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Man United the ‘perfect game’ for Liverpool, says Rodgers

first_img Man United is the perfect game for Liverpool, according to Brendan Rodgers Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes a trip to Old Trafford to face a winning Man United side is perfect for his players despite their shaky confidence.Failure to get out of the Champions League group stages following a 1-1 draw against Basel in midweek was a considerable blow and defeat for Liverpool this weekend would leave them 10 points adrift of their arch-rivals and put another campaign among Europe’s elite further from sight.United meanwhile, although far from their fluent best, have won five games in a row and are third in the Premier League.But Rodgers insists facing up to their north west enemy could be the ideal remedy.“The game against Manchester United is perfect for us and we hope to take confidence and spirit into the game,” he said.“It’s more than a football game – you’re representing a city and a group of supporters where there has been a great rivalry over many years.“You’ve just got to find the ways to refocus the minds of the players, forget and learn from the experiences, and look at it as an opportunity to go and get onto a winning run.“You have to be [determined] when you’re at a club this size. The expectancy is what you want.“We’re very much focused on improving that performance level. We know that we can do that – we can put a run of results together that can keep us climbing.“But really we want to keep improving on the performance level. As my teams have shown, we’ll get better as the season goes on but we want to start that sooner rather than later.”Unsurprisingly, criticism increased after their Champions League exit but Rodgers said they would shrug that off and look to bounce back.“One thing that we’ve always had here has been the spirit in the camp,” he added.“No matter what the outside influences, what is spoken and written about, we’ve always retained that strong mentality and the focus is very much back on getting ourselves sorted for the weekend.“It was vital we could not dwell on the disappointment for too long.”Having guided the side to within touching distance of the title last season the tables have turned for Rodgers.The Anfield boss is now third-favourite to be the next manager to lose his job, behind bottom side Leicester’s Nigel Pearson and Alan Irvine, whose West Brom team have won just one in nine league matches.Rodgers built a considerable amount of credit with owners Fenway Sports Group after last season, which culminated in him being given a new contract, and he is not worried about the Americans wielding the axe just yet.“One thing I have always had with the owners and the players is solidarity,” he said.“Of course the owners have seen the progress over the last couple of years and like us all are disappointed with performances this season.“But it is about reinforcing what we have done well in the last couple of years but planning to keep the club moving forward.“That is the key objective for them and a primary objective for myself.” 1last_img read more

New courthouse is finally at top of state’s to-do list

first_imgWhat once seemed to her like a pipe dream – the construction of an all-new Long Beach Courthouse – is almost certain to become a reality, with state officials expected to commit $217 million to the project in their next budget. As the longtime administrator of the city’s dilapidated courthouse at 415 W. Ocean Blvd., Uruburu is having a hard time believing the good news. In fact, she said, she held off spreading the word to court employees until last week because she was a little afraid to jinx it. “It’s exhilarating,” she said. “It’s just too good to be true.” Local court officials have been begging for a new judicial building for more than a decade, with efforts taking on a decidedly more serious tone about three years ago. Since then, the project has gone from No. 93 on the state’s list of priority courthouses to one of the first. While nothing can be finalized until the 2007-08 budget is passed, officials within the California Judicial Council’s Administrative Office of the Courts have expressed confidence that the city will have a new, seven-story courthouse by April 2011. LONG BEACH: After enduring years of leaky and falling ceilings, crowding and broken elevators, staff gets word of construction funding. By Wendy Thomas Russell STAFF WRITER Someone pinch Ronna Uruburu. The timing may be a little ambitious, says Long Beach Superior Court Judge Bradford Andrews, who has led the local lobby for court funding, but the process is well under way. The AOC has proposed that the state earmark $793 million for new court construction statewide. The Long Beach job would be the second-largest of five courthouses to receive part of that funding and would break new ground in that it would be built as a public-private partnership, Andrews said. Officials have begun assembling a committee to draft a request for proposals for developers to build the courthouse and lease it back to the state with an option to buy. In exchange, the developer would get the valuable Ocean Boulevard land on which the current courthouse sits. So far, the project is envisioned as a 31-courtroom building, possibly in downtown Long Beach near the corner of Broadway and Magnolia Avenue. “This is the first (courthouse) to be built like this,” Andrews said, “to the extent that the builder is going to select the site.” Built in 1958, Long Beach Superior Court is antiquated, overcrowded and literally falling apart. In Department J, the busiest criminal courtroom in the building, the ceiling is crumbling from water damage. Audience members must crowd into one side of the courtroom, or wait in the hallway, while yellow “Caution” tape wraps around the other half of the gallery – keeping the public from being hit by falling chunks of acoustic ceiling. The sheriff’s lockup is inefficient, hard to access and runs far beyond its capacity, compromising safety on a daily basis, many say. The building’s air-conditioning is spotty at best, and leaks incessantly. But, after taking one look at the hulking unit on the roof, it seems a small miracle that it functions at all, Andrews said. “It’s literally disintegrating,” Andrews said. Thankfully, the number of rats in the building has subsided considerably. Andrews tells a story about his wife, Deborah, also a Long Beach judge, who walked into her courtroom a couple of years ago to find a rat in “the well” in front of her bench. The rat was still alive, Andrews said, but was flopping around on sticky tape that had been set out to trap rats the night before. Right in the middle of a plea, a maintenance worker walked into the courtroom, put the rat in a plastic bag and carried it out. “She never missed a beat,” Andrews said of his wife. “She just kept right on with the plea, and sentenced this guy.” Such is the routine for Long Beach judges. The standards have become so low, Uruburu said, that most court employees don’t bother reporting relatively minor problems, such as ceiling leaks, anymore. But nothing brought attention to the ailing court like the 2005 death of a prospective juror on the sixth floor. Efforts to save William Anthony, who had suffered a heart attack in the cafeteria, were slowed by the building’s broken elevators and escalators. After that, Supervisor Don Knabe and other local officials stepped up their own efforts to bring attention to the courthouse’s emergent needs. And, to everyone’s surprise, it worked. Relief may finally be on its way. Uruburu said it’s been her pleasure delivering the good news to the many people – attorneys and clerks and administrators and court staffers – she admires so much. “It’s the worst facility (in the state),” she said. “But when it comes to the people who work here, it’s the best.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more