Liverpool celebrated the return of a full house to Anfield by extending their 100 percent start to the Premier League season as goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane saw off Burnley 2-0 on Saturday.
Jota’s header opened the scoring against the run of play after a bright Burnley start and Mane finally made Liverpool’s dominance after the break count 21 minutes from time to take Jurgen Klopp’s men top of the table with six points from two games.
In front of a first capacity crowd since March 2020, an emotional pre-match tribute was paid to former players who passed away over the past 17 months as well as Andrew Devine, the 97th victim of the Hillsborough disaster, who died in July.
Burnley ended Liverpool’s 68-game unbeaten run at Anfield in the Premier League on their last visit in January, which gave way to a club record six straight home defeats for the Reds.
The Clarets were also the only visiting side to come away from Anfield with a point the season before when Liverpool romped to the title for the first time in 30 years.
Sean Dyche’s men surrendered an early lead to lose their opening game of the season 2-1 at home to Brighton, compounding fears for their future in the top flight after a summer of little investment from the club’s new American owners.
However, the visitors were not shaken by the return of full stands roaring on the hosts in the opening stages.
Dwight McNeil struck the post and Alisson Becker was forced to turn behind Ashley Barnes’s header at the near post.
But Dyche will have been livid at the manner in which his side conceded on 18 minutes as Kostas Tsimikas was given too much time to measure a perfect cross and Jota ran across Ben Mee to flick a header into the far corner.
Liverpool then began to find their rhythm as only a VAR review denied Mohamed Salah doubling the lead as the Egyptian had just strayed offside before blasting home Harvey Elliott’s pass.
Mane was next to threaten as he fired Trent Alexander-Arnold’s teasing through ball just over the bar.
A series of injuries to centre-backs saw Liverpool’s title defence come off the rails last season, most notably to Virgil van Dijk.
The Dutchman celebrated his return from a long-term knee injury with a clean sheet in a comfortable 3-0 win at Norwich last weekend.
But Van Dijk and his teammates at the back still looked shaky when put under pressure.
James Tarkowski’s header dropped just wide after beating Alisson to a free-kick launched into the box just before the break.
Early in the second-half, Burnley did have the ball in the net only for the offside flag to this time go against them when Barnes slotted high past Alisson.
Liverpool soon regained the ascendency and should have ran out even more comfortable winners.
Mane’s dip in form was another reason for the Reds’ struggles in finishing a distant third last season.
The Senegalese had passed up two big chances to net his first goal of the season before he made sure of the three points by slamming home Alexander-Arnold’s perfectly measured through ball.
Mane should have had another when he failed to connect with Salah’s low cross.
But Alisson also had to be at this best to secure another clean sheet as he flew off his line to deny Barnes in a one-on-one deep into stoppage time.
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Win AFCON 2021 Trophy, Get N102m, Otedola Promises Super Eagles
Billionaire businessman Femi Otedola has promised the Super Eagles the equivalent of $250,000 in naira (N102,895,000) if they win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The Eagles will also receive N49,389,600 ($120,000) for the six goals they scored in the group stage of the ongoing continental showpiece, thanks to the Coalition Against COVID-19.
CACOVID, a private sector-led platform established to assist the government in combating Coronavirus in the country, praised the team for their performance at the AFCON and promised to reward the squad with the naira equivalent of $20,000 for each goal scored in the group stage.
The Eagles finished the group stage with six goals, which amounted to $120,000.
According to Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, who represented CACOVID during a visit to the team’s camp in Cameroon, their impressive group stage performance convinced CACOVID to increase the amount for every goal scored to $50,000 in the round of 16.
“I came with a message from the CACOVID. The CACOVID is the coalition of private-sector companies that was set up to fight COVID-19 in Nigeria and they have been happy with the performance of the team,” Emefiele said in a video posted by the Eagles media department on Thursday.
“During the meeting I had with the captain (Ahmed Musa) and the coach (Austin Eguavoen), I delivered a message from CACOVID and the message is that, for every goal that is scored, the team will receive the naira equivalent of $20,000 so far, you have earned for yourself the naira equivalent of $120,000.
“We held a CACOVID meeting again because everyone is overjoyed for everything you’ve done so far, CACOVID has asked me to raise the ante.
“From the round of 16, for every goal scored, you will earn for yourselves as a team the naira equivalent of $50,000.
“Also, Femi Otedola, who is a member of CACOVID, has asked me to tell you that if you lift the trophy, he has in the bank for you, the naira equivalent of $250,000. This is just the beginning and I can assure you that if you win your round of 16 games, another promise might be made,” Emefiele added.
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“I Have Never Been Sexually Harassed”, Actress, Caroline Igben Opens Up
…Says She Has Never Been Sexually Harassed
Budding actress and content creator, Caroline Igben who featured in numerous skits has averred that she hasn’t been sexually harassed in Nollywood.
Speaking in a chat with Pulse Tv, the beautiful role interpreter said: “I have not been sexually harassed. If you are to count offers of being ask to go for lunch or dinner after an audition, I have gotten such offers”.
Recounting her experience in Nollywood, the theatre arts graduate said she thought being beautiful and talented would get her roles in Nollywood. Igben added that Nollywood humbled her.
“I studied theatre arts and I thought coming out would be easy for me .I said to myself ‘I am fine, talented and sound okay’ But then it was such a reality check when I got in and I realized there are too many people with all these qualities. The industry has humbled me.I am humbled that is all I can say”.
Sharing her thoughts on colorism in Nollywood, she said: “I don’t think colorism is a reason for anyone not to get jobs.Directors have particular skin colours they want for specific roles.It may be a dark skinned or light skinned person”.
On her plans for the future, the actress who hails from Delta State said: “I hope to have grown significantly in the next five years”.
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No Decision Yet On Petrol Subsidy, Says Obaseki
The National Economic Council in Nigeria says deliberations on the issue of subsidy on premium motor spirit are ongoing and that no decision has been taken on it.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Southern Nigeria, stated this while briefing State House correspondents on Thursday after the meeting of the Council presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Obaseki says the NEC ad-hoc committee headed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, North West Nigeria, has been working on the issue, but insisted that the Council has not taken a decision yet.
“The issue of subsidy has been one matter that NEC has deliberated on for more than a year now.
“There was an ad-hoc committee which was set up by NEC, headed by Gov. El-Rufai that included members of the executive arm of government that worked on recommendations as to what we should do about the cost of PMS locally because as has been told us the cost of pms in Nigeria today is about N162 for a litre whereas every other country surrounding Nigeria is selling the product at more than 100% of the cost in Nigeria.”
According to Obaseki, the huge amount Nigeria spends on subsidy could have been put on the provision of amenities in the country.
“The country as at last year spent in excess of—we must have the exact figures—but we must have spent almost N2trillion subsidizing petroleum products.
“That is money that could have gone into building roads; money that could have gone into healthcare and education.
“So, for NEC, the argument has been put out: should we continue this regime of spending money that we do not have to subsidize the living standard of mostly those who have vehicles.
“When NEC looked at some of the analysis last year, we then realized that less than 1/3 of the states in this country consume 2/3 of the subsidy.
“So the issue of equity also came up. All of these findings were presented to the NEC and NEC has had deliberations on still ongoing.
“So, NEC has not come up with any decision yet and I think has also been made to the president.”
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