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

Canadian dollar rises amid positive US employment news mixed commodities

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday amid higher commodity prices and positive economic data.The loonie was up 0.48 of a cent at 97.82 cents US.Statistics Canada reported that its price index for new homes rose 0.1 per cent in January.That showing followed a 0.2 per cent increase in December.The metropolitan region of Toronto and Oshawa, as well as the Calgary region, were the top contributors to the increase.Meanwhile, the federal agency also reported that Canadian industries operated at 80.7 per cent of their production capacity in the fourth quarter, down slightly from the 81.1 per cent in the third quarter. The decline was a result of lower capacity utilization in the manufacturing sector.That, in turn, was largely attributable to the transportation equipment manufacturing industry, where capacity utilization fell 3.5 percentage points to 88.9 per cent in the quarter. Factoring in that were longer than usual seasonal shutdowns in the auto sector.In the U.S., fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, reducing the average number of weekly applications last month to a five-year low.The Labour Department says applications fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 332,000. That pushed the four-week average to 346,750, the lowest since March 2008, just several months after the Great Recession began.Commodities were higher following declines on Wednesday.Oil prices moved into positive territory after the employment data was released and the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 51 cents to US$93.03 a barrel.April gold bullion gained $2.30 to US$1,590.70 an ounce while May copper gained a cent to US$3.54 a pound. Canadian dollar rises amid positive U.S. employment news, mixed commodities by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 14, 2013 8:43 am MDT read more