first_imgHowever, without the talismanic presence of Virgil van Dijk through suspension and the injured Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren, Liverpool at least did not concede an away goal despite fielding a make-shift central defensive pairing of Brazilian midfielder Fabinho and Joel Matip.“It’s not the result or the game we dreamed of,” said Klopp. “It is not a game we will remember in 30 years. It’s the result we have and we will work with that.“It was a clean sheet without the big man (Van Dijk). A lot of people wouldn’t have expected that. The defending was good. A lot of things were really good, I’m not over the moon but I’m completely OK with the game.”That unfamiliarity in Liverpool’s defence showed in the early stages as the hosts started nervously at the back.Matip breathed a sigh of relief when he turned Serge Gnabry’s driven cross towards his own goal only for the ball to bounce to safety off Alisson Becker’s chest.However, the Brazilian goalkeeper played his side into trouble moments later to put pressure on Matip and when he was dispossessed by Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman fired into the side-netting.Liverpool were also posing plenty of problems at the other end, although their final ball often lacked precision.“We made life more difficult with the last pass today about 10 or 12 times,” added Klopp. “We can play better and we should play better.”Mohamed Salah headed wide at the back post from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s perfectly measured cross.– Mane wastes big chance –Mane then passed up the best chance for either side as he shot wide on the turn after Naby Keita’s initial effort was blocked by the arm of Niklas Suele.Bayern may not have hit the heights of previous years in the Bundesliga this season as they trail Borussia Dortmund by three points in their quest to land a seventh straight league title.However, the German champions have made the last eight of the Champions League for each of the past seven seasons and had the experience to hold out for what they clearly saw as a valuable draw as they wound the clock down in the final stages.“I can’t remember that many clubs that have not conceded at Anfield. They way Liverpool play, they are a sensationally good team. My team as a whole kept everything tight at the back,” said Bayern boss Niko Kovac.“We didn’t score but we didn’t let one in. Home games are an advantage, we play in front of 75,000, but we know if we concede we have to win.”Liverpool had 10 days off to prepare for Bayern’s visit due to their early exit in the FA Cup and looked the fresher side as they pressed for a winner.Mane forced Manuel Neuer to produce his best save of the night to turn a low header behind five minutes from time.Klopp’s men have lost all of their last five Champions League games away from Anfield, including last season’s final.The return of Van Dijk will aid their chances, but that rot will need to stop in Munich in three weeks’ time if they are to reach the last eight.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A frustrating night for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ended in a 0-0 draw against Bayern Munich in the Champions League © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted an underwhelming 0-0 draw against old foes Bayern Munich on Tuesday was not what he “dreamed of”, but remained confident of progressing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.Sadio Mane wasted the best chance when the Senegalese forward fired wide during an open first 45 minutes, but a cagey second half left it all to be decided when the sides meet again in Munich on March 13.last_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As the 18-team Davis Cup Finals got underway in its new weeklong World Cup-style format at the “Magic Box” tennis complex, fans were encouraged to provide atmosphere, and delivered.The Croatian marching band roused the center court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceDrum-beating Canadian fans lit up Stadium 2.Dressed-up Belgians kept the crowd going in Stadium 3. Capitals’ Hathaway ejected for spitting on Ducks’ Gudbranson Priority legislation in the 18th Congress What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Umpires were made to work hard at all the courts by constantly asking for the fans to stay quiet before points.“The atmosphere has been amazing,” said Canadian fun Pier-Anne Lussier. “It’s been really fun.”On court, two-time champion Russia, Belgium, and Canada took an early lead in round-robin play.Russia defeated defending champion Croatia after Andrey Rublev beat Borna Gojo 6-3, 6-3 and Karen Khachanov edged Borna Coric 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4.“When you play not only for yourself but your country, you need to give extra toughness and extra fight,” Khachanov said. “It was a tough match. First time playing here in Madrid on hard court, opening match, extra pressure, it was important to start well.”ADVERTISEMENT Belgium got the best of Colombia thanks to Steve Darcis’ 6-3, 6-2 win over Santiago Giraldo and David Goffin’s 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Daniel Elahi Galan.“For me it’s big, I know it’s going to be my last time playing for Belgium, so I’ll try to do my best like always. It’s going to be a great week,” said the 35-year-old Darcis, who is planning to retire next year.Canada edged Italy after Vasek Pospisil topped Fabio Fognini 7-6 (5), 7-5 and Denis Shapovalov outlasted Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5) after nearly three hours.The teams are playing only two singles and a doubles in each tie, with the group winners advancing to the knockout stage later in the week.The crowds were decent in numbers during the first matches, but the center court was mostly empty for the opening ceremony that featured an audiovisual show and performances by artists Alan Walker and Farruko. Colombian singer Shakira will perform in the closing ceremony on Sunday, all part of the modernization being promoted by the new organizers.The new Davis Cup is the result of a 25-year partnership between the International Tennis Federation and Kosmos, a group co-founded by Barcelona soccer player Gerard Piqué, Shakira’s husband.The goal is to make the traditional team competition more attractive — and lucrative — by having all nations play at the same time and in a single venue. The change helped attract new sponsors and made it easier for top players to include the Davis Cup in their busy schedules. Prize money of nearly $20 million in total, rivalling those awarded in Grand Slams, also helped to attract players.Critics, including some players, complained the new format would take away from the great partisan atmospheres seen in the head-to-head confrontations that were played out over four weekends through the year, for 119 years.But it was a good start for the new finals, and the crowd atmosphere should ramp up on Tuesday when host Spain debuts with the top-ranked Rafael Nadal.Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Britain’s Andy Murray will be playing on Wednesday. LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Russia’s Borna Coric serves to Croatia’s Karen Khachanov during their Davis Cup tennis match in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)MADRID — Costume-wearing fans, boisterous crowds, exciting matches.Old traditions were preserved when the revamped Davis Cup began a new era on Monday in Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Rice industry paralysis Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgLon White prepares to water a plant inside his nursery, Strawberry Fields. Kayla Desroches / KMXTSummer is fast approaching, which means Kodiak gardeners are looking forward to crops of kale and other hardy greens – and also fruit. The last few years of warm weather means that more apples and even pears have popped up around town.Listen nowOn a sunny day this week, KMXT dropped by Strawberry Fields Nursery to check in with owner Lon White and see what the growing season had in store for the island.Customers catch up while the cashier rings up their purchases. It’s hot and a little humid inside the nursery. The flowers have bloomed, the herbs are ready for fostering and the vegetable plants come in many different promising shades of green.And just through the door back in the fresh air, a lady eyes a kiwi tree leaning against a wall.“And they stay alive outside?” she asked.Linda Suydam said she’s usually out fishing, but this year she’s sticking around for summer. So she’s looking into growing fruit — like cherries.“Lonnie, I wanna get that kiwi tree too,” Suydam said.Kodiak isn’t typically famed for its fruit, but trees line the walls outside the nursery. White points out the bees flying around, busy pollinating the trees.“You can see all these flowering plants,” White said. “We have a lot cherries and plums here. I probably did more fruit trees this year than I have ever before.”White said they’re also now selling pear trees, which locals have had luck with recently.“We’ve had such good weather in the spring and through the summer that it’s provided the heat that’s allowed people to successfully grow a lot more fruit than what we’ve seen in the past, so it’s kind of a new phenomena actually,” White said.White said good drainage, high quality soil, and lots of sun is vital to establishing fruit trees.As far as vegetables go, White said the garden season has just begun and rhubarb is the first arrival. He said lettuce, kale and chard will follow.But, White said with the aid of greenhouses, kale, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini and soon enough, tomato plants will be ready for harvest.last_img read more