Liverpool can handle title pressure – Barnes

first_imgLiverpool will not wilt under the pressure of ending their 29-year wait for a league title, according to former Reds legend John Barnes, despite missing the chance to go seven points clear.Manchester City’s defeat to Newcastle United on Tuesday opened the door for Liverpool to strengthen their grip on first place in the Premier League.However, the Reds were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City at Anfield 24 hours later, meaning their advantage only stands at five points. 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? Barnes is not concerned, though, and believes Jurgen Klopp can guide Liverpool to success this season.”It’s not all doom and gloom,” he told talkSPORT. “It was a great opportunity to go seven points clear, but we’ve added another point.”It’s only January and teams, including Liverpool and Manchester City, will drop more points. We’re not going to have another situation like last year where City went so far ahead of everybody else and didn’t drop points.”Liverpool drawing against a struggling Leicester team, City losing to a struggling Newcastle team – this happens in the Premier League.”So I’d rather see this as a point gained. Yes, it’s an opportunity lost to go seven clear, but we’re one point further ahead.He added: “The pressure isn’t necessarily going to show now, there’s still a long way to go. The pressure really comes into focus around March.”But I think the Jurgen Klopp factor is very important – he really takes every game as it comes, the pressure is to perform in every game, he puts demands on those players to give 100 per cent every time. So I think they’re able to handle the pressure.”Liverpool had enjoyed a seven-point lead earlier this term, but the champions narrowed the gap with a 2-1 win over the Reds at the Etihad on January 3. Goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane cancelled out a Roberto Firmino effort on that occasion, three months after the sides played out a goalless draw in the reverse Premier League fixture.Liverpool could have another chance to extend their lead at the top when they play West Ham on Monday if City drop points at home to Arsenal on Sunday.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Security Council extends the mandate of UN force monitoring IsraeliSyrian ceasefire

The 15-member body “decides to renew the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) for a period of six months, that is, until 30 June 2007,” it stated in a unanimously adopted resolution.Shortly after this was adopted, Deputy Permanent Representative Jamal Nasser al-Bader of Qatar, holder of the rotating presidency this month, read out a presidential statement voicing support for Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s recent report on the region, which noted the continuing tension.“As is known, the report of the Secretary-General… states… ‘the situation in the Middle East is tense and is likely to remain so, unless and until a comprehensive settlement covering all aspects of the Middle East problem can be reached.’ That statement of the Secretary-General reflects the view of the Security Council,” Mr. al-Bader said.In his report, issued earlier this month, Mr. Annan recommended that given the circumstances the continued presence of UNDOF was “essential,” a view echoing his previous pronouncements on the force, which was established in May 1974 to supervise the disengagement accord between Syrian and Israeli forces after the 1973 war. UNDOF consists of 1,025 troops from Austria, Canada, India, Japan, Nepal, Poland and Slovakia, and in his report Mr. Annan appealed to Member States to pay their assessments as he highlighted a shortfall of $30.2 million owed to those countries that contribute troops. read more