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Jurgen Klopp singles out ‘unbelievable’ Jordan Henderson after Liverpool draw against Bayern Munich

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Jurgen Klopp was impressed by Jordan Henderson’s performance against Bayern Munich (Getty Images)Jurgen Klopp hailed Jordan Henderson’s performance during Liverpool’s 0-0 draw against Bayern Munich as ‘unbelievable’ after the captain delivered an authoritative midfield display at Anfield.Both sides struggled to create many chances on the night but the best opportunity for either team fell to Mohamed Salah after he latched onto an inch-perfect ball over the top from Henderson during the first-half.Besides coming close to a sublime assist, Henderson delivered an industrious display ahead of Liverpool’s makeshift central defensive pairing of Joel Matip and Fabinho, who covered for the suspended Virgil Van Dijk.Only Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule attempted more passes (80) than Henderson (72) on the night while he also won the joint-highest number of tackles with four alongside former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry for the visitors, highlighting his influence on proceedings.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTKlopp admitted the game was not a classic afterwards but praised his team for their defensive efforts in the absence of Van Dijk, singling out Henderson, in particular, for his work in midfield.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe told BT Sport: ‘First of all a clean sheet without the big man [Virgil Van Dijk], probably not a lot of people would have expected that so that was very good.‘Defending in general was very good and of course, Hendo did a brilliant job in there, it was unbelievable how many balls he won back and stuff like that, it was a fantastic game from him.‘But that’s actually what we expect [from him] as well.’Henderson hasn’t been universally popular during his time at Liverpool yet he has remained an integral member of Klopp’s squad after originally being handed the captain’s armband by Brendan Rodgers in 2015 after Steven Gerrard had departed.The England international has endured a stop-start season having suffered from minor injuries and a suspension and he had missed Liverpool’s previous two fixtures against West Ham and Bournemouth with a muscle problem prior to being recalled against Bayern.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 19 Feb 2019 11:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link182Sharescenter_img Jurgen Klopp singles out ‘unbelievable’ Jordan Henderson after Liverpool draw against Bayern Munich Commentlast_img read more

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APG pays most of its bonuses to its overseas staff

first_imgAPG’s 157 staff based in New York and Hong Kong received three-quarters of the €31.5m of bonuses the Dutch asset manager paid out last year.In its annual report, APG emphasised that the amount of variable pay hadn’t increased, attributing the €3m rise solely to currency effects. It said the lion’s share of bonuses was paid out in US dollars.The overseas investment staff – responsible for investing APG’s €443bn worth of assets – received €160,000 of variable pay on average.APG reiterated that bonuses were part and parcel of the remuneration culture in the US and Hong Kong, and were necessary to attract and retain staff. APG’s annual report showed that the number of staff earning more than €1m doubled to six following the currency effect.By comparison, Gerard van Olphen, APG’s chief executive, received €448,000 last year. Van Olphen and other trustees do not qualify for a bonus.Variable pay in the Netherlands is considerably lower, with no more than €7.5m of bonuses available for the 375 staff of APG Asset Management based in the country.Last year, APG achieved returns for its main clients – the €389bn civil service scheme ABP and the €54bn sector scheme for the building sector (BpfBouw) – of 9.6% and 8.2% respectively. This amounted to a net €40bn in total, excluding the effect of their interest rate hedging programme.Harmen Geers, spokesman for APG, said that the asset manager’s policy was aimed at maximising in-house management to keep overall costs down and to keep a grip on implementation.“Although qualified staff are relatively expensive, we save substantially on costs relative to external asset management,” he said.APG said that its investment process had been incorporated into a new fiduciary model last year, with a clearer separation between fiduciary management, asset management, and risk management.The group hired Hans Rademaker from Robeco earlier this year as chief fiduciary officer.The asset manager and pension provider’s turnover rose by €141m to €1.1bn in 2016, largely due to the return from Loyalis, its insurance subsidiary. It added that it had to contribute €57m to cover Loyalis’ liabilities in the wake of falling interest rates. In contrast, the insurer delivered a €129m surplus over 2015.APG said its earnings from pensions provision decreased €10m last year, due to downward pressure on prices.It added that its operational costs rose €17m to €644m following outsourcing of some activities.last_img read more

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Yellow card: I deserve it, but I was rude to ‘an idiot’ — Mourinho

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Jose Mourinho branded Southampton’s goalkeeping coach Andrew Sparkes “an idiot” after they clashed in Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat at St Mary’s. Mourinho received a yellow card from referee Mike Dean after the altercation in the second half, where the Portuguese was understood to be annoyed at time-wasting tactics from the Saints. The Tottenham boss’ frustration boiled over after watching his side labour to a poor defeat, as well as losing striker Harry Kane to injury on the south coast, where Danny Ings’ first-half goal gave the hosts the points. Asked about the incident after the game, Mourinho said: “I think the yellow card is fair because I was rude, but I was rude to an idiot. “And for some reason, I was rude, but I was and because I was I deserve the yellow card.” Southampton counterpart Ralph Hassenhuttl played dumb on the incident. “I cannot tell anything, I’m so concentrated on my game, I can only look at what I can teach my players,” he said. “I don’t want to say anything. I have a very high opinion about this manager – he did so much for football. “To win against his team is one thing that is interesting me today. It is not easy to play such a strong side.” Mourinho was perhaps deflecting from what was a disappointing showing against the Saints as Spurs’ top-four hopes suffered another blow. He also heavily criticised VAR after a possible penalty for a foul on Dele Alli in the first half was not reviewed, while Kane had a goal chalked off for offside in the action where the striker injured himself. “For me the referees are not the referees,” he said. “I think the VAR should change their name because Video Assistant Referee is not true. “It should be VR – Video Referee – because they are the referees. It is strange. You see the refs on pitch and they not the refs, they are the assistants. “The other guys in the office are the ones who make the big decisions of the game. In relation to the offsides, we had Harry Kane’s goal against Brighton disallowed for offside by I don’t know what margin.”Tags: Andrew SparkesJose MourinhoMike DeanSouthamptonTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

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Sturridge: Team can plug Suarez gap

first_imgDaniel Sturridge is ready to step up and fill the sizeable gap left by Luis Suarez in the Liverpool attack – but says his team-mates need to do likewise as they begin life without the prolific Uruguayan. Suarez finished as Liverpool’s leading scorer in each of his three seasons at Anfield, including netting 31 goals in the Barclays Premier League last term as the Reds claimed a top-two spot. However, Brendan Rodgers’ men will not be able to rely on Suarez next term after the 27-year-old was sold to Barcelona for a club-record £75million this summer. It will not be easy to replace Suarez’s goals or his all-round contribution to the team, but England striker Sturridge insists there is more than enough talent at Liverpool to ensure the Reds continue moving forward. The 24-year-old, who was second to Suarez in the Premier League scoring charts last term with 21 goals, said in several national newspapers: ” It was a unique partnership, and I wish Luis all the best. We shared some good times together. We created history with our goals and became the most successful Liverpool partnership in one season. “But in terms of next season for the goals, I’ll step up myself and everyone has to. It’s everyone’s job to do that, the new boys who have come in as well as the players who have been there all season. “We will move forward as a team.” Although Suarez has gone, Rodgers has been busy adding to his squad this summer, with England internationals Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana being brought in along with Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Dejan Lovren. Sturridge believes the future looks bright for the 18-time English champions, adding: ” This is a huge club, with a lot of players who can step up. Luis has left. That’s football, he’s moved on. “For me, with the signings the manager has made – exciting players, young players, up-and-comers as they call them – we are going to have that winning mentality. “We will still have the mentality to move forward, be an exciting squad, playing attacking football and that’s the Liverpool way. “Whether we are underdogs or favourites (next season), it will not change our mentality. We are a young, hungry squad looking to put our stamp down, not just in the Premier League but Europe as well.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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