‘I’m better than Liverpool’s Van Dijk’ – Said

first_img “I talk seriously about this, if you compare me to him, you will find that there is a huge difference between us in everything, because he has a negative, which is that when he loses his focus, [he plays] completely incorrectly,” Said continued. “The possibilities he possesses, in addition to his teammates, make any player shine at this level, I am seriously talking about this.” “[Van] Dijk is a good defender, but sometimes he makes mistakes like all defenders in the world.” Said was loaned to Everton from Al Ahly in 2003 but he failed to make a single appearance for the Toffees. read also:Van Dijk ‘happy to be back’ despite derby disappointment He enjoyed his best days with Ahly, winning the Egyptian Premier League, Egyptian Cup, Caf Champions League and Caf Super Cup. Said also won 49 caps with the Egypt national team between 2000 and 2008, winning the Africa Cup of Nations with the Pharaohs in 2006 on home soil and in 2008 in Ghana. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Former Everton and Egypt defender, Ibrahim Said, believes he is better than Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk. Van Dijk and Richarlison are set to face off again in this Sunday’s derby The Dutchman has been a solid rock for the Reds since he joined from Southampton in January 2018, helping the Merseyside club to the Champions League, Uefa Super Cup, Club World Cup and most recently the Premier League which they clinched for the first time under the current format and first since 1990 when it was the old English First Division. The 28-year old has made 115 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 11 goals and providing six assists. He is famously known for going 65 games without getting dribbled past until Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus did it in the 2019 Community Shield at Wembley which City won 5-4 on penalties after ending 1-1 in regular time. “I am more skilled than Van Dijk, because he plays in only one position, while I have been playing in more than one. Certainly, I’m better than him,” Said told Egyptian TV channel TEN. Said went on to stress that Van Dijk has a negative in that he loses focus at times. He also says the presence of strong teammates helps him shine on the pitch.last_img read more

Big Ten championship: 3 takeaways from No. 6 Ohio State’s win over No. 21 Northwestern

first_imgIt’s quite possible Georgia gets in, but for now let’s talk about OSU and Oklahoma. Ohio State has jumped a fellow team with one loss before. It did it in 2014 when it jumped TCU to get into the top four in the final ranking.So there is precedent. However, remember that year there was no Big 12 championship game, so Ohio State won convincingly and neither TCU nor Baylor saw action on the field. So while the Buckeyes have jumped into the playoff before, they have never done so when another team won a conference title the same day they did. Will this be the year it happens?The question is, does the CFP committee value a win over a new opponent for OSU, or does it think a win redeeming a lone loss on the season is better? OU took down Texas after losing to it in the regular season. Taking the latter into account, it will probably be really hard for OSU to jump the Sooners. Dwayne Haskins wasn’t going to let the Buckeyes lose this game.Northwestern gave No. 6 Ohio State a major challenge in this one, but OSU was simply too good as it took down the No. 21 team in the country 45-24 to win the Big Ten title. And this one was all about Haskins as the redshirt sophomore went 30-of-36 passing for 499 yards with five touchdowns and an interception.Haskins has now thrown for 4,502 yards with 46 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season, carving out a healthy argument to be the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner. Related News SEC championship game: 3 takeaways from No. 1 Alabama’s comeback win over No. 4 Georgiacenter_img Big 12 championship: 3 takeaways from No. 5 Oklahoma’s victory over No. 14 Texas Here are three takeaways from the Big Ten championship game.Assuaging some fearsHaskins is not the most mobile quarterback in college football. In fact, when Penn State pressured him in Ohio State’s matchup with the Nittany Lions earlier this season, Haskins got flat-out rattled when he was pressured.Saturday, with one play, he assuaged a lot of those fears. In the first quarter with the Buckeyes in the red zone, Haskins bought time by evading not one, but two defenders before finding a receiver open in the end zone. It was a thing of beauty.✅Great Dwayne Haskins scramble✅Great Dwayne Haskins throwpic.twitter.com/DQLGMyq4it— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 2, 2018Haskins sometimes gets compared to Byron Leftwich — more so for his arm than mobility. While he may never be a player who sprints for countless yards like Kyler Murray or even Tua Tagovailoa, if he can maintain that kind of mobility in the pocket, NFL teams will get even more comfortable with him.A solid statementProbably the biggest thought about Northwestern coming into this game was that it was the first team to play in a Power 5 conference championship game while going winless in non-conference play. There weren’t a ton of compliments being thrown around.But Northwestern gained some respect in this one. The defense got some critical stops, the offense sustained a good number of drives and the Wildcats were in this game until well into the fourth quarter.The Wildcats may not have received a ton of respect coming into this one, but they earned Ohio State’s by the end of this game.It’s happened beforeNow that Ohio State has beaten Northwestern and won the Big Ten championship, the debate will begin: Who gets into the College Football Playoff? One of two 12-1 teams in Ohio State or Oklahoma, or an 11-2 team in Georgia?last_img read more