Liverpool can handle title pressure – Barnes

first_imgLiverpool can “handle the pressure” of a Premier League title race, says John Barnes, with “the Jurgen Klopp factor” set to be key as they chase down a first crown in 29 years.The Reds remain in control of their own destiny as they seek to bring an end to a wait for top-flight glory which has spanned almost three decades.They currently hold a five-point lead at the summit, although Liverpool missed the chance to pull seven clear on Wednesday after playing out a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester. 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? It has been suggested that a stalemate at Anfield, which came 24 hours after defending champions Manchester City suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Newcastle, showed signs of nerves.However Barnes, who won two titles with Liverpool in his playing days, does not agree.He considers the result against the Foxes to be “a point gained” and expects many more twists and turns to be taken in over the coming weeks.The Reds legend told talkSPORT: “It’s not all doom and gloom.“It was 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.”Barnes added on the demands of leading a title chase: “The pressure isn’t necessary 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, who have suffered just one defeat in 24 Premier League games this season, will be back in action on Monday when they travel to the London Stadium to take on West Ham. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Vigil at Shannon Airport marks 10 year anniversary of Iraq war

first_imgREPRESENTATIVES OF VETERANS for Peace from the US, UK and Ireland today attended a peace vigil at Shannon Airport to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq.Veterans for Peace was founded in the USA in 1985, in opposition to US military intervention in Central America, and now has over 8,000 members.Its objectives include bringing about a clearer understanding of the cost of war, in particular the US-led occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, to close the School of the Americas and to counter military recruitment efforts in schools. They have also undertaken significant humanitarian projects in war zones such as Iraq and campaigns against torture.Today anti-war group Shannonwatch said that Ireland’s record of promoting UN peacekeeping missions has been “tarnished” by the Irish government’s complicity in the CIA rendition programme by allowing planes to refuel at Shannon.Last month, a report by the Open Justice Initiative showed that 54 countries, including Ireland, helped to facilitate the CIA’s secret detention, rendition and interrogation programme in the years after 9/11.However the Department of Justice maintained that “no evidence of rendition” was found in any garda investigation into allegations involving Shannon Airport.Shannonwatch said the peace vigil held today was one of the regular monthly vigils organised by the anti-war group.“It also marks the invasion of Iraq by the US and its allies which began on 20 March 2003, and was undertaken on the basis of a lie about weapons of mass destruction that Iraq never possessed,” the group said. “Hundreds of thousands of people died as a result, including thousands of American soldiers.”Shannonwatch said its vigils will continue for as long as Irish territory and airspace is being “misused to facilitate wars of aggression and human rights abuses.”Related: “No evidence of rendition” in garda investigations>More: Report shows Ireland facilitated CIA rendition programme>last_img read more