Touch Football Australia have finalized appointments of the National Youth Coaching personnel across the six divisions to be contested at the 2009 Youth World Cup.Fresh from the retention of the World Cup in Stellenbosch South Africa two weeks ago, Touch Football Australia’s High Performance staff have resolved to keep building the High Performance Program at both Open and Youth level to increasing heights of professionalism and endeavour in order for Australia to command top spot on the International scene in the future.The loss of the Champion Nation status at the Youth World Cup in 2005 prompted an over haul in philosophy and practice, with the establishment of the National Youth Development Squads in 2006 the first step in a more professional approach to representative Touch at Youth level that sees the Youth program more closely aligned with the well established National Training Squad Program at Open level. The three current Australian Open Assistant Coaches have been appointed as Head Coaches of the respective 20 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Teams, whilst the 18 Years Head Coaches boast previous World Cup victories at Youth or Open level.Assistant Coaches have been appointed in all six divisions and the coaches appointed in these divisions are amongst the brightest coaching talent in the game.The Men’s 20 Years coaching staff will be headed up by current Australian Open Men’s Assistant Coach Peter Robinson, fresh from his involvement in Australia’s recent World Cup victory over New Zealand in Stellenbosch. Robinson will be ably assisted by 2005 20 Years Men’s Youth World Cup Assistant coach Michael Lovett, and the accomplished John Singh.Australia’s Flag bearer at the 2007 World Cup and the Assistant Coach of the all conquering World Champion Australian Women’s team, Dean Russell, will ably take the reins of the Women’s 20’s and will form a strong coaching team with the experienced Steve Hughes, and New South Wales 2006 State of Origin Open Women’s Assistant Coach, Nick Smith. Karley Banks, current Australian Open Mixed Assistant Coach will be looking to put invaluable experience gleaned at the recent World Cup to good use by building a strong Mixed culture that will have long term benefits for the Open program with a coaching team consisting of 2005 Australian 18 Years Mixed Youth World Cup winning Assistant Coach Peter Shefford, and the knowledgeable and experienced Simon Hausler from Brisbane Cobras in Queensland.Australia’s 2005 Women’s 20s World Cup winning Coach Kathy O’Brien breaks new ground with her appointment as the 18 Years Australian Boys Coach. The experienced and accomplished O’Brien will lead a coaching team comprising the well respected Barry Jackson, and the wily Rick Luland who has had enormous success at National Touch League Level with the Northern Eagles in recent years in the 20 Years Men’s division.Australia’s most successful World Cup Coach in history and TFA Hall of Fame member Peter Bell has made a welcome comeback to the representative coaching ranks to guide the Australian 18 Years Girls team to the 2009 Youth World Cup. Bell, who has remained active in serving on numerous coach management teams at State and National level and has been guiding the Queensland Open Schoolgirls in recent years and setting up the Touch School of excellence at Cavendish Road State High School, will be an invaluable asset to the Australian cause to regain the World Youth Cup from our Trans-Tasman rivals.Bell will have 2005 20 Years Women’s Youth World Cup Winning Assistant Coach Jacky Patrick on board as an able Assistant Coach for the new campaign that will allow Australia’s best up and coming female players to access a level of technical and tactical prowess that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their playing careers.Michael Mc Donald, fresh from coaching the Australian Men’s 35s Team to a World Cup title in South Africa will look to go back to back Youth World Cup victories when he takes charge once again of the 18 Years Mixed Australian Team.Mc Donald will form a strong combination with well-rounded right hand man Wade Jenkins, and experienced Canberra-based Coach Danny Goodwin who will make his International coaching debut after serving a long apprenticeship at NTL Youth level.The National Youth Coaching Teams have the opportunity to build their squads, teams, strategies, and campaigns over an extended period leading up to the 2009 Youth World Cup.Increased opportunities for training, building team combinations and continuity, providing experiences and pathways towards the Open programs, and quality game play for the Youth aspect of the High Performance sector presents an unmissable opportunity for Australia to build a framework for the future to bankroll continued success at International level.
After 15 seasons, 280 games and a Brownlow Medal, Nathan Buckley was missing one thing: A premiership.Nathan Buckley has dominated another code of football with his team, The Aggots, winning the Men’s D Grade Albert Park touch competition late last month.And while it wasn’t exactly an AFL premiership, Buckley and his team, The Aggots, have enjoyed taking out the major prize in the Albert Park competition.For the record, The Aggots defeated On The Cards 6-5 in the final. Former Collingwood team mate Paul Licuria, along with the AFL’s Chief Broadcasting and Commercial Officer Gillon McLachlan and his brother, TV personality Hamish, proved too strong against the team who just missed out on the minor premiership.In one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of the season, the high scoring affair lived up to expectations with both teams scoring regularly.The Aggots and On The Cards had only met once before the final, in round seven, with On The Cards winning 8-6.After the 12 round competition, the Aggots were placed fourth, only to overcome ladder leader Contexxables 8-7 in the semi final to book their place in the final.Despite only consolidating their place in the finals with one game remaining, the Aggots finished their season strongly, winning their last seven games to take the title.After losing three of their first four games, the Aggots turned things around under the guidance of Victorian Game Development Officer, Ali Tuai.The Albert Park Summer Season begins on 6 October 2008. Thanks to Ashlee Buckley and Lauren Pritchard for providing the article content.
Importantly the recommendation took into consideration the need to recognise the various levels of development required to achieve such a goal and therefore ensured that there was no mandate to alter the current entity structures or boundaries. The NTL entities which are Regions, Permits or States play a pivotal role at various levels within our strong pathway. The Elite 8 has been designed to compliment these structures and add a new pathway for the elite participant and therefore the progression of our game. The Elite 8 is designed to bring the best players from across Australia into a new format which will take the sport forward. Worth noting is that the original NTL model designed in the early 90’s had a similar premise. Over time and debate this became what we now know as the NTL. The Elite 8 will see a revised format of eight teams (four NSW, three QLD and one rest of Australia) compete in a high level structure at the NTL in March. There is no alteration requirement to any structure under the Elite 8. TFA has subsequently liaised with the NSWTA, QTA and all other States to form the basis of the structure. This has been a cooperative and collaborative process whereby feedback has been taken on board throughout.To read more about the Elite 8, please click on the attached document. Related Fileselite_eight_-_the_future-pdf
Teams from Adelaide University, Flinders Touch, Mount Gambier and City Touch will take part in the event in both the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions. Round games will commence at 10.00am on Saturday morning, before finals are played on Sunday afternoon. Touch Football South Australia will be dedicating the Men’s Open grand final to the Cancer Council’s Call To Arms. The Men’s Open Bronze Medal game will be played at 1.45pm, followed by the grand final, which will be played at 3.35pm. The Women’s Open Bronze Medal game will also be played at 1.45pm, followed by the grand final at 2.40pm. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the weekend, please click on the following link:www.sastatecup.mytouchfooty.com
The competition is open to social, representative and club teams in Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions. $12,000 in prize money is up for grabs at the event. Nominations close on Friday, 13 January 2012. For more information, please click on the following attachment. Related Filesyass_valley_touch_knockout_2012-pdf
Two of Touch Football Australia’s long serving volunteers were recognised at the recent TFA Annual General Meeting (AGM), being named as Life Members of the organisation. TFA’s Director of High Performance, Cathy Gray and current Secretary-General of the Federation of International Touch, Dennis Coffey were rewarded for their contributions to the sport of Touch Football, joining the prestigious list of Life Members of Touch Football Australia. Gray’s involvement in the sport spans over 30 years, initially getting involved through teaching her school students about the game. This progressed into the selecting discipline, with Gray holding many positions over the years, including being the Director of High Performance from 1999. Other achievements include being on the TFA Talent Identification Panel from 1990-1998, the TFA Selectors Panel from 1996-1998 and the TFA Director of Selectors from 1998-1999. She was also awarded the Phil Smith Medal at the 2011 World Cup in Scotland. Gray becomes the first female Life Member of the organisation and said that it was a ‘massive surprise’. “I can’t explain that, it just came straight out of the blue, I just feel very humbled and very privileged to be part of the organisation and the sport means so much to me,” Gray said. “I was actually sitting in the meeting (AGM) just looking at the names on the (Life Members) board thinking ‘they’ve all been in the sport for many years and have done this and that’, but you never see yourself as part of that at all.”“When I look at the Life Members and Hall of Fame members, it is people that I see are very prominent and have offered a lot and people that everybody respects and looks up to. I much prefer being in the background, I don’t see myself in that company but it’s very humbling. “Like Gray, Coffey’s involvement with in the sport has spanned over three decades, being the inaugural National Coaching Director of the organisation and more recently the National Coaching Director between the years of 2000-2010. Coffey is also responsible for creating many resources about Touch Football over his time involved, while his current focus is at an international level with his role with the Federation of International Touch.Coffey said that he was also blown away by being named as a Life Member of the organisation. “I did become very emotional, because all the emotion, the pride and the recognition from your peers. You don’t do what you do for this sort of recognition…I was just over the moon,” Coffey said. “To be part of the few people that have been recognised for what they have achieved and I’d like to think that it’s not just for time, I’d like to think it’s the outcome, for the difference you’ve made and if you can look back and say ‘I think I did make a difference’ then I think that adds to it.”Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Cathy and Dennis on becoming Life Members of the organisation and thank them for their contribution to the sport. Related LinksLife Members
Australian Men’s Open player, Scott Buckley tells www.austouch.com.au about his day on tour on Thursday, which involved kids clinics, training, some Frisbee Golf and the Australian Jersey Presentation on the eve of the 2014 Trans Tasman Series which starts today in Mudgee. The day started off as usual being woken up earlier than expected by my human alarm clock or roommate Tim Good (when he’s up everyone’s up apparently). We were off to get some breakfast then time to get ready for some local coaching clinics. The bus trip started off with the usual pre-bus Instagram photo and we split ourselves into five groups, the teachers (Steve, Robbie, Pete, myself) and Topey, the king of clinics, took the lead of each group and had two teammates with each of us. As we got there each leader was given a drill that we were to do with each group. These drills allowed us to engage with each group to get to know them and vice versa. The groups were made of boys and girls between the ages of eight and 16 as well as a special needs group. Throughout the course of the clinics I don’t know who had more fun, the kids or us. It’s very pleasing to see the positive affect that each person has with the kids participating and then the effect that they return have on us. Once each group rotated through it was then time for some autographs to be signed, with the usual Goody stitch up, every kid was informed of the typo that Steve Roberts caps and age had been mixed up. This was then complete and we were back off to get some lunch and then the much anticipated second leg of Frisbee Golf during our down time.After yesterday’s victory to Prowse and Ranga many of the boys were after some revenge. Prowse had a new partner in Tim Good, Ranga decided to skip the event to chill with a few of the other boys. Once again after nine holes and Prowse’s unorthodox but very effective technique he and Tim cleaned up and took it out with the three remaining teams being on even score. We were then off to training to fine tune a few things before tomorrow’s test match. It was just a light hour session however the feel and vibe around the whole group was very positive and upbeat. Our team is still hurting from last year’s Trans Tasman loss and is eager to put that trophy back in our cabinet and it was evident in the way that we trained. Soon after our return from the package we were in the showers and preparing for the jersey presentation dinner.Just before our Presentation dinner Trady asked that all the boys meet in Wayne Grant’s room. Steve gave us a story of sacrifice from a Victorian Cross recipient and this was followed by a video Trady had put together of our short history from 2010 – 2014. It had ups, downs, glory, defeat and many fond memories of previous tours to remember the journey of our team. From here we made our way to dinner.This is the first time that TFA had incorporated the jersey dinner with family and friends and it was good to see so many of these out in force to support the Australian contingent. Dinner was served, followed by the Mixed receiving their jerseys, then the Women’s and finally the Men’s. No matter if it’s your first test, your 10th of 30th it’s a very special moment to be presented with your Australian Jersey. Once all teams had received their jerseys it was time for the Flag Bearers to be announced. Kristin Boss from the Women’s, Matt Tope from the Men’s and Steve Cunningham from the support staff were all given the honour to carry the flag; all of whom are very deserving recipients of this. It was a busy day but what was taken from this day is something I will never forget, the smiles on the kid’s faces, as well as that of your team mates, the honour of receiving your jersey and what it means to represent your country. The day is done and after a goodnight sleep we’re less than 12 hours away from kick off, I can’t wait!!Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 Trans Tasman Series: Website – www.touchfootball.com.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#transtasman2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksTrans Tasman Diary
Mourinho told one Man Utd player: Stay away from Pogbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho told one senior player not to mix with Paul Pogba, it has been claimed.ESPN says Mourinho and Pogba’s relationship had hit such a low that the now former United boss was worried about the Frenchman being a bad influence on other members of the squad.The player involved isn’t named, but is described as a “senior player” within the squad.The fallout between Mourinho and Pogba spread throughout the United squad as trust in the 55-year-old was eroded prior to his sacking on Tuesday.It’s also claimed if Mourinho remained at Old Trafford, “several players were prepared to seek a move away” in the summer, as “90 per cent” of them had lost faith in the manager. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Martinez: Man Utd don’t understand Lukaku; he’s among the bestby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium coach Roberto Martinez has hit out at critics of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.The 25-year-old has only managed six goals in all competitions in 2018-19 and was not always guaranteed a regular starting spot during former manager José Mourinho’s final few weeks in charge.”There is a negative way of assessing Romelu’s performance for Manchester United,” Martinez told The Sunday Times.”When Rom scores, everyone expects him to score, and when he doesn’t, he is almost directly the reason United haven’t won.”But Rom is ready for that challenge. He will never hide away. He understands what is expected of him. “For Belgium, he has shown he’s one of the best number nines in the world and I don’t understand why he’s being treated in a manner which he doesn’t deserve.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Villarreal coach Luis Garcia: Cazorla is a phenomenonby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVillarreal coach Luis Garcia hailed two goal Santi Cazorla after their 2-2 draw with Real Madrid.They were the first goals scored by the former Arsenal star since 2012.Garcia said, “Santi is a phenomenon, the first two games he did not play with me, but he is an example, I think he’s going to get more, he’s starting to find things better.”He’s an example not only for what he’s done today.”The good work of Santi Cazorla is a good example for players to see that the important thing is not individual work and that one player or another stands out more or less, what is important now is Villarreal.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Babel happy to make Fulham moveby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham have signed former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel from Turkish side Besiktas.The 32-year-old Dutch international, who spent three and a half years at Anfield, has joined the club until the end of the season.Fulham are 19th in the Premier League and five points from safety.”I definitely have faith that Fulham can stay up,” said Babel, who has scored six goals this season. “That’s one of the reasons that I’m here.”Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan added: “Ryan has excelled at playing attacking football on both the club and international stage, and we welcome that experience as we build our squad for a strong second-half push.”Claudio [Ranieri] and I are confident that Ryan’s return to the Premier League here will be every bit as good for him as his addition will be good for our squad.”
Pogba and Shaw make Man Utd training pitchby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is likely to miss their Europa League opener against Astana.Pogba was put through his paces alone today as he continues his rehab from an ankle injury.Pogba missed United’s 1-0 win over Leicester on Saturday after picking up an knock against Southampton before the international break.He was pictured out on the training pitches at Carrington – but he was away from his team-mates with a coach as he appeared to test the injury before a decision is made on his involvement at Old Trafford on Thursday night.Luke Shaw was also separate from the group and appeared to be in the same position as Pogba after recently struggling with a hamstring injury. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Vine/Ryan FaganLSU superstar Ben Simmons picked the wrong night to go silent, because his counterpart—Ole Miss guard Stefan Moody—is doing his best Steph Curry impression. Moody has 21 points so far tonight, with six coming on a pair of absurdly deep threes. LSU has a giant midcourt logo, but no one should be hitting these shots in a game.Stefan Moody shot from the ‘U’ at midcourt with 26 seconds left on the shot clock. And he buried it https://t.co/BV7VVkODz9— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) January 14, 2016The next #Steph is … #Stef? This is so deep https://t.co/QJb3Vp6Y4A (Vine via @ryanfagan)— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) January 14, 2016As if those two shots weren’t backbreaking enough, he also had a highlight reel-worthy putback slam.Stefan Moody just out here makin plays https://t.co/Rtpe4EHPqk #SCtop10— Maria Martin (@Ria_Martin) January 14, 2016Moody’s in the zone tonight, and his Rebs lead LSU, a 10 point favorite, 58-54 midway through the second half.
Canyon BarryCharleston graduate transfer guard Canyon Barry has cut his list to seven finalists, according to multiple reports. Charleston transfer Canyon Barry’s finalists: Cal, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Northwestern, Ole miss.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 4, 2016Charleston transfer Canyon Barry told @CBSSports he has cut his list to Cal, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Northwestern, and Ole Miss.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 4, 2016The 6-foot-6 Barry is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry. He was averaging 19.7 points per game this season before a shoulder injury ended his season in early January. Barry has also made headlines for copying his father’s famous underhanded free throw style.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)In just over one week, Michigan will officially be making the switch from adidas to Nike. As previously reported, the Wolverines’ football and basketball teams will become the first to wear the Jumpman brand, too. This week, the school has let a few photos of some of the new gear trickle out.The M Den, the official merchandise dealer for Michigan, has posted photos of new tee shirts and shorts on Instagram. ESPN’s Darren Rovell also had some exclusive photos as well.First images of Michigan-Jordan merchandise being released today. Partnership starts 8/1 for football & basketball pic.twitter.com/8Cop0wBHhy— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 20, 2016Nike will go back to the more traditional yellow for Michigan. Here’s a comparison of adidas yellow vs Nike pic.twitter.com/KTQHQPXKMp— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 20, 2016 Michigan fans – what do you think so far?
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says that he does not know whether midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will be fit to face league leaders Liverpool on Thursday in the Premier League.The Citizens trimmed the Reds’ advantage at the top of the table to seven points with a restorative 3-1 win at Southampton on Sunday, with David Silva and Sergio Aguero notching efforts either side of a James Ward-Prowse own-goal.De Bruyne made his first league start of the season in the Boxing Day loss at Leicester City following a pair of medial knee ligament injuries but he was absent from Guardiola’s matchday squad at St Mary’s. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss told a post-match news conference the Belgium star’s latest setback is not as serious as his previous lay-offs, but he admitted that he is unsure if he will be available to take on Jurgen Klopp’s side.“I don’t know how Kevin De Bruyne is,” the Spaniard said.“I know it’s not serious, but I don’t know if he can play on Thursday.”Guardiola conceded it will be “almost impossible” for City to retain their title if they lose to Liverpool, adding: “Of course, I think they’ll drop points but not too many.”Injury and suspension issues have led to the City manager asking players to carry out unfamiliar roles over recent weeks, and Oleksandr Zinchenko was caught out for Southampton’s equaliser through Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who was later sent off for a rash lunge on the excellent Fernandinho.Ukraine midfielder Zinchenko, deployed at left-back, then escaped punishment for a clumsy challenge on Ward-Prowse in the area but regained his poise to deliver a superb cross that Aguero headed home.“Zinchenko was the best player on the pitch today,” Guardiola beamed. “Do you know why? Because after the mistake he didn’t hide.“I said to the guys at half-time, ‘Learn from Zinchenko’. Everybody can make mistakes, everybody. But look at him for the reaction.”Aguero, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling all went close to adding further goals for City and Guardiola repeated a familiar lament of asking his team to be more clinical.“It could’ve been 1-6 or 1-7, you have to score the chances,” he said. “I’m pretty sure Liverpool won’t give us that many chances.“Last season we scored 106 goals, the best ever [in a Premier League campaign], but I thought we could’ve scored more.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines waits for a second half punt while playing the Indiana Hoosiers on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Many believe that Michigan star linebacker Jabrill Peppers could be the difference-maker in Saturday’s big contest between the Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Former OSU star Darron Lee clearly does not.There’s no doubt that Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers is one of the most versatile players in the nation. But former Ohio State star Darron Lee doesn’t think it’s going to matter much on Saturday. Lee, responding to a Michigan fan on Twitter, noted that UM’s use of Peppers in prior years didn’t lead to much. Check it out:Former Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee: not a Jabrill Peppers fan. pic.twitter.com/7PY3ZZo1od— Tim Shoemaker (@TimShoemaker) November 26, 2016Lee isn’t still in Columbus to help back up his talk, so he’ll have to rely on his former teammates. The Game kicks off in just two hours.
Maurizio Sarri is still Chelsea manager – but not for much longer.The Italian coach was expected to be sacked earlier in the season following a disastrous 6-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester City, but managed to survive in his post for the remainder of the campaign. He eventually secured a third-place league finish as well as the Europa League trophy.He is, however, known to be leaving his post at Stamford Bridge imminently for a move back to Italy, with Juventus his likeliest destination. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Goal takes a look at his leading candidates below…
Raheem Sterling has taken teenage sensation Jadon Sancho under his wing as the Borussia Dortmund winger navigates the complicated world of being a young footballer in 2019.The Manchester City winger has faced abuse from the stands, online and on the street and frequently comes under increased scrutiny from sections of the media.Now 24, Sterling is a senior figure for both City and England and he is helping Sancho with advice from afar as the 19-year-old forges his own path in the game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks 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? “Even when I was getting a lot of negative stuff, I was never going to sit there and be someone I’m not,” Sterling told the Daily Mail. “I talk how I talk. I’d like people to accept me for who I am and they do now. I’m really grateful.“If there is anything that I feel could put Jadon in a bad light, I make sure I pull him up on it. He’s a good kid. He’s doing a lot more off the field than I was at that age in terms of his preparation work.“I’m quite close with [teenage midfielder] Ian Poveda at City. It’s a similar story: from London, came up north. He’s always sat next to me on the coach. He’s a bit annoying at times, I tell him that every day!“He’s my little friend, I try to give him advice. I let him have a feel for things himself but if I do see something I’ll go over.”It is now two years since Sancho left City for the promise of first-team football in the Bundesliga, and it has rarely looked like a bad move.The 2018-19 season was the year he proved himself as an elite player at the top end of the game, with 13 goals and 19 assists in 43 appearances for Dortmund.Like Sterling, he grew up in London – south of the Thames in Camberwell, with Sterling’s childhood spent in Wembley – and he was picked up by one of the Premier League’s top sides in his teens.Fittingly, Sterling was the man to make way in October 2018 when Sancho made his senior international bow for England.He came on for the last 15 minutes of a goalless draw with Croatia in a Nations League group game played behind closed doors. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Georginio Wijnaldum has heralded the strength of Liverpool’s squad and does not believe their quiet transfer window should be assessed yet.The Reds brought in key figures such as Alisson and Fabinho ahead of last season, with Virgil van Dijk joining in the previous window, but they have been quiet this time around.Liverpool, who finished second in the Premier League but won the Champions League, have only brought in teenagers Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott so far. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks 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? However, manager Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool have a squad capable of challenging again due to the returns of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster, who were both injured last term.Wijnaldum agrees and says judgements on Liverpool’s decision not to invest must be withheld until the end of the campaign.”We have to see,” the Netherlands international told Sky Sports. “We have a good group now who have played together for a few years, we’re already strong.”When you sign players, sometimes they need time to settle in. I had it, [Andy] Robertson had it, Fabinho had it, [Naby] Keita had it. There’s no guarantee when you sign a player that he can play immediately the way we want him to play. “But we have to see. People will say, ‘You needed a signing’ if the season does not go well, but if it goes well, they will say we did not need a signing.”We will see how it goes. We have players who were injured coming back from injury, so the squad is already bigger and better than last season.”Liverpool’s season began with a penalty shoot-out defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield, but Wijnaldum insists he is enjoying a growing rivalry.”I like it. They push us to be even better, we push them to be even better,” he said. “I think that’s why last season we both had a lot of points.”When you look at each other, you know that you have to perform because otherwise the other team will walk away [with the title].” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web