Sterling reliance a worry – Souness

first_img But while Sterling’s talent is not in question, Souness believes he is being asked to do too much when there are more experienced players around him who should be shouldering the burden. “It is true (Liverpool) are placing a lot of responsibility on him but the same can be said of England and if they are relying on a 19-year-old kid then I think it does not reflect well on England’s group,” he told Press Association Sport. “The same can be said for Liverpool: if you are relying on a 19-year-old to deliver in big games for you it is not how it should be.” Souness also criticised Liverpool’s defensive organisation and believes they have to get back to basics before they can get through their current malaise of conceding sloppy goals. “They are conceding bad goals now and if you are doing that it drains confidence and they must be at that point now,” said the Scot, who was speaking on behalf of Capital One, the credit card company which sponsors the League Cup. “It is not about what type of football you are trying to play; you can play the football you want but if you are conceding poor goals it drains confidence. “Liverpool have to get back to stop giving away daft goals – especially at set-pieces – and then start again and rebuild confidence. “From where they were last year to where they are now they are a team playing without great confidence. “It is not just about back four and goalkeeper; if your midfield is working hard to stop quality balls being played into your back four the defence has a far better chance to deal with the crosses. “But they are not putting the ball under pressure and the guy is able to cross it.” Captain Steven Gerrard, so effective in a deep-lying midfield role last season has struggled to impose himself on games in the current campaign but Souness believes it is too early to write him off. “I think Steven Gerrard can play in that position for at least another season after this one with the proviso he has the right player around him; Henderson plus one other,” he said. “He still has the range of passes and he is still passing it better than anyone else at the club but he needs people either side of him as they are a little bit light in there.” Liverpool host Swansea in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday and Souness believes it is a competition they should take seriously despite the glamour of the Champions League. “It’s a great opportunity for Liverpool to win a trophy,” he added. “You can never play in enough cup finals or win enough medals. Winning is a habit. When you’ve been to a final and won a cup you want it again and again and it gives you that inner belief you can do it again.” :: Graeme Souness was speaking on behalf of Capital One, credit card company and sponsor of the League Cup. Press Association The 19-year-old has been the best player at Anfield this season and he has become an increasingly effective player for the national team. Against Real Madrid in the Champions League last week Liverpool’s game plan appeared to consist of just getting the ball to the teenager at any opportunity and he even played the second half as a striker after misfiring Mario Balotelli was substituted. Liverpool and England are too reliant on Raheem Sterling, according to former Reds captain Graeme Souness. last_img read more

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Contrasts between Syracuse, Johns Hopkins to force Orange into controlled attack

first_imgSyracuse-Johns Hopkins is a historical clash of styles.The Orange usually likes to get out and run, taking advantage of its often-superior athleticism. Though they boast the No. 3 scoring offense in the nation this year, the Blue Jays have traditionally slowed down the game and won with their offensive efficiency and defense.“If they’re slowing it down, as an offensive unit we don’t want to be watching them play offense the whole game, we want them to be watching us,” Syracuse attack Dylan Donahue said. “We want to take our time, be patient and get the open looks that we want.”Last year, JHU came away with an 11-7 win in Baltimore. The year before, SU won 5-4 — in double overtime.Offensive efficiency will be at a premium for the No. 7 Orange (3-1, 1-0 Big East) on Saturday when it faces No. 5 Johns Hopkins (5-1) at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile their offense has been more high-powered this season, the Blue Jays have achieved that just as they always have – with a precise offense. JHU also ranks third in the nation, shooting 34 percent. At 25.1 percent and No. 48, SU ranks in the bottom half of all Division-I teams.“I think we’re looking pretty good, we’re moving the ball pretty well,” Syracuse attack Kevin Rice said. “I think we definitely could still shoot a little bit better and get some more opportunities, but I think we’re getting there.”Derek Maltz is tied for the team lead with six goals this season. But those six tallies are from 26 shots, good for just a 23.1 shot percentage. The Orange attack recorded his first hat trick of the season last Saturday against St. John’s, but with 11 shots, and only three on goal.On one extra-man opportunity late in the third period alone, the junior attempted four shots. Three fired wide or high. One clanged off a post. None found the back of the net. Syracuse came away with nothing on a prime scoring chance.“I was a little disappointed with myself because I wanted a couple back,” Maltz said after SU’s 13-11 victory. “ … My teammates just did a great job finding me and, like I said, I would love to have a couple of those back.”Just two Syracuse players shoot better than 50 percent this season. One, defensive midfielder Matt Pratt, has shot just three times, scoring twice. The other is Donahue. Entering the Orange’s matchup with the Red Storm, Donahue had scored on all five of his attempts. Against SJU he failed to score on three attempts, but remains the Orange’s most efficient offensive weapon.“I didn’t really notice that. I don’t think about that,” Donahue said. “We worry about shooting a lot and hopefully we just keep getting goals.”Last season, Maltz was the source of a massive portion of SU’s scoring, leading the team with 28 goals. His first multi-goal game this year wasn’t until Saturday against St. John’s.It’s made for a smoother, more effective offense that has already scored 13 goals in a game twice this season. The offense couldn’t achieve that until April last year.“When you have multiple guys that coaches can rely on to make plays or make things happen, I think the whole team benefits,” Maltz said. “And if a defense focuses on me, then we’re going to have other guys that step up and make things happen, and if they’re starting to focus on those guys, then I’ll start to make things happen.”It was one of the biggest question marks coming into the season: How would a largely untested group of attacks come together? Through the early part of the season they’ve found a rhythm, but on Saturday they face their toughest test yet. They have a chance to prove that the hot start is no fluke.“Our offense is coming together nicely,” Donahue said. “I like the chemistry we have between all of us and hopefully we just keep improving.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

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