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  • Arsenal star Bernd Leno hails Liverpool rival Alisson as the best goalkeeper in the Premier League ahead of David de Gea and Ederson

    first_imgArsenal star Bernd Leno hails Liverpool rival Alisson as the best goalkeeper in the Premier League ahead of David de Gea and Ederson Alisson has thrived at Anfield since joining the Reds in 2018 (Picture: EPA)He said: ‘Alisson is a goalie who has no fear – if he does something, he sticks to his decision.‘In his mind, he knows what to do and he doesn’t hesitate. That is natural goalkeeping, having no fear, reading the game and deciding.‘One of his big strengths is to stay calm in the high-pressure moments and making what look like natural, easy decisions, but they’re not easy because you always need perfect solutions and decisions. It’s a quality he has.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Petr Cech names Manchester United legend as his toughest opponentMORE: Jurgen Klopp names Steven Gerrard as the former player he would sign for Liverpool Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 May 2020 7:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.5kShares Advertisement Comment Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has hailed Liverpool rival Alisson (Picture: Getty)Arsenal star Bernd Leno has hailed Liverpool’s Alisson as the ‘most complete goalkeeper’ in the Premier League ahead of David de Gea and Ederson.Brazil international Alisson has thrived at Anfield since signing from Roma in the summer of 2018, helping Liverpool win the Champions League and dominate the 2019-20 Premier League.Alisson and star defender Virgil van Dijk have been hailed for transforming Jurgen Klopp’s side into the best team in Europe and Arsenal’s Leno has also paid tribute to the Brazilian goalkeeper.Asked to name the best shot-stopper in the Premier League, Leno told Soccer Am: ‘For me it’s clear, it’s Alisson.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He’s good at everything and his stats are also very good. He’s played a number of big games for Liverpool and for me it’s clear that he’s the best goalkeeper at the moment.’Like Alisson, Leno also arrived in the Premier League two years ago and has largely impressed for Arsenal despite the club’s mixed form.Last month, Liverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg revealed the secret behind Alisson’s immediate success in England. Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Cadden’s MLS switch worse than Aribo’s Rangers move — Robinson

    first_imgRelatedPosts Joe Aribo vows to bounce back from injury Joe Aribo out of Super Eagles friendlies Gerrard gets Aribo, Leon Balogun boost Oxford manager Karl Robinson insists Chris Cadden’s move to the MLS is “10 times worse” than Joe Aribo leaving Charlton for Rangers. Former Motherwell winger Cadden, who had been playing right-back for the U’s, has been recalled from his loan at the English League One side by Columbus Crew and had a £1 million value placed on his head. However, former Vancouver manager Robinson believes the 23-year-old’s career will suffer by playing in America and has compared his departure to Aribo’s transfer to Ibrox last summer. At the time, Charlton gaffer Bowyer said: “It’s a shame if he [Aribo] gets pushed to somewhere where it is not going to benefit him in his football career.” On Cadden, Robinson said: “At 23 and going to play in MLS, I don’t get it. “Bow [Bowyer] got criticised for Joe Aribo going to Glasgow Rangers, but I think this is 10 times worse. “Chris Cadden is a top Championship right-back and will grow with this club. “You don’t know where his end game is, he’s still really young. Maybe I’m being harsh, but it’s only because I care for the boy. “At no stage do I want anyone to think this is Chris Cadden, because he’s openly said he’d love to stay here.”Tags: Chris CaddenJoe AriboMajor League SoccerOxfordlast_img read more

  • Bill Snyder remains Kansas State’s rock through trials, tribulation

    first_imgNope, nope, nope, nope, nope and nope. Turns out the toughest coach in the Big 12 makes his office in the Flint Hills of northern Kansas.MORE: Bill Snyder retiresBill Snyder, 79, has done so much more than build Kansas State from punchline to powerhouse. He has gone well beyond resurrecting the program a second time. He has exceeded the seemingly impossible task of keeping the Wildcats relevant in the Big 12 and beyond.Snyder’s legacy has become eternal. Now closing in on his 27th season at Kansas State, he has shaped generations of Wildcat football players and impacted the community at large in ways that will be felt for decades. He has done it with an unyielding and single-minded toughness.“He’s definitely a tough guy,” K-State linebacker Elijah Sullivan told Sporting News this offseason.One year ago, Snyder was in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex taking questions about having battled through throat cancer — something that, coupled with his age, put his future as Kansas State’s coach into question.At Big 12 Media Days in July, there weren’t many questions about cancer.MORE: Ranking Big 12 coaches ahead of 2018 seasonDuring spring practice last year, routine trips east on Interstate 70 to Kansas City for chemotherapy treatments cut into Snyder’s famously rigid schedule — but never interrupted it. Snyder didn’t miss practice, and certainly didn’t miss any of last season as the Wildcats finished 8-5, capping the season with a Cactus Bowl win over UCLA.“The toughness he shows is just incomparable,” said Wildcats defensive back Duke Shelley. “I remember him making trips to Kansas City and then coming back right before practice and he’s still at practice on time and last one to leave. And battling the type of cancer he had, where it affected his speaking, he’d still talk to us for 30 minutes after practice and tell us what we need to get better at.“There’s just no excuse,” Shelley said. “You see him getting it done. How could you complain if he’s battling something like that? How could you complain about running or something like that? No excuses at all.”On July 12, Missouri Western University in St. Joseph, where Snyder attended for a year in 1959, dedicated a pavilion outside its football stadium in his name. In May, when asked if he was ever scared following his diagnosis, Snyder seemed nonplussed.“Well,” Snyder said, “when somebody tells you, you know, you’ve got this disease, that’s a little concerning, sure.”When another reporter asked Snyder how he got through the tough times, the coach showed a glimpse of that legendary toughness his players see every day.“Put one foot in front of the other. Keep doing what you do,” Snyder said. “No time to fret about it. I’m not too good about fretting.”That’s almost exactly what he told his team last year. And going into the 2018 season, they still hear that message.“It was definitely a shocking thing,” said defensive tackle Trey Dishon. “I’m glad to see how strong he’s been through it, because it seems like it never happened. The way we do things around here, it seemed like he just fought through it and went about it.”It has been that way in Manhattan since 1989, when Snyder left a good job as Hayden Fry’s offensive coordinator at Iowa to take over America’s worst college football program. Kansas State had won just 137 games the previous 53 years prior to Snyder’s hiring, including an 0-26-1 streak. During his tenure, Snyder’s K-State teams are 210-110-1 with two Big 12 championships and three Big 12 North Division titles.Now imagine being an 18-year-old football player and seeing your coach exhibit that kind of drive and skill and grit — every minute of every day.Sadly, cancer wasn’t Snyder’s most difficult recent personal challenge.MORE: Kansas State DB-turned-cop picks off purse-snatcherIn late January, with National Signing Day in his sights and spring football on the horizon, Snyder and his family faced another tragedy: His grandson, 22-year-old Matt Snyder, was found dead. Police ruled his death a result of suicide.Left to pick up the pieces from a shattered life — all while leading his family and his football team — Bill Snyder soldiered on the same way he always has.“It hits you hard when him and his family are going through things like that,” Dishon said. “We’re all a family, too. I kind of relate it like, ‘What would I be like and what would happen if that happened to my family?’ So we’re caring for him, and we know it takes a big toll on your family.”“Everything he preaches to us,” said Shelly. “He’s got a motor. He just tells us, ‘Keep going.’ Keep rowing the boat. And that’s something you see him doing every day, battling the things he’s battling and still being able to come around and coach the way he does. There’s no drop-off. MANHATTAN, Kan. — Which Big 12 Conference football coach best embodies “toughness?”Is it defensive-minded Gary Patterson? Mensa-smart Tom Herman? East Coaster Matt Rhule? Maybe underdog Matt Campbell? Whiz-kid Lincoln Riley? Snake-hunting Mike Gundy? “That’s hard for anybody to go through,” Shelly continued. “Anybody. But you find a way to go through it and still be able to coach a hundred-plus guys and coaches and deal with family member and all that goes along with it that people don’t really take into consideration — everybody on the team is different and has their different trials that they go through — you’re just being a father figure for all those guys and still have things you go through at your home and things you go through in your family that you still have to deal with, it just shows what type of guy he is.”The type of things he preaches, he walks it.”(Editor’s note: This story has been updated from its original publication).last_img read more