Top Seven reasons Liverpool will win Premier League Title

first_imgLiverpool have the best defense in the league (Photo by Agency)1- Christmas champions: Forget about a Liverpool slip up.Although in the last ten years the Anfield club is the only side not to win the Premier League after leading at Christmas, the experience of tripping up in 2008/9 and 2013/14 will come in handy.This time there will be no Steven Gerrard slip or poor game management akin to the one witnessed at Selhurst Park where they let a 3-1 advantage melt into a draw.2- Strong record against Top Six: Even before this season, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was comfortably leading the mini league against Top Six rivals.This should come in handy during the second round as Liverpool has mastered the art of annihilating lesser opposition.In the first round, the 18-time champions won every game they played against teams outside the Top Six. Expect more of the same.3- Fabulous front three: Felt for the Kop when they ended up empty handed last season despite their fabulous front three of Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane bludgeoning over a century of goals.Though they are not quite firing at the same rate, as a triumvirate, they still consistently guarantee more goals than what strikers at title rivals Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are offering.I therefore feel the trio are to be compensated for missing out last time.4- Best defense: Eight goals conceded after 20 games of the campaign implies Liverpool can match or beat the all time defensive record of 15 conceded set by Chelsea in 2004/5.In defensive stakes, Virgil van Dirk favourable competes with EPL legends John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and is a notch better than Jamie Carragher, Sami Hyppia or any other Kop defender since Alan Hansen and Martin Lawrenson.5- Successful signings: Unless Tottenham Hotspur beefs up their squad during the January window, their inability to recruit any players last summer will catch up with them at the tail end of this season.On the other hand, Liverpool’s summer recruits – Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdhan Shaqiri have come to terms with the league’s demands, ensuring Klopp can have a fresh squad in the home straight.6- High number of players on form: Kop boss Jurgen Klopp is blessed to have such a big number of players operating within their element.Becker, Virgil van Dirk, Andy Robertson, Georgina Wijnaldum, James Milner, Xherdhan Shaqiri and Sadio Mane are all playing to their full potential.This is not the case at Manchester City where a number of their big name players have gone Away Without Leave (AWOL), leaving the burden of expectation on the young shoulders of Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane.7- Gengenpress: Liverpool’s suffocating, offensive style of play first seen at Borussia Dortmund under Jurgen Klopp is the most demanding approach to the game to both Liverpool and opponents.Kop players thrive best on this heavy metal approach because Klopp has had four years to ingrain it into their blood but it leaves Premier League opponents in a spot of bother.Liverpool squeezes the last bit of sweat out of opponents who simply can’t cope.Comments Tags: liverpoolpremier leaguetoplast_img read more

India to issue only 250 visas to Pakistan fans per match

first_imgFearing that Pakistan-based terrorists could use the upcoming Twenty20 cricket World Cup in India to sneak in, intelligence agencies have suggested that a stringent mechanism should be put in place while issuing visas to Pakistani fans.Sources said, based on intelligence inputs, it has been decided that not more than 250 visas should be issued for Pakistani fans per match.Pakistan is scheduled to play four matches in the group stage including a game against India in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. They might play two more if they reach the semi final and final.”If the team reaches the semi final or final the number of visas to be issued could be increased, but a final decision has not been taken yet,” said a home ministry official.Visa rulesDuring the cricket world cup in 2011, India issued 5,000 visas to Pakistanis who wanted to visit the country to watch the matches.The visas to be issued this year will have a restriction of five days and Pakistani visitors will be closely monitored so that they do not overstay in the country. In the past there have been instances when Pakistani cricket fans have gone missing. Currently there are close to 5,000 Pakistanis who have stayed on in India after their visas have expired.The India-Pakistan match in Dharmashala has already faced some issues with the Himachal Pradesh government saying that it cannot provide security for the match.There has been some opposition in the state, including from ex-servicemen, on holding the match at the hill station. Pakistan will play two matches in Mohali, Punjab – against New Zealand on March 22 and against Australia on March 25.advertisementThe Pakistani team will also play a match in Kolkata on March 16. A team of Pakistani officials has arrived in India to review security arrangements for their team during the tournament.High alertSources said keeping in mind intelligence inputs about Pakistani terror outfits exploiting the situation and pushing in their operatives disguised as cricket fans, it has been decided that the process of issuing visas will be made extremely stringent.A country-wide alert was issued after intelligence reports revealed that 10 Pakistani terrorists might have infiltrated from the Gujarat border. Agencies were alerted of a possible terror strike after Naseer Khan Janjua, Pakistani National Security Adviser (NSA) shared some information with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval. The two NSAs have been communicating with each other even though a formal dialogue between the two countries remains stalled.Following the reports that terrorists from Pakistan are on a mission to carry out attacks against high-value targets, major metros across the country were put on high alert. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, after chairing a high-level security meet on the preparedness of security agencies, said that appropriate action has been taken following the inputs. “We have received some information and whatever necessary instructions had to be given, has been given,” he said.Other than the major metros, a similar alert has also been issued in Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chandigarh.ALSO READICC World Twenty20: Pakistan officials get visas to assess security in Indialast_img read more

Rising Median Sale Prices Impact Floridas Housing Market

first_img The housing market across the country is experiencing an ongoing shortage of available housing inventory and it’s no different in Florida, where the latest data provided by Florida Realtors reported a rise in median prices and an increase in new listings in January 2018.The study found that median sales prices in the Sunshine State’s single-family homes and townhouse-condo properties have continued to rise as January concluded 73 consecutive months of rising median sales prices. “January’s statewide home sales reflected the tight supply, and when combined with rising median sales prices-it puts pressure on potential homebuyers,” said Florida Realtors President Christine Hansen.  “Working with local realtors can help buyers and sellers understand factors influencing their local markets.”Statewide, single-family home sales totaled 16,564 in the month of January, down 1.3 percent when compared to January 2017 according to the Florida Realtors Research Department that compiled this data in partnership with local Realtor boards/associations.  However, the statewide median sales price for single-family homes was $240,000, up 9.1 percent from 2017. Additionally, the median price for condo-townhomes was up 11.7 percent compared to the same period last year.According to Florida Realtors’ Chief Economist Dr. Brad O’Connor, condo and townhouse sales growth has been outpacing that of single-family homes. “The reason is that the picture for condos and townhouses has been much more balanced,” said O’Connor.  “The single-family home market, by contrast, continues to be held back by inadequate levels of new construction.”Closed sales of condo-townhouses were up 5.9 percent in January 2018 from January 2017, totaling 7,634 sales.  However, data for closed sales reflects foreclosures in January 2018 and fewer short sales. These short sales declined 32.5 percent for condo-townhomes and marked a 36.3 percent decline in foreclosures year over year. For single-family homes, short sales fell 46 percent and foreclosures on those homes dropped 43 percent year over year. Closed sales occur from 30- to 90- plus days after sales contracts are written.According to Florida Realtors, the for-sale inventory remained tight in January 2018 with a 3.9 months supply for single-family homes and a 5.9 month’s supply for condo-townhouse properties. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal, News Share Rising Median Sale Prices Impact Florida’s Housing Marketlast_img read more