India, Aussies warm up for West Indies

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): World number one West Indies will face host nation India, along with Australia, in the warm-up round of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship, which bowls off in March. The ICC recently unveiled the pre-tournament fixtures, showing the Windies matches – both to be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The match against India will be on March 10, while the contest against the Aussies will be on March 13. No other official fixtures have been listed, leaving these matches key to the team’s preparation for the March 8 to April 3 tournament. West Indies have been drawn in Group One of the Super 10 stage of the T20 World Cup and will play alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and one of the qualifiers from the first round. Group Two will comprise India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Australia and a qualifier advancing from the first round.last_img read more

Klopp laughs off concerns over Mo Salah’s Liverpool form

first_img Salah has looked slightly off the pace during the first half-dozen games of the season Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has offered a sarcastic response to questions over the form of star man Mohamed Salah.Speaking at his press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Southampton, the Reds boss insisted there are no concerns over the Egyptian ace’s performances. Salah has two goals from six Liverpool appearances this season 3 Salah has actually only scored one less goal than he managed by the same point last season, when he had three from six games.And when informed of this fact, Klopp replied sarcastically: “Wow that is a crisis!“Nobody remembers that. It is really not a problem.”Asked whether part of the problem was that Salah was expected to repeat the form which saw him break the Premier League scoring record last season, Klopp added: “Of course, of course everyone expects that, that is clear.“We don’t expect that. We want him to score as often as possible. It is completely normal everyone expects that.” But Klopp insists Salah is in ‘good shape’ and that suggestions his form has gone ‘backwards’ since last season are nonsense.“The defensive side the last two games were outstanding, perfect,” said the Liverpool boss on Friday.“It is so important in these games especially [referencing the Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain, where he ran tirelessly but again failed to score].“That says everything about him that he is really ready to work for the team in these moments.“It is a completely normal for an offensive player when you have times that you don’t score. He is still a threat, made fantastic situations in both our last games. He is in a good shape.“Finishing is something you can never take for granted.”center_img In fact, the German argued that Salah’s contribution has been ‘outstanding’ in the early stages of the season and defended the forward, saying the expectation on him to perform has skyrocketed after his brilliant debut campaign for Liverpool.Salah was crowned Player of the Year as he scored 44 goals last season, form which has seen him make the final-three for ‘The Best’ FIFA award, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric.But he has found the net only twice so far this season, and has now gone three games without scoring – his joint longest dry spell since joining the Reds.There are also fears over his fitness and that he still hasn’t fully recovered from the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final back in May. Mohamed Salah won the Premier League Golden Boot last season with 32 goals 3 3last_img read more