Virgil 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 web
Rabat – Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney said that he believes his former teammate at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo, ‘has overtaken’ Lionel Messi as the best player in the world. Speaking to his club’s television channel MUTV, the England Captain expects the Portugal international to win another Ballon D’Or.“I think so. I am sure it’ll be difficult to give it to anyone else,” he said regarding the prospects of Ronaldo retaining the prestigious trophy for the third time in his career. Scoring 20 goals in 13 Liga and Champions League games so far this season, the Real Madrid ace heads a 23-man shortlist for the FIFA Ballon D’Or, which will be awarded in Zurich on January 12.
The New Democratic Party has named its candidate in Haldimand-Norfolk for the Oct. 21 federal election.She’s Adrienne Roberts, a high school teacher who has been active over the years on the executive of District 23 of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.“We are extremely excited to have an exceptional candidate with roots in the community and whose work in improving the way our schools educate our children and her executive experience in local teachers’ organizations has prepared her to be an effective and resourceful advocate for the citizens of Haldimand-Norfolk,” Jordan Louis, president of the Haldimand-Norfolk NDP Riding Association, said Thursday.“As our NDP candidate, we can all count on Adrienne to push for the interests of the workers, the pensioners, the students and all who are struggling in our counties instead of the interests of the largest corporations and wealthiest individuals.”During her career, Roberts has taught for the Grand Erie District School Board at high schools in Haldimand and Norfolk. She has also served as an “experiential learning teacher” helping students apply their skills and knowledge in local workplaces.Roberts has held executive positions with District 23 of OSSTF and served on several committees with two bargaining units. In the past, Roberts has been an active member of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and the Canadian Union of Public Employees.“A champion for change, Adrienne is standing with the NDP to do what she can to better meet the needs of our community,” Louis said.“She is invested in working to ensure that Canadians are able to equitably access programs like universal pharmacare and in protecting pensions for everyone.“Adrienne will be a committed advocate in Parliament for investing in rural communities, tackling poverty and developing good jobs.”The NDP had candidate vacancies to fill in dozens of ridings when the writ dropped earlier this month. This week, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announced that the party has named candidates in all ridings across Canada.Candidates have until Sept. 30 to register.According to Elections Canada, registered candidates so far in Haldimand-Norfolk are: Lily Eggink of the Christian Heritage Party of Canada, incumbent Diane Finley of the Conservative Party of Canada, Bob Forbes of the People’s Party of Canada, Brooke Martin of the Green Party, and Harold Stewart of the Veterans’ Coalition Party of Canada.Also running are Kim Huffman for the Liberal Party of Canada and Ross Mogridge for the Libertarian Party of Canada.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com