Flyers playing last home game before Christmas tomorrow night

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Senior Flyers are back on home ice tomorrow night for their final home game of the 2016 calendar year.The Flyers are coming off two straight losses, although they still hold a comfortable lead in the NPHL West standings after going undefeated in their first nine games. The Flyers will be hosting the Spirit River Rangers tomorrow night. Fort St. John previously needed a shootout to beat Spirit River on home ice back on November 24th.The puck drops at the North Peace Arena at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Van Dijk can get even better after dream start – Klopp

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp hugs Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk at the end of an FA Cup third round match against Everton at Anfield © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Jan 6 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Virgil van Dijk will get even better after he scored the winning goal against Everton in a “fairytale” Merseyside derby debut.Van Dijk headed home six minutes from full-time to give Liverpool a 2-1 victory in their FA Cup third-round tie with the Toffees after Gylfi Sigurdsson had cancelled out James Milner’s opener from the penalty spot. The Dutchman became the most expensive defender in the world when he joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75 million ($102 million, 85 million euros) this month and Klopp could not be happier with his contribution in his first match for the Reds.“Fairytale in a world with not a lot of fairy tales anymore, so I think something like that is quite special,” said the Liverpool boss.“It was a difficult decision to make to be honest because, to be 100 percent honest, the first plan was not to start him but then Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan played a lot of games in the last few weeks, so I changed my mind .“It was a big fight, it was not brilliant football, it was not the most beauty — it was how cup games should be. It is not about who is the better side, who can do this or that. Things like this can happen sometimes, but it is pretty rare.”Van Dijk was a commanding presence at the heart of Liverpool’s defence, although Klopp thinks the centre-back has only given a glimpse of his qualities as he predicted the best is yet to come from the Netherlands international.“He showed a lot of things we want him to show in the future very often,” Klopp added.“Heading of course, football-wise his first touch was good, good under pressure and then around set pieces a proper threat,” he added, praising Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for his corner.“I think first of all we should help him just to be as good as he is already because that’s why we took him. You don’t pay that amount of money for a player and think ‘OK, we can get another 80 per cent’, but of course there is room for improvement.“But the first improvement will be to adapt really to the team, how we deal in different situations. But as I said, since he is in, we spoke more about it and we did it actually on the pitch.”Everton manager Sam Allardyce felt his side had done enough at Anfield to earn a replay after a battling display.“I’m very disappointed we’re not going back to Goodison and trying to get through to the next round,” he said.“We may have saved it late on and I think it was a brilliant effort from the players, even though we’re disappointed.“The performance deserved us to be able to take them back to our place, but that’s not to be.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool captain admits he does not ‘expect to start’ Europa League final

first_img1 Jordan Henderson returned to action on Sunday after a five-week lay-off Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson faces an anxious wait to discover whether he will lead out the side in the Europa League final.The England midfielder returned to action with a 26-minute cameo against West Brom on Sunday after more than five weeks out with a knee ligament injury.But as Liverpool prepare for their first European final in nine years the 25-year-old thinks he has probably not done enough to force his way back into the line up against defending champions Sevilla in Basle.“I don’t expect to start,” he admitted.“I know I’ve been out a long time and I’ve only played 25-30 minutes and when I’ve been injured the teams had done very well and played in some big games to get to the final.“At the same time I feel good and hopefully have been okay in training and in the game the other day.“I’m ready to play as long or as little as the manager wants me to.“The injury has been good. In the last few weeks it has progressed really well, I’ve trained a few times and managed to play at the weekend.“I don’t know the team. We will probably only find out a few hours before the game as always.“It’s a huge night for everybody involved and every single player wants to play in it.”Having lost February’s League Cup final to Manchester City in a penalty shoot-out, Henderson believes the team are ready to deliver silverware.And he puts that partly down to the way manager Jurgen Klopp has changed the mindset.“It will be huge for the team, for the fans of the club and for everyone involved,” he added.“We know it’s a big night but one we are very excited about.“It’s everything you dream of as a footballer. As a young boy playing in the street with your friends, you dream about playing in European finals.“It’s a great opportunity for us to win a trophy and we are very capable of doing that.“We will have a game-plan and what we want to do. We will focus on that and if we can do that and perform to the best of our ability, we will have a very good chance of winning the game.“We’ve made massive progress. From the start of the season when the manager has come in he has put belief and mentality not only into the players but the fans and the whole club.“Over the last six or seven months we’ve gone up a level as a team, every single player has gone up a level and now we’re in a European final on the big stage.“Hopefully we can perform like we have been over the last few months, and if we can do that I’m very confident we can win the game.”last_img read more