Klopp grateful for Liverpool’s ‘world-class’ front three

first_imgJurgen Klopp has expressed how grateful he is to have a “world-class” attacking triumvirate at his disposal at Liverpool after they played a starring role in a 2-1 win at Southampton.The Reds maintained their 100 per cent start to the new season with a narrow victory at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon , thanks to goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.The former opened the scoring right on half-time with a superb curling effort, before the Brazilian doubled the visitors’ advantage with a brilliant individual effort after 71 minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Liverpool were forced to play their third game in eight days against the Saints, with little time to prepare following a UEFA Super Cup final victory over Chelsea in Istanbul last Wednesday.Klopp’s men were not at their fluid best against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, who set up a nervous finale when former Anfield striker Danny Ings capitalised on an Adrian error to score with nine minutes remaining.The Reds held on for a hard-earned three points and their head coach saved praise for his talismanic forwards who were a “constant threat” once again in the final third.”A lot of times in my life I had sensational players always [but] not world-class players,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website .”Now, thank God I have them and they make the difference. We don’t have to talk about that. “Sadio Mane, Bobby Firmino, Mo Salah – these guys in the last situation are really outstanding. “They were a constant threat, however tired they are. That’s brilliant and, of course, made the difference. We don’t have to talk about that.” Klopp went on to reveal that he made a slight tactical tweak at the break against Southampton, in order to exploit the spaces the hosts were leaving open in wider areas.”I think Southampton tried to kill our game with their formation and they played differently against Burnley obviously,” the 52-year-old added.”They had a real proper fight at the back, so that gave us space on the wings. We used that but not often enough, otherwise, they would have had to run much more. We could adjust that a little bit at half-time.”I’m really happy. It’s so important. The start of the season is so important. Having an away game at Southampton is always difficult, but in the week we had, it was special.”Next up for Liverpool is a huge showdown against Arsenal, who have also won their first two matches of the 2019-20 campaign, at Anfield on August 24.The Reds are top of the Premier League on goal difference ahead of the Gunners at the moment, while champions Manchester City are down in third after a 2-2 draw with Tottenham over the weekend . Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Slate Denim & Co. Forges Quality Jeans in The Lone Star State

first_imgSlate Denim & Co. is a new Texas-based men’s jeans brand that blends the look of premium fashion denim with good old-fashioned Southern heritage. Or, as it describes itself in its press materials: “Our garments embody the independent, no-frills spirit of the open road, and draw inspiration from the toughness, individuality, and forward-thinking nature that make up the fabric of Texas.”Sold in physical and online stores, as well as its own web shop, Slate is an excellent alternative to other, more expensive products of its ilk. Brandon Van Dyck, Slate’s head of marketing, recently shared the story behind this growing — both in size and popularity — denim name.How new is Slate?Slate is a new brand but we are not a new company. Our parent company is Westmoor Manufacturing, so we’ve been making clothing and apparel for over 70 years, predominantly in the Western apparel space. We own several core Western brands, like Panhandle and Rock & Roll Denim, that are focused on our core Western business. We are based in Texas and are Texas born and bred.Slate was a brainchild of our parent company and an opportunity for us to target and bridge that gap between Western and fashion. All of our products sort of have a Texas flair to them, and that’s our point of differentiation to a certain degree.How big is the collection?The collection is growing every season. We are just launching spring ’18 and we added significantly more styles and more tops. The brand started out with predominantly jeans and we’ve really pushed into more fashionable tops in both short and long sleeve.As we push into spring ’18, we’re really taking advantage of very unique indigo washes. Spring ’18 will be the first time we have worked even closer with Cone Denim. Our challenge was really to get the best indigo washes that they have, and it really played into this “blue icon” semantic. We’ve been able to treat them so they come off as if they have been loved and worn — kind of your “favorite pair of jeans” type of aesthetic from the first time that you put them on. And they are just going to get better after that.We’ll continually roll out new fits, styles, colors, and washes, not only in the denim space for jeans, but also in the tops as well.Who is the Slate Denim customer?He’s the discerning fashion connoisseur. It’s people who really appreciate spending a premium price on their clothes and who appreciate things that are well made, well manufactured, and show an attention to detail, so we think we are comparable in terms of price with a lot of our competitors like Joe’s, AG, and Diesel. We model our brand positioning after a premium denim consumer, but someone who’s looking for something a little bit different. Everything is designed in Texas, so we kind of have this Texas or Southern cool aesthetic to our product and brand. That’s really the differentiation that we are trying to bring to our customer.Where are the products made?Everything is designed in the United States and we do have a capsule collection that is made in Los Angeles that we’re really proud of that is going to be rolling out in spring. We’re based in Forth Worth … and we’ve brought in some of the best designers from New York and LA that are working on our designs. We are really excited about our Made in the USA collection.What is the general price range?Our retail prices for the jeans ranges from about $150 to $210 depending on the style, the wash, and whether or not they are made in LA .Do you have a favorite Slate jeans style?I’m partial to our slim tapered fit. It’s like it was almost exactly tailored to your frame. I’m 6’ 2” and I think the slim tapered really does a good job of showing off the longer silhouette and staying slim, trim, and tailored without being too skinny or too loose. That’s a personal favorite, but obviously we have a slim straight and a skinny fit, so we really cater to different ranges of people and different body types. We try to put together a variety of fits, washes, and finishes that can really cater to anyone’s aesthetic or fit.What would you say is the No. 1 reason a reader of The Manual should check out Slate Denim?If your readers are looking for something that is kind of off the beaten path from the well-established denim brands like Joe’s and AG, I think Slate Denim is a really good fit because it embodies individuality a little bit more, and it has a little bit of our Texas spirit, our Southern flair, and this kind of unique brand identity which is portrayed down to the product in both in our tops and our unique pieces of denim.I think the fashion-conscious consumer is looking for what’s next, and we think we’ve put together some really great products and a really great brand story that is trending to be what’s next. If people are looking for product that other people see and say, “Wow! What is that? What brand are you wearing?” then our name can enter the conversation. A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Editors’ Recommendations The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Style last_img read more

Moroccos Football Team Drops to 47th in October FIFA Ranking

Rabat – Morocco’s national team sits in the 47th spot in the latest FIFA rankings for October 2018, having lost two places.Morocco’s performance against Comoros may have affected the Atlas Lions’ position in the list.Morocco barely managed to win its first Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) qualifier game against Comoros 1-0.  The second Morocco-Comoros game finished with a 2-2 draw. In FIFA’s September ranking, the team claimed 45th place after having dropped five spots to 46th in August.Morocco remains fifth in Africa. Tunisia is 1st in Africa and 22nd internationally. Senegal is 2nd in Africa and 25th internationally. Nigeria is 3rd in Africa (44th globally) and the Republic of Congo is 4th in Africa (46th globally). Morocco will play its next CAN qualifier game on November 16 in Casablanca against Cameroon, which comes 6th in Africa and 51st internationally. The last time Morocco played against Cameroon was in October 2017 in Yaounde, in their first of the two CAN qualifier games for the 2019 competition. Morocco lost the game 1-0.Morocco and Cameroon have played 11 games against each other. They tied four times, and Morocco lost seven times.To earn a better position in the next FIFA ranking, the Atlas Lions will have to prove they can play better than they did two weeks ago against Comoros. read more

Huffman takes unpaid leaveofabsence

A vote will be missing around the Norfolk council table for the next month.Waterford-area Coun. Kim Huffman served notice this week that she is  taking an unpaid leave-of-absence from her council duties while she campaigns for the local Liberals in the Oct. 21 federal election.Huffman did not attend Tuesday’s council meeting. Mayor Kristal Chopp relayed Huffman’s decision to the public.“Being a woman and a wife and a mother of four, sometimes I think I can do everything,” Huffman said Wednesday.“But I can’t believe how it has amped up over the past week. It’s crazy. It’s a lot. There aren’t enough hours in a day.”Not only does Huffman have dozens of Liberal volunteers counting on her every day, there is a lot of geography to overcome as well. The riding of Haldimand-Norfolk has an area of 3,000 square kilometres.Huffman said a campaign event in Port Rowan or Dunnville can occupy the better part of a day due to travel time alone.“I didn’t want to do just an adequate job at both,” Huffman said. “It’s a large riding.”Huffman will not collect her council pay during her leave.In the interim, Ward 7 constituents who have an issue are asked to relay their thoughts and concerns to Huffman’s seven council colleagues. Huffman says all council members subscribe to the “all-Norfolk approach” that was frequently mentioned during last fall’s municipal election.Huffman added that constituents should not expect the mayor to tend to ward issues because the latter is occupied with a full slate of county-wide concerns.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more