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
The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. As vinyl continues its resurgence, true record collectors are seeking out special turntables to match the magnitude of their collections. It gets even better when two American companies who have been plying their respective trades for decades team up to create a statement piece.Fresh off a collaboration with legendary designer Richard Haines, Moore & Giles have teamed up with turntable standards Crosley to create The Commonwealth Collection C10.The release continues Moore & Giles’ fondness for etching–the record player’s plinths are inlaid with one of two choices of leather, then laser engraved with the topography that separates the company’s two hometowns: Lynchburg, Tennessee and Louisville, Kentucky.Crosley has taken more than 70 years of turntable development and wrapped it all into this collaboration. High-end sound quality comes from an aluminum tonearm balanced with sapphire bearings and a low vibration synchronous motor. Specialized shock absorbing feet handle any disturbances from the gentle rotation of the platform.The Commonwealth Collection comes in two handsome finishes. Option one is a mahogany wood inlaid with calfskin in matte black. This hide is tanned in northern Italy by a family tannery specializing in the material. The second is a birch wood paired with a vegetable tanned leather called Modern Saddle. Produced near Pisa, Italy, each hide is tanned for two months, embracing the color and elevating the texture of the finished leather. With use, both of these finishes will evolve: the mahogany and black calf will actually polish to a finer finish, while the Modern Saddle luster will turn a darker brown. It’s a nod to the exceptional quality and care taken in the development of the pieces.And, it’s more than just a pretty face. Audiophiles will love the Ortofon OM5e cartridge (the head of the tonearm), which uses an elliptical-shaped stylus to generate near distortion-free playback. Also, it runs on a belt-driven mechanism that plays 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records.At $840, the record players were designed to seamlessly blend into a living room just as much as they’ll fill the room with rich, vibrant sound. There will only be 40 produced (20 of each finish), so grab yours here while you can. 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Editors’ Recommendations Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked
Aid workers near the refugee camp at Farchana told UNHCR staff they saw the bodies of a man and a woman being taken from the camp. Four Chadian armoured vehicles were also observed nearby.Chad had previously ordered all relief workers except those with its own government agency to withdraw temporarily from the camps at Farchana and Breidjing after violent scenes there in the past 10 days. Some workers said they feared they would be killed if they had not fled what were described as “unruly crowds.”UNHCR voiced its deep regret at the deaths. The agency urged the Chadian Government and the refugees to resolve any differences peacefully and said it was working to get local tribal elders to intercede in the dispute.”The tragic death of these two refugees is yet another sign of the precarious situation facing the some 200,000 Sudanese refugees in Chad,” said Deputy High Commissioner Wendy Chamberlin. “Protection and assistance for the refugees is UNHCR’s number on global priority.”Chad, UNHCR and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have set up nine camps, including those at Farchana and Breidjing, to house as many as possible of the estimated 180,000 people who have escaped from civil conflict and militia attacks in Sudan’s Darfur region.Many of the camps are now overcrowded. More than 11,000 people live at Farchana and at least 37,000 are staying at Breidjing. But the precise reasons for the recent outbreak of violence remain unclear.On 13 July, refugees at Farchana attacked aid workers with rocks and other projectiles, while refugees used knives last Friday to strike at aid workers distributing food at Breidjing. Tuesday rocks were thrown at Chadian officials as they left a meeting with refugee leaders.Relief workers speculated that some refugee leaders feared that Chad and humanitarian agencies did not want to help them return home to Darfur, but instead keep them stationed in the camps.UNHCR official Craig Sanders warned that conditions in the camps – where Chad has ultimate responsibility for security – have deteriorated since relief workers were asked to leave.”For every minute, for every day that this situation goes on, we could be looking at a serious public health problem,” he said.Meanwhile, UN officials will take part in negotiations tomorrow in Geneva with the leaders of two rebel groups from Darfur about how to revive peace talks being mediated by the African Union (AU).Mohamed Sahnoun, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser on Africa, will head the UN team at the talks, set up to try to resume negotiations that foundered over the weekend.In a separate development, eight observers from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights have been granted visas to travel to Darfur to monitor whether they are any violations of civil liberties.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also reported that diarrhoeal and malnutrition rates have surged in Darfur and Chad as the rainy season sweeps across the region.