Klopp ignoring wobble to focus on the future

first_imgJurgen 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 weblast_img read more

Civil society write to President raising concerns

In addition to his constitutional duty to safeguard these institutions, the President received a clear mandate from the people which underscored this responsibility when he was elected in 2015. Local civil society members have written to President Maithripala Sirisena raising concerns over a statement he had made recently with regards to the Constitutional Council (CC) and the Human Rights Commission (HRCSL).Over 100 individuals and just over 15 civil society organizations had signed the letter saying they were dismayed and alarmed by the recent statements made by the President, including in Parliament (6th February, 2019), pertaining to the Constitutional Council and the Human Rights Commission. The Constitutional Council and the Human Rights Commission are among two institutions, whose strengthening and safeguarding of independence were key demands of the civil society in 2015. Th statement has been sent to the President and Cc’d to the Speaker and the HRCSL. (Colombo Gazette) “Working towards delivering on these promises through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution during the early days of his Presidency, still remains as his key achievement. This makes his current statements all the more appalling. We therefore demand that an enabling environment and required support be provided to independent commissions like the HRCSL to perform their duties,” the civil society organizations and individuals said.They said that they believe that the President is duty bound to support and respect the independence of such institutions, and to not undermine them. read more