Jurgen Klopp is not worried that Liverpool have lost momentum in the last week as he insists the squad do not discuss the situation at the top of the Premier League table.The Reds lead the way after 21 matches, but their advantage over Manchester City was cut to four points last week as they lost at the Etihad Stadium.A further defeat to Wolves in the FA Cup has hinted at a wobble in Liverpool’s so far outstanding season, yet Klopp is keen to leave those defeats in the past – along with the team’s prior good work and any talk of how the Reds’ position compares to previous campaigns. 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? “Statistics from the past have no relevance in the present. It’s always different – that’s what we’ve said,” Klopp said ahead of the trip to Brighton and Hove Albion. “We don’t think about the season before or 20 years ago.”Our season so far is really good and now we have to carry on. It’s not important what has happened so far – it’s only a basis. We have to use it. That’s what we try to do.”Two weeks ago, everyone was so excited about the distance between [Liverpool and City] and stuff like that.”Now we’ve had two games which we’ve lost. It’s not nice, but it’s not a real problem. These games are gone as well. We have to prepare for Brighton and go there and try to do our best again.”We only talk here [with the media] about the distance and the points and stuff. We never do that during the week, because it’s just not relevant. We have to train as well as possible and prepare the next game.”Klopp claims Liverpool will approach the title run-in in the same way they have tackled previous challenges, such as qualifying for the Champions League last term.”These are normal challenges and now we go for the big stakes. This is how it is,” he said. “The less games you have, the better it is because you have all your points. You play each other or not, it’s normal.”Every year is the same. Last year we fought for the Champions League, everything was fine and Chelsea found their feet and made it really difficult at the end. There’s nothing on top of that, just the normal thing.”You have to stay completely focused on yourself. We try to do it and so far it has been pretty easy for us to stay focused. That’s what we have to show again.”There’s no game in the Premier League where you can count the three points before you play the game. I like that. That’s good.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
What made you decide to choose an apprenticeship? Like many teenagers I had little idea of what career path I wanted to take. I grew up in east London, where most young people either followed their parents’ career paths, worked in the print industry at Wapping or worked in a market such as Billingsgate or Smithfield.However, when I was 15 I attended an open day at a local manufacturing company on a scheme very similar to the ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ initiative currently seen throughout much of the UK automotive industry. The open day allowed me to experience a manufacturing environment for the first time and it really appealed to me. I loved the diversity of skills and functions that were required to design and make something. Most importantly, I was able to understand the entry mechanisms to employment and training within a manufacturing industry. I met an apprentice at the company who explained their experiences and the training that they were receiving.For me, it literally was a light-bulb moment! I could be paid to train and gain qualifications for a career in an industry that excited me. I got a company name and address from the back of a light bulb packet, Thorn EMI Lighting. I wrote to them and after an entry exam and a series of interviews I was offered a four year apprenticeship. What skills and experience did you gain as an apprentice?It was a steep learning curve. My first year was spent in the apprentice school with 30 other apprentices from around the Thorn EMI group, completing projects to learn basic fabrication skills such a milling, turning, CNC operation, casting, wiring and welding. Every apprentice had to complete each project to a set standard before they could progress to the next project, with all projects being completed within a 48 week timeframe to successfully complete the first year. I still find it amusing to meet ex-apprentices from other companies, not only in the UK, who did exactly the same projects during their apprenticeship’s first year.The remaining three years were spent working in a variety of departments such as Quality Control, Production Planning, R&D and the Design Office. The final six months were spent working in the Advanced R&D department – where I would eventually be employed.The skills and knowledge that I gained during that four year period gave me a very hands on and rounded industry education, which encompassed many disciplines. What did you do during your apprenticeship?I completed a four year Indentured Technician Apprenticeship with Thorn EMI. The Thorn Group was a major UK manufacturer during the 1970’s and 80’s designing and producing electrical products such as televisions, appliances and lighting. I worked in the Domestic Appliances Division which designed and manufactured microwaves and cookers. Although the apprenticeship lasted four years, the company paid for me to attend college over a five year period and complete an ONC and HNC in Mechanical and Production Engineering. For those five years, a typical week comprised of four days working within the company and one day and two evenings spent at college.The apprenticeship was approved by the Engineering Industry Training Board (EITB), now known as SEMTA. This ensured that my training adhered to specified standards which guaranteed that I would receive a nationally recognised qualification that would be valued by my current and future employers. How was taking the apprentice route beneficial to your career?The apprenticeship provided me with an excellent platform on which to build and develop my future career. The skills and knowledge gained as an apprentice have been transferable across the many manufacturing industries in which I have worked. It has also meant that as my management career has developed, I have personally experienced and overcome many of the challenges that my staff face day-to-day. Therefore, I feel I can support them more effectively in overcoming these challenges. What would you say to anyone thinking of applying for the SMMT member services apprenticeship? An apprenticeship can provide an excellent foundation for a very rewarding and fulfilling career. There are many types of apprenticeship at different levels so it’s important to do your homework and research what you are looking for. By taking the apprenticeship route rather than full time university, I don’t feel that my career has been restricted at all. It’s really a question of fit and what is right for you!I’m delighted that SMMT will employ an apprentice and I know that the successful applicant will have a wonderful opportunity in a great organisation. During my apprenticeship and throughout my career I’ve been fortunate to be mentored by some very inspiring people and I know that the SMMT apprentice will also have the opportunity work with some very gifted, supportive and inspirational colleagues. I look forward to meeting the successful applicant and wish them much success. SMMT is now taking applications for the Member Services Apprentice position. View the job role and apply here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) As SMMT is recruiting for its first ever apprentice to join the Member Services Team, we spoke to SMMT President, Gareth Jones, about how his apprenticeship helped get his career started, and his advice for people considering the apprentice route.
Uros Zorman Legendary Slovenian playmaker Uros Zorman (36) said three weeks ago that Olympic Games was the last tournament in NT t-shirt, but he kept open his decision about retirement after talk with NT coach Veselin Vujovic. There is a possibility to see Vive Tauron Kielce’s playmaker at World Championship 2017 in France:I said that I finished, but at the end, we kept that under question. Coach would like to see me again. I said that I can’t anymore, but he said me to relax and to wait with decision for a month, to talk once again. We will see – said Zorman in interview for Balkan-Handball.com. Slovenia played very good in Rio, where Zoro and his team-mates won sixth place.Uroš Zorman: Idemo sve iz početka. Tako se postaje šampion! ← Previous Story IT’S TOO MUCH: Dissinger to take a break with Germany Next Story → Maccabi Rishon win Israeli Super Cup!