two back-to-back fours by Kusal Perera off Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Sri Lanka continue to hurt Afghanistan. After eight overs, Sri Lanka are 71/0.15:40 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are taking full toll as the Afghanistan pacers go awry in their line and length. The fifty is up in just the fifth over but Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi are ensuring that the runs are kept on a leash. After seven overs, Sri Lanka are 62/0.15:24 hrs IST: Kusal Perera is on a roll and Hamid Hassan has started off badly. He concedes five wides and is blasted for a boundary over deep extra cover for a boundary. Karunaratne also joins in the party with four runs. After four overs, Sri Lanka are 37/0.15:22 hrs IST: Good pace and swing shown by Dawlat Zadran. Only one run in the over and Sri Lanka are 21/0 after three overs.15:17 hrs IST: Hamid Hassan opens from the other end and he is expensive as both Karunaratne and Kusal Perera begin well with a couple of boundaries. After two overs, Sri Lanka are 20/0.15:12 hrs IST: Dawlat Zadran opens the bowling and he is getting some swing and bounce. However, his line is awry and on the fifth ball, Dimuth Karunaratne glances a short ball to the fine leg fence. After the first over, Sri Lanka are 5/0.14:56 hrs IST: So, Afghanistan are employing three spinners on a green deck while Sri Lanka are loaded with pacers. Are Afghanistan following the trick that if it seams, it spins?14:43 hrs IST: Here are the team sheets for this game14:41 hrs IST: Afghanistan have chosen to bowl against Sri Lanka. Jeevan Mendis is not playing in this match.14:38 hrs IST: The pitch is green and there are chances of rain also today. Would be interesting to see what the team does when they win the toss.14:28 hrs IST: According to the weather report today, Cardiff could be affected by rain and the match could be rain-curtailed.14:24 hrs IST: Despite losing to Australia, Afghanistan showed that they belonged on the big stage with a solid show. They were impressive in patches, but they could not capitalise on the big moments.14:10 hrs IST: Sri Lanka will be aiming to bounce back after their horrendous loss against New Zealand. However, their woes in ODIs has been present ever since 2017. Can Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews and other senior members of the team stage a revival?13:54 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the ICC Cricket World Cup encounter between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka from Cardiff. Afghanistan showed some spark against Australia but in the end, they came up short. They will fancy their chances against Sri Lanka, who suffered a 10-wicket loss to New Zealand.OUT! Nuwan Pradeep picks Afghanistan skipper’s wicket, AFG 122/6 after 25 overs For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more