He made just eight appearances for Southampton this season – the last of which came against Liverpool in last month’s 6-1 Capital One Cup quarter-final defeat – but only one of those was a Premier League start, back in August. Liverpool’s scouting department were more than familiar with the centre-back as he was a target for previous manager Brendan Rodgers. While Liverpool’s injury problems may be easing at the back up front there is no chance of a swift return to action for striker Divock Origi after he underwent a minor knee operation. The Belgium international was expected to be back in training in the next week after a hamstring injury sustained on Boxing Day against Leicester. However, the 20-year-old has had surgery to fix a long-standing issue with his knee. Press Association Sport understands the procedure was just a “clean-up” of the joint but it does mean Origi will be sidelined for another three to four weeks. With Daniel Sturridge still not ready to return from a hamstring strain sustained at Newcastle on December 6 and Danny Ings out for the season after cruciate knee ligament surgery, it leaves manager Jurgen Klopp with just one fit striker in Christian Benteke. He also has the option of playing Roberto Firmino as a “false nine” for Wednesday’s visit of Arsenal. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s desire for Premier League experience in a centre-back led him to sign QPR’s Steven Caulker on loan. He will provide cover to what has become a threadbare unit with hamstring injuries to Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren sidelined for a few weeks, with Kolo Toure (cramp) and Mamadou Sakho (knee) expected to return to face Arsenal on Wednesday. “We looked for Premier League experience because in this short time, you need that experience,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com. “We looked for a good header [of the ball] because that’s what we need – we want to play good pressing, we want to press the opponent and so they have to play long balls. “If they play long balls, you need people in the last line who can help you with headers and we’ve found it with Steven Caulker. “He was not in the best situation in Southampton, didn’t play too much, but this is January and we want to have the best solution for us and we are absolutely convinced that Steven is the best solution for us. “I am looking forward to working with him. He will be here today and then we can start working, so everything is good. “January is the only month where we can do something. We did it in this position [defence] and now let’s go on.” Liverpool finalised a deal before the noon deadline meaning Caulker will be available, if needed, for tomorrow’s visit of Arsenal and the defender travelled north to be able to train with his new team-mates late in the day. The German had been linked with a host of names, including Neven Subotic at former club Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan’s Andrea Ranocchia – he is interested in Schalke’s Joel Matip, but only in the summer when he is out of contract – but plumped for a defender with knowledge of the British game. Caulker, a former Tottenham centre-back who has also played for Swansea, Cardiff and QPR in the top flight, was on loan at Southampton but due to a only making a handful of appearances his deal was cancelled in order for him to move to Anfield. Press Association
… Valleys/Alleys face Block 22 for $1.2MBy Joe ChapmanSILVERCITY/Valley/Alleys and Block 22 will collide in tonight’s final of the CBR Hotshots Entertainment STAG Bowl Inter-Ward football tournament at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground, where the winner will pocket $1.2M. Kick-off time is 20:30hrs.Thanks to National striker and guest player Delon Lanferman, Silvercity/Valley/Alleys outclassed Blueberry Hill 3-1 and Block 22 prevailed 3-1 on penalty against Silvertown/ Canvas City West Watooka after regulation and extra-time saw the two level 1-1.The Silvercity/Valley/Alleys will field a strong lineup with guest players – Lanferman, Solomon Austin, Konata Manning, Colwyn Drakes and Clarence Beaton.Their rivals Block 22 will field imported players Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson, Delroy Fraser and Trayon Babb, as well as Kevin Sullivan, Deshawn Joseph and junior national goalkeeper Jonathan Copeland between the uprights.In the semi-finals, watched by a vociferous crowd at the town’s premier sporting facility, Lanferman was clearly in a zone of his own, netting a double for the finalists.Sheldron Holder had placed Blueberry Hill in the lead with his goal in the 29th minute but Silvercity/Valley/Alleys were able to level the scores 1-1 in the 67th minute from a strike by John Waldron.Just when things looked heading to extra time, Lanferman, on the stroke of the 90th minute, was able to convert from the penalty spot after a foul was called in the box against the Blueberry Hill side which sparked some protest, but later quelled to allow for the spot kick to be taken.In injury time, Lanferman tucked in a brace netting his team’s third goal which effectively signalled the conclusion of a hard-fought battle for a finals slot.Earlier that evening Richardson put his team Block 22 into the lead against Silvertown West Watooka when he netted a 17th minute goal. But their opponents Silvertown/Canvas City/ West Watooka levelled things in the 67th minute off their reliable striker Tony ‘Spirit’ Adams.But, after a scoreless extra time, Block 22 were able to convert their chances from the penalty spot and walked away 3-1 winners.The finals will be preceded by the third place playoff match between the losing semifinalists Silvertown and former champions Blueberry Hill at 18:30hrs.The losing finalists get $500 000, third place winners receive $300 000 and fourth $150, 00.The main sponsors are Ansa McAl behind their STAG beer brand while Babaloo’s Car Rental, Trophy Stall, Alex Bunbury, Bella’s Lumber Yard, Premier Sportz Fashion and Eagles United FC also contributed significantly towards the hosting of the tournament.
This year’s draft was originally set to undergo some serious changes, the primary change heading from MLB Network Studios in Secaucus, N.J. to Omaha, Neb., just a few days before the start of the College World Series. MORE MLB DRAFT 2020:Mock draft | Slot values | Pool money by teamUnfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic drastically altered plans for the 2020 and 2021 drafts . This year, the amount of rounds in the draft have been slashed from 40 to just five, with next year’s installment featuring just 20 rounds total. Between the coronavirus and the hacking of some minor league teams, This year, Arizona State’s Spencer Torkelson is went No. 1 overall to the Tigers, with Heston Kjerstad going No. 2 as a shocker to the Orioles. Max Meyer rounded out the top three. The Show must go on.Not a single inning of professional baseball has yet to be played in 2020, and who knows when first pitch for the 2020 season might come. That doesn’t mean, though, that the 2020 MLB Draft is on hold. Sporting News tracked every pick from the 2020 MLB Draft draft below.JUMP TO ROUND: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5MLB Draft tracker 2020: Live picks, results from Rounds 1-5 Round 1 resultsPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool1.Detroit TigersSpencer Torkelson3BArizona State2.Baltimore OriolesHeston KjerstadOFArkansas3.Miami MarlinsMax MeyerRHPMinnesota4.Kansas City RoyalsAsa LacyLHPTexas A&M5.Toronto Blue JaysAustin MartinSSVanderbilt6.Seattle MarinersEmerson HancockRHPGeorgia7.Pittsburgh PiratesNick GonzalesSSNew Mexico State8.San Diego PadresRobert Hassell IIIOFIndependence High School (Tennessee)9.Colorado RockiesZac VeenOF Spruce Creek High School (Florida)10.Los Angeles AngelsReid DetmersLHPLouisville11.Chicago White SoxGarrett CrotchetLHPTennessee12.Cincinnati RedsAustin HendrickOFWest Allegheny High School (Pennsylvania)13.San Francisco GiantsPatrick BaileyCNC State14.Texas RangersJustin Foscue2BMississippi State15.Philadelphia PhilliesMick AbelRHPJesuit High School (Oregon)16.Chicago CubsEd HowardSSMount Carmel High School (Illinois)17.Boston Red SoxNick Yorke2BArchbishop Mitty High School (California)18.Arizona DiamondbacksJarvis BryceRHPDuke19.New York MetsPete Crow-ArmstrongOFHarvard-Westlake School (California)20.Milwaukee BrewersGarrett MitchellOFUCLA21.St. Louis CardinalsJordan Walker3BDecatur High School (Georgia)22.Washington NationalsCade CavalliRHPOklahoma23.Cleveland IndiansCarson TuckerSSMountain Pointe High School (Arizona)24.Tampa Bay RaysNick BitskoRHPCentral Bucks High School East (Pennsylvania)25.Atlanta BravesJared ShusterLHPWake Forest26.Oakland A’sTyler SoderstromCTurlock High School (California)27.Minnesota TwinsAaron Sabato1BUNC28.New York YankeesAustin WellsCArizona29.Los Angeles DodgersBobby MillerRHPLouisvilleCompetitive Balance Round APickTeamPlayerPositionSchool30.Baltimore OriolesJordan WestburgSSMississippi State31.Pittsburgh PiratesCarmen MlodzinskiRHPSouth Carolina32.Kansas City RoyalsNick LoftinSSBaylor33.Arizona DiamondbacksSlade CecconiRHPMiami34.San Diego PadresJustin LangeRHPLlano High School (Texas)35.Colorado RockiesDrew RomoCThe Woodlands High School (Texas)36.Cleveland IndiansTanner BurnsRHPAuburn37.Tampa Bay Rays (via St. Louis)Alika WilliamsSSArizona State Round 2 resultsRounds 2-5 of the 2020 MLB Draft take place on Thursday, June 11.PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool38.Detroit TigersDillon DinglerCOhio State39.Baltimore OriolesHudson HaskinOFTulane40.Miami MarlinsDaxton FultonLHPMustang High School (Oklahoma)41.Kansas City RoyalsBen HernandezRHPDe La Salle Institute (Illinois)42.Toronto Blue JaysCJ Van EykRHPFlorida State43.Seattle MarinersZach DeLoachOFTexas A&M44.Pittsburgh PiratesJared JonesRHPLa Miranda High School (California)45.San Diego PadresOwen CaissieOFNotre Dame Catholic (Ontario)46.Colorado RockiesChris McMahonRHPMiami47.Chicago White SoxJared KelleyRHPRefugio High School (Texas)48.Cincinnati RedsChristian RoaRHPTexas A&M49.San Francisco GiantsCasey Schmitt3BSan Diego State50.Texas RangersEvan CarterOFElizabethton High School (Tennessee)51.Chicago CubsBurl CarrawayLHPDallas Baptist (Texas)52.New York MetsJ.T. GinnRHPMississippi State53.Milwaukee BrewersFreddy ZamoraSSMiami54.St. Louis CardinalsMasyn WinnSSKingwood High School (Texas)55.Washington NationalsCole HenryRHPLSU56.Cleveland IndiansLogan AllenLHPFIU57.Tampa Bay RaysIan SeymourLHPVirginia Tech58.Oakland A’sJeff CriswellRHPMichigan59.Minnesota TwinsAlerick SoularieOFTennessee60.Los Angeles DodgersLandon KnackRHPEast Tennessee StateCompetitive Balance Round BPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool61.Miami MarlinsKyle NicolasRHPBall State62.Detroit TigersDanny CabreraOFLSU63.St. Louis CardinalsTink HenceRHPWatson Chapel High School (Arkansas)64.Seattle MarinersConnor PhillipsRHPMcLennan CC (Texas)65.Cincinnati RedsJackson MillerCJ.W. Mitchell High School (Florida)66.Los Angeles DodgersClayton BeeterRHPTexas TechFree-agent compensatory picksPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool67.San Francisco GiantsNick SwineyLHPNC State68.San Francisco GiantsJimmy GlowenkeSSDallas Baptist69.New York MetsIsaiah GreeneOFCorona Senior High School (California)70.St. Louis CardinalsAlec Burleson1BECU71.Washington NationalsSammy InfanteSSMonsignor Edward Pace High School72.Houston AstrosAlex SantosRHPMt. Saint Michael Academy (New York) Round 3 resultsPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool73.Detroit TigersTrei CruzSSRice74.Baltimore OriolesAnthony ServideoSSOle Miss75.Miami MarlinsZach McCambleyRHPCoastal Carolina76.Kansas City RoyalsTyler GentryOFAlabama77.Toronto Blue JaysTrent PalmerRHPJacksonville University78.Seattle MarinersKaden Polcovich2BOklahoma State79.Pittsburgh PiratesNick GarciaRHPChapman University80.San Diego PadresCole WilcoxRHPGeorgia81.Colorado RockiesSam WeatherlyLHPClemson82.Los Angeles AngelsDavid CalabreseOFSt. Elizabeth Catholic High School (Ontario)83.Chicago White SoxAdisyn CoffeyRHPWabash Valley College84.Cincinnati RedsBryce BonninRHPTexas Tech85.San Francisco GiantsKyle HarrisonLHPDe La Salle High School (California)86.Texas RangersTekoah RobyRHPPine Forest High School (Florida)87.Philadelphia PhilliesCasey MartinSSArkansas88.Chicago CubsJordan NwoguOFMichigan89.Boston Red SoxBlaze Jordan3BDeSoto Central High School (Mississippi)90.Arizona DiamondbacksLiam NorrisLHPGreen Hope High School (North Carolina)91.New York MetsAnthony WaltersSSSan Diego State92.Milwaukee BrewersZavier WarrenCCentral Michigan93.St. Louis CardinalsLevi PraterLHPOklahoma94.Washington NationalsHolden PowellRHPUCLA95.Cleveland IndiansPetey HalpinOFMira Costa High School (California)96.Tampa Bay RaysHunter BarnhartRHPSt. Joseph High School (California)97.Atlanta BravesJesse Franklin VOFMichigan98.Oakland AthleticsMichael GuldbergOFGeorgia Tech99.New York YankeesTrevor HauverLFArizona State100.Los Angeles DodgersJake VogelOFHuntington Beach High School (California)101.Houston AstrosTyler BrownRHPVanderbilt Round 4 resultsPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool102.Detroit TigersGage Workman3BArizona State103.Baltimore OriolesCoby Mayo3BStoneman Douglas High School (Florida)104.Miami MarlinsJake EderLHPVanderbilt105.Kansas City RoyalsChristian ChamberlainLHPOregon State106.Toronto Blue JaysNick FrassoRHPLoyola Marymount University107.Seattle MarinersTyler Keenan3BOle Miss108.Pittsburgh PiratesJack HartmanRHPAppalachian State109.San Diego PadresLevi ThomasRHPTroy110.Colorado RockiesCase WilliamsRHPDouglas County High School (Colorado)111.Los Angeles AngelsWerner BlakelySSDetroit Edison High School (Michigan)112.Chicago White SoxKade MechalsRHPGrand Canyon University113.Cincinnati RedsMac WainwrightOFSt. Edwards High School (Ohio)114.San Francisco GiantsRJ DabovichRHPArizona State115.Texas RangersDylan MacLeanLHPCentral Catholic High School116.Philadelphia PhilliesCarson RagsdaleRHPUSF117.Chicago CubsLuke LittleLHPSan Jacinto College North (Texas)118.Boston Red SoxJeremy Wu-YellandLHPHawaii119.Arizona DiamondbacksAJ Vukovich3BEast Troy High School (Wisconsin)120.New York MetsMatthew DyerCArizona121.Milwaukee BrewersJoey WiemerOFCincinnati122.St. Louis CardinalsIan BedellRHPMissouri123.Washington NationalsBrady LindslyCOklahoma124.Cleveland IndiansMilan TolentinoSSSanta Margarita High School (California)125.Tampa Bay RaysTanner MurraySSUC Davis126.Atlanta BravesSpencer StriderRHPClemson127.Oakland AthleticsDane AckherRHPOklahoma128.Minnesota TwinsMarco RayaRHPUnited South High School (Texas)129.New York YankeesBeck WayRHPNorthwest Florida State130.Los Angeles DodgersCarson TaylorCVirginia Tech131.Houston AstrosZach DanielsOFTennessee Round 5 resultsPickTeamPlayerPositionSchool132.Detroit TigersKeith Colt3BBiloxi High School (Mississippi)133.Baltimore OriolesCarter BaumlerRHPDowling Catholic High School (Iowa)134.Miami MarlinsKyle HurtRHPUSC135.Kansas City RoyalsWill KleinRHPEastern Illinois136.Toronto Blue JaysZach BrittonOFLouisville137.Seattle MarinersTaylor DollardRHPCal Poly138.Pittsburgh PiratesLogan HofmannRHPNorthwestern State139.San Diego PadresJagger HaynesLHPWest Columbus High School (North Carolina)140.Colorado RockiesJack BlomgrenSSMichigan141.Los Angeles AngelsAdam SeminarisLHPLong Beach State142.Chicago White SoxBailey HornLHPAuburn143.Cincinnati RedsJoe BoyleRHPNotre Dame144.San Francisco GiantsRyan MurphyCLe Moyne College145.Texas RangersThomas SaggeseSSCarlsbad High School (California)146.Philadelphia PhilliesBaron RadcliffOFGeorgia Tech147.Chicago CubsKoen MorenoRHPPanther Creek High School (RHP)148.Boston Red SoxShane DrohanLHPFlorida State149.Arizona DiamondbacksBrandon PfaadtRHPBellarmine University150.New York MetsEric OrzeRHPUniversity of New Orleans151.Milwaukee BrewersHayden CantrelleSSUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette152.St. Louis CardinalsLJ Jones IVOFLong Beach State153.Washington NationalsMitchell ParkerLHPSan Jacinto College North154.Cleveland IndiansMason HickmanRHPVanderbilt155.Tampa Bay RaysJeff HakansonRHPCentral Florida156.Atlanta BravesBryce ElderRHPTexas157.Oakland AthleticsStevie EmanuelsRHPWashington158.Minnesota TwinsKala’i RosarioOFWaiakea High School (Hawaii)159.Los Angeles DodgersGavin StoneRHPCentral Arkansas160.Houston AstrosShay WhitcombRHPUC San Diego