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VIDEO: Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina stars as Roman soldier in new film

VIDEO: All hail Reina as Liverpool keeper stars as Roman soldier in new film

By
Dave Wood

PUBLISHED:

13:15 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:35 GMT, 19 March 2013

Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina took time out from preparing for crucial World Cup qualifiers to show off his acting skills.

The Spaniard, who is in line to make a rare appearance for the Roja after first choice Iker Casillas was ruled out of the upcoming matches against Finland and France, donned classic Roman garb to star as a soldier in a new short-film called 'Invictus, el correo del Cesar.'

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Film star: Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina

Film star: Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina

Hot seat: Cesc Fabregas (centre) and David Villa (right) were at the premiere

Hot seat: Cesc Fabregas (centre) and David Villa (right) were at the premiere

The film is directed by Javier Fesser, who has won three Baftas including Best Director and Best Original
Screenplay for 'The Way' in 2008 and Best Live Action Short Film for
'That ritmillo' in 1995.

The film's premiere was held in Madrid on Monday and Spanish stars David Villa, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas and Jordi Alba were among the audience.

The film is being bankrolled by insurance company Plus Ultra Seguros, who also use Reina to front their advertising campaigns.

Reina also used his trip to Spain to reiterate his commitment to Liverpool after being linked as a potential replacement for wantaway Victor Valdes.

'[A move to Barcelona] is not in my hands and the rumour mongering is part of that,' Reina told Spanish newspaper AS. 'They're such a great club, but I'm happy at Liverpool.'

Video: Reina the actor

Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina dons Roman gear for advert

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Brad Jones to sign new deal at Liverpool

Liverpool keeper Jones set to sign new deal after impressing Rodgers

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UPDATED:

22:53 GMT, 5 December 2012

Brendan Rodgers is set to reward Brad Jones’s improvement by offering him a new deal.

The Liverpool keeper, 30, who moved to Anfield in August 2010, is entering the final six months of his contract.

Jones' has been battling with Pepe Reina for the No 1 spot but the Spaniard is set to leave the club.

Here to stay: Brad Jones is set to be offered a new deal at Liverpool

Here to stay: Brad Jones is set to be offered a new deal at Liverpool

Rodgers is considering January moves for Birmingham's England goalkeeper Jack Butland or young German prospect Ron-Robert Zieler.

Rodgers has been unsure about Reina, 30, since he arrived in the summer and wants a long-term replacement.

The Liverpool boss almost moved to
sign England international Butland in the summer but held off. Now he is
ready to step up his interest in the 19-year-old when the transfer
window opens.

Heading out Pepe Reina could leave Liverpool in the January window

Heading out Pepe Reina could leave Liverpool in the January window

Zieler, meanwhile, is one of the best keepers in Germany and is contracted to Hannover with a 12.2m buy-out clause.

Having
started his career at Manchester United, the 23-year-old joined
Hannover in 2010 and has played more than 70 games. He also has two full
Germany caps.

Julio Cesar desperate for early QPR return from injury against Wigan

EXCLUSIVE: QPR No 1 Cesar desperate for early return from injury ahead of crunch Wigan clash

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UPDATED:

09:44 GMT, 3 December 2012

Julio Cesar is targeting a return to first team action for Saturday’s crunch game at Wigan.

The QPR goalkeeper, who injured his abductor muscle, is ahead of schedule and wants to replace Rob Green.

Green came off the bench for the 0-0 draw at Sunderland, when Cesar was injured, and played in the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday.

In with a shout: Injured keeper Julio Cesar hopes to return to QPR starting line-up as early as this weekend

In with a shout: Injured keeper Julio Cesar hopes to return to QPR starting line-up as early as this weekend

Brazilian Cesar, the highest profile signing of Mark Hughes' reign when he moved from Inter Milan, is desperate to play his part in the QPR revival.

Club medics still believe he may have to wait until Rangers play Fulham at home on December 15, but he wants to play before them.

He is expected to return to training towards the end of the week and will undergo a series of tests as he aims to prove himself to manager Harry Redknapp.

Green keeper: Robert Green has been deputising for the injured Cesar

Green keeper: Robert Green has been deputising for the injured Cesar

A source close to the club said: ‘He is desperate to return to action and, while it would be foolish to take a risk, he wants to play as soon as possible.

'He believes QPR can climb away from the bottom and wants to play his part.’

Cesar, 33, has played 64 times for Brazil and hopes to win back his place in the national team… once QPR begin winning games and moving away from trouble.

Paul Lambert feels the heat after Aston Villa"s worst start since 1970

The Doc's spectre looms large over Lambert as Villa stumble to worst start since 1970

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 28 October 2012

First, the good news for Aston Villa’s supporters.

Following the club’s worst start to a league campaign in 43 years, they cannot be relegated to the third tier of English football, a fate suffered by Tommy Docherty and Vic Crowe’s crop in 1970.

Christian Benteke shows promise. Ron Vlaar is a resolute addition to the ranks. And Matthew Lowton efficiently goes about his business.

And here is the bad.

Home keeper Brad Guzan was rightly named man of the match by Villa’s matchday sponsors. That should be an adequate pointer.

Man of the match: Brad Guzan makes a save from Wes Hoolahan

Man of the match: Brad Guzan makes a save from Wes Hoolahan

The long walk: Tommy Docherty quits Villa in 1970

The long walk: Tommy Docherty after quitting Villa in 1970

Norwich boss Chris Hughton ditched his normal conservative press conference style to claim without hesitation that the Canaries had dropped two points. He was right, too.

Out of their nine matches so far, Villa have played just one team who finished in the top four last season — Tottenham — and have fixtures to come in the next four weeks that include Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.

What’s more, against those teams last term they picked up not one solitary point.

Manager Paul Lambert appears to have over-estimated the quality of Villa’s playing staff. His brave policy of buying largely untried Premier League players appears flawed. Frankly, their midfield is the weakest in the division.

Tough times: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has the weight of the world on his shoulders as Villa struggled against former club Norwich

Tough times: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has the weight of the world on his shoulders as Villa struggled against former club Norwich

What’s more, the Scot is struggling to come up with any plausible way forward, apart from blind faith.

What is becoming clearer by the day is that a promising win over Swansea City was a false dawn and the sooner the whole club appreciates the gravity of this situation, the better.

The whole club — from the boardroom to the terraces — wants Lambert to succeed. But something needs to change. Villa are a quarter of the way through the season and boast six points.

Norwich, on the other hand, appear a far more organised outfit than the one who were spectacularly demolished by Liverpool last month.

Sebastien Bassong is a defender of Premier League class whom Hughton will need to keep on the pitch.Having seen the new Carrow Road chief organise a Birmingham City team that threatened to implode, he is whipping the Canaries into shape.

This is obviously where his reputation as a coach of substance comes from.

As for Villa, I’ll leave you with a little teaser. Who said the following

‘The new players have not performed as well as I anticipated,’ said this Scottish boss, ‘but I have complete faith and confidence in all of my players and in my own ability.’

The answer

Tommy Docherty. Twenty-four hours later, he was sacked. Four months after that, Villa were relegated.

World Twenty20: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan to make final

Herath and Mendis help Sri Lanka spin past Pakistan to make final

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17:40 GMT, 4 October 2012

Sri Lanka's spinners carried them through to the final of their home tournament, with a 16-run ICC World Twenty20 victory over Pakistan at the Premadasa Stadium.

Rival openers Mahela Jayawardene and Mohammad Hafeez top-scored with 42 on each side in this semi-final, but it was Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis who gave Sri Lanka the edge with five wickets between them after the hosts had posted 139 for four.

Sri Lanka's sixless innings was a curious affair, albeit on a slow and low surface – but Pakistan's run chase ran out of steam against Angelo Mathews and the spinners.

Final chance: Sri Lankan celebrate their victory over Pakistan to make the final in their own country

Final chance: Sri Lankan celebrate their victory over Pakistan to make the final in their own country

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Jayawardene played especially well, as he almost always does, after choosing to bat first.

The captain dominated a first-wicket stand of 63 with Tillekeratne Dilshan, reverse-sweeping expertly against spin and timing and placing his seven boundaries.

But he chipped a catch to short fine-leg off Shahid Afridi, and then Kumar Sangakkara made all except three runs in a stand of 24 until he was caught at long-on off Hafeez.

Umar Gul thought he had struck in the 18th over, Jeevan Mendis lbw to a yorker, only to discover he had overstepped. But two balls later, Gul got Dilshan in near identical fashion – the opener having taken 43 deliveries over his 35.

Stumped: Sri Lanka's wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara successfully stumps Pakistan's Sohail Tanvir

Stumped: Sri Lanka's wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara successfully stumps Pakistan's Sohail Tanvir

Missing out: Umar Akmal reacts after he misses to hit a boundary

Missing out: Umar Akmal reacts after he misses to hit a boundary

Thisara Perera and Mathews muscled 16 off Gul's final over, to give Sri Lanka a little breathing space for which they would be mighty thankful later.

Pakistan's reply might have been minus Imran Nazir for a duck, had Dilshan somehow clung on to a very tough diving chance at point off Mathews.

Instead, the first breakthrough did not come until there was 31 on the board when Nazir contrived to edge a forward-defensive at Ajantha Mendis on to his stumps – via pad and ground – in the spinner's first over.

Sharp fielding: Thisara Perera breaks the bails in an attempt to run-out Pakistan's captain Mohammad Hafeez

Sharp fielding: Thisara Perera breaks the bails in an attempt to run-out Pakistan's captain Mohammad Hafeez

Big appeal: Lasith Malinga unsuccessfully appeals for an LBW decision against Pakistan's Imran Nazir

Big appeal: Lasith Malinga unsuccessfully appeals for an LBW decision against Pakistan's Imran Nazir

Hafeez also escaped an early half-chance, when Herath could not hold a diving effort at long-on off Perera – nothing to the let-off the Pakistan captain would get on 24 when Lasith Malinga put down a straightforward one in the same position off Mathews.

The same bowler had already struck twice in four balls, however, when Jayawardene brought him back for the 10th over.

Nasir Jamshed went lbw to one that might have pitched just outside leg; then Kamran Akmal gave himself little chance to adapt to the awkward surface and somehow propelled an attempted big hit only as far as midwicket where Jayawardene himself took an easy catch.

Putting the runs on: Sri Lanka's Jeevan Mendis helps his side reach their total

Putting the runs on: Sri Lanka's Jeevan Mendis helps his side reach their total

Watching it all the way: Tillakaratne Dilshan plays a shot as Pakistan's wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal watches on

Watching it all the way: Tillakaratne Dilshan plays a shot as Pakistan's wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal watches on

Shoaib Malik was bowled by one that spun sharply from Herath (three for 25). But it was the dismissal of Hafeez, stumped on the charge to the slow left-armer, which turned the match Sri Lanka's way – and when the out-of-form Afridi was then bowled first ball, Pakistan were 91 for six.

They still had time to be competitive but were running out of the right men to find the boundaries, and in the end it was too much for Umar Akmal to do on his own.

West Brom 1 Liverpool 2: Match report

West Brom 1 Liverpool 2: Sahin bags double to take nervy win for holders at Hawthorns

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UPDATED:

22:46 GMT, 26 September 2012

Brendan Rodgers may have overseen the worst Liverpool start to a league campaign in a century, but two goals from Nuri Sahin rewarded the manager for sticking to his principles.

Two points from the opening five matches in the Premier League could have seen the Liverpool boss adopt a more pragmatic approach for this difficult tie in the Black Country.

But far from sending out some of the big guns in a bid to change his luck, Rodgers fielded a team virtually unrecognisable to those without an intimate knowledge of the club.

No 1: Nuri Sahin scored his first two goals for Liverpool

No 1: Nuri Sahin scored his first two goals for Liverpool

Get in: The Liverpool players were delighted with the Real Madrid palyer's contribution

Get in: The Liverpool players were delighted with the Real Madrid palyer's contribution

Match facts:

West Brom: Foster, Jones, Olsson, Tamas, Ridgewell (Dawson 22), Mulumbu, Dorrans, Thorne, Rosenberg, Fortune (El Ghanassy 87), Lukaku (Long 70).

Subs Not Used: Luke Daniels, Yacob, McAuley, Berahino.

Booked: Mulumbu.

Goal: Tamas 3.

Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Robinson, Henderson, Sahin, Downing, Pacheco (Fernandez Saez 81), Yesil (Sinclair 81), Assaidi.

Subs Not Used: Gulacsi, Wilson, Sterling, Coady, Sama.

Booked: Wisdom.

Goals: Sahin 17,82.

Attendance: 21,164

Referee: Michael Oliver

And the Northern Irishman was rewarded for his brave and youthful selection eight minutes from time when on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Sahin finished from close range, capping a thoroughly impressive show from Rodgers’ rookies.

The victory was all the more impressive because Liverpool had to recover from the shock of losing a third-minute goal to West Brom centre half Gabriel Tamas that was as soft as they come.

But home keeper Ben Foster was culpable in allowing Sahin to equalise shortly afterwards and Liverpool settled into the tie, running out worthy winners.

Such has been the emphasis placed on youth and Rodgers’ determination to experiment that this third-round clash also saw Jerome Sinclair set a record as the youngest player to wear the club’s colours.

Remember the name, because Liverpool’s staff don’t seem able to do so. Persons unknown filled in the team-sheet beforehand, listing the striker’s name as Jordan. But his introduction in the 81st minute meant Sinclair, aged 16 years and six days, created history.

‘It’s great to have young players like that,’ said Rodgers. ‘I think it’s a symbol of how we are looking to progress.

Good hit: Sahin bagged his first goal in a Liverpool shirt against the Baggies

Good hit: Sahin bagged his first goal in a Liverpool shirt against the Baggies

Get in: Sahin is congratulated after scoring his goal to level up the match

Get in: Sahin is congratulated after scoring his goal to level up the match

Teenager Sinclair makes history

Jerome Sinclair, aged 16 years and six days, became the youngest ever Liverpool player when he came on as an 81st-minute substitute. Sinclair comfortably beat the mark set in 2010 by Jack Robinson (16 years and 250 days).

‘We want to bring in top players but it’s equally important for us to develop top players. For me it’s about talent — irrespective of age. We have a very small squad. At the moment, I’ve got 12 senior players fit. We’ve had four games in 10 days and we are busy again next week.

‘So, young players are going to get their chance, if they have the talent. There’s a bright future here. And I think the fans are buying into what we are trying to do.

‘It’s even more special when you have so many young players against a West Brom side that have had such a fantastic start.’

Rodgers could not avoid a slight hiccup, however, as he referred to record-breaker Sinclair as ‘Jermain’ in his first post-match interview. After the team-sheet gaffe, you could say the youngster made three names for himself.

In it goes: Gabriel Tamas put the Baggies ahead after just three minutes

In it goes: Gabriel Tamas put the Baggies ahead after just three minutes

Tough break: Both teams battled hard for the win

Tough break: Both teams battled hard for the win

Rodgers added: ‘It was a great moment for him and it was nice when he received a round of applause in the dressing-room afterwards. But it’s no good setting the record, the hard work starts here. He wants to learn and he’s a good kid.’

The manager was not the only one to slip up last night. Liverpool goalkeeper Jones was at fault after Liam Ridgewell pumped a 40-yard free-kick deep into Liverpool’s penalty area. Jones sprinted from his line to take what should have been a routine catch.

However, with West Brom defender Jonas Olsson in pursuit, the Australian dropped the ball. Tamas had an empty net to aim for and duly found it from 12 yards.

Well done, son: Brendan Rodgers congratulated Suso after a solid performance

Well done, son: Brendan Rodgers congratulated Suso after a solid performance

As the match progressed, Liverpool enjoyed increasingly more of the ball. They had worked it neatly around the pitch in the 17th minute before Sahin drew them level. The midfielder tried his luck from 30 yards with a low, left-foot drive that did not rise more than a foot above the ground and skidded past Foster.

The keeper did not have a clear view of the shot but the reaction suggested he felt he should have kept it out. Thumping his hand against the turf repeatedly, the ex-England man probably realised at the same time he had given the visitors a confidence boost as well as a way back into the tie.

Jones was properly tested just once more, when he palmed clear a shot from Markus Rosenberg from the edge of the area early in the second half.

Whack: Jack Robinson (right) tackled Marc-Antoine Fortune

Whack: Jack Robinson (right) tackled Marc-Antoine Fortune

Skipper: Jamie Carragher captained Liverpool once more at the Hawthorns

Skipper: Jamie Carragher captained Liverpool once more at the Hawthorns

At the other end, Daniel Pacheco hit the bar with a cheeky 30-yard lob and Samed Yesil missed two headers. He was a nuisance throughout.

To cap an impressive return following his three-goal thumping on the opening day, Rodgers’ substitute Suso set up the outstanding Oussama Assaidi, who crossed for Sahin to sidefoot the winner.

It remained for Rodgers’ satisfactory evening to be rounded off with a home tie in the fourth round. It was the one he must have wanted, too: his old club Swansea, at Anfield.

‘They are two wonderful clubs with fantastic supporters,’ he said. ‘To get a home tie is special. For it to be Swansea is extra special.’

Powerless: Steve Clarke could do nothing to prevent his side losing 2-1 and crashing out

Powerless: Steve Clarke could do nothing to prevent his side losing 2-1 and crashing out

Liverpool 1 Manchester United 2 match report: Robin van Persie scores winner

Liverpool 1 Manchester United 2: Van Persie spot on as visitors take advantage of Shelvey's red card

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UPDATED:

14:35 GMT, 23 September 2012

Robin van Persie sealed Manchester United's fightback with an 81st minute penalty in a lively clash at Anfield.

On an emotional day on Merseyside, both sides served up a full-bloodied affair that was gripping from start to finish.

Spot on: Van Persie converts a late penalty to give United the victory over their fierce rivals

Spot on: Van Persie converts a late penalty to give United the victory over their fierce rivals

Dutch of class: The 24million summer signing wheels away in celebration after his late spot-kick

Dutch of class: The 24million summer signing wheels away in celebration after his late spot-kick

Jonjo Shelvey was sent off in the first half for a rough challenge on Jonny Evans, although Steven Gerrard fired the 10 men in front shortly after the break.

However, the lead did not last long as Rafael levelled with a superb strike before Van Persie's grabbed the points for United.

Good lad: Rafael shows his pleasure at equalising for the visitors

Good lad: Rafael shows his pleasure at equalising for the visitors

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Seeing red: Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for his foul on Jonny Evans

Seeing red: Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for his foul on Jonny Evans

Red mist: Jonny Evans is flattened as Shelvey protests his innocence to ref Mark Halsey

Red mist: Jonny Evans is flattened as Shelvey protests his innocence to ref Mark Halsey

Squaring up: Shelvey gives Rio Ferdinand his thoughts as the players surround Halsey

Squaring up: Shelvey gives Rio Ferdinand his thoughts as the players surround Halsey

You said what Sir Alex Ferguson exchanges words with Jonjo Shelvey

You said what Sir Alex Ferguson exchanges words with Jonjo Shelvey

Opener: Steven Gerrard fired home after being left unmarked in the box

Opener: Steven Gerrard fired home after being left unmarked in the box

Kop that: Gerrard kissed the badge as he wheeled away to celebrate his goal

Kop that: Gerrard kissed the badge as he wheeled away to celebrate his goal

That's for you: Gerrard pointed to the heavens on the day they remembered the Hillsborough victims

That's for you: Gerrard pointed to the heavens on the day they remembered the Hillsborough victims

Jumping for joy: Liverpool fans savour Gerrard's goal after the first-half interval

Jumping for joy: Liverpool fans savour Gerrard's goal after the first-half interval

Stunning: Manchester United's Rafael guides the ball past Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina

Stunning: Manchester United's Rafael guides the ball past Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina

Leveller: Rafael celebrates his goal with team-mate Robin van Persie

Leveller: Rafael celebrates his goal with team-mate Robin van Persie

Brad Friedel bands Fabian Barthez ignorant and disrespectful after Hugo Lloris comments

You're out of order, Fabian! Friedel hits out at former United keeper Barthez for 'ignorant' comments

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UPDATED:

15:11 GMT, 21 September 2012

Brad Friedel has branded Fabian Barthez 'ignorant' and 'disrespectful' after the former Manchester United goalkeeper said he was baffled by Andre Villas-Boas' decision to keep the American as his number one despite the signing of Hugo Lloris.

Spurs boss Villas-Boas decided to stick with Friedel for last Sunday's win against Reading despite signing Lloris from Lyon on transfer deadline day.

The Portuguese rested 41-year-old Friedel for last night's Europa League game against Lazio and Frenchman Lloris impressed, keeping a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw.

Not impressed: Brad Friedel says Fabian Barthez's comments were disrespectful

Not impressed: Brad Friedel says Fabian Barthez's comments were disrespectful

Villas-Boas is adamant that it will take something special for him to cut short Friedel's run of 308 consecutive Barclays Premier League games.

However former France international Barthez is clearly bemused at the 34-year-old manager's management of the situation involving his country's current first-choice shot-stopper.

Backing his man: Fabian Barthez said Hugo Lloris was a better goal keeper than Friedel

Backing his man: Fabian Barthez said Hugo Lloris was a better goal keeper than Friedel

'Lloris is one of the five best goalkeepers in the world,’ Barthez told Le Parisien.
'He is faster than Friedel, he jumps higher and he is very strong mentally.

'What is happening now is incomprehensible, but I'm not concerned. He will become the centre-piece of the club. Hugo is a calm guy, a good worker. Tottenham will not let him stay on the bench for a long time.’

Friedel took offence, however, and launched a scathing attack on the player who spent four years at Old Trafford at the turn of the century.

The American wrote on Twitter: ‘Just saw barthez comments. I normally don't comment on such c**p but when disrespected by someone I don't respect I must.

'Barthez was ignorant, disrespectful and out of order to mention my name.'

Meanwhile Lloris is sure he will get more games and has vowed to ‘shake things up’ at White Hart Lane following his debut against Lazio.

Lloris enjoyed his debut and claimed afterwards that he is sure he is set for a bright long-term future at the north London club, regardless of where he starts Sunday's home game against QPR.

'The choice lies with the coach but I'm here to shake things up a bit,' Lloris told L'Equipe.

Fight for the shirt: Friedel and Lloris both want to be Spurs No 1

Fight for the shirt: Friedel and Lloris both want to be Spurs No 1

'I'm not worried, if Tottenham came looking for me at Lyon, then surely I will play a part in the future of the club.

'I just hope that I get the chance to play.

'To get a bit of playing time (against Lazio) while I'm still settling in, getting to know the club and my new team-mates, that can only be a good thing.'

In truth Lloris could have hardly wished for an easier debut.

Lazio were on the back foot for most of last night's Group J clash, with their only real effort coming just before half time when Alvaro Gonzalez rattled the woodwork with a peach of a volley.

That did not stop Villas-Boas from praising Lloris afterwards, however, for his sharpness, distribution and handling of a number of aerial bombardments from the visitors.

Thumbs up: Lloris made an impressive debut against Lazio

Thumbs up: Lloris made an impressive debut against Lazio

Spurs would have taken all three points had referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan not ruled out what looked to be two legitimate goals from Steven Caulker and Clint Dempsey.

'We wanted to win this game and maybe we were not lucky this evening,' Lloris said.
'I think we had one or two opportunities to open the scoring and the referee took his decision.

'We played a great game today but Lazio played like a typical Italian team away from home. They wanted to defend and that made it difficult for us.

'But now we have to continue to work hard because we want to win the next game in this competition.’

Remember the name: Lloris wants to be the first name on Andre Villas Boas; team-sheet

Remember the name: Lloris wants to be the first name on Andre Villas Boas; team-sheet

Part of the reason why Lloris had little to do last night was because of an excellent performance from Steven Caulker.

Caulker, who spent last season on loan at Swansea, has impressed so much recently that he has jumped ahead of skipper Michael Dawson in the Spurs pecking order and has also earned a call-up to the England squad.

The 20-year-old was making just his second Tottenham start last night, but he performed brilliantly alongside Jan Vertonghen to keep veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose quiet.

'Klose is a fantastic player,' Caulker said.

'He was fantastic with his movement and me and Jan had to be aware of him.

'We dealt with him well and defended to our best.'

Had referee Hategan not judged that Caulker had pushed Stefano Mauri on his way to heading in during the second half, the defender's first European game would have been even more memorable.

'The decision was a tad harsh,” Caulker said.

'We were unfortunate with Clint Dempsey's goal as well being marked offside, but we got a clean sheet so I was happy with that.

'Lazio looked dangerous on the counter-attack so it was good to keep a clean sheet and I'm sure that at the other end the goals will come.'

Keeping focus: How the keepers got on during the second weekend of Premier League action

Keeping focus: More errors from the men between the sticks in the second week of the season

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UPDATED:

23:31 GMT, 26 August 2012

After an opening week of gaffes, Matt Barlow investigated how goalkeepers cope with the mental toll of football’s loneliest job in Saturday’s Sportsmail.

And the mistakes kept coming throughout this second weekend of Barclays Premier League action.

Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina and centre back Martin Skrtel both lapsed to hand Manchester City two goals at Anfield On Sunday.

There were a string of other errors from other goalkeepers, as listed below.

Liverpool v Manchester City

Pepe Reina, Liverpool's Spanish goalkeeper had no chance with Carlos Tevez's equaliser but was uncertain when trying to come for the cross that led to Yaya Toure’s goal earlier. Joe Hart is established now as England’s best, but the City keeper will reflect unhappily on the positioning of his defensive wall for Liverpool’s second goal. Luis Suarez was able to curl the ball around, not over, the wall.

Getting it wrong: Pepe Reina misses a punch clear which leads to Yaya Toure equalising

Getting it wrong: Pepe Reina misses a punch clear which leads to Yaya Toure equalising

Stoke v Arsenal

It would be difficult to fault either Stoke’s Asmir Begovic or Vito Mannone, who was called up at short notice for his first Barclays Premier League start in almost three years when Wojciech Szczesny failed a fitness test on a rib injury. Both defences were so dominant that neither had a shot worthy of the name to save.

Norwich v QPR

The players claim Rob Green has not let his opening-day howler and Paddy Kenny’s insults effect him. His display suggested otherwise. A great diving save from Snodgrass, one for the cameras, but too many mistakes. John Ruddy’s penalty save — tipping Cisse’s strike on to the post — was top class. Could do nothing about the rebound and looked back to the form that earned him a Euro 2012 call-up.

Missing the ball: Robert Green fails to catch the ball for QPR against Norwich

Missing the ball: Robert Green fails to catch the ball for QPR against Norwich

Aston Villa v Everton

Not a good day. It is difficult to remember Shay Given dropping as big a clanger as that which gifted Marouane Fellaini Everton’s second goal. And while Karim El Ahmadi’s 30-yard shot moved viciously in the air, Tim Howard can consider himself partly at fault.

Manchester United v Fulham

Physical
frailty continues to undermine all the good work done by David de Gea’s
razor-sharp reflexes. He got nowhere near Matthew Briggs’ cross and
came off second best in a collision with Mladen Petric that caused a
startled Nemanja Vidic to deflect the ball into his own net. Fulham’s
Mark Schwarzer was as solid as ever.

Nowhere near: David De Gea misses the cross that leads to Fulham's second goal

Nowhere near: David De Gea misses the cross that leads to Fulham's second goal

Swansea v West Ham

Jussi
Jaaskelainen made a howler for Swansea’s first. Angel Rangel’s
cross-shot from the byeline shouldn’t have been a problem — it didn’t
even appear to be on target — but the Finn managed to deflect it into
goal with his right elbow (some called it an own goal). Michel Vorm made
a fine reaction save to Matt Jarvis’s volley, but was nervy under high
crosses.

Tottenham v West Bromwhich Albion

Small wonder West Bromwich goalkeeper Ben Foster, who played well, ran half the pitch to celebrate James Morrison’s equaliser. White Hart Lane was the ground where Foster conceded a long-range goal to opposite number Paul Robinson in March 2007. At the other end, Brad Friedel continues to play like a 21-year-old rather than a keeper nine years shy of 50.

Chelsea v Newcastle

Petr Cech was close to faultless as he captained Chelsea just three days after the uncharacteristic fumble which gifted Reading a goal at Stamford Bridge. Cech made good saves from Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, while Tim Krul played well, too, and could have done little to stop Eden Hazard’s penalty or the goal from Fernando Torres.

England v South Africa Alastair Cook backing Ravi Bopara in second Test

Cook backing Bopara to finally make his breakthrough in Test arena

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19:30 GMT, 28 July 2012

Alastair Cook backed his under-fire Essex team-mate Ravi Bopara to come good at the highest level, starting in the vital second Investec Test against South Africa at Headingley, which begins on Thursday.

After injury scuppered his two previous comeback attempts this year, against Sri Lanka and West Indies, Bopara began his third spell in England’s Test side with a duck and 22 in the thrashing at The Oval, falling to poor shots on both occasions.

In the wake of such a loss there was even speculation he may be sacrificed in favour of a fifth front-line bowler, with wicket-keeper Matt Prior promoted to take his place at No 6.

Put to the Test: Ravi Bopara is under fire

Put to the Test: Ravi Bopara is under fire

But Cook, whose 20th Test hundred in south London took him within one of captain Andrew Strauss and three short of a new record for the most Test centuries by a England batsman, believes his county colleague deserves and will get the support of the management.

Cook, who, as one-day captain, watched Bopara find promising form in the 4-0 win over Australia, said: ‘Ravi played quite nicely in that second innings and looked in control before he dragged on a wide one from Dale Steyn.

‘I think he’s taken a massive stride forward over the past 12 months. The one-day series against Australia showed what a good player he is. He stood up to the pressure there. What with the baggage from the Tests, to go out and play as well as he did and lead us home on a number of occasions, there is no reason to suggest he won’t do it here.

‘Clearly, he needs a bit of time to feel settled into the team and, hopefully, he’ll be given that.

Backing Alastair Cook

Backing Alastair Cook

‘The pressure of playing for England is there when you’re trying to establish yourself, when you’re desperate to make that one score or two that will get you a run in the side.

‘England sides have been very consistent and have given people good chances. He is quite relaxed, but he’s itching to do well. Hopefully, things will take care of themselves because he is a quality player.’

Bopara — due to play for Essex against Worcestershire in the CB40 today before meeting up with the Test squad tomorrow — has also been supported by Geoff Boycott, one of three batsmen holding the record for England Test centuries of 22, alongside Colin Cowdrey and Wally Hammond.

‘Bopara is the right man to play,’ said Boycott. ‘Whether he is good enough is a different matter, but he has to be given a proper go.’

A host of contenders for the No 6 spot will line up for England Lions against Australia A at Old Trafford on Thursday week.

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