It's rare for massive clubs to find a bargain in the transfer market but the £7.25million release clause in Takumi Minamino's contract at RB Salzburg is precisely that. Liverpool have moved swiftly to try and sign a player who impressed in both meetings between the two sides in this season's Champions League, with the Japanese forward having scored and assisted a goal at Anfield. Minamino isn't just desirable because of the low transfer cost. Jurgen Klopp has needed adequate cover, if not a straight rotation option for Roberto Firmino for some time; his Liverpool team just isn't the same without the Brazilian and the other strikers on the books are Divock Origi, who leads the line, or Rhian Brewster, who is yet to break into the first team properly. Although capable of playing on either wing, Minamino often starts for Salzburg in a position similar to Firmino's at Liverpool, just behind and between two more advanced strikers in a 4-3-3/4-4-2 diamond. The other two lead … [Read more...] about Who is Liverpool target Takumi Minamino, what role does he play and what will he bring to Jurgen Klopp’s team?
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On 8 April 1994, I woke up with a minor hangover, but nothing too serious. Somewhat groggily I brushed my teeth, put the kettle on, and flicked on the morning news. Bang. There it was: the top story on every channel. "Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, has been found dead at his home of a gunshot wound to the head." That didn't half snap me wide awake. It was only on the drive down to Brixton that the full gravity of the situation hit me. I had already advanced all the box-office money for the upcoming Nirvana shows to put together In Bloom [Parkes was putting on four Nirvana gigs followed by an outdoor festival – In Bloom – headlined by the band]. If we were going to have to refund every Nirvana ticket, it would come to over £250,000. This was the inbuilt danger of my high-risk business model. It had served me extremely well up to now, putting the Academy way ahead of the competition; but it meant that when the shit hit the fan, the walls really got spattered. The … [Read more...] about What to do when Nirvana are playing your venue, but Kurt Cobain’s dead?
She said that it 'killed her' to watch Phillip Schofield present the Royal Wedding coverage without her. But Holly Willoughby appeared giddy as she was reunited with her This Morning co-host at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show preview day, held at The Royal Hospital in London on Monday morning. Leading the glamour at the star-studded event, the presenter, 37, was in high spirits while sniffing a bunch of flowers with her fellow ITV star, 56, as the pair unveiled a new rose named after their daytime programme, in celebration of the show's 30th anniversary. Beaming: Holly Willoughby put on a brave face as she attended the RHS Chelsea Flower Show preview day with her This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield in London on Monday Pick up a printed dress like Holly in L.K.Bennett L.K.Bennett 'Montana' poppy silk dress Shop it here Visit site Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were at the preview day of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London this week where they … [Read more...] about Holly Willoughby stuns in a striking red midi dress as she joins stars at Chelsea Flower Show… after saying ‘it killed her’ to see Phillip Schofield presenting without her at Royal Wedding
Before kick-off at White Hart Lane, a video is played on the large screens that sit above each of the two goals. In whirlwind fashion a host of Tottenham greats, from Bill Nicholson to Gareth Bale, are displayed alongside thunderous music and a cinematic voiceover, which, at the end, affirms the club’s motto: “To dare is to do.” It’s very dramatic, a little over-the-top and, on Saturday, somewhat contradictory. Because Tottenham’s performance here was one which did not live up to that tradition of showing dare. Quite the opposite, in fact, as a team who were 2-0 up at half-time and largely in control crumbled under pressure from their opponents. There was absence of courage, of belief, and ultimately that cost them two points. These remain early days, of course, and the team will get sharper both mentally and physically. But given Spurs’ poor home record last season – they lost six of their 19 league fixtures at this venue – the concern … [Read more...] about Tottenham toothless without Harry Kane and must find another striker
Machines, four. Humanity, one. That was the result of the match between Google’s AlphaGo and human champion Lee Sedol at the fiendishly complex game of Go, and it came with a disconcerting question: what next? Where will the machines claim their next victory: putting you out of a job; solving the mysteries of science; bettering human abilities in the bedroom? AlphaGo’s success was down to artificial intelligence (AI): the computer program taught itself how to improve its game by playing millions of matches against itself. But the trouble with using games such as chess and Go as measures of technological progress is that they are competitions. There’s a winner and there’s a loser – and this month’s biggest tech news story had a clear victor. This is a common narrative of human-machine interactions: a creation is pitted against its creators, aspiring ultimately to supplant them. Science fiction is full of robots-usurping-humans stories, sometimes … [Read more...] about How much should we fear the rise of artificial intelligence?