Shaqiri insists Liverpool are feeling no pressure

first_imgXherdan Shaqiri insists Liverpool can handle the pressure of being Premier League favourites.And the Reds star has rejected the idea that the Reds can blast Manchester City out of the title race when they travel to the Etihad this week.Jurgen Klopp’s side have enjoyed a dream Christmas, winning all three of their festive fixtures to open up a seven-point gap at the top of the table. 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? City, who leapfrogged Spurs to go second with a win at Southampton on Sunday, can cut the deficit to four with a win over Liverpool in Thursday night’s blockbuster clash. Klopp’s men, though, know that a victory, or even a draw, would simply reinforce their own credentials.Liverpool were ruthless in brushing past Arsenal at the weekend, recovering from an early setback to win 5-1 at Anfield. They have now won nine straight league games, and are unbeaten in 21 stretching back to May.Klopp, for his part, has been eager to play down talk of a first league title since 1990, but Shaqiri says that the players are not burdened by the scrutiny which comes with their lofty position.“Pressure is everywhere in your life,” said the Swiss international. “Even in football, there is always pressure.“When you are first in the table everyone comes after you, everyone wants to beat you, so every game is very tough. We just have to keep going, to stay at the highest level.“I’m sure we can keep going, but there’s a long way to go if we’re going to be successful.”Roberto Firmino Xherdan Shaqiri Liverpool ArsenalCity are one of only three teams to have taken points off Liverpool this season, and could even have had all three, with Riyad Mahrez missing a late penalty in the sides’ goalless draw back in October.Pep Guardiola’s side won 5-0 when the teams met at the Etihad in the league last season, but Liverpool were victorious there in the Champions League in April.Shaqiri, accordingly, expects a fiercely-competitive game this week.“For us we don’t go there to take Man City out of the race, we go there for a Premier League game,” he told reporters.“We go there to make a good performance first of all and try to win games. That’s the only goal that we have. There are no other things in our minds at the moment. We just have to keep going, to work hard every day in training to win games. I’m sure when we keep going like this we are going to be very successful.“We play very good football, very successful football and we are in a very good way to be very successful. Everything can happen this season but it’s a long way to go. We have closed this [Arsenal] game, and in a few days we have another one to go. We are going to go again.”Riyad Mahrez Manchester City LiverpoolHe added: “Of course for you guys it’s always a message when we win games but for us it’s three points that are very important. City is also behind with Tottenham.“Of course they’re going to come after us and try to win, to grab three points. It’s going to be a very interesting game, a good game. We’re looking forward to this game to go and make a very good performance. We’re also confident to try to win the game.”Shaqiri smiled when it was suggested that Liverpool, despite their plaudits and their points and their remarkable unbeaten record, still had room for improvement.“Obviously we play very good football,” he added. “You can see that on the pitch and that’s also important for the fans.“But it’s also important to win games, to have three points in the bag every game. I think as a team everybody gives everything. The mix is very very good and you can see that.”Liverpool will assess the fitness of midfielder James Milner, who has missed their last two games with a hamstring issue. City, meanwhile, have doubts over the fitness of midfield duo Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Duchess of Cambridge pregnant with third child Kensington Palace announces

first_imgSix weeks ago, the Duchess hinted that a third baby was on the cards.During a visit to Poland, she was presented with a cuddly toy designed for newborns. She turned to the Duke and laughed: “We will just have to have more babies.”The Duchess is one of three children, and enjoyed a happy childhood with her siblings, Pippa and James.The new baby will be a sibling for Prince George, who turned four in July, and Princess Charlotte, who celebrated her second birthday in May. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child, Kensington Palace has announced.The Duchess is less than 12 weeks pregnant, but was compelled to bring forward the announcement after being too unwell to attend a planned public appearance today. In a statement, the palace said the Duchess was suffering from severe morning sickness, as she did with her previous pregnancies. Duchess of Cambridge “As with her previous two pregnancies, the Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum.”Her Royal Highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London today.”The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace.” The Duchess of Cambridge photographed last week Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte during a trip to Germany in JulyCredit:Carsten Koall/EPA David Holmes CBE, chief executive of Family Action, who runs the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre the Duchess was supposed to visit today, said: “Family Action would like to give our warmest congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the wonderful news that they are expecting their third child. The couple’s third child will be born fifth in line to the throne, pushing Prince Harry into sixth place.The Prince of Wales is first in line, followed by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.William Hill is offering odds of 33/1 that the Duchess is pregnant with twins. Alice is the bookmakers’ favoured name if the baby is a girl, followed by Elizabeth and Victoria. For a baby, the shortest odds are on James, Arthur and Phillip. ”We are honoured that The Duchess of Cambridge chose to visit Hornsey Road Children’s Centre.“Although she is no longer able to attend today we entirely understand why this wasn’t possible.“Once again, Family Action sends our warmest wishes to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their very happy news.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Duchess of Cambridge attends her most recent public engagement at Kensington Palace on August 30Credit:Samir Hussein/WireImage In July, when she was in the early stages of pregnancy, the Duchess undertook a tour of Poland and Germany, participating in a rowing race. Afterwards she was handed a stein of local beer to toast the rowers.The news was announced as the royal couple were preparing to send their eldest child, Prince George, off to school for the first time. Duchess of Cambridgecenter_img They have chosen a fee-paying independent school in a south London borough for their four-year-old son.Thomas’s Battersea will welcome the young prince and his parents on Thursday.Prince George’s first day at school will also mark a new chapter for the Cambridges as they are now mainly based in their Kensington Palace apartment rather than their Norfolk home Anmer Hall.The Duke, who quit his job as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance in July to become a full-time royal, is also due to attend the National Mental Health and Policing Conference in Oxford on Tuesday. The Duchess’s last public engagement was a tour of Kensington Palace’s White Garden last week, to mark the anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.Wearing a floral dress and sheltering beneath an umbrella, she showed no outward sign of feeling unwell. The Duchess of Cambridge photographed last week The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte during a trip to Germany in July A spokesman for Theresa May, Prime Minister, said: “It is fantastic news and she passes on her congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.” The Duchess of Cambridge, pregnant with Princess Charlotte in 2015 The Duchess of Cambridge, pregnant with Princess Charlotte in 2015 Four will soon become five A Kensington Palace statement said: “Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child.”The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news. Prince Harry said he was feeling “fantastic” about becoming an uncle for the third time, adding: “Great. Very very happy.”Asked how his sister-in-law was getting on, he told reporters: “I haven’t seen her for a while but I think she’s ok.”The Prince of Wales, the new baby’s grandfather-to-be, is “delighted” with the news, Clarence House said. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 4, 2017 The Duchess is handed a stein of beer during her tour of Germany in JulyCredit:Jane Barlow/PAlast_img read more