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Juergen Klopp says Joe Gomez ‘Better Than Good’ after Raheem Sterling Clash

first_img EnglandfootballJoe GomezJuergen Klopp First Published: November 22, 2019, 6:54 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Friday that defender Joe Gomez was “better than good” after his altercation with England teammate Raheem Sterling earlier this month.Manchester City forward Sterling initially clashed with Reds defender Gomez towards the end of the Premier League match between the sides on November 10 at Anfield. The pair were then involved in a fracas the following day on England duty, with Sterling later apologising at a team meeting and on social media.Sterling subsequently sat out England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro as punishment but returned to the starting line-up in the 4-0 victory over Kosovo on Sunday.Klopp said Gomez, who was left with a scratch on his face following the clash, was fine and the German had no issues with how the situation was handled.”He is good, better than good,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference, anxious to downplay the incident.”The people involved were fine pretty quick,” he added. “Things like this happen in a football environment, that’s how it is.””(England manager) Gareth (Southgate) and the English FA (Football Association) dealt with it in a way they thought was right and I cannot judge that because I was not in the situation but the most important thing is that the players are absolutely OK.”The Liverpool boss said it was good to see Jose Mourinho back in the Premier League after he replaced Mauricio Pochettino in the Tottenham hot seat but had warm words for the Argentine.”Welcome back Jose,” said Klopp. “It’s nice to have him back. He was desperate you could see (to return) in the time when he was not in.”But on the other side of course Mauricio is not there any more and that shows how quick things change nowadays. That’s how it is. I think it was only around about five months ago we played each other in the Champions League final.”And now he’s on holiday and I hope he can enjoy it to be honest. He did a brilliant job at Tottenham. Nobody doubts that.”Liverpool are eight points clear of second-placed Leicester at the top of the Premier League and nine ahead of defending champions Manchester City but Klopp played down the notion of title talk.”We don’t think about the title race,” he said. “The biggest challenge is facing constant questions about it.”Apart from that so far it’s a normal season.””We play as good as we can, we try to get as many points as we can and the challenges are the… games we have to play and the next one is Crystal Palace.” last_img read more

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Pineda 10-Day Pine Tar Suspension

first_imgBOSTON — New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games by Major League Baseball for using pine tar to help him grip the ball.He said he won’t appeal the penalty that will cost him two starts. “I accept it,” Pineda said before the April 24 game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. “I know I made a mistake.”Pineda was ejected in the second inning of New York’s 5-1 loss to Boston after umpires found the pine tar on the right side of the right-hander’s neck.After the game, Pineda admitted that he used the pine tar to help him grip the ball on a cool, windy night. “I feel so bad,” he said.Pineda said he had never used pine tar before this season. He spent his first season in the majors with the Seattle Mariners in 2011, then missed the last two with the Yankees following right shoulder surgery.“I think he understood” the seriousness of his action, said Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, who expected a suspension of about 10 games, “but I think he got caught up in the moment of competing and it got the best of him.”The ejection set off a debate in the baseball world about pitchers who try pine tar, and whether it should be allowed in certain circumstances. Many former aces said they had done it, albeit in a more discreet manner.“I’ve seen a lot of things in my career, so I’m not blind to it” being viewed as part of baseball, said Girardi, a former catcher in his seventh year as Yankees manager.Rule 8.02(b) prohibits pitchers from altering the ball to gain an unfair advantage, and forbids them from having a foreign substance on them or in their possession on the mound.“I wouldn’t be against coming up with an idea” to modify the rule so pitchers could get a better grip on the ball in cold weather, Girardi said. “It would be a great time for someone to start looking at” finding one substance pitchers would be allowed to use.Pineda wasn’t seen with the pine tar in the first inning. Boston Manager John Farrell asked plate umpire Gerry Davis to check Pineda after two fast outs the next inning.“I felt like it was a necessity to say something,” Farrell said. “You know, I fully respect on a cold night you’re trying to get a little bit of a grip. But when it’s that obvious, something has got to be said.”Davis went to the mound, touched Pineda’s neck and ejected him. Pineda said no one told him to use it, that he did it “by myself.”Earlier this month, Pineda pitched well in a 4-1 win over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Television cameras showed a substance on his hand in the fourth inning — Pineda said it was dirt, not pine tar. His hand was clean in the fifth and Farrell didn’t ask for him to be checked.Among other suspensions of pitchers for pine tar in the past decade, Tampa Bay’s Joel Peralta was penalized eight games in 2012, the Angels’ Brendan Donnelly 10 days in 2005 and St. Louis’ Julian Tavarez 10 days in 2004.The suspensions of Donnelly and Tavarez were cut to eight days after they asked the players’ association to appeal, and Peralta dropped his challenge with no reduction.Pineda said he didn’t feel the ball well in the first inning when he allowed two runs on four hits. And he said he wanted to be careful not to hit any batters.“I know it’s pine tar, but the pine tar did not help me” throw harder, he said. “It helped me for feel, (get) a better grip.”Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski understood why Pineda used the pine tar.“I don’t have a problem with guys that do it,” he said. “I know as a hitter, I want to get in there and know the guy has a grip.“Put it on your hat, put it on your pants, your belt, put it on your glove, whatever you have to do. You just can’t do it that blatantly. That was what the biggest issue was. No one has an issue with him doing it. It’s just more of the fact that it’s so blatant.”(HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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