Rodgers hails “sensational” Ibe

first_img The 19-year-old winger has been out since February because of knee-ligament damage but his return to full fitness has left Rodgers confident he can recapture his pre-injury form. Having returned from a loan spell with Sky Bet Championship side Derby in the new year, Ibe had enjoyed an extended run in the Reds’ starting XI and his manager is excited for his comeback against the Magpies. “He knows the club inside-out, has been there a long time and he will want to get back on track again having been disappointed in their last performance and result. “We expect it to be a tough game, they always are against Newcastle.” Although Adam Lallana (groin) and Mario Balotelli (illness) are unlikely to bolster Rodgers’ attacking options just yet, the recent form of midweek matchwinner Philippe Coutinho has been a pleasing aspect for Reds supporters. Chelsea captain John Terry revealed in an Instagram post that he had voted for the Brazilian to be this year’s PFA Player of the Year and Rodgers believes there is more to come from the diminutive playmaker. Rodgers said: “His best years are way ahead of him. H e’s such a humble boy, he wants to train and loves his football every day. “John’s probably looking at his performance level; his performance level since he’s been here has been outstanding and is only going to get better which is the pleasing thing for everyone.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is ready to welcome back “sensational” teenager Jordon Ibe on Monday night for Newcastle’s visit to Anfield. “Young Jordon Ibe will come back in and I’ve got to say he’s looked absolutely sensational in training,” said the Northern Irishman. “He’s been out for a while but he’s been a couple of weeks now out on the field doing his preparation work and he’s joined in the training. “He’s looked absolutely outstanding. He’s got real natural fitness and he’ll come into the squad for Monday night. ” Liverpool will head into the fixture buoyed by their FA Cup quarter-final replay win at Blackburn on Wednesday night which came after back-to-back defeats had resulted in Rodgers fielding questions about a crisis. Their next opponents are in much worse form having lost four successive fixtures, the most recent of which came against their bitter rivals Sunderland on Sunday. Sections of Newcastle’s support have been left furious with the hierarchy’s reluctance to bolster a squad left threadbare by injury and suspension, but Rodgers insists they have a manager who cares deeply about their cause in John Carver. “They’re probably a little bit unfortunate in that a number of players are injured,” added Rogers. “They’ve got arguably the most passionate man involved in John in terms of Newcastle United – it runs right through him. He’s also a very, very good coach; an excellent coach who looks like he wants to step into management and will do everything he possibly can to get the role there. Press Associationlast_img read more

Pacers, Young help Windies stun Aussies in ICC U-19 opener

first_imgKIMBERLEY, South Africa (CMC) – All-rounder Nyeem Young struck a nerveless half-century to inspire a West Indies comeback as the Caribbean side overturned the odds to upset powerhouse Australia by three wickets, and register their first-ever win over the tournament favourites at an ICC Under-19 World Cup here yesterday.Chasing 180 for victory at Diamond Oval in the Group B opener, Windies Under-19s found themselves in danger of defeat when they crashed to 92 for five after 25 overs, leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha slicing through the middle order with four for 30.However, the right-handed Young arrived to stroke an audacious 61 from 69 balls, in an invaluable 78-run sixth-wicket stand with fellow Barbadian Matthew Forde (23), to rescue the run chase and lift Windies to a crucial victory.There was some late drama when both Young and Forde perished in the space of eight deliveries with 10 runs still required but Kirk McKenzie (seven not out) put any lingering doubts to rest with an imperious extra cover drive for six off the last ball of the 46th over, to end the contest in style.The new-ball fast-bowling pair of Jayden Seales (4-49) and Forde (3-24) had earlier conjured up incisive spells to send the Aussies tumbling for an inadequate 179 in the 36th over.Australia appeared set for a major total, at 158 for four in the 31st over, but Seales and Forde ripped through the middle and lower orders as the last six wickets fell cheaply for just 21 runs.Opener Jake Fraser-McGurk batted with composure to top score with 84 from 97 deliveries while wicketkeeper Patrick Rowe chipped in with 40 but Australia failed to find a lower-order effort to rescue their innings.The victory was a vital one for the Windies especially with another difficult encounter against England looming tomorrow at the same venue.Choosing to bowl first, Seales struck early when he had Liam Scott caught low down at cover for four with the score on 10 in the second over.Fraser-McGurk added 33 for the second wicket with captain Mackenzie Harvey (20) before two bizarre run-outs set in train a slide that saw the Aussies lose three wickets for 24 runs to be 67 for four in the 14th over.Jayden Seales celebrates one of his four wickets. (Getty Images)Harvey found himself short at the non-striker’s end after a full-blooded drive from Fraser-McGurk clipped Seales’s fingers on his follow-through, and ricocheted onto the stumps in the eighth over.Lachlan Hearne (5) agonisingly suffered the same fate off pacer Joshua James’s bowling in the 13th over, with Fraser-McGurk yet again contributing unintentionally to his partner’s downfall.Oliver Davies then perished to the first ball he faced in the next over, gloving a leg-side catch behind off Young’s lively medium pace, to leave Australia 67 for four in the 14th over.Fraser-McGurk, who struck nine fours, stitched up the innings in a 91-run, fifth-wicket stand with Rowe, who faced 57 balls, as the Aussies rallied strongly.But once the 17-year-old McGurk lofted Seales to mid-on in the 31st over, the innings quickly lost momentum.In reply, West Indies started quickly when left-hander Leonardo Julien lashed three fours and a six in a cameo 20 off 23 balls, as he posted 36 for the first wicket with captain Kimani Melius (17).But his dismissal, getting a leading edge and skying to cover in the sixth over off left-arm pacer Matthew Willans, saw West Indies lose five wickets for 56 runs as Sangha grabbed the next four wickets to put Australia in command.Melius edged a defensive stroke behind in the 11th over, Antonio Morris (9) failed to clear long off in the 19th, Kevlon Anderson (17) top-edged a sweep and was caught at backward square in the 21st before Matthew Patrick was trapped lbw on the backfoot in the 25th.Seemingly unflustered by the Windies’ predicament, Young played his shots with freedom, striking six fours and a six – a clean hit over mid-wicket off Sangha – in an enterprising innings.He got off the mark with a sweetly-timed cover drive for four off off-spinner Todd Murphy in the 21st over and reached his fifty off 52 balls in the 37th over with a bit of fortune, picking up a couple after his uppish drive off pacer Corey Kelly burst through the hands of cover.Both he and Forde were lbw victims late on but by then West Indies had victory in sight.AUSTRALIA U-19sL. Scott c Anderson b Seales 4J. Fraser-McGurk c McKenzie b Seales 84M. Harvey run-out 20L. Hearne run-out 5O. Davies c wkp. Julien b Young 0P. Rowe c Melius b Seales 40C. Kelly c Melius b Forde 2T. Sangha c Young b Forde 8C. Sully c wkp. Julien b Seales 1T. Murphy c Young b Forde 1M. Willans not out 0Extras: (b-3, lb-3, w-7, nb-1) 14Total: (all out, 35.4 overs) 179Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-43, 3-67, 4-67, 5-158, 6-161, 7-162, 8-165, 9-176.Bowling: Forde 6.4-1-24-3, Seales 8-0-49-4, James 5-0-22-0, Young 5-1-20-1, Nedd 6-0-27-0, Patrick 5-0-31-0.WEST INDIES U-19sK. Melius c wkp. Rowe b Sangha 17L. Julien c Fraser-McGurk b Willans 20K. Anderson c Willans b Sangha 17A. Morris c Kelly b Sangha 9M. Patrick lbw b Sangha 8N. Young lbw b Sully 61M. Forde lbw b Kelly 23J. James not out 3K. McKenzie not out 7Extras: (b-1, lb-5, w-7, nb-2) 15Total: (7 wkts, 46 overs) 180Fall of wickets: 1-36, 2-50, 3-69, 4-73, 5-92, 6-170, 7-170.Bowling: Sully 9-2-45-1, Willans 7-1-26-1, Sangha 10-1-30-4, Kelly 10-1-34-1, Murphy 7-0-26-0, Davies 3-0-13-0.Man-of-the-Match: Nyeem Young.last_img read more