It was a frustrating few weeks, which unsurprisingly sparked speculation about the 28-year-old’s future, but Agger is keen to focus on retaining his place. “It is difficult to describe but I want to play all the time, every single game,” he said. “When you are not playing that is difficult but, while that is sad, I just try to work even harder every single day in training, not complaining just doing everything a bit extra. “I am more than capable of being in the team – I feel I belong there – but it is the manager’s decision and sometimes that is difficult to change in training. “You need to grab the chance when it is there – that is what football is all about. “I know I am here and as long as I am doing everything I can to be in that team, and I feel I am good enough and the manager can use me, then I’ll be here.” Agger insists he welcomes the competition provided by fellow defenders Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho and expects nothing less. And that was why he never complained when he was out of the side and never sought reassurances from Rodgers. Press Association “Competition is what this club has been about and should always be and that is a good thing because we want to win something,” he said. “I’m not the type of player who needs an explanation, I just carry on with my thing and try to do everything to get back into the team. “It’s been a bit longer than I hoped for but when you get the chance you need to do everything to keep your place.” Agger’s injury record may have been chequered during his Liverpool career but he appeared to have put that behind him in the last couple of years – which is why his latest problem was so annoying. In quickly moving out of the way to avoid a piece of gym equipment the 28-year-old sustained a side strain. “Obviously I didn’t start against Swansea when I got the tear in my abdomen and then when I started the week after (against Southampton) and I should never have started,” he said. “That is one of those things. It was a stupid injury in the gym. “But I’ve trained well the last couple of weeks – and I’ve trained a lot, I’ve been running a lot – and I am probably better now than I was before. “When you are not playing for a while you need to get the timing right and the confidence right on the pitch, and that takes some time.” Liverpool’s start to the season, which has them in second place in the table heading into an international break before the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, has raised hopes of a return to the Champions League. “We’ve had a few seasons without Champions League and when you play in that tournament you know it is where you want to be because that’s where all the best players are,” said the Dane. “There’s a long way to go but all the guys here want to play Champions League again.” Liverpool vice-captain Daniel Agger insists he will remain at the club as long as he feels he can make a contribution, but does believe he belongs in the starting line-up. The Denmark centre-back made his return to the first team in the weekend’s 4-0 win over Fulham after more than a month on the sidelines. He initially lost his place after a freak gym injury and admits he rushed back too soon, meaning when he was fit manager Brendan Rodgers had already switched system to a back three which did not include him.
GROUP A Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UruguayRussian coach Stanislav Cherchesov: “I cannot say if I am happy or not after the draw. The group is what it is.”“My emotions ahead and after the draw are the same. I smiled when we got Uruguay because they asked to have a friendly match against us and we did not agree. They were chasing us and finally got us.”Russia Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko: “This is a fine group (for Russia). We don’t know much about the Saudi Arabia team but it must be a disciplined and stubborn team.”Cairo’s Al Ahram newspaper: “The Pharaohs could hardly have hoped for a better outcome to Friday’s draw.”GROUP B Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran Portugal coach Fernando Santos: “It’s a very deceptive and treacherous group. Portugal have to accept that we are one of the favourites but if you look in a bit more detail, you can see it’s very difficult. Spain are naturally favourites, as I’ve always said.”Spain coach Julen Lopetegui: ”Portugal are a great team, the current European champions and with a host of top-level footballers. The majority of Morocco’s players are playing in Europe and they knocked the Ivory Coast out and haven’t lost any games.“Iran didn’t concede a single goal in qualifying and have a coach who has been there a long time.”Iran coach Carlos Queiroz: “Personally, I‘m happy because Spain and Portugal are two very special teams for me. For Iran, it’s going to be really tough… the most important thing is to play with ambition and leave the World Cup honourably.”Morocco coach Herve Renard: “Our first match against Iran will be decisive….It looks difficult on paper but nothing is impossible in football. We have to believe in ourselves and continue with the same dynamic… it’s going to be marvellous.”GROUP C France, Australia, Peru, DenmarkDenmark defender Peter Ankersen: “France are really strong but I saw their games against Sweden. There are places where you can hurt France. The other two teams, Australia and Peru, I‘m not too familiar with them but immediately I think it’s a good enough draw.”Peru coach Ricardo Gareca: “I like the group, I think it’s an interesting group with very good teams… and all teams who try to play and I think that can fit in well with our characteristics. I think it suits us.”Noel Le Graet, president of the French Football Federation: “We have to work hard and not judge anybody. You can’t go into a World Cup and think this and that opponent is easy, that would be a great mistake.”GROUP D Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, NigeriaFormer Argentina captain Diego Maradona: “It’s not a bad group at all. Argentina have to improve… we can’t play as badly as we have been doing.”Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli: ”The only thing I can tell our fans is that we will make Argentina proud. I also have the best player in history, that’s always a plus.“Nigeria are an unpredictable side. With Nigeria you don’t know who you’re going to get. They’re very dangerous.”“Our opponents will go there with few obligations and a lot of enthusiasm, the World Cup has given them a unique opportunity.”Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson: ”This is an incredibly difficult group… This will be an experience but really difficult.“Argentina have one of the strongest squads in football… the Nigerian players are great athletes, physically strong and it’s difficult to cope with them.”Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic: “It could have been better but it could also have been worse. I think we can navigate our way into the knockout stages but it’s going to be tough… (Argentina) are the favourites of course but we won’t roll over.”Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo: “I am happy that we are not going to play Brazil and Germany in the first round. With this draw, we have a good chance of qualifying from the group. It’s a tough group and we have to work really hard.”GROUP E Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, SerbiaBrazil coach Tite: “More than evaluating the group, what I always have in mind is the evolution and consolidation of the team. These are top-class adversaries and that’s why they are here.”“I will do everything to make us improve. I have been in charge for 16 games, that is like three months in a club.”Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic: ”Brazil are not the only opponents in the group, the others are also difficult.“We must be prepared for Costa Rica, they are awkward opponents. Serbia have always had good individuals and this time they have formed a good group.”Serbia FA vice president Savo Milosevic: “It’s always good to have one entertaining opponent in your group and Brazil are one, without question. The other two rivals, Costa Rica and Switzerland, are ones we can hold our own against and I am confident we can go through… if we play our best football.”GROUP F Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South KoreaGermany coach Joachim Loew: “This is a very interesting group of opponents. What we want to do in the group stage is set a foundation for the successful title defence. This is our goal.”Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer: “Mexico play aggressive football, we can cope well with Sweden and we know what to expect given they eliminated Italy. South Korea are a strong team.”Sweden coach Jan Andersson: “Clearly Germany are the favourites, they are very good and a great footballing nation. I‘m not that up on Mexico and South Korea but it’ll be about studying from now on.”GROUP G Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, EnglandBelgium coach Roberto Martinez: “It is a challenging group, I think it is the most demanding group in terms of travelling.”England manager Gareth Southgate: “To have played in a World Cup for my country was an incredible honour. To lead them there as a manager is beyond that.””Remembering the Tunisia game in 1998, it was the first thing that went through my mind. It was a fantastic day and it’s nice to be able to relive that.“We know everything about Belgium. I think that will capture the imagination back home as they have so many players in our league. They have probably the best group of players they’ve ever had.”GROUP H Poland, Senegal, Colombia, JapanPoland forward Robert Lewandowski on Twitter: “Hello my brother @jamesdrodriguez. I remember your great goals during the last World Cup. I hope you will remember mine from Russia.”Colombia coach Jose Pekerman: “We were worried about getting one of the big names, I wanted a balanced group and I think we’ve got that. When you get to a World Cup the past is not important, memories are just those, every team starts from scratch… The most exciting thing is Colombia are here.”Former Senegal goalkeeeper Tony Sylva: “We have a decent group but we must be cautious…Nothing will be easy, but it is a group in which we have a chance and so now we must begin our work.” read more
Jim Harbaugh wanted to be on record when he said he wasn’t going to leave Michigan.The Wolverines coach said he has no plans to return the NFL, he told ESPN over the weekend. Jim McElwain to be named as Central Michigan coach, report says But he knows that his name tends to be linked to rumor reports when it comes to coaching. “This is a choreographed message that comes up at this time every year before signing day,” Harbaugh said. “It’s people spreading messages to further their own personal agenda. But I’m on record right here, right now: I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying at Michigan. We have big plans here, and there’s a lot we want to accomplish.”Harbaugh hasn’t given any indication that he plans to leave college football — he hasn’t talked to any NFL teams and has been on the road recruiting for the Wolverines. Related News “I can’t be any more clear about this — it’s not true,” Harbaugh said. “I’m not going anywhere.”Harbaugh made the move from the NFL four years ago when Michigan signed him on to be their head coach. In that time span, he’s gone 38-13 and just finished a 10-2 season that saw the Wolverines land at No. 7 in the College Football Playoff rankings.While with the 49ers in the NFL, Harbaugh posted a 44-19-1 in four years and had a Super Bowl appearance to face off against his brother, John Harbaugh, and the Ravens. read more
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington wrestling team went up to Circle Thursday and secured a 45-18 victory. The Crusaders complete an undefeated Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV season – the first league championship since 2005.Individual scores with Wellington wrestlers listed were:106 – Tim Schmidt won by forfeit.113- Double forfeit.120 – Blake Bale lost 13-11 in overtime.126 – Caden Heacock lost 7-1.132 – Andrew Wolff won by forfeit.138 – Nick Reyes lost by fall.145 – Nick Hawkins lost 9-7.152 – Shane Hughes lost 7-5.160 – Braden Struble won by forfeit.170 – Aaron Schoemann won 3-2.182 – Drake Alcorn won by forfeit.195 – Ian Groom won by forfeit.220 – Jace Lowe won by forfeit.285 – Miguel Lujan won by forfeit.Wellington will participate in the Remington tournament on Saturday before preparing for the Class 4A Regional in Rose Hill next Friday and Saturday.â€”â€”â€”â€” In other news, the Wellington Middle School wrestlers were victorious at home with a 72-33 victory over Haysville and a 72-28 win over Prairie Hills.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments read more