Liverpool confirm squad for Champions League final

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first_imgJurgen Klopp has finalised his 23-man Liverpool squad that will travel to Madrid to face Tottenham in the Champions League final at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday evening.As expected, Naby Keita misses out through injury having failed to recover in time from a ‘very serious’ adductor issue picked up in the Reds’ semi-final first-leg clash with Barcelona.There is hope, however, that the diminutive midfielder will be fit to represent his country at the Africa cup of nations, with Guinea having included the 24-year-old in their provisional squad. 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? Doubts had also been raised over the fitness of Brazil forward Roberto Firmino, who had been struggling with a muscle injury picked up on April 21. Klopp, however, indicated on Tuesday that the former Hoffenheim man would play some part, stating: “Everything is fine. What we saw so far looked really good, I’m pretty sure he will be fine.”The German trainer’s assessment has rung true, with Firmino having been included in the travelling party that will be eager to end a long-term trophy drought at one of Europe’s most storied clubs.Full Liverpool squad:Goalkeepers – Alisson Becker, Caoimhin Kelleher, Simon MignoletDefenders – Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Alberto MorenoMidfielders – Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giorginio WijnaldumAttackers – Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Divock Origi, Daniel Sturridge, Xherdan Shaqiri, Rhian BrewsterWhile Liverpool travelled to Spain on Friday, Tottenham made the trip two days earlier, with both star striker Harry Kane and midfielder Harry Winks deemed fit enough to make the trip.Pochettino, however, has remained coy on whether England captain Kane will feature from the start – or at all.Full Tottenham squad:Goalkeepers – Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga, Alfie WhitemanDefenders – Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez, Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier, Ben DaviesMidfielders – Harry Winks, Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, George Marsh, Oliver SkippAttackers – Heung-min Son, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela, Fernando Llorente, Lucas MouraAfter a recent tweak in UEFA regulations, both Klopp and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will be able to name up to 12 substitutes for the big game.last_img

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first_imgOcean City Police Chief Jay Prettyman and his wife, Tiffany. By Donald WittkowskiEven as a rookie cop in Ocean City in 1995, Jay Prettyman had thoughts of one day becoming police chief.On Thursday night, he got his wish when City Council approved Mayor Jay Gillian’s appointment of the 48-year-old Prettyman to head the Ocean City Police Department.“It’s great. I feel I have been prepared most of my life for this,” Prettyman told reporters.He started his law enforcement career serving as a summer police officer in Ocean City in 1992 and 1993. He worked as an officer in Haddon Heights, Camden County, from 1993 to 1995 before joining the Ocean City Police Department as a full-time patrolman in September 1995.He worked his way through the ranks, becoming a sergeant, lieutenant, detective lieutenant and then captain in 2008. Most recently, he has served as acting police chief.“Prettyman’s rank, education, experience and exemplary record of service within the department make him the ideal candidate,” Gillian said. “I’m confident he will continue Ocean City’s proud tradition of public safety.”Members of City Council made similarly glowing statements about Prettyman’s career and reputation while congratulating him on his appointment to police chief.Echoing comments by other members of the governing body, Councilman Keith Hartzell said Prettyman has been a key part of the police department’s high level of professionalism.“You’ll always have our support up here,” Hartzell told Prettyman.Members of City Council praised Prettyman’s career and reputation for professionalism.Prettyman holds a master’s degree in public safety from St. Joseph’s University and a bachelor’s degree in law and justice studies from Rowan University. He lives in Ocean City with his wife, Tiffany, and their daughters, Phoebe, 20, and Chloe, 16.He followed his father, John N. Prettyman, into law enforcement. The elder Prettyman retired as deputy police chief in Voorhees Township, Camden County.Prettyman takes charge on Feb. 1, the day after current Ocean City Police Chief Chad Callahan formally retires. Callahan has had a 25-year career and served as chief since 2008.Callahan had been on extended leave since injuring his shoulder. In his absence, Prettyman was named acting police chief on Feb. 24, 2018.“I am an extremely hard-working employee and an extremely loyal employee. At the end of the day, the hard work pays off,” Prettyman said of his patience while waiting for his formal appointment to the top job.He steps in at a time when the police department is going through a major transition that includes the promotion of 10 officers last year and the hiring of 11 new officers since August 2017.Moreover, the mayor and Council have spent the past two years exploring the possibility of building a new $17.5 million police headquarters to replace the city’s Public Safety Building, a former school more than 100 years old.In an interview after the Council meeting Thursday, Prettyman made it clear that he hopes the city builds a new police station. He noted that the antiquated existing building leaks during storms, forcing employees to break out buckets to catch the rainwater. It also includes an outmoded cell block dating to the early 1970s.“Our building now is in various stages of disrepair,” Prettyman said.As the new chief, Prettyman hopes to see the antiquated Public Safety Building replaced with a new police headquarters.Praising his predecessor, Prettyman said he doesn’t plan to undertake a major restructuring or any major reforms in the department, but would like to finish some of the initiatives that he and Callahan had started, including a greater emphasis on community policing.“I can honestly say that Chad and I ran the police department together. We started a lot of programs together,” he said.As chief, Prettyman leads a department with 60 full-time officers and an annual budget of about $8.5 million.His salary is currently under negotiation. Local ordinance caps the salary range for police chief at $160,000 annually.last_img

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