How Klopp and Liverpool left Spurs in the dust since his first Prem meeting

first_imgJURGEN KLOPP is preparing for Spurs, who he faced in his first match as Liverpool boss in 2015.Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino are still the bosses, and CHARLIE WYETT compares the team from that draw to the current crop.5 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has only gone one way since arriving in the Prem four years ago with a draw against SpursCredit: Getty Images – Getty5 Mauricio Pochettino has seen Spurs splutter over the past 12 months and he has still failed to land a quality strike-partner for Harry KaneCredit: ReutersGOALKEEPEROne of the best decisions Klopp made was to bomb out Simon Mignolet and bring in Alisson for £67million from Roma.Spurs have stuck with Hugo Lloris, who has been inconsistent and is out until the end of this year with an elbow injury.DEFENCEKlopp used Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno as full-backs.While Clyne is still at Liverpool, sort of, they are history, and Reds duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have emerged as the best pair of full-backs in the Prem. Klopp’s finest piece of work was to land Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75m.Kyle Walker and Danny Rose were Spurs’ full-backs that day.Walker has gone while Rose remains the key man on the left but he is not the player he was.Centre-backs Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, coming to the end of their deals, are still there and have been important.5 Liverpool spending £57mon Brazil keeper Alisson shocked many people but has proved value for moneyCredit: Getty – Contributor5 Holland defender is a contender to become world player of the year, justifying the £75m  Jurgen Klopp paid SouthamptonCredit: Getty – ContributorMIDFIELDKlopp’s first midfield saw Emre Can and Lucas Leiva holding with Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and James Milner pushed up.They have so many options now with a midfield three and Jordan Henderson leads by example.Poch started Moussa Dembele with Dele Alli, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli.Now Harry Winks is a bright spark and Moussa Sissoko, while unspectacular, has a part to play.Eriksen and Lamela are nearing the end at Spurs and it will probably be for the best when they go.5 Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane form an all-time great Liverpool frontline, firing them to the Premier League summitCredit: ReutersATTACKKlopp started with Divock Origi up front and he remains a cult hero for scoring important goals.But current trio Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will go down in Anfield folklore as one of the club’s most potent attacks.Spurs talisman Harry Kane started four years ago and is still their best player.Son Heung-Min continues to improve and Lucas Moura has had a few big moments — but Spurs need another top striker.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticVERDICTOn their day, Spurs can still beat Liverpool but ultimately the Reds have overtaken them in all departments thanks to good management and some successful expensive signings.If you were going to put money on one of these winning at least one trophy this season, it would be Liverpool.Tottenham, despite having reached the Champions League final last season, seem to be going backwards.Liverpool vs Tottenham – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for big Premier League clashlast_img read more

Antonio – hands off the schools

first_imgThe proposed Council of Mayors would have been a total disaster. It would have opened school district management to political jockeying by Villaraigosa and the other mayors to get their handpicked choices into the supervisory spot and, ultimately, other school management positions. The plan was so vague, and so muddled, that it gave credence to the school board’s charge that the mayor’s takeover plan was nothing more than a crude ego-driven power play. It would have been much more credible and less messy if Villaraigosa had simply done what his predecessors, Mayor Richard Riordan and James Hahn, did. Riordan dumped money into school board races to elect people who shared his vision of school improvement. He aggressively lobbied state and federal officials for more money for school improvements. Hahn pushed hard to expand L.A.’s BEST after-school program and got several million dollars in funding for the program. Riordan and Hahn’s efforts at reform did not magically transform L.A.’s ailing schools into shining fonts of learning. But they did show that Los Angeles mayors could make a difference in the fight for school excellence without resorting to ham-handed interference. They also showed that they could be partners rather than adversaries with the LAUSD. But Villaraigosa is not interested in a partnership. He repeatedly claimed that big-city mayors do a better job of running poor urban school districts than elected boards, though the reviews of mayor-run school districts have been mixed. Now with an imminent court defeat staring him in the face, Villaraigosa can still play a major role in helping the district turn things around. He can turn his office into a bully pulpit and use his considerable political muscle to prod and cajole the state Legislature and Schwarzenegger to increase funding for reading, math, after-school programs and nutrition programs, and to beef up counseling and violence-prevention programs. He should tap his bigwig corporate donors to put their money into innovative school programs rather than plow it into his political war chest to meddle with the board. He can also keep his pledge to work closely with LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer III to implement the checklist of programs that Brewer’s outlined. Brewer has spent weeks visiting schools, listening to parents and teachers tell of their needs and problems. He has a far better understanding of what it takes to make change than Villaraigosa. Meanwhile, the mayor should backpedal fast from politicizing the May school board run-off election. Finally, the mayor should do what he’s paid to do, and that’s make L.A. a safer and better place to live. That entails police reform, the expansion of the Los Angeles International Airport, empowering neighborhood councils, improving homeless services, traffic relief and economic development. These are problems that require much greater attention from the mayor than the schools do. We’d all be better off if he gave them that attention. And, frankly, so would he. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst and a frequent contributor to Viewpoint. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At first glance, it seemed strange that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa would reach out to a school board member whom he had tried to oust from office by bankrolling his opponent. But that’s exactly what he did March 6 when he called school board member Jon Lauritzen after the election. His call to Lauritzen could be viewed as a common courtesy gesture from one elected official to another. It could have been a tactical political move to soften up Lauritzen, even though he faces a tough May runoff fight against Villaraigosa’s candidate, Tamar Galatzan. Or, more cynically, it was recognition by Villaraigosa that an appeals court will probably uphold the lower-court ruling that vetoed the mayor’s school takeover bid. If that happens, Villaraigosa will have to do more than just pay lip service to working with the school board. He’ll have to do it. If he had done so in the first place, it would have saved months of finger-pointing, name-calling and blame-swapping. It also would have saved the millions squandered on lawsuits, court actions and politicking. From the beginning, the takeover plan was a hastily tossed-together mishmash of programs and ideas that the school board had either implemented or was considering in some form. last_img read more