Ever-present Van Dijk set to shrug off illness

first_imgVirgil van Dijk is a slight doubt for Liverpool’s Premier League game at home to Leicester City, but Jurgen Klopp has suggested that the Dutch defender will be involved.Van Dijk has started all 23 league games for the Reds this season, winning December’s Premier League player of the month award, but has been struggling with illness ahead of Wednesday’s visit of the Foxes.Former Southampton and Celtic centre-back Van Dijk has played a key role in Liverpool’s stunning campaign, with Klopp’s side four points clear of last term’s champions Manchester City. 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? He has been nursing a virus over recent days and would be a big miss if forced to sit things out in midweek.Liverpool have major problems in defence for the Leicester game without bringing Van Dijk into the equation, with Joe Gomez still recovering from a fractured leg while Trent Alexander-Arnold has a knee injury.James Milner filled in at right-back in Liverpool’s last Premier League game, a 4-3 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield, but he is suspended as he was sent off late in that game, with another makeshift option – Fabinho – another of those to have been nursing a knock.However, Dejan Lovren could come in as the Croatia defender has been passed fit following a hamstring injury.”Virgil was a little ill but he trained yesterday [Monday], so we will see. He will train today, so we will see,” Klopp told reporters.“Gini trained, Fabinho will train today, Trent is getting closer and closer and it looks all very positive, but he will not be ready for tomorrow. Joe is a no.”With Liverpool having been knocked out of the FA Cup, Klopp took advantage of a rare break in his side’s schedule to take his squad to Dubai for a warm-weather break.”It was good we could do that and usually you’d say no games in that time, usually one game in that time would be good, difficult lineup-wise as we needed couple days for the boys and a few players were not a part of training until a few days ago,” he added. “But it was good, we didn’t have to play important cup competitions but it would not have been possible for a lot of players. We had a few more days and now have to show [it made a difference]. But Leicester are in the same situation so it’s not a massive advantage. “It’s just the situation and they can bring back [Harry] Maguire I heard after injury in the last game and so we had a few more days and could wait for one or two players but we have to see if they are available for the game.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Queens Birthday Honours Arise Sir Billy Connolly as Paul McCartney JK Rowling

first_imgEffie Walker, who has been working as a lollypop lady for Colgrain Primary School since it opened in 1973, received the BEM.Willem Visscher received an MBE for services to parchment and vellum making, and Anjna Patel for services to the parking profession. In fact this year’s list is likely to be labelled as one of the least political of recent years with lower level awards only being handed out to a handful of councillors and political volunteers with no honours going to Westminster’s big beasts.This year’s Birthday Honours list comes after Mrs May signalled she wanted to overhaul the system amid fears Britons may be losing confidence in it after a series of scandals.Her plans were also seen as a sideswipe at David Cameron who was accused of “cronyism” for honouring aides and donors. Sir Paul McCartney “I’m the lucky one. I’m still alive. I’m representing the squadron and it is the squadron that is being honoured with this, not me. Theresa May Tim Sayer, an art enthusiast who is leaving his collection to the nation, is awarded an MBE, along with Norman Veitch for services to glassblowing and Tommy Miah, nicknamed the “Curry King”, for services to the hospitality industry. Mr Kenny, a former miner had intervened to protect Mrs Cox after she was attacked outside her constituency surgery in Yorkshire.Two West Yorkshire Police officers, Pc Craig Nicholls and Pc Jonathan Wright, who arrested Thomas Mair, are awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.Mrs Cox’s senior caseworker, Sandra Major, who witnessed the killing, receives an MBE for parliamentary services.Reward for EU talksJonathan Faull, who was director general of the European Commission in the lead-up to Brexit, is to receive an honour for “services to UK relations with the EU”. Theresa May David Walliams, children's writer and comedian David Walliams, children’s writer and comedian Pc Keith Palmer Britain’s last surviving Dambuster has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours, modestly saying he is “very grateful” to all those who had campaigned to win him a knighthood.George “Johnny” Johnson, 95, will be honoured by the Queen for services to World War II Remembrance and in his local community, more than 70 years after his heroics in the Royal Air Force 617 Squadron helped save Britain.Mr Johnson said he was “honoured” to be recognised, and hoped to ask the Queen’s permission to dedicate the award to the 59,000 bomber command personnel who gave their lives for their country. Tim Sayer, the art collector Jo Cox Julie Walters and June Whitfield are to become dames, while June Spencer, who has played Peggy Woolley in the Archers since the show began, has been awarded a CBE. Pc Palmer, who was stabbed to death when he confronted attacker Khalid Masood outside the Houses of Parliament in March, “paid the ultimate price for his selfless actions”, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said.She added: “Keith acted that day with no thought for his own safety, intent simply on doing his job and protecting members of the public and Parliament.”Jo CoxBernard Kenny, the pensioner who was stabbed in the abdomen as he tried to save the life of Jo Cox, is to receive the George Medal for his actions. George 'Johnny' Johnson Andy McNab Supporters of Mr Johnson, who had led a campaign to see him knighted after he was snubbed in previous honour lists, maintained he should have instead received the highest honour, arguing that his achievements and sacrifice were greater than any celebrity, sportsman or businessman to be elevated to a Sir.Mr Johnson said it was “amazing” that so many people had invested time in campaigning for him to be honoured, adding he is “very grateful to all those people that signed the petitions and made it possible”.Asked about not being given a knighthood, Mr Johnson added: “I think the MBE is as much honour as I could really expect and I thought, if a knighthood comes up, I’m going to having difficulty not only in accepting it but pointing out to all and sundry that it’s not me. Olivia de Havilland 'Johnny' Johnson, the last Dambuster in Britain JK Rowling, the author Sir Billy admitted he is “very pleased”with the honour but had “never been big on bragging”. “I feel like I should be called Lancelot or something,” he said. “Sir Lancelot, that would be nice. Sir Billy doesn’t quite have the same ring.”Rowling said she was “deeply honoured and proud” to be made a Companion of Honour, while Sir Paul McCartney pronounced the news “colossal”.Raymond Briggs, the children’s author, has been awarded the CBE, while Judy Murray, Gloria Hunniford, Sarah Lancashire and Patricia Hodge will each receive OBEs. Miss Olivia de Havilland, Hollywood royalty Mr Faull retired after 38 years, following what has been described as a “high-profile but unsuccessful attempt to keep his country in the EU.” The End of Political Cronies?Theresa May stepped away from any involvement in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list to avoid accusations of a conflict of interest during the General Election campaign.Knighthoods and damehoods for Westminster politicians are usually a fixture of the honours list but in this edition there are none because of the timing of the snap poll on June 8.center_img Westminster PolicemanPc Keith Palmer has been posthumously awarded the George Medal for bravery, for his heroic actions in the Westminster terror attack. Pc Keith Palmer The Last Dambuster Miss Olivia de Havilland, Hollywood royalty JK Rowling, the author Mr McNab, who rose to fame under a pseudonym in 1993 with his controversial book Bravo Two Zero, said he was “delighted” to have been told he would be recognised.Mr McNab’s CBE is in recognition for his work with the military and in disadvantaged schools to encourage reading.Speaking to the Telegraph , he  joked that he was especially pleased with his CBE after fearing the official-looking envelope it arrived in was an invoice.Everyday HeroesMichael Tuohy, a father who has sacrificed his own Christmas for more than 35 years to help the homeless, is among the previously unsung heroes in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.Sheila and Trevor Fairhurst, who dedicated their lives to campaigning against domestic violence after the death of their daughter, receive an MBE.  But The Telegraph understands Mrs May chose to take no part in the final honours approvals process because of the timing of the election. Olivia de Havilland David Cameron, who was accused of cronyism Jo Cox Dame Olivia, who is approaching her 101st birthday, said she was “extremely proud” to be made a dame for her services to drama, in recognition of her glittering Hollywood career.The Gone With the Wind star, a double Oscar winner, who will celebrate her birthday in July, is 11 months older than the Order of the British Empire itself, which was founded in 1917 by George V.“I am extremely proud that the Queen has appointed me a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire,” Dame Olivia said. “To receive this honour as my 101st birthday approaches is the most gratifying of birthday presents.” ‘Johnny’ Johnson, the last Dambuster in Britain David Walliams, OBE, said: “The news made me happy, but nobody is happier than my mum.”Delia Smith, the chef who joins Dame Steve Shirley, Dame Beryl Grey, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Terence Conran, Lord Stern and Sir John Sulston as companions of honour, said: “From day one I received so much encouragement and enthusiasm from the people who responded to what I was trying to do.  This honour is an even deeper affirmation.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. As a result there are no high-level awards for parliamentarians and the recommendations from the main honours committee were simply forwarded through Number 10 to Buckingham Palace.Andy McNabAmong more than 1,000 others to receive an honours this year is Andy McNab, who receives a CBE not for his service with the SAS but for his work for literacy charities. “In fact, I got to the stage where I felt that I would have to ask – probably the Queen, if necessary – if I might be permitted to dedicate it to the memory of the now 59,000 bomber command personnel that gave their lives during World War Two and have got little or no respect for that.”Oldest DameActress Olivia de Havilland has become the oldest recipient of a damehood at the age of 100, in the centenary of the honour itself. Andy McNab George ‘Johnny’ Johnson Tim Sayer, the art collector She joins an illustrious group of older recipients, with Dame Vera Lynn last year made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour at the age of 99. David Cameron, who was accused of cronyism Billy Connolly, the comedian, has been knighted in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours, as he ponders changing his name to Lancelot because “Sir Billy doesn’t quite have the same ring” to it”. Sir Billy is joined on the honours list by JK Rowling, Sir Paul McCartney and Delia Smith, who have been elevated to the prestigious Order of Companions of Honour. Sir Paul McCartneylast_img read more

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