Liverpool Echo - 2021-12-01
Liverpool Echo 2021-12-01

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Liverpool Echo

2021-12-01

01. Dec 2021
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wirral Wednesday 1 DECEMBER, 2021 WIRRAL 44,856 Britain’s Regional Newspaper of the Year £1 Freedom of city for 97th H’boro victim Andrew /Page 3 More tributes and flowers are left for Ava /Page 3 ALL TO PLAY FOR Rafa’s excited... but Klopp calls for cool heads /DErBY PrEViEw – Pages 48-55 RAY KENNEDY 1951-2021 Tributes to shankly’s last signing who became an anfield legend /Pages 46-47 OMICRON ‘Isolated’ Wirral man had 600 child abuse pics /Page 7 Woman injured in city centre car collision /Page 6 VARIANT CASE NEW URGENCY foR boostER jabs as NUmbERs RisE /pages 4&5 IN CITY

2 ECHO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 @LivEchoNews The voice of the city My city Make a Dash for Santa i’M CounTing down the days to the Liverpool Santa dash – just four sleeps to go! The appreciate group Liverpool Santa dash is back in real-life spectacular festive fashion this Sunday (december 5). Last year we had to adapt due to Covid – so 2,000 Santas ran virtually home and overseas in australia, denmark, dubai, germany, Sweden, and the uSa. But there’s nothing quite like seeing a sea of red, blue and mini-Santas dashing round our fabulous city, big smiles on their faces, kick-starting their Christmas. Back in 2004 when i created the event, little did i know how much people would take the Santa dash into their hearts. we also have a group of ever-present Santas who have taken part every single year. it’s very special. Thought to be the uK’s biggest festive 5K fun run, we have more than 5,000 Santas pulling on their festive attire to experience a magical day in the city. Brave youngster four-year-old Betty will officially start the Santa dash with LFC legend Jamie Carragher, celebrating the work of our official event beneficiary, the alder Hey Children’s Charity. The Santa dash is fully accessible to walk, jog or run – friends, families, work colleagues, wheelchair users, tiny Santas in prams, unicycle Santas, and even fourlegged furry Santas! we have stilt-walking festive characters, ‘real’ snow, Katumba drummers, and in demand radio’s dJ Lee Butler will host a ravin’ Fit-style start line warm-up. and our friends at arriva north west are offering Santas free bus travel on the day. You can still join in the fun – visit the Santa dash pop-up shop at St John’s Shopping Centre. on behalf of the BTr Santa dash team, volunteers and partners – thank you. alan rothwell BTR SanTa DaSh Race DiRecToR If you have a story, contact: newsdesk 0151 472 2488/2454 0151 285 8472 General Inquiries 0151 227 2000 email letters@liverpoolecho.co.uk online liverpoolecho.co.uk editor Maria Breslin home Delivery: if you would like the echo delivered direct to your home, please email liverpoolnewspapersales@reachplc.com PRIDE IN PICTUREs A dramatic red sky over Childwall at sunrise on a winter’s morning Scheme bids to strengthen digital links for older people TableT-loaning service is hailed as ‘a gifT of life’ By PhoeBe Barton ECHO Correspondent phoebe.barton@liverpool.com @PheebBarton an award-winning dementia awareness programme has launched a new scheme. national Museums Liverpool’s House of Memories has set up Connect My Memories, which is designed to support isolated older people by helping them form new digital skills, connections and interests. By loaning out tablets, national Museums Liverpool hope older people’s opportunities will be increased and their connections with each other strengthened. Connect My Memories also aims to tackle social, financial and Clarifications if we have published anything that is factually inaccurate, please contact the editor at maria. breslin@reachplc.com or at Liverpool echo, Po Box 48, 5, St Paul’s Square, Liverpool, L69 3eB and, once verified, we will correct it as soon as possible. The Liverpool echo newspaper is published by Trinity Mirror north West & north Wales, a subsidiary company of Reach PLc, which is a digital exclusion by working with local networks to equip older people, families, unpaid carers, community workers and volunteers who may not have access to resources. digital training workshops will introduce people to the My House of Memories app which is a museum-based resource that has been co-created by people living with dementia and their carers. it is designed to help trigger people’s memories of the past, using museum objects and people’s own images. it also helps people to make connections with their families and carers that can make a real difference to all of their lives. Carol rogers MBE, director of House of Memories, said: “while member of iPSo, the independent Press Standards organisation. We adhere to the editors’ code of Practice as enforced by iPSo who are contactable for advice at iPSo, Gate house, 1 farringdon Street, London, ec4M 7LG. Website www.ipso.co.uk/ Telephone: 0300 123 2220 email inquiries@ipso.co.uk if you have a complaint concerning a potential breach of the code of Practice, we will deal Tommy Dunne explores the My House of Memories app of course we hope there will soon be a cure for dementia and that clinically more can happen to support people, we hope that Connect my Memories and all of our work at House of Memories can build connections and give a sense of wellbeing that is of great benefit to those living with dementia in the community.” Tommy dunne BEM is a former with your complaint directly or iPSo can refer your complaint to us. Please go to www.trinitymirror. com/howtocomplain where you can view our complaints Policy and Procedure. a “how To complain” pack is also available by writing to the Legal and compliance Dept, Reach plc, one canada Square, canary Wharf, London e14 5aP. PICTURE: ANDY TEEBAY railway manager who now dedicates his time to raising awareness of dementia and is a participant in the Connect My Memories loan tablet service. He said: “i think Connect My Memories is one of the greatest ideas i’ve heard for people living with dementia in the past 10 years. “This isn’t just a loan service, this is a gift of life.” Inside Today eCho subscription offer ......................28 Family announcements ................... 36-37 Your Money ........................................... 24-25 Puzzles ................................................... 30-31 Sport .......................................................44-56 television ............................................... 32-34 weather /travel /Petrol......................... 8 The recycled paper content of UK newspapers in 2016 was 62.8%

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 ECHO 3 News Above and left, some of the tributes, flowers and messages for Ava White, inset, in church Street; and, right, police maintaining a visible presence in the busy shopping street More tributes left for Ava Touching tributes have continued to be brought to church Street after 12-year-old Ava White was stabbed to death last week. Ava was out with friends in Liverpool city centre on Thursday, november 25 when she was stabbed shortly after the christmas lights switch-on, at around 8.39pm. A 14-year-old boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared in Liverpool Magistrates court on Monday accused of her murder. his case was sent to Liverpool crown court, where he will appear today. he has been remanded in youth detention accommodation since Monday. Tributes to the 12-year-old continue to be laid on church Street, including flowers, pictures and teddy bears. A school tie was also left at the tribute site with the inscription ‘fly high’. next to the tie is a candle which bears a handwritten message saying: “To Ava you will forever be missed. Miss you so much, love Lillie.” Another candle said: “To Ava you will be missed. can’t believe you have gone, love Eva.” A personalised Liverpool Fc shirt was also tied to a post in memory of the schoolgirl. Detective Superintendent Sue coombs said: “We’re continuing to support Ava’s family, and they have requested that their privacy continues to be respected at this difficult time. “it’s also vitally important as we continue the investigation that nobody posts comments or names on social media which could potentially impact upon us getting justice for Ava’s family.” Freedom of City for 97th victim Andrew By Liam THORP Echo Reporter liam.thorp@reachplc.com @LiamThorpECHO Andrew devine, the 97th victim of the Hillsborough disaster, will be granted the Freedom of Liverpool. Andrew, from Mossley Hill, was 22 years old when he went to watch Liverpool take on nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semi final played in Sheffield on April 15, 1989. Andrew was not expected to survive the injuries he received in the stadium disaster but he repeatedly defied the odds until he lost his fight at the age of 55 earlier this year. A coroner’s inquest in Liverpool in July ruled he was unlawfully killed as a result of the disaster, making him the 97th victim. As a tribute, Andrew will be screenwriter mcgovern also honoured awarded the Freedom of Liverpool at a meeting of the full city council at Liverpool Town Hall on wednesday, december 8. His name will join the other 96 victims, who were posthumously awarded the city’s freedom in September 2016. Legendary Liverpool Tv screenwriter Jimmy McGovern will be awarded the Freedom of Liverpool at the same meeting. His nomination is in tribute to his multiaward winning career, having created Tv dramas such as Hillsborough, Cracker, The Lakes, The Street, The Accused, Moving On and most recently Time, starring Ste- phen Graham and Sean Bean, which was supported by the Liverpool City region Film Production Fund. The 72-year-old grandfatherof-four, and lifelong Liverpool FC fan, is known for putting the pursuit of truth and justice at the heart of his writing, most famously 25 years ago in the 1996 docu-drama Hillsborough. The iTv programme examined the build-up and fall out from Britain’s worst footballing tragedy. Once his nomination is accepted by Full Council, Jimmy will then be invited to accept the Freedom of Liverpool next year. Of his nomination Jimmy said: “Oh wow, wow, wow! what can i say? i’m Jimmy Mcgovern overwhelmed. To be recognised by my home city means more to me than any award. i’ve also worked very hard to give a voice to those who society choose to ignore, especially victims of injustice, so for my nomination to celebrate that is hugely vindicating.” He added: “To be nominated along with Andrew, and to join the other 96 men, women and children whose lives were unlawfully taken away that day at Hillsborough, on that roll of honour is truly humbling. “Of course to be seen alongside icons and heroes such as The Beatles, the Mersey poets, Sir Kenny and Bob Paisley gives me a huge thrill, but it’s the 97 that i feel the most honour to be next to and to whose memory i dedicate my nomination.” WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO BUY YOUR HOUSE? Tim Scriven, Ethical Local Property, Investor Andrew Devine We don’t have big flashy adverts or pushy salesman; we’re a friendly, local and ethical family run-business. We guarantee to buy any property, in any location, in any condition, very quickly with cash. We’ll pay all your fees and there are no viewings, boards, adverts or hidden charges. Give us a call for an instant guaranteed valuation. We can halt repossessions and help fix your debt problems. We can buy today. For more info, visit: www.ethicalpropertypartners.com Call Tim now 0151 601 3143

4 ECHO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 Knowsley sees biggest Covid lift HaLf of the areas that make up the Liverpool City Region have seen rises in Covid infections. Liverpool, Wirral and Knowsley have recorded increases in positive Covid tests, the latest data from Public Health England shows. Knowsley had 607 positive Covid infections in the seven days ending November 25 – that’s 53 more positive tests than the previous seven days. Liverpool had 1,631 positive Covid infections – that’s 96 more positive tests than the previous seven days. Wirral had 1,259 positive Covid infections – 31 more positive tests than the previous week. This meant the week-on-week percentage change figure rose by 10% in Knowsley; 6% in Liverpool; and 3% in Wirral. The week-on-week percentage change figure fell in Halton by 6%. The figure fell by 13% in St Helens, and by 1% in Sefton. In the Liverpool City Region as a whole, there was a rise of less than 1% in the week-on-week percentage change figure. In Cheshire West and Chester, and Warrington, there were increases in infections. and in West Lancashire there was a fall. In England, infections increased in the week ending November 25. England had 248,309 coronavirus cases - that’s 9,378 more cases than in the previous seven days. In the Liverpool City Region as a whole there were 5,816 positive tests in the week ending November 25, which is 25 more cases than in the previous week. This means the week-on-week percentage change increased by 0.4%. The latest infection rate is 341.57 cases per 100,000. @LivEchoNews Booster rollout urgency as variant is found in city By Liam THORP ECHO Reporter liam.thorp@reachplc.com @LiamThorpECHO The Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been located in Liverpool, it was revealed yesterday, as the government announced plans to rapidly ramp up booster jabs. eight new cases of the concerning variant were recorded in england yesterday, taking the total number to 13, with nine recorded in Scotland. The UK health Service LIAM THORP finds Merseyrail It is now compulsory to wear face coverings on public transport in the UK. Last weekend Boris Johnson announced the new measures would be brought back in yesterday as the country prepares for a potential battle with the concerning Omicron variant of Covid-19. Some – including Labour and a number of leading scientists – believe the mask mandates should have come in a long time ago in the UK as an added layer of protection ahead of a potentially very difficult winter. Locally, before today the Merseyrail network says it has been urging people to cover their faces on journeys but has not been able to enforce this. there has been frustration from some – including this reporter – at the Agency said there were now two cases in Barnet, one in Brentwood, two in Camden, one in haringey, one in Liverpool, one in north Norfolk, one in Nottingham, one in Sutton, another in Wandsworth and two in Westminster. This number is expected to rise in the coming days. Officials said that individuals who have tested positive, and their contacts, are all isolating. Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the plan is now to offer booster jabs to all adults lack of people wearing masks on board local trains, despite Covid still being a real issue in our community. I decided to climb aboard a few morning services yesterday to see if the new rules were being adhered to. What I found from my anecdotal evidence was a definite improvement, but with work still to do. Initially I stepped on my usual busy Northern Line service from the south of the city into Moorfields. I noticed an instant improvement from what I’ve seen in recent weeks. A quick look around and I’d suggest around 25 of the 45 people in my carriage wore face coverings as they travelled in, maybe a few more. Some of those not wearing them may well be exempt, with a few others seemingly determined not to follow

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 ECHO 5 The Covid vaccine booster programme will be significantly ramped up, Boris Johnson (below left) said yesterday LJMU students are told to cover up during lectures LiverpooL John Moores University students will have to wear masks in lectures from today, as a raft of measures come into force across the UK in a bid to tackle a new Covid variant. Students are also being asked to carry out lateral flow tests twice a week and to take up the offer of their vaccinations and booster jabs. An email sent to LJMU students, seen by the eCHo, said: “everyone must now wear face coverings, even when seated, when in communal spaces, such as offices, libraries, classrooms, and lecture theatres.” The email added: “You may remove your mask only when seated at a single person desk or study space. (Although on occasion you may be requested to wear your mask). “it is important that everyone in Masks for LJMU students our community does this to keep us all safe and minimise the spread of infection which will help us continue face-to-face teaching.” Students who are exempt from wearing masks for medical reasons won’t have to wear a face covering. The LJMU Covid operations Group has sent out a message to their students, saying: “Whilst compliance has been good, we are stepping up the mandatory wearing of face coverings. if you are not wearing a face covering (and have no visible exemption), expect to be challenged.” Yesterday saw face masks become mandatory again in stores and on public transport. Staff and pupils in schools in Year 7 and above have also been “strongly advised” to cover their faces in communal areas outside classrooms. We buy any house! who are eligible by the end of January, with the programme to be significantly ramped up. He said this will be done in the same fashion as the previous vaccine roll-outs, working down through age ranges in gaps of five years – with the most vulnerable prioritised. People are being asked not to try to book a booster until the NHS has called on their age bracket to do so. The Prime Minister said: “We are going to be throwing everything at it, to ensure we can offer this to everyone in two months.” users taking mask message seriously the rules or do their bit to protect others. At Moorfields, i crossed over and hopped on a train heading out towards ormskirk. Naturally this train, now heading away from the city centre at rush hour, was much less busy - but the adherence to mask wearing was pretty good. i counted just five of the 18 people in my carriage not covered. i stepped off at Sandhills just in time to board another busy morning service heading back into the city, where there were once again signs of progress if not perfection. in this carriage i counted about 12 people out of 40 in my vicinity who were not masked up - unfortunately one of these was a “Temporary vaccination centres will be popping up like Christmas trees.’’ He added: “I know the frustration we feel, the sense of exhaustion that we could be going through all this again. Today our position will always be immeasurably better than it was a year ago.” Mr Johnson, who said he will be getting his booster jab on Thursday, added: “It’s time for another great British vaccination effort, we’ve done it before, we will do it again – let’s not give this virus a second chance.” Health Secretary Sajid Javid gentleman stood very close to me, breathing in my direction. Some may regard these numbers as pretty poor considering it is now mandatory to wear masks on public transport and that we know they can help to stop the spread of this deadly disease. But i think it’s important to recognise progress made and hope this will continue to improve through the difficult winter months. i’ve been quite critical of Merseyrail in recent weeks for not doing enough to promote mask wearing on their trains, but again yesterday saw improvements in added: “We can now put our booster programme on steroids. “This is a national mission and we all have a role to play if we want to give ourselves the best chance of a Christmas with our loved ones... the best thing we can do is step up, roll up our sleeves and get protected when the time comes.” Also speaking at the press conference was new NHS Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard. She said people will be told when it is their turn to take up the offer of a booster, and asked for them not to contact the NHS before then. that area too. on each service, there were loudspeaker messages urging people to mask up. The network has said these new rules will be ‘encouraged and enforced’ with the help of British Transport police (BTp). Suzanne Grant, commercial director at Merseyrail, said: “Across the railway, people must wear a face covering, unless exempt, and while we know the vast majority of people will want to do the right thing, we’ll be working with BTp who will encourage and enforce the measures.” WE BUY HOUSES FOR CASH Sell in days – or in your timescale No fees & no obligation Any condition or location NAPB approved & RICS regulated GET UP TO £30,000 CASH ADVANCE Call us FREE today for a cash offer available 24/7 0800 031 9071 goodhousemove.co.uk BEST PRICE PAID

healthlottery.co.uk play in-store | app | online 6 ECHO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 News @LivEchoNews Serious injuries for woman hit by car in street Police at the Kaplan Living Building on Smithdown Lane, below, where a woman was hit ANDREW TEEBAY By ABIGAIL NICHOLSON ECHO Reporter abigail.nicholson@reachplc.com @AbigailJourno Players must be 18 or over. Terms and conditions apply. Excludes NI. 18+ The Health Lo ttery operates 5 main lo ttery draws per week (Tue-Sat) each with a jackpot of £25,000. Every £1 line for any Wednesday or Saturday main lot tery draw will also automa tically be entered into the appropriate £100,000 free prize draw which also take place on those days. All players matching 5 numbers in the free draw will win an equal share of the prize. The Health Lo ttery scheme manages 12 society lot teries that operate in rotat ion and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain. This month’s society lot tery is Health Lo ttery East. For more details on which society lot tery is running each month please visit www.healthlottery.co.uk or ask your Health Lo ttery retailer. The Health Lo ttery logo is a registered trademark of The Health Lot tery Ltd. A womAn was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a car in Liverpool city centre. Emergency services rushed to the corner of Smithdown Lane and Grove Street at around 1pm yesterday, Tuesday, november 30, following reports of a woman being hit by a car. once at the scene police found a woman had been hit by a blue Ford Zetec. The pedestrian was rushed to hospital and remains in a serious condition. The driver of the car stopped at the scene and is assisting officers with their enquiries. A spokesperson from merseyside Police said: “At around 1pm emergency services were called to a report of a collision on the corner of Smithdown Lane and Grove Street. ‘‘The driver stopped at the scene and is assisting officers with their enquiries. “The pedestrian is in a serious condition and has been taken to hospital.” Police sealed the road outside the entrance to the Kaplan Living Liverpool student accommodation, which is close to the University of Liverpool campus on Grove Street. while police were dealing with the incident they asked drivers to avoid the area and find an alternative route. The force said: “Road closures are in place while emergency services attend the incident. we ask that drivers avoid the area and find Got a story? Call the newsdesk on 0151 472 2436 an alternative route. we thank you for your patience as we deal with this incident.” Police are now appealing for witnesses after the incident and have asked for anyone with CCTV and dash camera footage to get in touch. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact @mer- PolCC on Twitter or ‘merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook quoting log 397 of november 30. You can also pass information via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or their online form at Give information Crimestoppers (crimestoppers-uk.org).

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 ECHO 7 Rayim Ullah outside Liverpool Crown Court ‘Isolated’ man with more than 600 indecent pics of children on his phone escapes jail News Rail tragedy A 22-year-old man struck by a train in Essex was visiting from his home in Liverpool. Yousif Abbas Kadhim, from the Toxteth area, was hit by the train at Hythe Railway Station on August 21 this year and was confirmed dead at the scene. Michelle Brown, Area Coroner for Essex, adjourned the inquest to August 18, 2022. judge hands down suspended sentence after guilty plea By LYNDA ROUGHLEY & TOM DUFFY ECHO Reporters tom.duffy@reachplc.com @tabduffy39 A man who had indecent videos of young children on his iPhone admitted his involvement after police arrived at his family’s home. Police visited Rayim Ullah’s family home on November 10 last year when they served a search warrant on his dad. Ullah then said to police: “It’s me.” An officer then rang an iPhone 8 attributed to him and it was heard ringing upstairs. Officers found the phone during a search of the room. When the phone was subsequently examined it was found to contain a total of 637 indecent images of children, 89 of them in the most serious category including six videos and some showing children as young as two and three years old. Ullah had been implicated after police launched an investigation into an Instagram account called Mystical X1 which showed an indecent video of a child. Ullah, of Dereham Avenue, Upton, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday after admitting five offences involving distributing the video; making indecent images of children and possessing them. Paul Blasbery, prosecuting, said there was no evidence of any images being distributed. When interviewed, Ullah admitted posting the video the police had found and said he had sent it to only one person in a private chat. He said he had come into possession of it after he found it following a link on a porn hub. He admitted downloading indecent images of children. Frank Dillon, defending, urged the judge to suspend any prison sentence. He said that the theme of a probation report suggested the defendant was isolated. He said: “It paints a portrait of an isolated individual who finds great difficulty in forming normal relationships and is someone unsocialised. “He sought companionship in cyberspace by making contact with ‘friends’ who have to some extent led him astray.” Mr Dillon said that was one of the reasons why Ullah, who has no previous convictions, should be given a chance to attend a probation rehabilitation programme. He said: “He needs to spend more time outside his bedroom than in it.” Judge Neil Flewitt, QC said: “It is not a victimless crime to look at the images of children being abused because they are real children who have been abused by adults at various places. “Some of the children in those images were as young as two and three years old and people like you who sit in their bedroom and look at these images are creating a market for people to continue abusing these young children.” Judge Flewitt, stressed that the distribution charge only involved one image to one person and ordinarily people who share such images go to prison. Judge Flewitt sentenced him to 18 months of imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered him to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and 15 days of rehabilitation activities. He pointed out he hoped the latter order “will help address your social isolation which led in part to this offending.” Ullah was also ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order was imposed for the same length of time.

8 ECHO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 @LivEchoNews News / Information Weather Around the Country Today’s Weather Four-Day Outlook Birmingham Bristol Cardiff Carlisle Exeter Gloucester Leeds Liverpool London Manchester Norwich Nottingham Plymouth Swansea Wednesday Thursday °C °F °C °F rain 7 45 sunny 3 37 showers 9 48 pcloudy 6 43 rain 8 46 pcloudy 7 45 cloudy 6 43 pcloudy 3 37 showers 9 48 cloudy 7 45 cloudy 8 46 pcloudy 5 41 cloudy 8 46 pcloudy 4 39 rain 8 46 pcloudy 6 43 cloudy 9 48 sunny 5 41 cloudy 8 46 pcloudy 4 39 rain 8 46 cloudy 4 39 rain 8 46 sunny 4 39 showers 9 48 cloudy 8 46 showers 9 48 cloudy 7 45 Around the World Amsterdam Beijing Corfu Majorca Mexico City Moscow New Delhi New York Paris Rio Rome Sydney Tokyo Wednesday Thursday °C °F °C °F rain 12 53 rain 6 43 sunny 8 46 sunny 10 50 pcloudy 12 54 rain 15 59 sunny 16 61 rain 13 55 cloudy 22 71 sunny 22 71 snow -2 28 snow -4 24 cloudy 24 75 cloudy 21 69 snow 1 34 rain 7 44 rain 11 51 rain 6 43 rain 28 82 rain 25 77 rain 13 56 rain 14 57 rain 21 70 sunny 23 74 rain 18 65 sunny 12 54 Skies will be partly cloudy to cloudy today with widespread rain and showers. Afternoon highs will range from 7 to 9C. Caernarfon Sun & Moon Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset Conwy Bangor 8:02 a.m. 3:53 p.m. 3:43 a.m. 2:34 p.m. Almanac Yesterday's High (°C/°F) Yesterday's Low (°C/°F) Yesterday's Precip Yesterday's High (°C/°F) Yesterday's Low (°C/°F) Yesterday's Precip Liverpool Wrexham Bangor Chester Preston Chester Conwy Huddersfield Accrington Manchester Leeds Rochdale Stoke-on-Trent Dec. 4 Dec. 10 Dec. 18 Dec. 26 New First Full Last Liverpool 12/54 12/54 11/52 10/50 9/48 9/48 0.00" 0.10" 0.10" Manchester 13/55 10/50 10/50 10/50 7/45 8/46 0.00" 0.00" 0.10" powered by Tides Today Thursday Partly cloudy. 4°C/ 39°F 0°C/ 32°F Friday Cloudy. 8°C/ 46°F 4°C/ 39°F Saturday Light rain likely. 7°C/ 45°F 2°C/ 36°F Sunday Partly cloudy. 5°C/ 41°F 1°C/ 34°F High Low High Low Morecambe 8.4 8:28 a 2.0 3:01 a 8.9 8:44 p 2.2 3:18 p Liverpool 8.5 8:15 a 2.1 2:38 a 8.8 8:32 p 2.3 2:56 p Mostyn Docks 7.9 8:00 a 1.9 2:21 a 8.4 8:15 p 2.1 2:43 p Colwyn Bay 7.0 8:00 a ---- ---- 7.3 8:17 p ---- ---- Holyhead 5.1 7:37 a 1.3 1:15 a 5.4 7:47 p 1.5 1:33 p Menai Bridge 6.7 7:52 a 1.4 1:59 a 7.1 8:02 p 1.7 2:18 p Caernarfon 4.7 7:07 a 1.2 1:17 a 5.0 7:17 p 1.4 1:36 p Pwllheli ---- ---- 1.2 12:04 a 4.2 5:18 a 1.3 12:19 p Porthmadog 4.3 5:40 a ---- ---- 4.6 5:59 p ---- ---- Barmouth ---- ---- 1.3 12:08 a 4.3 5:17 a 1.4 12:22 p News and information BY CAR ■ Great Howard Street/ Derby Road, L5: Improvement works between Millers Bridge and Leeds Street have resulted in lane restrictions until February 2022. ■ Lime Street, L2: Highway improvement works have resulted in lane restrictions until February 2022. ■ Walton Road/County Road, L4: Works between Spellow Lane and Weldon Street have resulted in lane restrictions and temporary signals until March 2022. BY BUS ■ Belle Vale and Halewood Circulars: wednesday £1,000 B28 8JX BR3 1NA BS21 7YH CV7 8GP DE13 9PP G1 1QT GL18 1EQ HP12 4EA HU6 7DG KY1 1AD thE cheapest unleaded fuel is 141.7p/litre from Morrisons Kirkby. It is 141.9p at Sainsbury’s Rice Lane, and 142.7p from Asda Walton, Breck Road and Arrowe Park. the cheapest diesel is 143.7p/litre at Asda Arrowe Park. It’s 143.9p at Sainsbury’s Upton, Route 188 Monday to Friday daytime service is reinstated, except for the 1725 journey from Belle Vale. ■ The evening and weekend service remains suspended. BY RAIL ■ City Line: Please check with the rail operator you are travelling with. for every ticket in these winning postcodes L31 2JF N9 9LN NE17 7JJ NE25 9NS PA14 5YE SA13 2AW SE15 3AP SG4 8SZ TR26 3AZ W7 2ED PUMP ACTION 144.0p at Sainsbury’s Birkenhead, 144.7p at Asda Breck Road and 145.0p at Sainsbury’s thingwall. ■ NB: Prices may be subject to change. ■ Merseyrail: No planned works. BY FERRY ■ River Explorer: Cruises sail between 10am-4pm Monday to Friday. Cruises depart Pier Head, Liverpool on the hour and Woodside, Wirral at 20 past the hour. Cross-river services: Sail from 10am- 4pm Monday-Friday. Commuter services: Will operate between 7.20am and 9.50am and 4pm and 6.50pm. TUNNELS ■ No planned closures. IN MERSEY ■ Today, Hayama Star, a bulk carrier; Amelie Borchard, a container vessel and Ananya Naree, a bulk carrier.

10 ECHO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 @LivEchoNews News Residents of care home hadn’t been washed ‘in weeks’ Inspectors order facility to improve a spectacular spread for party season! If you want to buy alcohol you will need to prove your age. Challenge 25. No I.D. No sale. You must be 18 or over to purchase alcohol. Alcohol available after 10am in Scotland. Selected ASDA stores. Subject to availability. May exclude small stores: asda.com/smallstores Photography shows serving suggestion. Knowsley Manor Nursing Home, Knowsley Lane, has been placed into special measures by the CQC By jonathan humphries ECHO reporter jonathan.humphries@trinitymirror.com @JHumphriesEcho A filthy care home was so chronically understaffed and mismanaged that some elderly residents had not been bathed, showered or had their hair washed “in weeks”. Knowsley Manor Nursing Home, on Knowsley Lane, Huyton, was placed into special measures by health and care watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after an inspection revealed appalling conditions. Elderly and vulnerable residents were left unattended and dirty, with inspectors noting: “People were not receiving personal care in line with their care plans. “Records showed that some people had not received a bath, shower or had their hair washed for a number of weeks. Some people had very dirty fingernails despite care records detailing that they received daily nailcare.” The CQC sent an inspection team into the facility last month after concerns were raised about residents “not receiving safe and appropriate care, safe administration of medicines, infection control and staffing”. Knowsley Manor, which is run by the UK’s largest care home provider HC- One, was promptly rated ‘inadequate’ after a “focused” inspection which concentrated on whether it was ‘safe’ and ‘well-led’.” The CQC also raised safeguarding alerts with Knowsley Council around six people who suffered suspected neglect and one for the service as a whole regarding unsafe medication administration. The inspection report, published last week, described how there were simply not enough staff available to keep Knowsley Manor safe, with one employee telling the CQC team: “There is never enough staff. We run around like headless chickens”. The CQC said there was a shortage of housekeeping staff contributing to the dirty state of the facility. According to the report: “The home was unclean, unhygienic and there were unpleasant smells in parts of the home. “Some people’s bedclothes, curtains and bedframes were dirty and stained. “People’s equipment they used, such as wheelchairs and stand aids; were encrusted with a build-up of dirt. “Frequently touched areas within the home such as door handles, push plates and door frames had stains and dirt on them. In the lounge areas the walls, floor, doors, furniture and pressure relief cushions were dirty and stained.” The report also noted: “People were not receiving checks on their safety and wellbeing in line with their care plans. The home was unclean, unhygienic and there were unpleasant smells CQC report into Knowsley Manor “One person needed checking every 30 minutes when in bed to ensure their safety. On four occasions we saw that they were hanging out of their bed and alerted staff.” Knowsley Manor must now make substantial improvements or it could have its registration cancelled. A spokesman for HC-One said: “Our top priority is to deliver high quality, kind care for each of our residents, and we take all feedback from the regulator seriously. “We know that we fell short of the high standards of care our residents and their loved ones rightfully expect and deserve, and we apologise for this. “We are working exceptionally hard to make urgent improvements at the home, with our senior regional team on-site to oversee this.”

12 ECHO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 @LivEchoNews News / World Barbadian musician Rihanna flanked by the new President of Barbados Sandra Mason (left) and Prince Charles GLOBAL BRIEFING Pundit’s bid for president A fAr-right former tV pundit with multiple hate speech convictions has officially entered the race for france’s presidency. Eric Zemmour warned his supporters that they will likely be called racists for backing his antiimmigration and anti-islam views which have already shaken up the election campaign ahead of the poll in Eric Zemmour April 2022. Mr Zemmour has drawn comparisons in france to former US president Donald trump because of his rabble-rousing populism and ambitions of making the jump from the small screen to national leadership. Space walk called off due to junk threat NASA has called off a spacewalk because of menacing space junk that could puncture an astronaut’s suit or damage the international Space Station. two US astronauts were set to replace a bad antenna outside of the space station. But late on Monday night, Mission Control learned that a piece of orbiting debris might come dangerously close. there was not enough time to assess the threat, so station managers delayed the spacewalk. it marks the first time a spacewalk has been cancelled because of a threat from space junk. the station has been at increased risk from space junk since russia destroyed a satellite in a missile test two weeks ago. Mica damage plan revealed thE irish government has agreed a revised mica redress scheme which will be capped at ¤420,000 per home. homeowners will be able to receive ¤145 for the first 1,000sq ft, which will reduce to ¤110 for the second 1,000sq ft, and the remainder will be set at a rate of ¤100 per square foot. Defective building blocks containing excessive deposits of the mineral mica have seen thousands of properties start to crumble across the country. rihanna receives honour in new republic SiNgEr and entrepreneur rihanna has been awarded a national honour from her homeland Barbados as the Caribbean country celebrated becoming a republic. rihanna, who grew up in the island nation, witnessed the historic ceremony that broke Barbados’s centuries-old ties with the British monarchy and swore in its first president Dame Sandra Mason, ending the Queen’s role as head of state. Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley surprised the guests when she said her government had recommended the celebrity be made a member of the Order of National Heroes on Wednesday. During the ceremony applause rang out in National Heroes Square in the capital Bridgetown, when Dame Sandra was sworn in by chief justice Sir Marston gibson and announced as “Her Excellency Dame Sandra Prunella Mason President of Barbados”. The Prince of Wales represented the UK at the televised open-air ceremony and in a speech was also warmly acknowledged by the guests when he told the new republic: “i shall always consider myself a friend of Barbados.” Charles’ speech was a positive message, harbouring no regret at the decision taken by the Barbadian leaders, and it also acknowledge Britain’s role in the “appalling atrocity of slavery”. He listed the ways he will “remain deeply committed to this very special country”. Putin warns Nato over Ukraine forces ‘red line’ Russian president Vladimir Putin has warned nato against deploying troops and weapons to ukraine, saying this represents a red line for Moscow and would trigger a strong response. Commenting on Western concerns about Russia’s alleged intention to invade ukraine, he said that Moscow is equally worried about nato drills near its borders. speaking to participants of an online investment forum, the Russian president said that nato’s eastward expansion has threatened Moscow’s core security interests. He expressed concern that nato could eventually use the ukrainian territory to deploy missiles capable of reaching Russia’s command centres in just five minutes. “The emergence of such threats represents a ‘red line’ for us,” Mr Putin said. “i hope that common sense and responsibility for their own countries and the global community will eventually prevail.” He added that Moscow has been forced to counter the growing threats by developing new hypersonic weapons. “What should we do?” Mr Putin said. “We would need to develop President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin something similar to target those who threaten us. and we can do that even now.” He said a new hypersonic missile that is set to enter service with the Russian navy early next year would be capable of reaching targets in comparable time. “it would also need just five minutes to reach those who issue orders,” Mr Putin said. The Zircon hypersonic cruise missile, capable of flying at nine times the speed of sound to a range of 620 miles, has undergone a series of tests, most recently on Monday. ukrainian and Western officials have expressed worries this month that a Russian military build-up near ukraine could signal plans by Moscow to invade its ex-soviet neighbour. nato foreign ministers warned Russia on Tuesday that any attempt to further destabilise ukraine would be a costly mistake. The Kremlin has insisted it has no such intention and has accused ukraine and its Western backers of making the claims to cover up their own allegedly aggressive designs. Russia annexed ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 after the country’s Kremlin-friendly president was driven from power by mass protests and also threw its weight behind a separatist insurgency that broke out in ukraine’s east. Earlier this year, a spike in ceasefire violations in the east and a Russian troop concentration near ukraine fuelled fears of war, but tensions abated when Moscow pulled back the bulk of its forces after manoeuvres in april. Mr Putin argued that to avoid tensions, Russia and the West should negotiate agreements that would take the parties’ security interests into account. The Russian leader noted that Russia has been strongly worried about nato’s drills near its borders, pointing at a recent exercise that involved us strategic bombers. “strategic bombers, which carry precision weapons and are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, were flying as close as 12 miles to our border,” he said. “That represents a threat for us.” The previous build-up of Russian troops near ukraine early this year was followed by Mr Putin’s summit with us president Joe Biden in June in Geneva, where they agreed to launch a dialogue on strategic stability and cyber security. Mr Putin hailed the discussions on cyber security between Russian and us experts, saying “just as with the pandemic, it’s necessary to pool efforts to work efficiently”. asked about Mr Biden’s bid to seek a second term, Mr Putin hailed it, saying it would help us political stability. The Russian leader also drew a parallel with his own re-election plans, saying that even though he has not decided yet whether to seek re-election when his current six-year term ends in 2024, the possibility of him staying on has helped stability.

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 ECHO 13 Supporters of Insulate Britain outside Downing Street yesterday JAmes mAnnInG News / National MINUTE BRIEFING Adele is playing a residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas next year Fuel protesters’ downing Street fast inSUlATe Britain supporters are staging a 24-hour fast outside downing Street in solidarity with jailed members who are on hunger strike to call for action on fuel poverty. Around 10 protesters were in london’s Whitehall yesterday, with some wearing hi-vis jackets and holding placards reading “Here for emma and Ben” and “Hunger for justice”. They were supporting emma Smart, 44, and dr Ben Buse, 36, two of nine members of the campaign group jailed for breaching an injunction designed to prevent disruptive protests. Ms Smart is on day 14 of her hunger strike in HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, Surrey, and was moved to the jail’s hospital wing on Friday. Her husband, Andy Smith, 45, said he planned to stay outside downing Street for 24 hours in solidarity with his spouse. Emma Smart Boris in vow for ‘great jab effort’ EvEryonE eligible for a coronavirus booster jab will be offered one by the end of January, Boris Johnson said as he promised “another great British vaccination effort” to tackle the omicron variant. The Prime Minister said at least 400 military personnel will help the nHS and volunteers deliver jabs, with centres “popping up like Christmas trees”. Mr Johnson told a Downing Street press conference: “We’ve already done almost 18 million boosters across the UK but we’ve got millions more to do to protect the most vulnerable. “Then we’ll move down the cohorts rapidly, and working together with the devolved administrations we want to ramp up capacity across the whole United Kingdom to the levels we achieved in the previous vaccination effort. “We’re going to be throwing everything at it in order to ensure that everyone eligible is offered that booster, as I say, in just over two months.” Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the booster programme would be put “on steroids” to meet the target. Boris Johnson during the Downing Street press conference yesterday The need for action was underlined as the number of confirmed cases of the omicron variant in the UK reached 22, with that figure expected to increase further. Amanda Pritchard, chief executive of nHS England, said staff are working at “breakneck speed” to expand the booster jab rollout. Speaking at the press conference, she said: “The nHS Covid vaccination programme was already in its most complex phase and staff are now working at breakneck speed to respond to this, the biggest change in eligibility since the programme was launched.” Ms Pritchard said “while changes to the booking system protocols and patient group directive are put in place” the rollout will continue to vaccinate those already eligible and repeated the Prime Minister’s call for people “not already eligible” not to contact the nHS about a jab until they are called forward. Mr Johnson also said the Government does not want people to cancel Christmas parties or nativity plays. He said: “We don’t want people to cancel such events. We think that overwhelmingly the best thing for kids is to be in school, as I’ve said many times throughout this pandemic. “What we are doing is trying to take a balanced and proportionate approach to the particular risk that seems to be posed by omicron, or certainly is posed by omicron, focused in particular on measures at the borders. “And we think that’s the right way to go for the time being, until we know more and until we can get more boosters, as we’ve been saying, into people’s arms.” Adele’s Vegas shows Adele has announced a las Vegas residency for 2022. The singer, who released her fourth album 30 last month, will perform a run of weekend shows at The Colosseum theatre at Caesars Palace. The performances are listed as starting on January 21 and will run until April 16. she follows in the footsteps of performers including Celine dion, sir elton John, usher and sir rod stewart, who have all performed at the venue. Aldi Xmas ‘cheapest’ Aldi is the cheapest supermarket for buying Christmas dinner, followed closely by Asda, lidl and Tesco, according to an annual survey by consumer group Which? Shoppers can buy 10 ingredients including turkey, stuffing, Brussels sprouts and Christmas pudding for six for under £30 at the four supermarkets, the watchdog found. The basket of festive food was £28.17 at Aldi, £15.35 (54%) cheaper than Waitrose. Cancer referrals drop Hundreds of thousands fewer referrals for suspected cancer were made by GPs in england during the course of the pandemic, according to new analysis. This has led to tens of thousands fewer people than expected being diagnosed with cancer, the national Audit Office (nAO) said. It also warned that in less than three years the nHs waiting list for people with all ailments could double. More UK birds at risk A greenfinch Euromillions 19 20 26 33 43 1 4 More than a quarter of UK bird species are seriously threatened, with familiar species such as swifts and greenfinches joining those most at risk, experts warn. Some 70 of the UK’s 245 assessed birds are “red-listed” – meaning they are of highest conservation concern.

14 ECHO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 @LivEchoNews News An artist’s view of how the new park might look PICTURE: WIRRAL COUNCIL £13m linear park will link town to river Forget the fancy wine cellar, we’ve got it just around the corner. Famille Perrin Les Cardinaux, 75cl and Casillero Del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc, 75cl. Participating stores only. Subject to availability. 18+ Please drink responsibly. Restrictions to Home Delivery and Click & Collect apply. Check coop.co.uk/store-finder to see your local Co-op services. It’s hoped green space will create 1,000 new homes By GEORGE MORGAN Local Democracy Reporter george.morgan@reachplc.com @GMorg01 A £13 million park project could create more than 1,000 new homes in plans set to transform the Birkenhead. Work on Dock Branch Park, a green space which will be nearly a mile long and run through the centre of the town along a disused railway line, could start before the end of next year. Dock Branch Park, a £13m project, will link the town centre to Wirral Waters, a massive scheme which could create up to 13,000 homes along Birkenhead’s former docklands over the next 30 years. It is hoped the park and the new ‘travel corridor’ it will create , will boost the local housing market which could create more than 1,000 new homes, as well as leisure space. As part of the Dock Branch Park project, Wirral Council is talking to Network Rail, which still owns the site, with a view to taking ownership of it. This project has been made possible due to the huge Major reforms at council Wirral Council is set to back out of plans to create a new bank, draw up new financial plans and transform the way it does elections after a recent report slated the local authority. At the start of this month, Wirral Council was told to consider closing libraries, leisure centres and golf clubs, as well as selling Wallasey and Birkenhead Town Halls after a damning government inspection revealed the struggling authority is close to financial crisis. Two reports, one on finance carried out by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), and another by Ada Burns on governance, made for grim reading. The reports include strong criticism of elected councillors and officers, stating that the ‘prevailing culture’ at the council prior to the pandemic had been to avoid difficult financial decisions, meaning the council’s emergency reserves had been dramatically reduced in recent years. amount of outside funding Wirral Council has secured for the regeneration of Birkenhead, a town which has been in decline for decades. The local authority now has more than £100m in total from Homes England, the government’s Town Deal, Future High Streets fund and Levelling Up fund, as well as from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCR). For Dock Branch Park, Wirral Council will receive £13m from the LCR’s Sustainable Travel Settlement Fund. The park is just one part of major plans for Birkenhead, which include moving Birkenhead Market to the former House of Fraser building, new food and drink outlets and up to 1,000 homes on disused land in Hind Street. The council is also set to make it much easier to walk around the town, with a new ‘super crossing’ on Conway Street and changes to the approach from Birkenhead Central station into the town centre including the removal of the flyovers. As well as this, two major office blocks are set to be built on the former Milton Pavements site. The inspections came after Wirral Council requested exceptional financial support of more than £10m from the government in order to try and balance its budget. It has now reduced this request to £7.2m after getting more government support to help deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, but the situation remains incredibly serious for the local authority. Last night, the council’s most important cross-party committee, Policy and Resources, met to discuss how the authority should respond to the report. All members, apart from the leader of the Lib Dem group, Cllr Phil Gilchrist, agreed on a set of responses which included drawing up new financial plans to help the council balance its books, reducing the number of election periods and halting plans to put £5m into a community bank. Cllr Gilchrist said the situation was the worst he had seen in more than 40 years on the council.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 ECHO 15 ADVERTISING FEATURE News News APPRENTICES: Hope Reynolds, left, and Jovita Beeston Traffic was diverted away from the flyover at the Rocket Andrew Teebay JOBS AT THE HEART OF THE GREEN ENERGY REVOLUTION Why was road closed for 21 HOURS after car smash? By Charlotte Hadfield Liverpool Council is set to carry out a review into the 21-hour closure of the Queens Drive flyover. Hundreds of drivers were left stuck in standstill traffic on Monday as the closure caused chaos on roads across the city including in the surrounding areas of Old Swan, Stoneycroft and Childwall. People described the flyover as being “gridlocked and “like a car park”, with traffic tailing down Mill Lane and all the way up to near Smithdown Road. It was unclear for much of Monday what caused the closure, with Merseyside Police and Liverpool Council unable to give the ECHO any details about what happened. However, it later emerged that the closure remained in place due to debris from a crash on Sunday evening. Liverpool City Council confirmed to the ECHO yesterday that a review will be held into the closure of the flyover and why it remained in place for so long. Emergency services were called to the crash on the flyover at around 11.55pm on Sunday, November 28. Once at the scene officers found a Scania lorry, a grey Citroen Berlingo car and a black Ford Fiesta had skidded due to the weather conditions. Nobody was seriously injured in the crash. The driver of the Citroen received treatment from paramedics at the scene for a suspected broken nose. Police left the scene of the RTC at 3.45am on Monday but the road remain closed for a further 16 hours, until 9.30pm. A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council said the council acknowledges the length of the closure “is simply not acceptable”, and it will be carrying out a review with Liverpool Streetscene Services and Merseyside Police. Liverpool City Council tweeted on Monday evening: “Queens Drive flyover, at The Rocket junction will reopen within the hour. “We apologise for the delay in removing the debris which was caused by an earlier traffic accident. “The area has now been cleared. “Sorry again for the inconvenience this has caused.” Standing higher than Liverpool’s tallest skyscraper, and with blades longer than nine doubledecker buses, offshore wind turbines are an unmissable symbol of the renewable energy revolution. The offshore wind industry is leading a move away from fossil fuels to cleaner greener energy, and the Government has set out its ambition to power every home in the UK from offshore wind by 2030 as it pushes towards a Net Zero future. ScottishPower is at the heart of that transformation. It’s the UK’s first energy company to generate 100 per cent green electricity from offshore and onshore wind. But the green industrial revolution isn’t only about the need to cut carbon emissions to protect the environment, it is also driving a jobs boom in the renewable energy sector. It has been predicted that more than 80 per cent of energy jobs by 2050 are likely to be in renewables, benefiting a new generation entering the workplace, driving forward a green economic recovery and supporting the transition away from fossil fuels. Jovita Beeston from Norwich and Hope Reynolds from Lowestoft made history as the first ever offshore apprentices to be recruited by ScottishPower Renewables. The two mechatronics maintenance apprentice technicians are now hard at work in the second year of their three-year apprenticeship programme, which will see them working on the East Anglia ONE windfarm, located 30 miles off the Suffolk coast. During the three-year It’s not just roles in renewables that will be delivering the transition to a low carbon economy. The electricity networks provide the critical infrastructure to connect renewable projects into the grid and transport that power onto homes and businesses across the country. SP Energy Networks is about to embark on a multi-billion pound investment in its networks to support the rapid growth of renewables needed to reach Net Zero targets as well as the uptake of new, green technologies like electric vehicles and heat pumps. To help deliver this investment SP Energy Hope will receive on the job learning and unique work experience opportunities which will bring classroom studies, such as programming and mechanical assembly, to life. FORWARD THINKING ScottishPower is driving forward a green economic recovery Enabling the green energy revolution Networks launched its largest recruitment drive this century, recruiting over 152 green jobs by the end of this year across a number of disciplines including engineering, construction and sustainability. These jobs will be at the forefront of the transformation of the electricity network and are vital to delivering the UK’s ambitious climate change targets. And this is just the beginning. The network operator is looking to invest over £3bn in the distribution network between 2023 and 2028 and will be recruiting over 1,100 jobs to deliver the change if plans are approved by Ofgem. join the ScottishPower Renewables programme after studying engineering at college as well as gaining practical work experience in the offshore wind sector. She said: “I not only really enjoyed the experience of working in the offshore industry, I was also really fascinated about the impact of renewable energy and how it was growing as a key sector for the country. It’s so big now and I want to see how it develops and play my part in creating a green future.” Hope was excited about the opportunities the industry offers for a long-term career and the chance to do something different. She said: “Having seen how much other people enjoy working in the industry and the real variety it offers in terms of job roles and career progression, I knew this was for me. “It’s really exciting to get started and know that what we’ll be doing will be helping create a brighter future for everyone.” Charlie Jordan, UK Offshore Wind Director at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “We are continuing to deliver by providing jobs and skills training. “These apprenticeships are fantastic opportunities for those looking to start their careers, learning while earning as part of one of the largest offshore windfarms in the world.” ScottishPower has also just recruited its first-ever onshore apprentices based at Whitelee Windfarm, south of Glasgow.

16 ECHO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 @LivEchoNews News South American drugs haul in Liver wrap Police in Paraguay have seized a large haul of cocaine wrapped in fake Liverpool FC branding. Special agents made the discovery when they raided a house in Pedro Juan Caballero last Wednesday. Police seized 500 packages of cocaine and later announced the haul was around 215kg. The cocaine was wrapped in fake Liverpool FC branding, which included the world famous Liver Bird. The raid was headed by SENAD, an elite agency which leads the South American country’s fight against drug gangs and organised crime. A spokesperson for SENAD said: “Special agents, in coordination with the prosecutor Celso Morales, raided a house located in the Mariscal Estigarribia neighbourhood of Pedro Juan Caballero on Wednesday night and found an important cache of cocaine. “In total 215 kilos of the drug were seized. “It was prepared in small packages that were to be transported in a double-bottom vehicle to Brazil.” The spokesperson said no arrests had been made so far. The drugs were branded with a fake LFC logo University names its new leader fifth vice-chancellor has spent entire career at LJMU By Liam THORP ECHO Reporter liam.thorp@reachplc.com @LiamThorpECHO Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has chosen its new leader. Mark Power has been named as LJMU’s fifth vice-chancellor and chief executive. The former registrar and acting vicechancellor was confirmed in the role by the chair of the board, Mike Parker, following an extensive process to determine the future leadership of the university. Mr Parker said: “Mark is an exceptional individual with a remarkable track record as an agile and determined leader, focused on the best outcomes for our students and staff. “Throughout his career he has developed a sharp understanding of the sector, earned the respect of his peers in higher education and the leaders in the city region – he also carries with him the confidence of our staff and our extended university community. He will be a fantastic vice-chancellor and chief executive for Liverpool John Moores University.” Mr Power will replace Professor Ian Campbell who left the top role at the university in August, having only been appointed in 2019. Originally from Merseyside, Mr Power was educated at Prescot Grammar School and holds a BA in Fine Art, and a MBA from LJMU. Mr Power has held significant roles at every level within the university during his career with LJMU and has become a specialist in higher education management. Most recently he has been registrar and chief operating officer and led the university’s response to the pandemic. He works closely with the student union, JMSU, and is an advocate for the university’s health and wellbeing, EDI and social mobility agendas. Mr Parker added: “His story is compelling and inspirational, we couldn’t have a better person to lead us towards our bicentenary in 2023.” Accepting the position, Mr Power said: “I am incredibly proud of LJMU and honoured to be leading such a fantastic and impactful institution. I have spent my entire professional career at LJMU and I have seen for myself, with profound and moving effect, the difference we can make to everyone who has a connection with us. “Make no mistake, this is not a moment to pause. We have a tremendous opportunity to shape our future with a new strategic approach embracing a courageous, innovative and inclusive way of doing things. I am determined to drive the university forward and am very excited about where we can take LJMU.” Mark Power is LJMU’s fifth vice-chancellor

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 ECHO 17 By Neil Docking A dad-of-four crept into his exgirlfriend’s bedroom and poured milk over her new boyfriend before breaking his eye socket. Craig Jones climbed through an open kitchen window into Chantelle Hilton’s home in Huyton in the early hours of the morning. After finding her asleep in bed with her new partner Jack Jones, he doused him awake and hit him in the face with a glass tumbler. He claimed Jack Jones had taunted him over the phone by saying he was about to put his children to bed and read them a story. Liverpool Crown Court yesterday heard the 29-year-old bragged after the attack: “I told you I would get you, lad.” Paul Blasbery, prosecuting, said Craig Jones struck at the property in Huyton House Road, at around 3am, on August 30 this year. He said: “Jack Jones describes going to sleep before being awoken by milk being poured on his head. “This initially startled him, he woke up and when he turned around he was met with a strike to the face with what he believed was a tumbler glass, which caused a laceration to his forehead and heavy swelling around his right eye socket.” He said the victim got out of bed, and in an effort to defend himself, hit his partner’s ex in the face. Jack Jones described being struck again, which caused bruising to the left side of his face, before he was “thrown” against a TV. He tried to restrain Craig Jones and remove him from the house with the help of Miss Hilton’s sister, while his partner called the police, but was “grabbed” by her ex. Mr Blasbery said the victim didn’t think Craig Jones was “bothered” when he was told police were on their way, as he said: “I told you I would get you, lad.” When arrested and interviewed, Craig Jones told police he had been messaging Miss Hilton about their son’s birthday in a “tit for tat” conversation. Mr Blasbery said: “He stated he had been in a relationship with Miss Hilton for about nine years and confirmed they had four children together. “He stated the relationship ended approximately four weeks previously and within a week she was with her new partner.” Craig Jones told officers he had wanted to meet with her to “sort out seeing the children” but she hadn’t turned up as planned. He said he decided to go to her home, found the kitchen window open and climbed through, so in his words he could have a “civil conversation”. Mr Blasbery said Craig Jones claimed no one was downstairs so he Craig Jones Sign up to the ECHO newsletter – scan the code above for instant access, or visit www. liverpoolecho.co.uk/ getanewsletter went upstairs and Jack Jones woke up. The prosecutor said: “He said he was punched in the nose by him, so he threw liquid in his face. He denied using a tumbler to attack Mr Jones.” Craig Jones – who said he had drunk around four pints – suggested he acted in self-defence and damaged the TV inadvertently. Craig Jones, of Paxton Road, Huyton, admitted assaulting Jack Jones causing him actual bodily harm, common assault against Miss Hilton, and criminal damage. He has one previous conviction for possessing cocaine in 2019. Christopher Stables, defending, said his client was in full time employment, had a good work record and it was a “one off incident”. He said: “It was set against an emotionally charged background.” Mr Stables added: “The complainant, Mr Jones, had said that he was about to put the defendant’s children to bed and read a story to them. “It was a comment the defendant believed was intended to touch a nerve and it did touch a nerve.” He said the attack was “totally out of character”, as shown in six references, and “very unlikely ever to be repeated”. Urging the judge to spare him jail, he added Craig Jones could pay compensation to his victims. Recorder Louis Browne, QC, said Craig Jones had been talking to Jack Jones over the phone that night. He said: “Mr Jones had, so it is said, managed to effectively wind you up by telling you he was going to put your children to bed and read them a story.” The judge said because of his mitigation and “positive references” he could hand him 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months. He told him to complete a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement, 20 hours of unpaid work and to pay £150 to Miss Hilton and £250 to Jack Jones in compensation. The judge imposed an indefinite restraining order to protect his victims. News Dad poured milk on ex’s boyfriend then broke his eye socket he crept into bedroom for early hours attack Get £75 worth of beer for only £34.99 Includes: 30 Craft Beers • Magazine • Tasty Snack • Free Delivery Only £1.16 per can! Please drink responsibly Save £10 RRP £44.99 A monthly subscription of unique hand picked craft beers and lagers from exceptional small and independent breweries SUBSCRIBE & SAVE TODAY AT HOPSMORE.CO.UK *£34.99 offer is only available to new customers. Hopsmore Beer Club Subscription is £44.99 per month thereafter.

18 ECHO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 @LivEchoNews News Cut off! Weeks with no phone for OAPs line cut by accident – but response has been slow By PATRICK EDRICH ECHO Reporter patrick.edrich@reachplc.com @LivEchoNews A number of houses continue to be “cut off from the outside world” after their broadband cable was accidentally severed more than three weeks ago. Several houses on Granard Road in Wavertree have been without their landline and internet since a contractor on a nearby road accidentally cut through an Openreach cable on November 8. But the residents’ appeals for the cable to be fixed have so far not been met as Openreach said an underground blockage is preventing work from being completed. Resident Mike Broadbent called the delay “absolutely ridiculous” as a number of pensioners are struggling to maintain contact with friends and relatives. Mr Broadbent, 75, told the ECHO: “There’s three or four people affected – our provider is Sky, so Openreach can’t give me any information directly. “Our local MP has been trying to get through to Openreach to get them to come and resolve the situation. “It’s just ridiculous – this was three weeks ago. They had plenty of chance to repair the cable while the hole was open, but the contractors have now filled the hole. “When they come along to do the repair, they’ll have to dig up the pavement just to get to the cable, which is absolutely ridiculous.” Mr Broadbent said pensioners were affected by the ongoing problem, adding: “If we didn’t have a mobile phone people would literally be cut off from the outside world.” He said: “There’s quite a few relatives who don’t have mobile phones so they’ve been getting other people to ring us on our mobiles to find out what’s happening. “The only reason I’m really pursuing this is because they had the opportunity to repair the cable within 24 to 48 hours of them being notified. “Now the hole has been filled in, so when BT comes to repair the cable, they’ll have to bring up the road.” Previous conversations from last week with the office of Paula Barker, his local MP, told him they hoped the work would be resolved within 48 hours. In his most recent contact with Ms Barker’s office, Mr Broadbent was told Openreach did attend but was unable to carry out the work due to the damage. In an email seen by the ECHO, Mr Broadbent is told Openreach “have it down for this week” to fully mend the problem. The ECHO contacted Ms Barker’s office on Thursday, November 25, but was told the office doesn’t comment on individual constituents’ cases. The problem has been caused by a severed cable PICTURE: MIKE BROADBENT Mr Broadbent’s service provider is Sky but he added he doesn’t put any blame on them as the responsibility to fix the line falls on the company who own it. But he also said that at least one household affected by the delay was with Openreach and the problem still remained. A spokesperson for Openreach told the ECHO: “We’re working to get the blockage cleared as quickly as possible and would encourage anyone who hasn’t already done so to report a fault to their service provider.” Sponsored by www.Teamdogs.co.uk Send in your photos of Santa’s Little Helpers whether the kids or pets are dressed up as shepherds, little angels, Santa’s little elves or even grown ups in their festive Christmas jumpers! All photos will appear in for our Santa’s Little Helpers Photo Special on Thursday 23rd December 2021. Upload your images now at www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/santaslittlehelpers

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 ECHO 21 Sefton’s seat of power: Bootle Town Hall TSB has confirmed it will close 70 of its UK bank branches next year. The banking giant has said the closures will result in 150 fewer roles within the company, but that all impacted staff will be offered alternative jobs. Ten more “pop-up” branches will also be opened as part of the changes, the Mirror reports. The bank says the closures are in response to more people using News Bank to close 70 branches online banking and less people visiting its physical branches. TSB currently has 290 banks but the closures will take this number down to 220. Branches in Garston, St Helens and Frodsham are among those that will close. All the branch closures will take place by the end of June 2022. TSB says 90% of its customers will still be able to travel to one of its branches in 20 minutes or less. Pressure is on for child care service some special needs work farmed out to help cope By LISA RAND ECHO Reporter lisa.rand@reachplc.com @lisarandonline Some of the most vulnerable children in Sefton are being sent outside of the borough to learn because of “significant pressures” on services within the area. A report released ahead of a Sefton Council cabinet meeting on Thursday revealed that a total of 126 children are currently accessing out-of-borough placements at a total cost of £6m, with an additional £1m projected to be spent next year. The report states these costs have ‘increased significantly’ in recent years and adds this is ‘largely due, in part, to a lack of in-house provision and also increased parental demand through judicial process.’ However, the report adds the council are taking steps to increase in-borough provision for students with special educational needs. This includes ‘investigating’ the possibility of creating bespoke sixth form provision in two existing specialist schools as well as plans to create a provision with one secondary academy for students with autism as well as working to provide more mainstream opportunities through building adaptations. High needs allocation block funding, which comes from the dedicated schools grant, is currently being reviewed by the government, with councils being advised they will no longer be able to use council reserves to backfill deficits in future years. Sefton Council’s high needs allocation deficit currently stands at almost £9m, although the council says that the availability of additional places within the borough has helped reduce the cost of sending children outside of Sefton to learn compared with previous years. Officers referred to “serious concern” over how the deficit will be managed in future years and concerns over “significant pressures” on the borough’s already oversubscribed specialist schools and their finances. The report states: “The continual increase in demand for High Needs support and the anticipated increase to the deficit on the HN Block over the next few years is still of serious concern as there is no clarity from the Government over how future/accumulated (dedicated schools grant) deficits will be resolved.” In common with the picture nationally, there has been a sharp rise in the number of children identified as having special educational needs in recent years, which has contributed to a huge national overspend of over £250m. In Sefton, it is estimated an additional 194 children will have education and health care plans in the borough over the next five years. Councillors will discuss the report at a meeting of Sefton’s cabinet on Thursday. “ I can’t I can’t not pay not feed the bills the kids... HELP FAMILIES FACing IMPOSSIBLE DECISIONS THIS WINTER. DONATE £25 TODAY. Please help fight hunger today. DONATE SCAN THE QR CODE, WP8 CALL 01722 580 178 OR VISIT TRUSSELLTRUST.ORG/winter21 The Trussell Trust processes your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018. Read more about how we use your data in our Privacy Policy www.trusselltrust.org/privacy or call 01722 580 178. Registered charity in England & Wales (1110522) and Scotland (SC044246). “

22 ECHO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 @LivEchoNews News NHS staff to get a gift from Uber TRanspORT company Uber has brought back its popular Christmas offer to nHs staff over the festive period. For the fifth year, anyone with an nHs or HsC email address will be able to claim two £10 Uber rides to and from work over the holidays. They’ll also be given a £10 meal or grocery delivery over Christmas via Uber Eats. Last year more than 130,000 nHs and HsC staff used the offer to help keep them going over the busy holiday period. ash Kebriti, Uber’s general manager for the UK and Ireland, said: “almost two years into the pandemic, everyone that works for the nHs or HsC deserves support more than ever as they continue to work tirelessly to keep us safe.” Supervalue WARNER ISLE OF WIGHT ENTERTAINMENT BREAK 3 DAYS BY COACH ONLY £99 Departing Sat 15 Jan ‘22 Banish those winter blues and treat yourself to a fun-filled Warner entertainment break on the Isle of Wight. 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He also sent her a video involving a woman performing a sex act on a man and told her to delete it. He then asked when she would be alone so he could send her further pornographic videos. Liverpool Crown Court heard on Monday that o’Halloran, of Duke street, st Helens, was trapped by the ‘Fleetwood enforcers UK’, a voluntary sexual offenders hunting group. The group creates decoy profiles with an image of young girls – which are actually edited photographs of a female group member – which they send if requested. Ken Grant, prosecuting, said: “in July this year o’Halloran initiated communication initially on Facebook Messenger before requesting to switch to WhatsApp with the decoys and continued with this communication despite being made fully aware of the respective ages.” From July 3 he engaged in sexual communication with a decoy posing as a 14-year-old girl. The father-of-three referred to sexual activities and referred to Sign up to the ECHO newsletter – scan the code for instant access, or visit www. liverpool echo. co.uk/ getanewsletter himself having sex with another 14-year-old girl and sent a picture of a clothed 14-year-old girl saying he had had sex with her and he discussed “upskirting”. Two days later he communicated with another decoy posing as a 14-year-old girl and said she was “gorgeous”. From July 8 he engaged in sexual communication with a decoy claiming to be 12 years old, saying she was gorgeous and attractive and referred to her as “sexy”. Mr Grant said o’Halloran warned her not to disclose the communication to anyone, saying he felt “horny” and discussed what he wanted to do with her and also send her a video of a female performing a sex act on a man which he told her to delete. All communication ended on July 14 and the group created a file of evidence and on July 15 conducted a “sting” operation where a member of the group confronted the pensioner at his home. The confrontation was live streamed by the group and when the police were informed they arrested him. When interviewed, he admitted the communications but said he was not attracted to underage girls and denied having sexual intercourse with any underage girl, said Mr Grant. Jailing him for 12 months, the judge, recorder ian Unsworth, QC, said that he had pleaded guilty to three serious sexual matters. He said the contents of his conversations with the ‘girls’ “were not only lewd but wholly inappropriate and could properly be described as grooming”. recorder Unsworth pointed out that o’Halloran had not stopped his behaviour himself, it had been terminated when he was confronted by the voluntary sexual offenders hunting group. o’Halloran pleaded guilty to three offences involving attempted sexual communication with the first 14-year-old and the 12-yearold to obtain sexual gratification and attempting to cause the youngest girl to look at an image of sexual activity. stella Hayden, defending, said that o’Halloran only has one previous offence which involved indecent exposure for which he was fined in 1985. He has three adult children and until the offences came to light he was in almost daily contact with them but they are now estranged from him, as is his family in ireland. Miss Hayden added: “i appreciate, as does he it is his own actions that have led to the situation... but the impact he feels keenly.” The judge ordered o’Halloran to sign on the sex offenders register for 10 years and imposed a sexual Harm prevention order for the same length of time.

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24 ECHO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 @LivEchoNews Your Money Pound Notes First-time buyers face huge layout versus salaries ■■First-time buyers face stumping up five-and-a-half times typical annual earnings to get on the property ladder, according to a report. As house prices have surged, the average first-time buyer house price-to-gross earnings ratio in the third quarter of this year was 5.5, surpassing a previous high of 5.4 in 2007. The figures were compiled by Nationwide Building Society, which said a 20% deposit on a home now equates to 110% of the pre-tax income of a typical full-time employee. Andrew Harvey, senior economist at Nationwide, said: “In the third quarter of this year, the UK first-time buyer house price-to-earnings ratio stood at 5.5, above the previous high of 5.4 in 2007, and well above the long-run average of 3.8. “London continues to have the highest house price-toearnings ratio at 9.0. Scotland continues to have the lowest house price-to-earnings ratio in the country at 3.4, closely followed by the North [of England] region at 3.5.” ■ ■ A new savings account paying 2% interest has been launched by Britain’s biggest building society. Nationwide’s Flex Regular Saver is available for current account members and has limited access for the first 12 months, after which it reverts to an instant access account. Members aged 16 or over can save up to £200 per calendar month into the account and are allowed to make up to three withdrawals within the 12 months after the account opens. If four or more withdrawals are made, the rate on the “limited time” deal will fall to 0.35%. The deal is open to members who have a FlexPlus, FlexDirect, FlexAccount, FlexStudent, FlexGraduate, FlexBasic or FlexOne2 account. The run-up to Christmas traditionally puts a chill on purses and wallets – and with households under further pressure from rising living costs, this year could prove a particular struggle. After many people missed out on the excitement of being with friends and family last year, it might be tempting to go all out this time around. To help keep spending under control and save some cash in the coming weeks, Al Ward, head of customer savings at abrdn (abrdn. com), shares his 12 saves of Christmas. Revisit lockdown saving habits With social events off limits, the lockdowns did help some people put more money away than usual. If your direct debits, subscriptions and coffees during the daily commute have started creeping up again, perhaps try to cut out some discretionary expenses – it could save more money than you realise. Save at the start of the month Try to put some of your monthly salary away as soon as you’re paid. If it’s not sitting in a current account, the likelihood of spending it will hopefully be reduced. For example, if you can afford to, you could start the month by putting £50 of your salary into your savings. Time to switch It may be tough to find cheaper energy deals at the moment, but there could be other switches you could make – whether it’s your mobile phone tariff, TV packages or your current account. Many gyms often unveil special deals around the Christmas and New Year periods. Even if you’re happy with your existing provider, you could still see what else is on offer and use that to haggle a better deal. Resist the urge to splurge At this time of year, it can be particularly tempting to put purchases on credit cards or use buy now pay later schemes, and then worry about the costs later. No one wants to start the new year with a debt hangover, so plan a budget to help avoid the risk of overspending. Opt for a Secret Santa with family members Although many of us would only associate Secret Santa with coworkers, this option can be an ideal way for the adults of the family to give gifts – and it could make postage costs cheaper with fewer gifts to send. Go paperless with cards Keep costs down by sending friends and family Christmas e-cards. Many websites allow you to pick or design your own, and this year could be the perfect chance to start doing this. Worried about the expense this year? Vicky Shawdiscovers some ideas to keep costs down Perhaps the adults in the family could do a Secret Santa to save cash on gifts Buy festive food in advance Embrace the own brand wonderland of discount supermarkets and stock up on food well before Christmas and freeze it. Plan ahead and book your travel If you’re travelling at Christmas, Trainline’s split-ticketing app feature (thetrainline.com) can help you find cheaper tickets on a long journey. It is also worth checking your eligibility for a railcard. Booking your train trip early could also get you a cheaper price as well as more choice. Celebrate at ho-ho-home Get creative and host a Christmasthemed evening from the comfort of your home, bringing friends together for a cheaper and cosier occasion. 01 Caption The 12 saves of Christmas Not the pressie you wanted? Re-gift it or sell it Al Ward, head of customer savings at abrdn The festive feast is fun but pricey – start buying bargains in advance and freeze them Make a list – and check it twice Keeping track of everything you need to get ahead of your festive celebrations and everything you already have at home can make the shopping process much smoother and less stressful. “This way, you can save yourself from buying unnecessary purchases that can be tempting while browsing the high street stores or scrolling online.” Keep an eye out for those unmissable discounts There are always lots of online deals and discount codes around Christmas. Try not to panic-buy as you never know what you might find after a little digging in the snowy blizzard that is the pre-Christmas sales. Haven’t used it since last Christmas? Then flog it! Who says you can’t tackle a thorough spring clean in the winter months? A good way to fund and save money at Christmas is to sell some of your own possessions. 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Busy routes across St Helens borough will be fitted with the devices – a58 Borough road/Prescot road; a58 Linkway West; a580 East Lancashire road (Pewfall); M62 J7, rainhill and a49 church road, Newton-le-Willows. according to St Helens council, poor air quality is reportedly responsible for 800 deaths a year in Merseyside. St Helens council claim that the devices ‘allow traffic flow to be managed, and even diverted, to help avoid serious congestion and reduce harmful emissions particularly in built-up areas most affected by air pollution.’ cllr andy Bowden, St Helens council’s cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “in partnership with the Liverpool city region combined authority, we have secured significant funding opportunities for the delivery of improvements to our local public transport network and are working hard to deliver these on the ground. “We have a £17.6m pipeline of active and sustainable transport infrastructure works due to be delivered by March 2023 including major enhancements at Lea Green station and a supporting network of quality walking and cycling infrastructure. This is on top of measures such as the £19m redevelopment of Newton-le-Willows station in 2019 and the provision of 3.2km of high quality cycling infrastructure delivered in 2020. “and soon we’ll be host to the Liverpool city region’s new publicly owned hydrogen buses on the 10/10a route between Liverpool and St Helens, coupled with multi-million pound investment to improve the quality and reliability of bus journeys on this key corridor. “These investments, and many more like them, will help to make public and active transport modes safer, more reliable and more attractive options for everyday trips, contributing to the council’s ambition for net zero carbon emissions by 2040.” a report from Liverpool city region combined authority said: “The sensors will have the ability to detect in real time (every 10-15 seconds) the levels of nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and particulate matter (PM1, PM2.5 and PM10) and feed into the local authorities’ traffic management systems via their six individual Stratos traffic control systems.” The scheme, set to be introduced by spring 2022, comes as St Helens borough council commits to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040. 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facebook.com/theliverpoolecho Plea to turn Beatle house into centre childhood home could celebrate harrison’s spiritual values, say group By PAUL McAULEY news@liverpool.com @LivEchoNews An animals right organisation has sent a letter to the company currently handling the sale of George Harrison’s childhood home to ask them to consider turning the house into a tribute centre for vegetarian food and non-violence. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) asked Omega Auctions to convert George’s former home to represent his beliefs – in particular meat-free food and values of non-violence. PETA said the centre would also celebrate the country of India where Harrison recorded part of his first solo album, Wonderwall Music, and where he was inspired to go vegetarian. It is apparently where Harrison learned how to play the sitar from the master Ravi Shankar, who has shown support for PETA India’s campaigns for animals. Vice President of International Affairs of PETA, Poorva Joshipura, explained: “Harrison was the first member of The Beatles to go vegetarian after his many visits to India, where he also learned about and embraced the virtue of ahimsa, or non-violence, which is central to three of India’s major religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.” “We’re always looking for ways to promote kindness to all living, feeling beings, regardless of species, and this tribute centre would encourage more people to practice non-violence and enjoy the vegetarian food that Harrison loved.” The three bedroom terraced house, found in the heart of Speke, is where George Harrison grew up from the age of six until the 1960s. During his time at the house, George met Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon and the trio held some of their first rehearsals here. The three-bedroom family home still features some of the period features from when the Harrisons were residents including its bath, sink, some original doors, hanging rails in wardrobes and outbuildings complete with original decor. Paul Fairweather, Auctioneer of Omega Auctions previously, told the ECHO: “It’s truly an honour to have a chance to sell a property which played an important role in the early career of the Beatles. “George will have learned to play the guitar in this house and the photos of the group gathering there in the early 1960s are amazing to see.” WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 ECHO 29 News The property in Speke, and, above, George in the road in the 1950s If the home was to be turned into the proposed idea, PETA say it would introduce more people to vegetarianism while be a lasting homage to Harrison and attract tourism. In their letter, they say that Harrison was ahead of his time and pointed out that the Beatle once said: “The thing that repelled me about eating meat was the idea of killing animals. It’s not healthy and not natural.” Make this Christmas extra special by celebrating with us the Yuletides of yesterday. Our brilliant new Nostalgia supplement raises a glass to those magical memories. The snow (sometimes); Morecambe and Wise on the telly and the last-minute shopping rush on December 24 - along with so many of the wonderful things we remember from our family Christmases - are captured with page after page of amazing pictures. Don’t miss out on this festive trip down memory lane with our 48-page special - perfect as a stocking filler and yours for just £2.50. To avoid disappointment, place your order now at our online shop www.regionalnewspapers.co.uk Postage and packaging charges will be added at checkout This publication will also be available in the shops from November 24th. Scan here to visit our online shop

30 ECHO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 @LivEchoNews Puzzles & Stars Cryptic crossword 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Stuck on today’s puzzle? Call 0905 789 4220 to hear individual clues or the full solution. Calls cost 80p per minute plus network extras. Service Provider: Spoke Ltd, helpline 0333 202 3390 YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS 01/12/2021 Across: 1 Gala; 8 Gramophone; 9 Boasting; 10 Arch; 12 Asthma; 14 Tongue; 15 Titans; 17 Relate; 18 Rhea; 19 Regicide; 21 Air hostess; 22 Tied. Down: 2 Arrowsmith; 3 Ages; 4 Manila; 5 Sought; 6 Shrapnel; 7 Leah; 11 Counted the; 13 Headache; 16 Stress; 17 Ragged; 18 Roam; 20 Cost. ACROSS 7. Hear a group intended for vocal backing, perhaps (13) 8. Sentimental old citizen with nervous twitch (8) 9. Inter-change for precious stone (4) 10. Play the market – improperly dressed? (6) 12. Indoctrinate? Brain still working, partly! (6) 14. Sink down, and pay up (6) 16. Fine point attached to weapon (6) 18. Endless crack in part of mug (4) 20. His disordered 21 appears to be in a bin of sorts! (8) 22. Well-known storeman and teacher of fractions (13) DOWN 1. Curs gone astray to obtain goods dishonestly (8) 2. A smithy goes round for some cattle food (6) 3. Notice the blemish (4) 4. Rest (during military engagement?) (8) 5. Shop aboard is pretty painful! (6) 6. A lump of the top-rank nobility, it appears (4) 11. After term upset, haemorrhaged and shivered (8) 13. Not so early, I had shortly embraced a state of seclusion (8) 15. Property rights for a number only half secure (6) 17. Negligent about the girl (6) 19. Pull and pass when over in front (4) 21. Who mentioned domesticity? It’s to be found here! (4) Codeword This puzzle has no clues. Instead, every number printed in the grid represents a letter, with the same number always representing the same letter. For example, if 8 turns out to be a V, you can write in V wherever a square contains 8. Using your knowledge of words, complete the puzzle. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 N I 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Quick crossword Gogen YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS Across: 4 Tomato; 7 Anaconda; 8 Petrol; 10 Until; 13 Rash; 14 Toss; 15 Oast; 16 Bet; 17 Lead; 19 Amid; 21 Ham-fisted; 23 Lamb; 24 Cues; 26 Fit; 27 Loam; 29 Step; 32 Deal; 33 Eyrie; 34 Storms; 35 Interest; 36 Probes. Insert letters to form the listed words, moving between adjacent cells horizontally, vertically or diagonally in any direction. Insert all the remaining letters of the alphabet (except Z) in the grid so all the listed words are spelt out in this way. 1 P J W B L C A R I G K Y U O N S Q X T V ACROSS 5. Cry of pain (4) 7. Afraid (10) 8. Beloved (4) 10. Prophet (4) 12. Snake (3) 13. Brutish person (6) 16. School punishment (5) 18. Wicked (3) 20. Rip (4) 21. Burden (4) 22. Cleaning utensil (3) 24. Discourage (5) 25. Sixty seconds (6) 26. A bird lays this (3) 27. Ado (4) 29. Wintry weather (4) 33. Liable to (2,6,2) 34. Hotness (4) DOWN 1. Cook in hot fat (3) 2. Fever (4) 3. Celebrity (4) 4. Pen fluid (3) 5. Peculiar (3) 6. Swimming stroke (5) 9. Subside (5) 10. Highly-spiced sausage (6) 11. Pen part (3) 13. Stage whisper (5) 14. Masculine (4) 15. Loves deeply (6) 17. Press (4) 19. Proverb (5) 23. Dog breed (3) 25. Processed meat (5) 27. Pointed tooth (4) 28. Let it stand (4) 30. Wag (3) 31. Append (3) 32. Young male (3) Down: 1 Gamut; 2 Wants; 3 Toil; 4 Tapas; 5 Moth; 6 Tooted; 9 Estate; 11 Now; 12 Islam; 13 Radical; 15 Oaf; 16 Bid; 18 Emblem; 20 Messy; 21 Hat; 22 Sum; 23 Litter; 25 Lei; 28 Oasis; 30 Trier; 31 Petty; 32 Drab; 33 Ewer. M D E F H BRAYS BRUTE DEFT JACKS PAROXYSM QUACK QUOTH SQUINTED TOIL VOTED WIG WRONG A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y 2 T H Q L B G N U M S V J A C I Need a little help getting started? Then call 0901 293 6261 to hear four random extra letter clues. Or text CODE and send to 64343 to receive 4 clues. Calls and texts cost £1 plus any network extras. Service Provider: Spoke Ltd, helpline 0333 202 3390 YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 M I L U P E O W Z J A Q T 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 K B C H X F Y S D R G V N Split Decision Cross out one of the two letters in each divided square to reveal a completed crossword grid. S W P R A O V I T O I E S V O C X O R K D W E F Y P O Z T N R M E W B I N I D E T U D G R E A S R F S T FOX JAUNT LUNG PYRAMID QUARK RANT SICK THUMBSCREW VOX A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS B I L L S A L U S T A I R I M G C R A Z E YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS J H S N G V B K L Y W A I M B A G C O T U F L P Y R N I X D Q E X O V P U J S E R K C T D Q F W H M

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 ECHO 31 In association with teamdogs.co.uk Sudoku 7 1 3 9 9 8 1 5 5 4 8 2 5 2 8 7 9 9 YESTERDAY’S SUDOKU: Easy Circlegram Niner 9 8 6 4 9 8 2 Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9, and so must each 3 x 3 box. EASY 3 1 7 5 8 3 5 1 4 9 1 1 8 6 3 7 5 2 7 9 2 4 8 3 6 1 5 5 3 6 1 9 7 4 2 8 8 4 1 6 2 5 7 9 3 4 7 5 9 6 1 3 8 2 6 2 3 5 4 8 1 7 9 1 8 9 3 7 2 5 6 4 3 1 8 2 5 6 9 4 7 2 5 4 7 1 9 8 3 6 9 6 7 8 3 4 2 5 1 YESTERDAY’S SUDOKU: Hard 4 9 8 2 5 2 7 4 4 1 6 7 6 HARD 3 9 2 3 6 7 6 3 5 4 2 8 1 9 7 8 7 9 1 6 3 4 2 5 2 4 1 9 7 5 8 6 3 4 1 6 2 5 9 7 3 8 5 8 7 3 1 6 9 4 2 3 9 2 8 4 7 6 5 1 9 2 4 7 3 1 5 8 6 1 5 8 6 9 2 3 7 4 7 6 3 5 8 4 2 1 9 Replace the question mark with a letter so that the letters within the circle can be rearranged to form words with a common theme. What are the three words, and the letter represented by the question mark? Y O C I H E R C K O ? E M L A T YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS The letter represented by the question mark is O. Missouri, Colorado, Columbia, all rivers of the United States. Alphamuddle Wordsquare Rearrange the letters in the top grid to make five words that read both across and down. Five letters have been placed in the bottom grid to start you off. L A D R E A G L E E B I E L E V I T A L A R B E D E I A E E A L P H L Y R I P R U D H I D E A C E R A C E R B Find as many words as possible using the letters in the grid. Each word must use the central letter and at least 3 others, and letters may be used only once. You cannot use plurals, foreign words or proper nouns, but verb forms ending in ‘s’ are permitted. There is one 9-letter word to be found. A G S S G E R O R HOW YOU RATE 17 Good; 22 Very Good; 26 Excellent. 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Love your Godchildren Lynn x George x Goodnight, God bless our lovely aunty. Love Kayley x Rebecca x BOGGAN - JOHN JAMES, November 18, 2021. Peacefully in hospital aged 81 years. Reunited with his loving wife Eileen. Cherished Dad of Alan and Joe, respected Father in law of Nikki and Steph. Much loved Grandad of Wade, Francesca, Joseph and Betsy. Loving Brother to his Brothers and Sisters. John will be very sadly missed by all his loving family and friends. Requiem Mass to be held at St John's Church, Fountains Road on Friday 3rd December at 10.30am. Followed by interment at Ford Cemetery at 12 noon. All enquiries to Hardacres Funeral Directors, Laconia House, 15 Jason Street L5 5DY. John will be resting at his home from Wednesday morning. Tel 0151 207 4888. BOGGAN - JOHN, November 18, 2021. Deepest sympathy to Alan, Joe and family on the sad loss of your dad. (R.I.P) - Fran, Brian and Jack. BOGGAN - JOHN, November 30, 2021. Thinking of Alan, Joe and all the family on your loss. RIP John. Stephen and Faye Canty and family x BOGGAN - JOHN, November 18, 2021. Deepest sympathy to Alan and Joe and all the family. Are thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Great laughs working with you on those shutdowns. Sleep Peacefully John. Jamie, Susan, James & Max xxx Deepest sympathy to Joe, Alan and all the family. RIP John. Nil Satis Nisi Optimum. Tommy Griffin & Family. Deepest sympathy to Joe, Alan and all the family. Sleep peacefully John. Stephen & Thomas Griffin & Families. BOYD - STEPHEN, November 15, 2021. Sadly in hospital aged 63 years. Loving husband of Fran, loving Father to Jenny, Martin and John, and loving grandfather to Samantha, Roman and Rhea. Very sadly missed by all his loving family and friends. Funeral service to be held Friday 3rd December 2021 at Anfield crematorium at 10.40am. All enquiries to Desmond L Bannon and Sons, The Whitehouse, Broadgreen Road, Liverpool, L13 5SF Tel no: 0151 228 2272 BREEN - MICHAEL (Mike), 19th November 2021. Aged 67 years. Reunited with son Michael. Beloved husband of Brenda, loving Dad to Michelle and Alan, and much loved Grandad and Great Grandad to his 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Michael will be sorely missed by all of his family and friends. Funeral to be held on Wednesday 8th December 2021 at 1.45pm at St George's Church, Everton, followed by committal at Anfield Crematorium at 2.40pm. No obituaries or flowers please, but donations, if desired, may be made in memory of Mike to Woodlands Hospice and should be given direct to the family. Mike, you will be loved and missed always. Goodnight and God Bless. All enquiries c/o Co-operative Funeralcare, 2 St Ambrose Grove, L4 2RL. Telephone 0151 263 2791. COWELL - LESLEY ANN, November 26, 2021. Peacefully aged 58. A much loved daughter of Hannah, a devoted mum to Callum. A loving sister of Mark and Nicola. A loved auntie and a dear sister-in-law. Service and Cremation at Springwood Crematorium (Rosemary Chapel) on Monday 6th December at 10:00am. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Alder Hey Children's Hospital via funeralnotices.co.uk All enquiries to Richard & Shannon Jenkins Family Funeral Directors, 3 Allerton Road, L18 1LG. Tel: 0151 318 4660. D'ANNUNZIO - BRIDGET, November 21, 2021. Aged 69 years. Reunited with her devoted husband Tony. Will be deeply missed by all her loving family. Funeral Mass will take place at St Teresa's Church on Monday December 6th at 12 noon followed by burial in Everton Cemetery. Bridget will be resting at home from Thursday afternoon. All enquiries Peter Coyne Funeral Service, 475 Queens Drive, L4 8TY. Tel: 0151 226 7999. DAVIES - MARY THERESA (Nee Hancock), November 3rd, 2021. Passed away peacefully aged 81 surrounded by loving family. A dear, much loved mum and grandma, will be sadly missed by all her family and friends. Service will be held in St. Dominics R.C. Church on Friday 3rd December 2021 at 11.30am, followed by committal at Springwood Rosemary Crematorium Chapel. All enquiries to W. Craven Funeral Services, Broadgreen Road, L13 5SG Tel:0151 228 3900. DAVIES - PAULINE, November 17, 2021. Pauline passed away peacefully at home aged 61 years. Pauline will be sadly missed by her Family and Friends. Funeral Service will take place at St Aloysius Church Huyton at 10.30am on Friday 10th December, followed by a Burial at Fox Bank Cemetery. For all enquiries please contact Debbie Bennett Funeral Directors on 0151 426 3131. DIAMOND - SUSANNAH MARION, November 20, 2021. Aged 67 years. Susannah will be sadly missed by all her loving family and friends. Funeral service to be held on Tuesday 7th December 2021 at St Joseph & St Laurence's Church at 12 noon followed by committal at St Helen's Crematorium. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Cancer Research UK. All enquiries to Desmond L Bannon & Sons, Elwy Lodge, Kirkby, Liverpool L32 7QY. 0151 548 5399. FORD - JOAN (Nee Corcoran), November 24, 2021. Peacefully at home surrounded by all her loving family, aged 75 years. Beloved wife of John, a much loved mum of Debbie, Sue, Jason, John and Rachel, a loving nan, great-nan, sister, auntie and a dear motherin-law. Requiem Mass at St Cecilia's Church, Green Lane, L13 7DT on Thursday 16th December at 10.00am followed by cremation at Springwood Crematorium (Rosemary Chapel) at 11.30am. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to the NSPCC on line at www. funeral-notices.co.uk All enquiries to Richard & Shannon Jenkins Family Funeral Directors, 3 Allerton Road, L18 1LG. Tel: 0151 318 4660. FRANCIS - JOHN, November 10, 2021. Johnnie I am broken hearted, my one and only brother. No more phone calls, life will never be the same without you. Rest in peace Love always Ronnie and Alfie FRANCIS - JOHN, November 10, 2021. Out of pain now Johnnie Rest in Peace I Love You Your Sister Pauline Deepest Sympathy to Donna and Family X FRANCIS - JOHN, November 10, 2021. Our Johnnie we will never forget you. All our love, Jane, Barry, Josh, Tony, Jacque and Lucy. FRANCIS - JOHN, November 10, 2021. (Rest in peace our lovely uncle Johnnie. Forever in our hearts). Deepest sympathy to our auntie Donna and family. - Love Kate, Marsha, Shauna, Terri and Sam xx GAUGHAN - RAYMOND, November 24, 2021. Aged 88. Died peacefully at home with his family by his side. Loving husband to Kathie. Loving dad to Karen, Maria, Barry, Trisha, Colleen. Loving Grand to his 15 Grandchildren and 19 Great-Grandchildren. Loving brother to Joey, John, Bernie, Marie. Adored by everyone who met him. Rest now our legend. GREEN - CHRISTINE (Chrissy), November 24, 2021. Aged 80. Now reunited with loving husband Tommy. Sadly missed by her children Tommy, David, Alan and Brian. Chrissy will be deeply missed by all her family and friends. Funeral service and cremation will take place at Anfield Crematorium on Tuesday 7th December at 12 noon. Donations if desired to Marie Curie. All enquiries Peter Coyne Funeral Service, 475 Queens Drive, L4 8TY. Tel: 0151 226 7999. HANRATTY - JULIA, November 21st, 2021. Aged 91 years. Passed away peacefully after a short illness. Will be dearly missed by her loving son David and his wife Susan, all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral service to be held at St. Oswalds Church, Netherton on Wednesday 8th December 2021 at 11.45am followed by cremation at Thornton Crematorium. All enquiries to Thompson Funeral Service, Netherton. Tel: 0151 525 0800. HELLON - JAMES FREDERICK, Passed away 13/11/2021. Aged 88. Dad, Grandad and Great Grandad. Funeral is at St Helens Crematorium on Monday 6th December 2021 at 1pm. Family flowers only. HINDLE - PAUL, November 10, 2021. Tragically aged 58 years. Loving son of June and Frank. will be very sadly missed by his brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews and all his loving family. Service and cremation at Anfield Crematorium on Tuesday 7th December at 1.20. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Alder Hey Hospital c/o Stephen Cain Independent Funeral Service, 51 Priory Road, Anfield L4. Tel 0151 2603767 HULME - PAT, November 9, 2021. Will be sadly missed and will always be in our thoughts. (God Bless).- Love Brian, Susan and Family x. KAY - TERESA (HANRATTY), November 24, 2021 She was "the last one standing" Beloved wife of Kenneth(Kenny), and sister of Jimmy, Mary, Johnny, Peter, Rose, Joey, Tommy and Frank. All now sadly gone. Teresa was the last one left. Auntie to more nephews and nieces than she could remember! Always full of fun and spirit. Rest in peace. Love Ann, Alan, Peter and Lyn Service at St Ambrose Church Speke on Monday 13 December at 12.30, followed by cremation at Springwood Crematorium, Springwood Ave, Allerton, Liverpool L25 7UN at 2.00. MAITLAND - WILLIAM (BILL) EDWARD, November 22, 2021 Aged 70. Loving husband to Diane. Devoted dad to William, daughter in law Laura and Melanie. Much loved grandad to Jasmine, James, Samuel and baby Theo. Celebration of Bill's life to take place in Springwood Crematorium, Rosemary Chapel on Tuesday 7th. of December, 2021 at 11.30 a.m. No Black Ties Please. All enquiries to Howard Jenkins Funeral Directors, 11 Childwall Valley Road, L16 4PB. 0151 722 1670.

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All enquiries to Cravens Funeral Services, Broadgreen Road, L13 5SG. Tel: 0151 228 3900 MCKENNA - CHRISTINE TERESA, October 26, 2021. Aged 64 years. Christine will be very sadly missed by all her loving family and friends. A funeral service will be held at St Patrick's RC Church at 11.00am on Friday 3rd December followed by cremation at Springwood Crematorium. All enquiries to Craven Funeral Service, 187 Park Rd, L8 6SE. Tel 0151 727 1226. MOLPHY - MICHAEL (Mike), November 24, 2021. Peacefully aged 86 years. Deeply missed by his devoted wife Josie and his loving son Michael, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Service and cremation will take place at Thornton Crematorium on Tuesday December 7th at 3.00pm. Family flowers only please, but donations if desired to the Woodlands Hospice c/o Peter Coyne Funeral Services, 634 Longmoor Lane, Fazakerley, L10 9LA. Tel 0151 521 7999. MOLPHY - MICHAEL, November 24, 2021. Beloved brother of Pauline and brother-in-law of John (deceased), special uncle to all his nephews and nieces. R.I.P. Missed, loved, never forgotten. Thoughts and prayers, God Bless to sister-in-law Josie and Michael Jnr. POWELL - ALEXANDER, 9th November 2021. Beloved dad of Emma, Peter, Mark, Gary, Dean, Conner and May, grandad, brother, uncle, friend and so much more. We're so proud to have had you as our dad, everything you done was for us and we've had the best times with you in our lives. Thanks for the memories dad, they're the best. You'll be missed more than you'll ever know. Rest in peace the greatest xxxxxxx. Funeral service to be held at Thornton Crematorium, Tuesday 7th December at 2.15pm. All enquiries to Thompsons Funeral Directors. Tel: 0151 525 3138. REILLY - TERENCE BERNARD (TERRY), November 9, 2021. Peacefully aged 83 years. Re-united with his Mother Mary, Father Bernard, Grandmother Katherine and Brothers Bernard, Desmond & Raymond. Much loved brother to John, Bill & Mike. Cherished Uncle to Ann, Alan, Carole (Deceased), Angela, Ian, Leo & Evie. Funeral Mass on Wednesday 8th December 2021 at St. Anthony's Church at 11:00am followed by interment at Ford Cemetery. All enquiries to Peter Coyne Funerals; 134-140 Stanley Road, Kirkdale, L5 7QQ TEL 0151 207 0222 REILLY TERENCE BERNARD (Terry) November 09, 2021 Peacefully in hospital, aged 83 years. No more suffering and pain Terry. Reunited with our mum Mary and dad Bernard (Benny) and brothers Raymond (Ray), Desmond (Des) and Bernard. Rest in peace. God bless until we meet again. I will miss you so much. Your loving Brother Bill. REILLY - TERENCE BERNARD, November 9, 2021. (Sleep on Terry, until we meet again). - Your loving Brother John REILLY - TERRY, 09/11/2021. A dear uncle, now free from pain and back with your loved ones again. Goodnight and God bless uncle Terry.XXX From Ann, Brian and family. REILLY - TERENCE BERNARD, November 9, 2021. (Terry, always there for us. God bless) - Loving Nephew Alan and family. (Rest in peace.) ROGERS - GORDON Passed away peacefully aged 80 on 17th November 2021. Will be sadly missed by his two sons, Iain and Paul. Funeral Service to be held at Southport Crematorium on Friday 3rd December at 3pm. All enquiries to Hunters Funeral Directors, 128b Burscough Street, Ormskirk, L39 2EY. 01695 572997. RUSH - WILLIAM EDWARD, November 13, 2021. Aged 81 years. Devoted husband, uncle and brother who will be sadly missed. (I LOVE YOU.) Funeral service will be held at St Cleopa's Church L8 at 2.30pm on Friday 3rd December followed by cremation at Springwood Crematorium at 3.15pm. All enquiries to Craven Funeral Service, 187 Park Rd, L8 6SE Tel 727 1226. SMITH - CATHERINE MARIE (Cath), November 17, 2021. Suddenly but peacefully in her sleep at home in Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham (formerly of Litherland, Liverpool) aged 71 years. Dearly loved wife of Geoff Smith. Loving and much loved mum and mother in law of Tracey and Rob, Geoff and Rhian, Louise and Ali, and the late Baby Stephen. Treasured and doting Nan and Nanny to all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dear and fond sister and a much loved aunt. Service of celebration of life at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Llay (LL12 0TY) on Tuesday 7th December 2021 at 1pm followed by interment at Llay Cemetery. Donations in memory of Cath may be left on the offertory plate for the Church. Enquiries to Lucy & Tattum Funeral Directors, 14 Borras Road, Wrexham. Tel 01978 264365. SPENCER - MARJORIE (Marje), Passed peacefully on the 21st November 2021. Leaving behind her much loved Sisters Joyce, Teresa, Anne, Maureen and Sylvia, Brothers Derek and Kenneth and Niece Gail. Marjorie will be deeply missed by all who knew her. The funeral service is Thursday 9th December 2021 at Manchester Crematorium 12.30pm. Family flowers only. Donations, If desired, can be left in Marjorie's memory to Dementia UK. All Enquiries to Kenneth Dewey & Sons, 2 Grove Lane, Hale, WA15 8JE. Tel 0161 980 7010. TAYLOR - THOMAS (Tommy), November 21, 2021. Passed away peacefully following a short illness. Beloved Husband to Isobel. Dad to Tony and Jeni. Father In Law to Keith and Gill. Grandad to Kelly, Beth, Tom and Jake. He will be sorely missed by his loving family. Service will be held at Thornton Crematorium on Friday 3rd December at 12noon. Family flowers only please but if desired donations would be gratefully received for The Royal British Legion. All enquiries to Graham J Clegg Funeral Service, Maghull, L31 5JB. Tel : 0151 520 3330. WATTS - JEAN, November 24, 2021. Aged 67 Years. Beloved wife of Brian, A loving Mum of Brian, Marie, Mark And Joanne. A Dear Mum in Law of Jane, Gary, Kristy and Martin. A very Special Nan to all her Grandchildren. A dearly loved Sister, Sister in Law and Auntie. 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Page Fuller 114 BETTING: 3 Begoodtoyourself, 4 Newberry New, 8 Avoir De Soins, No Quarter Asked, Nocte Volatus, 10 Caro Des Flos, 12 Muroor, Relkadam, 14 Others. 2020: SOMEKINDOFSTAR 7 11 12, Bryony Frost 7-1 (L Wadham), 12 ran. 1.07 CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ SELLING HURDLE (4) 2m 4f 110yds Winner £3,322 (9 run) RTV 1 665 King Cool (61) G L Moore 10 11-5 (BF, D)............N F Houlihan (3) 91 2 578 Searching (30) G Harris 9 11-5 (D).................................... C Ring 110 3 396 The Raven’s Return (17) C & A Pogson 8 11-5..........L Williams 116 4 P-P Delire D’Estruval (43) B Pauling 8 10-12 (D2)........ L Harrison — 5 655 Largy Mouth (20) S England 6 10-12.....................T Midgley (6) 106 6 86/ Springcombe Joe (697) W G M Turner 9 10-12...... H Kimber (3) — 7 /87 Weebill (19) O Murphy 9 10-12 (D)........................Katie O’Farrell 121 8 0P7 Aide Memoire (20) N King 5 10-5........................ K Lenihan (10) 99 9 0P Batch Me (17) H James 5 10-5............................W Shanahan (5) — BETTING: 2 Weebill, 5-2 Delire D’Estruval, 5 The Raven’s Return, 6 Largy Mouth, 8 Searching, 10 King Cool, 33 Aide Memoire, 66 Springcombe Joe, 100 Batch Me. 2020: PERFECT MAN 9 11 7, Callum McKinnes(8) 5-1 (O Murphy), 6 ran. 1.37 WATCH ON RACING TV NOVICES’ HURDLE (3) 1m 7f 113yds Winner £6,263 (7 run) RTV 1 1 Zabeel Champion (17) Jonjo O’Neill 4 11-4 (CD)..... N Scholfield 90 2 389 Best Pal (29) S Drinkwater 4 10-12 (D).....................D Burton (5) 86 3 5-3 Miltiades (31) H Daly 5 10-12...................................... R Patrick 117 4 Party Island D Coakley 4 10-12.................................. S Bowen — 5 1-8 Revasser (25) L Wadham 4 10-12 (D)...................... Bryony Frost — 6 77 Supasunrise (30) N Twiston-Davies 5 10-12....S Twiston-Davies 90 7 1 Nurse Susan (24) D Skelton 4 10-11...........................H Skelton 124 BETTING: 10-11 Nurse Susan, 9-4 Zabeel Champion, 8 Miltiades, 10 Revasser, 14 Party Island, 25 Supasunrise, 66 Best Pal. 2020: ONE TRUE KING 5 11 4, Sam Twiston-Davies 8-13 Fav (N Twiston-Davies), 9 ran. 2.07 NUCLEUS HR HANDICAP HURDLE (4) 2m 4f 110yds Winner £3,322 (12 run) RTV 1 67/ Vinnie Dev (691) Noel Williams 7 11-12 (D)......................C Brace — 2 1-F Sambezi (32) O Signy 5 11-12............................ Mr J Andrews (5) 124 3 5-8 Apple Rock (20) B Pauling 7 11-11 (D2).............Luca Morgan (5) 127 4 5-4 Nordano (23) N King 5 11-11.................................Jamie Moore 123 5 -13 Go Steady (194) D Skelton 9 11-7 (BF, C, D4).................H Skelton — 6 80- Flann (266) F O’Brien 6 11-6...................................... M Kendrick 92 7 5-2 Game Socks (28) Dr R Newland 5 11-6 (D)...............C Leonard (5) 129 8 3P- Florrie Knox (336) A Ralph 8 11-4 (D).................... N Scholfield — 9 2-3 Largy G (211) Noel Williams 7 11-4................................J Quinlan 127 10 PP- Furkash (286) C Tizzard 6 11-2.........................S Twiston-Davies — 11 6-5 Trans Express (18) Mrs S Gardner 11 10-12 (CD)... Lucy Gardner 115 12 134 Beau Haze (13) P C Dando 8 10-2 (D3).......................... C Ring (3) 127 BETTING: 11-4 Game Socks, 7-2 Go Steady, 6 Largy G, 10 Beau Haze, Flann, 12 Apple Rock, Florrie Knox, 14 Vinnie Dev, Sambezi, Furkash, 20 Others. 2020: No corresponding race. 2.22 MANSIONBET BEST ODDS GUARANTEED HAND- ICAP CHASE (5) 3m Winner £3,540 (11 run) RTV 1 3P/ Clondaw Bisto (637) Miss Suzy Smith 10 11-12 (D)..... T Doggrell (7) — 2 -P6 Light Flicker (34) R Potter 9 11-9 (D2)......................D England 110 3 941 Dubai Guest (16) O Murphy 6 11-8 (D)....................F Gregory (3) 99 4 P52 Chase The Wind (19) J E Foster 12 11-7 (D2)..........Sean Quinlan 118 5 -P6 Ocean Voyage (23) I Williams 6 11-2........................... C Todd (3) 111 6 543 Miraculous Getaway (21) S England 6 10-12 (BF)...J England 102 7 B62 Felton Bellevue (23) B Case 6 10-12..................... H Bannister 105 8 P-9 Picknick Park (201) N Kent 9 10-7 (C)................... C Hammond 67 9 418 Realms Of Fire (185) L Allan 8 10-6 (D)..........Shane Quinlan (5) — 10 843 Fraterculus (14) O Greenall 4 10-0....................... Craig Nichol — 11 P67 Scorpo (9) V Thompson 10 10-0...................................T Dowson 109 BETTING: 6-4 Dubai Guest, 9-2 Miraculous Getaway, 6 Chase The Wind, 7 Felton Bellevue, 12 Realms Of Fire, Light Flicker, 14 Fraterculus, 16 Clondaw Bisto, 25 Others. 2020: THE MANUSCRIPT 7 10 11, Richard Johnson 7-1 (Jonjo O’Neill), 13 ran. 2.52 MANSIONBET WATCH AND BET HANDICAP HURDLE (5) 2m 7f Winner £3,268 (12 run) RTV 1 1-6 Locallink (19) Steph Hollinshead 7 11-12.............. C Hammond 94 2 -60 Lake Shore Drive (29) R G Hawker 9 11-10 (D).......Paul O’Brien 88 3 231 Misscarlett (14) P Kirby 7 11-8 (CD)................. J Williamson (5) 96 4 -51 Malinas Island (7) N Mulholland 6 11-6 (D)..........K Brogan (3) 97 5 340 Seapoint (28) J E Foster 7 11-4....................Miss Becky Smith (3) 105 6 P-7 The Feckenham Fox (37) M Young 7 11-3.................. C Todd (3) 76 7 5-6 Amma Lord (42) R Menzies 5 10-13.............................B Hughes 75 8 066 Sense Of Adventure (7) L Allan 7 10-12......Shane Quinlan (5) 93 9 0-7 High Grounds (35) R Potter 8 10-12...........................C Bewley 87 10 196 Wherewouldugetit (93) Sara Ender 7 10-11 (C).. H Bannister 97 11 537 Kilcaragh Boy (27) R Armson 12 10-5.................. P Armson (7) 97 12 67P Angel’s Envy (21) L Morgan 9 10-0.............................. A Wedge 90 BETTING: 7-4 Malinas Island, 5-2 Misscarlett, 10 High Grounds, Locallink, Wherewouldugetit, 14 Angel’s Envy, Kilcaragh Boy, Amma Lord, 25 Others. 3.22 MANSIONBET PROUD TO SUPPORT BRITISH RACING OPEN MAIDEN NH FLAT RACE (GBB RACE) (5) 2m 1f Winner £1,906 (14 run) RTV 1 Boris The Brave T Coyle 4 11-4..............................O Brown (5) — 2 1-2 Chianti Classico (33) K Bailey 4 11-4.............................D Bass 121 3 Festive Glory F O’Brien 5 11-4................................. P Brennan — 4 2 Fishing For Likes (193) L Morgan 5 11-4................... A Wedge — 5 Forget The Way A King 4 11-4................................... T Cannon — 6 High Yield C Longsdon 4 11-4.....................................B Hughes — 7 Indian Sunbird Sara Ender 4 11-4.............................H Brooke — 8 Medicine Wheel N Mechie 5 11-4...............................J Garritty — 9 5 Nollyador (33) E Lavelle 4 11-4..................................T Bellamy 115 10 7- Parsons Pleasure (410) A Hales 5 11-4................. G Sheehan — 11 Sporty Jim O Murphy 4 11-4......................................A P Heskin — 12 Zwicky P Kirby 4 11-4...................................................T Dowson — 13 129 Bolintlea (19) Dr R Newland 6 10-11..................... C Hammond 133 14 Jacktot P Bowen 4 10-11..............................................J Bowen — BETTING: 11-4 Chianti Classico, 6 Forget The Way, Bolintlea, 7 Sporty Jim, High Yield, 8 Festive Glory, 10 Nollyador, 12 Fishing For Likes, 16 Others. 2020: ITALIAN SPIRIT 4 11 0, Aidan Coleman 6-4 Fav (O Murphy), 9 ran. FORM GUIDE: CHIANTI CLASSICO 7-2 Raced keenly, led, joined 2f out, ridden and narrowly headed over 1f out, rallied to lead again inside final furlong, headed and not pace of winner final 100 yards, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Estacas at Ascot 2m NH flat (4) sft in Oct. BOLINTLEA 50-1 Mid-division, headway out wide chasing leaders 6f out, weakened final 2f, 9th of 15, 10l behind Bonttay at Cheltenham 2m N H flat lst (1) gd in Nov. FORGET THE WAY Getaway gelding out of Forget The Ref. HIGH YIELD Yeats gelding out of Midsummer Magic. 2.37 MARES’ ‘NATIONAL HUNT’ MAIDEN HURDLE (4) 2m 4f 110yds Winner £4,084 (14 run) RTV 1 20- Ballybough Mary (264) N Twiston-Davies 5 11-4.....S Twiston-Davies — 2 PP- Bold Princess (368) M Rowley 5 11-4..................A Edwards (3) — 3 7-1 Do You Think (201) E Lavelle 5 11-4.............................B R Jones — 4 4-8 Flying Nun (22) E Lavelle 6 11-4.......................J R Wildman (10) 63 5 4- Kings Krackertara (279) N Gifford 6 11-4.......Tabitha Worsley (5) — 6 777 Lady Thistledown (48) W Greatrex 5 11-4...Katie O’Farrell (5) — 7 1- Love Envoi (257) H Fry 5 11-4 (D)...........................L Murtagh (3) — 8 -05 Millie Round (151) T R George 5 11-4...................... C Gethings 71 9 32- Miss Fairfax (285) H Morrison 5 11-4 (BF).................... S Bowen — 10 0P Ready To Please (17) Mrs C Bailey 5 11-4....................J Quinlan — 11 -65 Rosearelli (16) A Stronge 6 11-4........................D McMenamin 71 12 -24 Runwiththetide (35) D Skelton 4 11-4 (BF)..............H Skelton 104 13 9-3 Step To The Top (211) Craig Lidster 6 11-4 (BF)....... N Scholfield 49 14 /3- Wasastylequeen (289) O Greenall 6 11-4 (D)...... L Williams (3) — BETTING: 3 Love Envoi, 7-2 Miss Fairfax, 9-2 Ballybough Mary, 5 Do You Think, Runwiththetide, 16 Kings Krackertara, Flying Nun, 25 Wasastylequeen, Step To The Top, 33 Others. 2020: FOUND ON 5 11 0, James Best 9-4 (M Keighley), 9 ran. 3.07 MARES’ HANDICAP HURDLE (5) 1m 7f 113yds Winner £2,761 (10 run) RTV 1 22 Miss Mulligan (16) G Scott 4 11-12....................... N Scholfield 105 2 322 Esme Shelby (27) D McCain 6 11-11 (BF)........... P J Kavanagh (7) 105 3 5-3 West On Sunset (31) G L Moore 4 11-10................Jamie Moore 105 4 3-P Born To Please M Usher 7 11-10 (D).............Miss H C Tucker (7) 104 5 274 Chantilly Haze (15) P C Dando 6 11-8........................ C Ring (3) 119 6 7-9 Lexi’s Choice (35) T Symonds 5 11-3............................... B Poste 106 7 -61 Lime Drop (20) H Daly 5 11-0 (D)................................... R Patrick 101 8 453 Light Of Athena (13) R Harris 7 11-0....................... C Gethings 117 9 P-4 Lady De Vega (23) P Webber 4 10-12...................D McMenamin 118 10 382 Infiniti (14) B Leavy 8 10-4 (CD).................................... S Bowen 105 BETTING: 3 Lime Drop, 7-2 Esme Shelby, 4 Miss Mulligan, 6 Infiniti, 8 Chantilly Haze, 10 West On Sunset, 14 Light Of Athena, Lady De Vega, 25 Others. 2020: INFINITI 7 10 1, Liam Harrison(7) 13-2 (B Leavy), 13 ran. 3.37 LEICESTER RACECOURSE NOVICES’ HCAP HURDLE (5) 1m 7f 113yds Winner £2,342 (9 run) RTV 1 645 Highland Parc (21) A Murphy 5 11-12.......................J Quinlan 90 2 122 Sergeant (10) M Harris 4 11-10 (BF).................S Twiston-Davies 105 3 234 Durragh (150) D McCain 4 11-3 (BF)......................... T Gillard (5) 105 4 645 Rock On Tommy (44) O Murphy 6 10-12....................... S Bowen 106 5 36/ Good Impression D Burchell 6 10-5...........................B R Jones — 6 P7F Fitz The Brief (23) R Dickin 5 10-3.......................L Murtagh (3) 80 7 492 Tara Iti (17) G L Moore 3 10-1..................................Jamie Moore 112 8 P/6 Tally’s Son (36) G Harris 7 10-1................................... C Ring (3) 74 9 -05 George Mallory (9) C & A Pogson 5 10-0....Tabitha Worsley (5) 41 BETTING: 6-4 Sergeant, 3 Durragh, 6 Highland Parc, 13-2 Rock On Tommy, 8 Tara Iti, 14 Good Impression, 25 Fitz The Brief, 33 George Mallory, 50 Tally’s Son. 2020: No corresponding race. FORM GUIDE: SERGEANT 13-8fav Held up in rear, headway approaching 2 out, went 2nd flat, stayed on, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Orchard Grove at Ludlow 2m con hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Nov. DURRAGH 5-2fav Held up, keen, headway to lead 3rd, joined 3 out, ridden and headed 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 7, 15l behind Kazontherazz at Worcester 2m mdn hdle (4) gd in Jul. HIGHLAND PARC 12-1 Mid-division, ridden 3 out, no extra from 2 out, 5th of 9, well behind Bold Endeavour at Sedgefield 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Nov. ROCK ON TOMMY 7-1 Chased leaders, lost place 4th, closed 7th, handy 4th final bend, weakened from 2 out, 5th of 13, 15l behind Soul Icon at Exeter 2m 2f am hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct. George Bancroft 12.22 Pearl Warrior Great Commission 12.52 Glide Down Foxinthebox 1.22 Fortunate Fred Newberry New 1.52 Newberry New Chase The Wind 2.22 Dubai Guest Misscarlett 2.52 Malinas Island Chianti Classico 3.22 Chianti Classico Largy Mouth 1.07 Delire D’Estruval Zabeel Champion 1.37 Zabeel Champion Nordano 2.07 Game Socks Do You Think 2.37 Ballybough Mary Esme Shelby 3.07 Esme Shelby Durragh 3.37 Sergeant CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS CHELMSFORD CITY TOMORROW WINCANTON TOMORROW Going: Standard Draw: Little effect. Going: Good-good to firm in places on chase course Eleven Eleven 4.00 Engrave Widaad 4.30 Headingley Crunchie 5.00 Notoriously Risky Internationalangel 5.30 Rogue Force Crimson King 6.00 Sophosc Buy Me Back 6.30 Copinet Shanghai Rock 7.00 Amasova All Class (nb) 12.45 Kilbrew Boy Rainyday Woman 1.15 Head And Heart In Rem 1.45 In Rem Crealion 2.15 Crealion On To Victory (nap) 2.45 Tulin Arc Of Bubbles 3.15 Jony Max Pocket Too 3.45 Faiche Ro 4.00 2022 MEMBERSHIP AVAILABLE NOW HANDICAP (6) 1m 2f Winner £2,322 (16 run) RTV 1 (9) 480 Vasco Da Gama (23) G Kelleway 4 9-12................... R Havlin 73 2 (8) 169 Fascinating Lips (35) G L Moore 4 9-12 (D).....R Clutterbuck (5) 70 3 (11) 952 Engrave (26) J Feilden 5 9-11 (CD4)...................... D E Hogan 69 4 (2) 456 Classy Dame (93) R Eddery 3 9-10 (D3)..............T Marquand 73 5 (4) 209 Parikarma (33) E Dunlop 4 9-10........................H Burns (5) 73 6 (6) 107 Sunshine Fun (54) J Osborne 4 9-10.....................S W Kelly 71 7 (14) 435 Mc’ted (22) Joseph Parr 3 9-10............................ Rossa Ryan 68 8 (15) 341 Eleven Eleven (41) I Furtado 3 9-10..........................J Hart 70 9 (16) 703 Mulberry Silk (19) R Varian 3 9-9....................... J Mitchell 62 10 (3) 605 Alicestar (12) S Kirk 3 9-9................................. C Shepherd 65 11 (1) 494 Azets (6) J Chapple-Hyam 5 9-8 (C)................................R Tart 69 12 (13) 312 Kingson (38) R Fahey 5 9-7 (D2)........................B Garritty (3) 67 13 (12) 185 Boy In The Bar (19) I Williams 10 9-5 (C3)..........R Kingscote 69 14 (5) 021 Clipsham Tiger (21) M Appleby 5 9-4 (C2)......... G Rooke (3) 66 15 (10) 557 By Jove (19) M Appleby 4 9-2 (D2)........................ F Larson (7) 70 16 (7) 007 William Of Mowbray (27) R Carr 3 8-9............ JP Sullivan 39 BETTING: 9-2 Clipsham Tiger, 6 Eleven Eleven, 7 Engrave, 8 Mulberry Silk, Mc’ted, 10 Kingson, 12 Azets, Fascinating Lips, 14 Others. 2020: KENTUCKY KINGDOM 4 9 2, Dougie Costello 4-1 (H Evans), drawn (7), 13 ran. FORM GUIDE: CLIPSHAM TIGER 7-4fav Off the pace towards rear, good headway between horses over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, ridden to lead final 110 yards, readily, won at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov beating Ring Of Gold by 1l, 16 ran. ELEVEN ELEVEN 4-1 Restless in stalls, steadied start, raced keenly in 4th, headway out wide 2f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, soon clear, easil, won at Newcastle 1m (6) in Oct beating Lady Ziana by 5l, 5 ran. ENGRAVE 9-2 Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, soon strongly pressed, headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Forge Valley Lad at Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov. MC’TED 5-1 Held up, pushed along over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 14, 4l behind Hover at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov. MULBERRY SILK 15-2 Midfield, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, soon pushed along, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Hooflepuff at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) in Nov. KINGSON 10-1 Midfield, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, kept on well, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Jomont at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp (6) in Oct. AZETS 11-1 Held up, wide and headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on towards finish, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Elmejor at Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov. FASCINATING LIPS 9-1 In touch, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 8l behind Marion’s Boy at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct. PARIKARMA 8-1 Last to break, behind, hanging left final furlong, no impressionn, 9th of 13, 7l behind Light Up Our Stars at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) in Oct. VASCO DA GAMA 12-1 Mid-division, driven and effort over 2f out, weakened from over 1f out, 12th of 14, 9l behind Sir Sedric at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-70 (5) in Nov. CLASSY DAME 11-1 Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, outpaced over 1f out, 6th of 10, 11l behind Arenas Del Tiempo at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug. ALICESTAR 66-1 Towards rear, headway over 1f out, pushed along and kept on towards finish, 5th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Light Lily at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov. 4.30 BETSI HANDICAP (4) 1m 2f Winner £4,347 (7 run) RTV 1 (3) 681 Headingley (10) D O’Meara 3 10-2 (C3).................. J Watson 90 2 (1) 804 Athmad (20) R Carr 5 9-12 (D).......................................J Hart 89 3 (7) -36 Thunder Sun (178) K Frost 3 9-7.......................... T Whelan — 4 (4) 524 Widaad (10) G Boughey 4 8-12............................ C Shepherd 92 5 (2) 020 Swinton Noon (45) M Appleby 3 8-11 (D)............T Ladd (3) 90 6 (5) 223 Trevolli (6) I Furtado 3 8-11 (BF)............................K O’Neill 91 7 (6) 493 Dark Company (6) M Johnston 3 8-11..................J Fanning 89 BETTING: 2 Trevolli, 9-4 Headingley, 6 Dark Company, 7 Widaad, 8 Swinton Noon, 12 Athmad, 20 Thunder Sun. 2020: ARIJ 3 8 12, Silvestre De Sousa 5-2 (S & E Crisford), drawn (1) dead heated with POWER OF STATES 4 9 11, James Doyle Evens Fav ((H Palmer)), drawn (2), 6 ran. 12.45 EVANS & CO AMATEUR JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP CHASE (4) 2m 4f Winner £5,133 (8 run) RTV 1 101 All Class (9) R McNally (IRE) 6 12-0 (D)...Miss Maxine O’Sullivan 97 2 -47 Galileo Silver (29) S Thomas 6 11-12 (D)..............Mr W Biddick 99 3 -36 Kilbrew Boy (42) B Case 8 11-6 (CD2).....................Mr C Case (7) 67 4 334 Green Or Black (79) E Williams 9 11-5.............Edward Rees (7) — 5 94P Findusatgorcombe (153) J Frost 9 11-1 (C). Mr M McIntyre (3) 116 6 233 Jarlath (14) Seamus Mullins 10 11-0 (D2)...........Miss G Andrews 113 7 U32 Broughtons Rhythm (179) L Hurley 12 10-11....Mr P Summers (7) — 8 004 Princess Midnight (20) C Tizzard 7 10-0 (C)...Miss T Eyston (7) 110 BETTING: 4-6 All Class, 13-2 Kilbrew Boy, 8 Galileo Silver, 10 Green Or Black, 12 Jarlath, 14 Broughtons Rhythm, 16 Princess Midnight, 25 Findusatgorcombe. 2020: KILBREW BOY 7 11 11, Mr Charlie Case(7) 6-5 Fav (B Case), 9 ran. FORM GUIDE: ALL CLASS 13-8fav Chased leader in moderate 2nd for most and raced clear of remainder throughout, closed on leader 4 out, led travelling well after 3 out, soon went well clear, eased run-in, very easily, won at Punchestown 3m 2f hcp chs 0-102 in Nov beating Capture The Drama by 23l, 16 ran. KILBREW BOY 6-1 Chased leaders, not fluent and lost place 9th (water), towards rear and no chance after, tailed off, last of 6, 48l behind Happy News at Ludlow 2m 4f amat hcap ch (5) gd in Oct. GALILEO SILVER 11-2 Prominent in chasing group, jumped slowly 12th, weakened 5 out, tailed off, 7th of 11, 38l behind On Call at Chepstow 3m cond hcap ch (4) gs in Nov. GREEN OR BLACK 10-3 In rear, went 4th after 3 out, never on terms, 4th of 6, 19l behind Chives at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Sep. JARLATH 9-2 Raced handy, ridden 3 out, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 4, 7l behind Armattiekan at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Nov. BROUGHTONS RHYTHM 7-1 (h) hdwy 8; chsd wnr 3 out; one pce, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Dr Rhythm at Tiverton Staghounds 3m ptp gf in Jun. PRINCESS MIDNIGHT 16-1 Mid division, ridden and outpaced before 3rd last, made minor late headway for 4th, 4th of 9, 15l behind Lime Drop at Worcester 2m (5) gs in Nov. 1.15 MARES’ NOVICES’ HURDLE (GBB RACE) (4) 2m 5f Winner £4,357 (5 run) RTV 1 2-6 Head And Heart (39) P Hobbs 4 10-12......................T J O’Brien — 2 4-1 Love Actually (208) K Burke 5 10-12...................M Bastyan (3) — 3 3-6 Parisian Blue (206) N Henderson 5 10-12........... N De Boinville — 4 0-2 Rainyday Woman (28) P Nicholls 6 10-12 (BF)...........H Cobden 128 5 27 Salcombe (27) C Tizzard 5 10-12..................................B J Powell — BETTING: 4-6 Rainyday Woman, 9-2 Head And Heart, 5 Parisian Blue, 10 Salcombe, 14 Love Actually. 2020: GLOBAL HARMONY 5 10 12, Harry Skelton 3-1 (D Skelton), 15 ran. FORM GUIDE: RAINYDAY WOMAN 1-2fav Led but pressed and raced keenly, mistake and went left 2nd, hit 4th, pushed along and joined when hit 2 out, hit last and narrowly headed, ridden and edged left run-in, one pace, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Cup Of Coffee at Ludlow 2m (4) gd in Nov. HEAD AND HEART 14-1 Held up in mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, some late headway, never dangerous, 6th of 18, 13l behind Lady Excalibur at Aintree 2m 1f mares n h flat (4) gd in Oct. PARISIAN BLUE 11-4 Chased leaders on outside, niggled along 7f out, outpaced over 2f out, soon held, kept on, 6th of 10, 9l behind Flamingo Rose at Southwell 2m amat nhf (5) gd in May. SALCOMBE 50-1 Prominent, slight lead halfway, headed over 2f out, lost 2nd soon after, chased leaders, weakened inside final 2f, 7th of 16, 12l behind Game On For Glory at Warwick 2m mares n h flat (4) gd in Nov. LOVE ACTUALLY Mid-div, 6th 1/2way, in tch in 5th 4out, ev ch next, wo aftr 3out, jnd & just hdd last where left clr, ko, won at Broughshane 3m ire ptp gs in May beating Luck Of The Duck by 5l, 12 ran. 1.45 ‘NATIONAL HUNT’ NOVICES’ HANDICAP HURDLE (GBB RACE) (4) 3m 1f Winner £4,357 (6 run) RTV 1 230 Johnny B (20) C Down 7 11-12........................... J A Anderson (7) 127 2 -42 Earth Business (27) C Tizzard 5 11-12.......................B J Powell 122 3 P-0 Call Simon (22) Nicky Martin 6 10-11....................D Prichard (5) 85 4 553 Don Alvaro (21) P Nicholls 5 10-8...............................H Cobden 86 5 -11 In Rem (11) Mrs J Williams 6 10-8..................Chester Williams (3) 116 6 6FF Big Tree (23) S Earle 8 10-3......................................... D Noonan 116 BETTING: 10-11 In Rem, 4 Don Alvaro, 9-2 Earth Business, 8 Johnny B, 12 Call Simon, 33 Big Tree. 2020: No corresponding race. FORM GUIDE: TREVOLLI 8-15fav Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and switched right over 1f out, driven and kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Enfranchise at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov. HEADINGLEY 17-2 In rear, headway on inside entering final furlong when looking for room to challenge, ridden to lead final 100 yards, ran on well, won at Chelmsford City 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating Trevolli by 1 1/4l, 9 ran. DARK COMPANY 10-1 Soon led, ridden 2 lengths clear over 1f out, headed and lost two places close home, 3rd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Elmejor at Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov. WIDAAD 16-1 Prominent, ridden to dispute lead 2f out, every chance final furlong when hung right under pressure, kept on same pace final 100 yards, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Headingley at Chelmsford City 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov. SWINTON NOON 33-1 Tracked leaders, pushed along 2f out, ridden and weakened approaching final furlong, 11th of 14, 11l behind Wholelotafun at Bath 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Oct. ATHMAD 12-1 Tracked leading pair on inside, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened inside final 2f, 4th of 6, 14l behind Tarroob at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) in Nov. THUNDER SUN 11-1 In touch, pushed along over 2f out, never a factor, 6th of 7, 8l behind Surefire at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun. 5.00 RACING IS EVERYONE’S SPORT NOVICE STAKES (5) 6f Winner £3,510 (5 run) RTV 1 (2) 5-1 Al Shoughor (257) R Fahey 3 9-5 (D)..................T Hamilton 69 2 (3) 355 Cape Columbus (45) R Guest 3 9-3........................S W Kelly 81 3 (4) 32 Crunchie (6) G Kelleway 3 9-3..................................L Morris 51 4 (5) Nantosuelta D & C Kubler 3 8-12............................N Currie — 5 (1) 353 Notoriously Risky (6) A Watson 3 8-12 (BF)..........H Doyle 37 BETTING: 2 Al Shoughor, 9-4 Notoriously Risky, 11-4 Crunchie, 7 Cape Columbus, 12 Nantosuelta. 2020: STRAWBS 4 9 0, Hollie Doyle 18-1 (M Murphy), drawn (6), 11 ran. FORM GUIDE: AL SHOUGHOR 7-2 Soon led, clear 1f out, ran on well, readily, won at Wolverhampton 6f mdn stks (5) in Mar beating Get Funky by 1 1/2l, 11 ran. NOTORIOUSLY RISKY 11-10fav Soon led, pushed along and headed 2f out, ridden kept on one pace and lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Mick’s Spirit at Lingfield 5f nov stk (5) pol in Nov. CRUNCHIE 6-4 Dwelt, raced wide and close up after 1f out, ran wide and lost place 2f out, ridden and stayed on to chase clear winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Mick’s Spirit at Lingfield 5f nov stk (5) pol in Nov. CAPE COLUMBUS 13-2 Slowly into stride, held up, niggled along and some headway over 2f out, kept on from over 1f out, 5th of 12, 7l behind Patsy Fagan at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct. NANTOSUELTA Kodiac filly out of Dearest Daisy. 5.30 CHELMSFORDCITYRACECOURSE.COM HANDICAP (4) 7f Winner £4,347 (8 run) RTV 1 (8) 006 Juan Les Pins (104) E Dunlop 4 9-9...................T Marquand 90 2 (5) 834 Dutch Decoy (21) M Johnston 4 9-7 (CD)...............J Fanning 94 3 (3) 111 Internationalangel (28) J Chapple-Hyam 4 9-7 (CD2)..... ................................................................................... A Kirby 87 4 (4) 991 Rogue Force (20) Tom Clover 3 9-4 (D2)................ J Mitchell 95 5 (6) 055 Outrun The Storm (30) R Fahey 3 9-3 (D).........T Hamilton — 6 (7) 253 Alhammaam (49) S C Williams 3 9-2......................M Ghiani 77 7 (2) 865 Seas Of Elzaam (31) J Butler 4 9-0 (CD)....Grace McEntee (5) 93 8 (1) 768 Daphne May (21) A West 3 9-0 (D2)......................... R Havlin 82 BETTING: 2 Internationalangel, 11-4 Rogue Force, 5 Dutch Decoy, 8 Alhammaam, Outrun The Storm, 12 Seas Of Elzaam, 14 Juan Les Pins, 25 Daphne May. 2020: HIGHFIELD PRINCESS 3 9 7, Jason Hart 3-1 (J J Quinn), drawn (9), 10 ran. 2.15 SILVER BUCK HANDICAP CHASE (3) 3m 1f Winner £8,169 (7 run) RTV 1 -4P The Devils Drop (16) A King 8 11-9...........................H Cobden 138 2 356 Captain Tommy (22) D Bridgwater 7 11-8 (BF, C)...M Bastyan (3) 135 3 4-7 Cuban Pete (28) V Williams 9 11-6 (D)..........................C Deutsch 128 4 P23 Crealion (26) T R George 5 11-5....................................J J Burke 133 5 4-3 Dhowin (32) W Greatrex 7 11-4.................................. C Quinn (7) 124 6 40F D’jango (34) D Pipe 8 11-3......................................T Scudamore 111 7 362 Butterwick Brook (14) C Tizzard 6 11-0..................B J Powell 138 BETTING: 7-2 Captain Tommy, 4 Crealion, Butterwick Brook, 5 Cuban Pete, 6 Dhowin, 7 The Devils Drop, 10 D’jango. 2020: DARLAC 7 11 12, Robbie Power 7-2 (C Tizzard), 11 ran. FORM GUIDE: CAPTAIN TOMMY 5-1fav In touch, pushed along 13th, ridden 3 out, weakened before last, 6th of 14, 21l behind Snow Leopardess at Bangor-on-Dee 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Nov. BUTTERWICK BROOK 5-2 Led, awkward 4 out, ridden before 3 out, challenged before 2 out and kept on gamely, headed 2 out, kept on but never getting to winner, 2nd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Armattiekan at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Nov. CREALION 11-4 Pressed leader, hit 3rd, hit 12th and reminder, ridden and lost some ground after 4 out, kept on from last, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Kauto The King at Wincanton 2m 4f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) gd in Nov. CUBAN PETE 13-2 Mistake lost place and dropped to rear at 2nd, bit closer 13th, weakened and behind 5 out, 7th of 8, 30l behind Reve at Ludlow 3m 2f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov. DHOWIN 9-2 Held up off the pace towards rear, went left 8th, headway out wide chasing leaders under pressure before 3 out, went 3rd run-in, 3rd of 12, 26l behind Sopran Thor at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Oct. THE DEVILS DROP 20-1 Towards rear, awkward 14th, ridden and lost touch after 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Fantastikas at Lingfield 2m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Nov, 9 ran. D’JANGO in a race won by Gus De Gene at Auteuil(FR) 2m 6f clm chs hvy in Oct, 9 ran. 2.45 DORSET BLUE VINNY CHEESE HANDICAP HURDLE (3) 1m 7f Winner £8,169 (9 run) RTV 1 10- The Widdow Maker (237) C Tizzard 7 11-12..............B J Powell 135 2 422 Tulin (22) P Nicholls 4 11-12.........................................H Cobden 136 3 0-U Strong Glance (49) O Murphy 8 11-11................... L Stones (7) 119 4 3-4 On To Victory (25) A King 7 11-8 (BF, CD)............. N De Boinville 134 5 121 Honneur D’Ajonc (21) Mrs J Williams 4 11-6......Chester Williams (3) 132 6 582 Bashful Boy (31) D Pipe 5 11-5.............................T Scudamore 136 7 F-6 The Twisler N Mulholland 9 11-1 (CD).............................. J Best 61 8 -23 Fanfan Du Seuil (22) T R George 6 10-10 (BF, D)...........J J Burke 133 9 210 Urabamba (20) K Woollacott 6 10-10......................... D Noonan 124 BETTING: 3 Honneur D’Ajonc, 7-2 Tulin, 4 On To Victory, 7 Bashful Boy, 8 The Widdow Maker, Fanfan Du Seuil, 10 Strong Glance, 20 The Twisler, 33 Urabamba. 2020: RIVER BRAY 7 11 12, Tom Scudamore 7-1 (V Dartnall), 6 ran. FORM GUIDE: HONNEUR D’AJONC 8-13fav Made all, shaken up before 2 out, ridden out after last, comfortably, won at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Nov beating Glajou by 6l, 5 ran. TULIN 11-4 Chased leaders, led 3 out, not fluent 2 out or last, headed flat, held close home, 2nd of 7, nk behind Mack The Man at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov. ON TO VICTORY 6-4fav Chased leaders, not fluent 2nd, outpaced after 2 out, stayed on final 100 yards, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Hudson De Grugy at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov. BASHFUL BOY 11-2 Midfield, headway to challenge 2 out, ridden before last where not fluent, every chance flat, kept on well, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind King’s Proctor at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov. FORM GUIDE: INTERNATIONALANGEL 9-2 Mid division, travelling well behind leaders 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, readily, won at Chelmsford City 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov beating Wonder Starelzaam by 2l, 14 ran. ROGUE FORCE 3-1fav Mid-division, good headway on inside over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov beating Love Dreams by 3/4l, 12 ran. DUTCH DECOY 11-2 Mid-division on inside, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace in 4th final furlong, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Excel Power at Chelmsford City 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov. ALHAMMAAM 12-1 Reluctant loading, tracked leading trio, switched right over 1f out, kept on steadily final furlong, went 3rd final 110 yards, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Under The Twilight at Chelmsford City 7f nov stk (5) pol in Oct. OUTRUN THE STORM 11-1 Awkward start, towards rear, ridden well over 2f out, stayed on from over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 15, 7l behind Magnificence at Redcar 7f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Nov. 6.00 SUPPORT THE INJURED JOCKEYS FUND HANDICAP (5) 1m 5f Winner £2,862 (6 run) RTV 1 (5) 153 Berrahri (6) J Best & K Jewell 10 10-1 (C, D2)............ A Kirby 60 2 (4) 363 Murhib (36) Mrs L Richards 9 10-0 (C3, D2)............... R Havlin 75 3 (2) 672 Crimson King (7) M Appleby 5 9-12 (D)............. F Larson (7) 78 4 (6) 413 Sophosc (22) I Williams 5 9-7 (C).........................R Kingscote 73 5 (1) 760 Htilominlo (58) S Kirk 5 8-13.....................Shariq Mohd (7) 87 6 (3) 042 Wadacre Gogo (7) M Johnston 3 8-11 (C).............J Fanning 70 BETTING: 9-4 Sophosc, 3 Wadacre Gogo, 4 Murhib, 9-2 Berrahri, 7 Crimson King, 16 Htilominlo. 2020: No corresponding race. 6.30 BOOK TICKETS ONLINE AT CHELMSFORDCITYRACE- COURSE.COM HCAP (4) 5f Winner £4,347 (8 run) RTV 1 (3) 511 Sir Rodneyredblood (7) J R Jenkins 4 9-12 (CD2)......M Ghiani 82 2 (5) 346 Copinet (12) J Chapple-Hyam 3 9-7 (BF, D)....................R Tart 88 3 (4) 395 Charming Kid (12) D Ivory 5 9-6 (D2)....................... A Kirby 88 4 (7) 503 Buy Me Back (12) M Loughnane 4 9-4 (D4).............. P Prince 93 5 (1) 642 Expert Opinion (26) H Spiller 3 9-1 (CD).............S Donohoe 86 6 (6) 386 Lion Ring (10) J Chapple-Hyam 3 8-13............. L Williams (7) 88 7 (8) 174 Storm Melody (28) A Stronge 8 8-11 (CD).............. R Havlin 94 8 (2) 360 Aleef (50) C Wallis 8 8-6 (C, D4)..................................L Morris 91 BETTING: 5-2 Sir Rodneyredblood, 3 Copinet, 6 Expert Opinion, 7 Buy Me Back, 8 Storm Melody, 10 Charming Kid, Lion Ring, 14 Aleef. 2020: No corresponding race. 7.00 RACING WELFARE HANDICAP (6) 5f Winner £2,322 (11 run) RTV 1 (2) 843 Amasova (7) Alice Haynes 3 9-9...............................K O’Neill 62 2 (6) 162 Excellent George (10) S C Williams 9 9-7 (C4, D2)... M Adeel (7) 72 3 (4) 173 Shanghai Rock (10) R Cowell 3 9-6 (CD)................M Ghiani 68 4 (9) 557 Kath’s Lustre (30) R Hughes 6 9-5 (CD2)........... G Rooke (3) 67 5 (10) 514 I’m Mable (3) Darryll Holland 3 9-4 (BF, D)............... J Watson 51 6 (1) 896 Ascot Jungle (10) C Hobson 4 9-2.............R Clutterbuck (5) 74 7 (11) 186 Big Time Maybe (134) M Attwater 6 9-2 (D8)........ W Carson 70 8 (5) 807 Swooper (10) C Dunnett 3 8-13 (CD)..................S Cherchi (3) 53 9 (3) 090 Giovanni Tiepolo (28) R Ingram 4 8-7 (D).......... C Bennett 69 10 (7) 570 Forza Del Destino (21) J Gallagher 3 8-7...........D Keenan 52 11 (8) 607 Tilsworth Valerie (40) J R Jenkins 3 8-7.........A Beech (5) 54 BETTING: 3 I’m Mable, 7-2 Amasova, 4 Excellent George, 5 Shanghai Rock, 8 Kath’s Lustre, 12 Big Time Maybe, 14 Ascot Jungle, 20 Swooper, 25 Others. 2020: INDIAN PURSUIT 7 9 6, Jason Hart 3-1 (J J Quinn), drawn (1), 8 ran. FORM GUIDE: I’M MABLE 7-2fav Prominent, pressed leader over 2f out, ridden and edged left well over 1f out, kept on but no impression, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Kodi Gold at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov. AMASOVA 7-2 Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on, went 3rd well inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Grandfather Tom at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) in Nov. EXCELLENT GEORGE 28-1 Raced wide close up, ridden over 1f out, ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 12, nk behind Toplight at Chelmsford City 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov. SHANGHAI ROCK 16-1 Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Toplight at Chelmsford City 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov. KATH’S LUSTRE 25-1 Raced keenly tracking leaders, going well 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 3l behind Camachess at Lingfield 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov. 3.15 THORNERS HANDICAP CHASE (5) 3m 3f Winner £3,540 (8 run) RTV 1 6-3 Bonanza Sam (62) J Mason 8 11-12....................Mr P Mason (7) 109 2 -22 Jony Max (49) Christian Williams 6 11-8 (BF)................ J Tudor (3) 103 3 232 My Lady Grey (14) C Tizzard 7 11-1..............................B J Powell 110 4 752 Bomber’s Moon (31) N Twiston-Davies 10 11-0......Mr Finn Lambert (10) — 5 323 Arc Of Bubbles (39) Mrs H Nelmes 6 10-11.......Charlie Price (3) 111 6 3P8 Lure Des Pres (49) Miss L Blackford 9 10-5....Sean Houlihan (3) 116 7 55- Mr Magill (285) K Burke 9 10-0 (C)........................M Bastyan (3) 92 8 PP7 Lets Go Dutchess (102) Mitchell Hunt 11 10-0................ J Best — BETTING: 7-4 Jony Max, 5-2 My Lady Grey, 4 Bomber’s Moon, 8 Arc Of Bubbles, 14 Mr Magill, Bonanza Sam, 25 Lure Des Pres, 33 Lets Go Dutchess. 2020: EDE’IFFS ELTON 6 11 10, Bryan Carver(3) 11-2 Fav (R Walford), 13 ran. FORM GUIDE: JONY MAX 2-1fav Led until blundered and headed 3rd, chased (clear) leader, closer 15th, led bypassing omitted 3 out, ridden and narrowly headed last, stayed on same pace run-in, 2nd of 11, 1l behind O’Faolains Lad at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in Oct. MY LADY GREY 3-1 Held up, headway to take closer order 8 out, ridden and outpaced 5 out, headway 2 out, stayed on strongly after last but never getting to winner, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Marilyn Monroe at Wincanton 3m 1f mrs nov hcp chs 0-105 (5) gd in Nov. BOMBER’S MOON 11-2 In touch in mid-division, not fluent 1st, closed before 4 out, went 2nd final bend, pressing winner last, held flat, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Lily Glitters at Hereford 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (5) gd in Nov. ARC OF BUBBLES 15-2 Held up in rear, jumped slowly at times, gradually lost ground, ridden 5 out, stayed on from 2 out, never going pace, 3rd of 5, 13l behind Fat Sam at Wincanton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct. BONANZA SAM 8-1 Led, headed 4th, lost place after 10th, nudged along 12th, ridden along after next, struggling 14th, tailed off 4 out, eventually completed, 3rd of 5, well behind Mister Tickle at Fontwell 3m 2f cond hcap ch (4) gs in Oct. MR MAGILL 11-2 Held up, took keen hold, not fluent 9th, pushed along before 3 out, soon weakened, well behind when mistake last, 5th of 6, 31l behind Dentley De Mee at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Feb. LURE DES PRES 33-1 Slightly hampered 1st, always towards rear, never on terms, tailed off, 8th of 11, 47l behind O’Faolains Lad at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in Oct. LETS GO DUTCHESS 50-1 In rear, pushed along after 9th, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 31l behind Do Ya Feel Lucky at Worcester 2m 7f (5) gd in Aug. 3.45 ‘JUNIOR’ NH FLAT RACE (GBB RACE) (5) (3-Y-O) 1m 7f Winner £1,906 (10 run) RTV 1 Copperkin B Millman 10-12...................................... D Noonan — 2 Faiche Ro N Twiston-Davies 10-12..............................J Nailor (3) — 3 Gracefull Dancer J Frost 10-12.................................... J Best — 4 Hasty Parisian M Harris 10-12................................K Jones (3) — 5 Moorland Rambler Mrs J Williams 10-12.............................. .....................................................................Chester Williams (3) — 6 Mr Anderson Christian Williams 10-12..................... J Tudor (3) — 7 Mr Sundancer J Portman 10-12...............................C Deutsch — 8 4 Pocket Too (44) V Dartnall 10-12................................... A Johns — 9 4 Scud (23) Seamus Mullins 10-12.......................Sean Houlihan (3) 111 10 Kimberley Eve I Williams 10-5.............................T Scudamore — BETTING: 4 Faiche Ro, 9-2 Moorland Rambler, 5 Kimberley Eve, 6 Hasty Parisian, 7 Scud, 8 Pocket Too, 10 Mr Anderson, 12 Mr Sundancer, 14 Others. 2020: I LIKE TO MOVE IT 11 5, Jordan Nailor(5) 4-6 Fav (N Twiston-Davies), 6 ran. FORM GUIDE: FAICHE RO Garswood gelding out of Dance East. MOORLAND RAMBLER Telescope gelding out of Fragrant Rose. KIMBERLEY EVE Black Sam Bellamy filly out of Ma Councha. HASTY PARISIAN Champs Elysees gelding out of Va’vite. SCUD 11-1 Chased leaders, outpaced over 3f out, no impression after, plugged on, went 4th towards finish, 4th of 9, 12l behind Herecomesfreddie at Huntingdon 1m 6f 3yo NH flat (5) gd in Nov. POCKET TOO 9-2 Chased leader when in view early, lost 2nd final bend, well beaten 4th over 1f out, 4th of 8, 21l behind Eel Pie Island at Exeter 1m 5f 3yo NH flat (5) gd in Oct. MR ANDERSON Morpheus gelding out of Douro. MR SUNDANCER Paco Boy gelding out of Trumpet Lily. COPPERKIN Helmet gelding out of Loulou. GRACEFULL DANCER Alqaahir gelding out of Miss Grace. CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS LIVERPOOL ECHO RACING

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 ECHO 45 Sport / Tranmere Rovers ‘The best we we can imagine’ – Klopp on Taffarel appointment Prentn Park, home of Tranmere Rovers geoff davies Tranmere suffer another call-off prenton not ready for harrogate tie after storm damage By ANT STONELAKE Tranmere Rovers had to cancel another game at Prenton Park last night after damage to the stadium wasn’t repaired in time for their contest with Harrogate. Storm Arwen blew parts of the main stand’s roof off Prenton Park last weekend. Despite the best efforts of the club, they couldn’t fix it in time for the Papa John’s Trophy tie last night. The main stand was fully repaired in time for the game but the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) found another issue with advertising boards on the Kop. The rivets that hold the advertising boards up has come loose and the SAG decided that it was unsafe to hold the game until those boards were removed or re-riveted. Tranmere Rovers released a statement, once again apologising for inconveniencing the fans – the second time less than a week. The statement read: “Whilst this is desperately disappointing, everything that could be done has been done, we apolgoise for any inconvenience caused to supporters. “Despite specialist equipment being brought in to deal with it, continuing high winds mean the work cannot be completed today.” Vice-chairman Nicola Palios confirmed that something good will come of the two postponements that have happened this week. “All the food from the cancelled matches on Saturday and today has been or will be donated to homeless charities for distribution,” Palios said. She also confirmed that tickets will be able to be used for rescheduled fixtures in the next few weeks. “Tickets for the postponed games will automatically be valid for the rescheduled games,” Palios added. “Refunds are available up until kick-off of the rearranged games. Refund requests will be processed straight away.” The work should be complete by the time Tranmere next play at home against Leyton Orient on December 18. Chances are the two rearranged games will be played either side of that fixture. Exeter are already playing their second round game on December 14 after having to play a second replay in the FA Cup against Oldham last night. The rearranged league game against Stevenage could wait until after Christmas but the club will want to get it out of the way as soon as possible. If those two games were to be played before Christmas, Tranmere would be looking at nine games in four weeks, ending with Salford away on New Year’s Day. Fans have been calling for improvements to Prenton Park for some time. The stadium is held in high regard by supporters but mostly for the history of the ground. Talk of a new stadium has been going for a while with Palios confirming that plans for a new ground were on the table in 2019. Phil Gandy, a Rovers fan from New Brighton, would be reluctant to support a stadium move. “I can understand the commercial benefits of moving to a new stadium,” Mr Gandy said. “Prenton Park has still a lot to offer to supporters so I would personally prefer us to stay and build a new stand.” Building a new stand at Prenton Park would be more financially viable than building an entirely new stadium but it comes with its own set of problems. The biggest one being a reduced capacity and being unable to play some games at Prenton Park whilst work would be happening. That being said, any concept of a new stadium or main stand is still a long, long way off. Tranmere will now head into this Saturday’s game against Leyton Orient with nearly two weeks rest. The last time they played was last Tuesday’s win against Bradford. Saturday’s trip to The Breyer Group Stadium starts a weeklong stretch of three away games, also including trips to Oldham and Exeter. By mark wakefield Claudio Taffarel Jurgen Klopp has explained the thinking behind Brazil legend Claudio Taffarel’s appointment as a new goalkeeping coach. Liverpool have confirmed the appointment of Taffarel, subject to a work permit being approved. Taffarel, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1994, will take up a role as one of the senior goalkeeping coaches alongside John Achterberg and Jack Robinson. The 55-year-old will move to Anfield after finalising a work permit this week, as he gets set to combine his duties for Brazil with his new role working under Jurgen Klopp. It is understood that his relationship with Alisson Becker has led to the appointment, with the Liverpool goalkeeper credited as a driving force behind the decision to bring Taffarel to Merseyside. Speaking after confirmation of Taffarel’s appointment, Klopp has explained why Liverpool opted to bring the Brazil legend to Anfield. “The idea is that, in our opinion, we have now in a lot of positions the best we can imagine,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com. “In terms of goalkeepers, it means we have Alisson Becker, who for us is the best goalie in the world. “We have Caoimhin Kelleher, who we really think is an exceptional, exceptional player. We have Adrian, who has shown his qualities since he arrived here. “Then we have Marcelo Pitaluga, then we have Harvey Davies, so we have five goalies in different age groups, which is great but we want to have even more of these guys. “We want to build kind of our own philosophy in goalkeeping because we all agree it’s its own game, so that’s why we wanted to have another completely different view on it. “We spoke to Ali because two of the best goalies in the world are Brazilians and so we found a solution with bringing in Taffarel as a really nice addition to our whole coaching staff. “We really think it can give us just a different view again, to look at different things. “We really want to really be a proper goalkeeping school in world football and so that’s why we’re bringing in a third very, very experienced goalkeeper coach.”

46 ECHO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 @LivEchoNews Sport / Ray Kennedy 1951-2021 Ray of light for Reds’ 1970s success By IAN DOYLE LivErpooL are mourning the death of club legend ray Kennedy, who has died at the age of 70. Kennedy, who passed away on Tuesday morning having suffered from parkinson’s disease for 35 years, was a key figure in the reds team that dominated both English and European football in the 1970s. He made 393 appearances and scored 72 goals while winning five league championships, three European Cups, one League Cup, a UEFA Cup and a European Super Cup during a seven-and-a-half-year stay at Liverpool. His arrival at the club from Arsenal in July 1974 was overshadowed by the news Bill Shankly, the manager who had signed him, announced his departure from Anfield on the same day. While initially brought in as a forward, Kennedy was transformed into a midfielder by Shankly’s successor Bob paisley, with his progress earning him 20 England caps while at Liverpool. Two of Kennedy’s most famous goals for the club came in the European Cup, scoring the second in the memorable 3-1 quarter-final win over St Etienne in 1977 and notching at Bayern Munich to win the 1981 semi-final on away goals. He later moved to Swansea City, Hartlepool and Cypriot team pezoporikos before ongoing health issues ultimately led to a diagnosis of parkinson’s disease in November 1986. parkinson’s UK chief executive Caroline rassell said in a statement: “Most young boys dream of becoming a footballer. ray not only lived that dream but enjoyed incredible success doing so. “ray lived with parkinson’s for a long time. He spoke honestly about the challenges he faced including dealing with some of the lesser known symptoms like hallucinations. “Many people with the condition feel the need to hide their diagnosis, but ray will have inspired so many people to talk openly about their own life with parkinson’s. The part he played in raising awareness of the condition, like his football skills, will not be forgotten. “our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.” YOUR OFFICIAL LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB MONTHLY MAGAZINE bobby firmino 93 goals, 64 assists, one special player ALSO FEATURING: VIRGIL VAN DIJK JORDAN HENDERSON MONA NEMMER CERI HOLLAND NEIL MELLOR ANFIELD MURALS PLUS: MO SALAH QUIZ & MAN UNITED 0 LIVERPOOL 5 SPECIAL FEATURE LIVERPOOL FC MAGAZINE OUT NOW SUBSCRIBE NOW VISIT REACHSPORTSHOP.COM ON SALE IN ALL GOOD NEWSAGENTS. DIGITAL EDITION AVAILABLE ON ALL TABLET AND MOBILE DEVICES. By DAN kAY It is sometimes said the true measure of greatness in football managers is measured by legacy. You only have to look at Nottingham Forest and Manchester United following the departures of Brian Clough and Alex Ferguson for two stark examples of how lack of succession planning can undo much of the good work which went before. Bill Shankly’s position in the Liverpool pantheon was firmly established by virtue of the way he dragged a once-great club languishing in the doldrums of the Second Division into the modern era, revitalising the club on and off the field and establishing a culture of success which has persisted into the modern era. But it was cemented by his parting gift when he bade Anfield farewell on July 12 1974, the acquisition of his final Liverpool signing completed that very same day being initially massively overshadowed by the seismic shock of his resignation but over time revealing itself to be yet another stroke of genius. Ray Kennedy was already a player well familiar to Liverpool supporters. After initially signing schoolboy forms with Port Vale after their manager, the legendary England winger Stanley Matthews, travelled to the family home in Northumberland to persuade him to put pen to paper, Kennedy made his name as a centre forward at Arsenal. He was a key member of the Gunners’ side in 1970/71 which became only the second side that century to win the hallowed league championship and FA Cup double, scoring the goal away to North London rivals tottenham which clinched the First Division title and five days later at Wembley playing his part against Shankly’s Reds as Bertie Mee’s side fought back from a goal behind in extra time to win 2-1. His fortunes, like Arsenal’s, declined somewhat in the years after the Double triumph so it was something of a surprise when he arrived at Anfield in the summer of 1974 for a then-club record fee of £180,000. His arrival inevitably went under the radar given the simultaneous announcement of Shankly’s shock retirement but the Scot was clearly happy with his final bit of business at the Anfield helm and did not hesitate in saying so. “there is no doubt Kennedy will do a good job for Liverpool,” Shankly declared. “He is big, brave and strong. His signing means that we now have the greatest strength in depth that we have ever had. Kennedy will cause plenty of trouble to defences. “He fights all the way and he was at the top of my list of my wanted men. I’ve seen him in training and he looks good. He reminds me of Rocky Marciano. “Maybe it will be said that one of the last things I did at this club was to sign a great new player.” Kennedy scored in each of his first three games for Bob Paisley’s Liverpool but, like the new manager, took some time to truly acclimatise, finishing his first season at the club with the meagre tally of only five goals in 25 league matches. there was speculation he may be off-loaded to Wolves but an injury to midfielder Peter Cormack early the following season prompted one of the most significant decisions of Paisley’s management career which would ultimately stand as indisputable proof of the canny north-easterner’s own, albeit very different to his predecessor’s, brand of managerial genius. Drawing on his encyclopaedic memory for something he had been told years ago, Paisley moved Kennedy to the left side of midfield for a match at Middlesbrough, later revealing, “One of my old friends told me that before Ray went to Arsenal he had played much deeper. “I then knew I could back my instinct and see if he could recapture his spark.” Kennedy at his Highbury testimonial in 1991 ray Kennedy (centre) with the European Cup in 1977 His first crack in his new role was not overly auspicious, the Liverpool Daily Post commenting after the Reds’ 1-0 win at Ayresome Park that “poor Kennedy looked a most temporary left-half” but he scored twice three days later in a 6-0 UEFA Cup win over Real Sociedad at Anfield and bagged two more in the next four games against Newcastle and Polish side Slask Wroclaw. By the end of the season, it was becoming clear Paisley’s hunch was turning into a masterstroke. Kennedy proved to be a revelation in midfield, his new position allowing his vision and distribution to create chances for his teammates while still allowing him to make late runs into the box to get on the scoresheet himself. His rejuvenation mirrored that of Paisley’s side as, with the middle of the park further bolstered by local lad and Ray’s great mate Jimmy Case, Liverpool finished the season as league champions and UEFA Cup winners for the second time in four seasons, Kennedy scoring crucial goals in both the league decider at Wolves and the first leg of the European final against FC Bruges. Another league and continental double followed the next season with the Reds becoming champions of Europe for the first time, Kennedy’s influence again being

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 ECHO 47 Sport / Ray Kennedy 1951-2021 Shankly’s parting gift became Reds’ PRIZE asset Tributes to Kennedy A stAtement on Liverpool’s official website read: “the thoughts of everybody at Liverpool FC are with Ray’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.” Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge paid tribute to Kennedy, tweeting: “Yet another magnificent ex LFC star has passed away folks. “Ray Kennedy what a player and lovely bloke who suffered so much with Parkinson’s disease for most of his life. He will definitely never walk alone. RIP Ray ynwa.” Former Liverpool defender Phil thompson tweeted: “more sad news with the passing of Ray, what a great player and such a wonderful teammate RIP pal YnWA.” Ronnie Whelan described his former teammate as “an absolute legend at both Arsenal and Liverpool”, adding on twitter: “Learned so much by watching him play. RIP Ray.” Kennedy scored three goals for england, his first coming on his debut against Wales in march 1976. A tweet from the national team’s account read: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ray Kennedy at the age of 70. Ray won 17 caps for the threeLions between 1976 and 1980, scoring three times. “All of our thoughts go out to his family, friends and former clubs.” Ray Kennedy in action for England in 1977 evident in the iconic quarter-final comeback against St Etienne when he struck at the Kop end to draw Liverpool level on aggregate before supplying the through ball for David Fairclough’s famous late winner. The European Cup was retained in 1978, Kennedy showing glimpses of his old centre-forward days with a forceful far post header that started the semi-final second leg fight back against Borussia Moenchengladbach and in 1978/79 Liverpool recorded one of their most dominant title wins with the midfield four of Case-Souness-McDermott-Kennedy still being regarded by many as the club’s finest ever. Paisley was in no doubt of the importance of his repurposed leftsided midfielder and revealed that out of all the talented players he had at his disposal during his time as Liverpool manager, Kennedy was the one he received the most inquiries Bill Shankly (second left) makes hs final Liverpool signing, Ray Kennedy in 1974 about for other clubs. “He, out of them all, was the one that they were more concerned about than anybody in my time as manager, playing in Europe, and that... I had more people enquiring about Ray Kennedy than any of the others”, Paisley admitted. “His contribution to Liverpool’s achievements was enormous and his consistency remarkable. “So much so, in fact, that on the rare occasions he missed a match his absence was felt deeply simply because he was a midfield powerhouse with tremendous vision and knowledge of the game. “In my view he was one of Liverpool’s greatest players and probably the most underrated.” One of Kennedy’s finest moments in a Liverpool shirt came towards the end of his time at Anfield when a patched-up side travelled to Bayern Munich for the second leg of the 1981 European Cup semi-final following a goalless draw at Anfield. Injuries meant Paisley was forced to name reserve team players Richard Money and Colin Irwin in the back four and the Reds task was made harder when Kenny Dalglish was forced off after taking a heavy knock in the first ten minutes. But with substitute Howard Gayle running the Germans ragged, Kennedy - captain on the night - pounced with a superbly-taken volley seven minutes from time and while Bayern equalised late on it was not enough to stop Liverpool progressing to the Paris final on the away goals rule, where Kennedy supplied the throw-in for Alan Kennedy to score the late winner that sealed the Reds’ third European Cup win in five seasons. Sadly though it was the beginning of the end of Kennedy’s time at Liverpool, as the first visible signs of the Parkinson’s disease which would have such an impact on the second half of his life began to reveal themselves, even if Kennedy and his peers were not aware of it at the time. He later revealed in his autobiography, “At Liverpool, I could never understand why I was the odd man out, particularly after a match. “Usually the adrenaline is pumping and most of the lads would be talking about what happened on the pitch, grabbing a coke or chicken leg. They were always doing something, all except me. “I used to slump hunched in my seat too tired to move. I tried to kid myself I was more tired because I had worked harder than the others during a match, yet I knew it was not the case. “The odd thing was I could always perform for the full ninety minutes and was rarely the one to be substituted.” Kennedy turned 30 in the summer of 1981 and the emergence of young Irish midfielder Ronnie Whelan, along with some disquiet within the Anfield corridors of power over Kennedy’s drinking escapades with Jimmy Case, led him to being sold to Swansea City in January 1982 to play under former team-mate John Toshack, where he received a sixth league championship medal that summer after playing enough games for Paisley’s side before his departure after they finished on top again. Kennedy’s time in South Wales became one of further struggle as he was stripped of the captaincy and accused of being lazy and overweight, with still no-one being aware of the medical difficulties he was suffering. His playing days finished with similarly unsatisfactory spells back in the north east with Hartlepool United and Ashington as well as Cyrpiot club Pezoporikos before he was finally diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in November 1986. He became a high profile ambassador to raise awareness for the disease and got to meet his childhood hero Mohammed Ali who was also a sufferer but became reliant on the Professional Footballers Association to help with medical expenses after losing his business and his marriage as the condition took hold. Arsenal and Liverpool held a testimonial match for him at Highbury in May 1991 and in 2009 before a match at Anfield between the two sides tributes were paid to Kennedy at both ends of the ground with his number at Liverpool, “5”, being held up by fans with coloured cards on the Kop and his Gunners’ number “10” by those in the away end. Afterwards he paid tribute to the Liverpool fans led by Karl Coppack who had set up the Ray of Hope appeal early that year to help him. “It’s tremendous”, Kennedy said. “The Liverpool fans have always been very special and I always knew that, but I suppose I didn’t realise just how special – now I do. “I really appreciate how much they have done for me and it is hard for me to put into words just how much I appreciate it. It is great they remember me and for people to give so generously to try and help me is tremendous. 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48 ECHO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 @LivEchoNews ‘It’s your fault!’ Klopp’s Mo surprise JurgEN KLopp has expressed his surprise at Mohamed Salah’s lowly ranking in the Ballon d’or voting – and questioned Lionel Messi claiming the honour. Messi was named the winner for a record seventh time in paris on Monday night, beating Bayern Munich striker robert Lewandowski into second place. Salah, meanwhile, was down in seventh spot despite being hailed in recent months as the best player in the world on current form having scored 17 times in 18 games for Liverpool this term, including several goal of the season contenders. Editors at France Football, the weekly French magazine that originated the awards in 1956, create a 30-player shortlist that is then voted on by journalists around the world, who select their top five with points given accordingly to each player. Salah mustered only 121 points compared to 613 for Messi. Chelsea midfielders Jorginho and N’golo Kante, real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Manchester united veteran Cristiano ronaldo were also ahead of the Liverpool man in the list. And Klopp said to the media on Tuesday: “I was surprised by his position. “But it’s not in my hands. I saw the vote somewhere. “I don’t even know, is the Ballon d’or (voted on by) journalists? It’s your fault then! If you think he should be higher up then you have to convince your colleagues! “You can always give it to Lionel Messi for the career he has and the footballer he is, but if you don’t give it robert Lewandowski this time then it’s quite tricky to get it at all. “Yes, Mo definitely should have been higher.” THE BIG LIVERPOOL FC BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS ‘This book gives our fans the chance to learn about nutrition from Mona – just as our players do!’ JURGEN KLOPP By XXXXXX XXXXXXX ECHO Reporter alan.jones@liverpool.com @alanjonesECHO 40% OFF ONLY £12 RRP £20 Available from reachsportshop.com Orders received by 17th December will be dispatched in time for Christmas delivery, subject to Royal Mail. P&P applies. EVERTON v LIVERPOOL Duo ready to ease the festive stress gomez and keita closing in as hectic schedule looms By IaN dOyLE Chief LFC Writer ian.doyle@reachplc.com @IanDoyleSport Joe Gomez and Naby Keita are closing on a Liverpool return – but Jurgen Klopp will once again be without five players Chelsea escape key to Reds By IaN dOyLR MohaMed Salah has explained how getting away from Chelsea helped transform him into a liverpool superstar – as he picked up yet another award. Salah has become the latest recipient of the Golden Foot award, which is an international honour given to players who stand out for their on-field achievements and personality and is open to those aged 28 or over. With the egyptian preparing with the Reds for their Merseyside derby at everton tonight, his wife was in Monaco on Monday night to receive for the merseyside derby at everton. Gomez has been sidelined for almost a month with a calf problem while Keita hasn’t been seen since limping out of the 2-2 Premier League draw at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on october 30 with a hamstring the award on his behalf. and Salah believes escaping an unhappy spell at Chelsea for first Fiorentina and then Roma in Italy helped set him on the road to ultimately huge success at liverpool. “It has helped me a lot,” he said of his time in Italy. “When I was at Chelsea I had to change the football and culture. “I needed to change my football so I went to Italy, I played good and it’s helped me to be where I am at the moment. “I had a great time there and they (Fiorentina and Roma fans) were unbelievable. They showed me love. Injured duo Joe gomez and (inset right) Naby Keita complaint. Klopp, though, is hopeful the duo will be back in team training next week to bolster his options with Liverpool in the midst of a hectic schedule between now and the New Year. “The boys are getting closer, especially Joe and “I have good memories there, which is great. They helped me to improve myself as a person and a player, so I have to say thank you very much and hopefully see each other soon – play against each other maybe!” Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Ryan Giggs are all among previous winners of the Golden Foot – which began in 2003 – although lionel Messi, who controversially won a seventh Ballon d’or on Monday night, has yet to claim the accolade. and Salah said: “It’s great to win any award, but this one is special because a lot of legendary names in football have won it. So it’s

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 ECHO 49 Goodison Park / Tonight / Kick-off 8.15pm (Amazon Prime) Guardiola knows the score in Reds rivalry Naby, who are not too far from team training,” said the Reds boss, who reported no new injury concerns after Saturday’s 4-0 win over Southampton. “Joe is in a really good moment. He is doing really well, he is doing a lot of stuff outside, so hopefully next week he can be in training. “I hope the same for Naby, pretty much – that he will be in training next week as well.” Should they meet the timescale, Gomez and Keita could come into contention for the home Premier League game against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa on Saturday week. Liverpool are waiting for Curtis Jones to be given the all-clear to resume training having suffered a freak eye injury during a session earlier this month. “I think once every two weeks they always make another examination,” said Klopp on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League match at Everton. “Curtis is completely fine, but we have to be careful with it and so we cannot rush it. I think the next test is tomorrow and then we will know more. “If you ask Curtis he could run a marathon, but it’s not allowed at the moment. We have to wait until the doctor gives us a green light.” With Harvey Elliott continuing his rehabilitation from a serious ankle injury, Roberto Firmino remains a few weeks away from a return as he recovers from a hamstring issue suffered against Atletico Madrid on November 3. “Bobby probably has another week to do more football stuff,” added Klopp. “Bobby is good but he is still a couple of weeks away from being fully back, but he is doing pretty much everything just with the extent of the injury we have to be careful, but it’s all fine.” By mARK wAKEfIELd PeP Guardiola has outlined a possible advantage liverpool have over his Manchester City side. The reds are battling with City and Chelsea for the Premier league title this season, with the trio so far setting the pace at the top of the standings. Chelsea are currently top with 30 points, while City are one point adrift in second and liverpool are another point further back in third. despite not being top of the league, Jurgen Klopp’s side are top of the goalscoring charts with 39 in the top flight this term, comfortably more than second-top scorers Chelsea who have 31. liverpool are also leading the way when it comes to individual scorers, with three Pep Guardiola out of the top four places occupied by reds forwards. Mohamed Salah leads the way with 11 strikes, and is then followed by leicester City’s Jamie Vardy. and Guardiola has been speaking about whether having a variety of goalscorers is crucial for his team achieving success. “if we don’t do it, we wouldn’t qualify for the Champions league,” said Guardiola. “in the top leagues, the scorers, we are not there. (Mohamed) Salah, (Sadio) Mane; we are not in the top seven or eight (goalscorers). “if we don’t attack as a team, we don’t survive. “The league we have done so far is exceptional. The way we are playing is exceptional. “The toughest month of the season is ahead of us, we have a good team.” YOUR OFFICIAL MATCHDAY PROGRAMME EVERTON success – Salah something special.” Salah has made a blistering start to the season with 17 goals in 18 appearances for Liverpool, who are through to the knockout stages of the Champions League and only two points off the top of the Premier League. And when asked by Sky Sport in Italy which he would prefer to win, he replied: “I always say that I love always to win the Champions League and Premier League, I would pick both and hopefully we can win them both this year.” Salah also recently surpassed Didier Drogba as the leading African scorer in Premier League history, and said: “I’m always trying to find the motivation inside me just to drive me, to give my best. “I don’t know exactly, but that was one of the motivations – to break his record. “Of course he is a legend, we know each other and he is my friend. So it was a motivation for me to break his record, it was very good.” Each year, 10 nominees for the Golden Foot are chosen by a panel of international journalists from which the winner is selected by an online poll. The winner of the award leaves a permanent mould of his footprints on ‘The Champions Promenade’ on the seafront at Monaco. Mohamed Salah in action last weekend JoHN PoWell/ lFC/GeTTY COLLECT THE SET Available to buy at Goodison Park and club stores or order for home delivery from reachsportshop.com

50 ECHO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 @LivEchoNews By ADAM JONES ECHO Reporter adam.jones@reachplc.com @adam_jones94 It’s a match so many supporters dread already, let alone in these dire circumstances. Everton are to welcome Liverpool to Goodison Park tonight. One side is flying high towards the top of the league, the other is the most out-of-form team in the division. Unfortunately, we all know which way around it is – and it doesn’t look good for Rafa Benitez’s squad heading into this latest game. that was the case even before the animosity that occurred at the final whistle of the Blues’ most recent defeat, a dismal 1-0 loss away to newly-promoted Brentford. As Everton’s players trudged over to the corner of the stadium on sunday in apology, standing a good 20 yards away from the fans, the message coming back from those that had travelled was clear. to put it in the most simple terms, they were not happy. Not with the players, the manager, the board – essentially anything to do with how the club is being run and performing at this moment in time. Realistically that’s not the feeling you want to be battling against when heading into a match against your old city rivals, but this is a problem of the Blues’ own making. the relative silence that has followed the defeat to Brentford has been very interesting to note. Benitez and Abdoulaye Doucoure’s respective post-match comments, both recorded inside an hour after the final whistle, have been the only real word from the staff or squad in the immediate aftermath. the manager has since addressed the media once more for his prematch press conference obligation, but it’s clear that the build-up to a derby hasn’t quite been the same. there’s been no rallying cries, no words of encouragement. Even on social media the club’s official account has been noticeably much more quiet than usual, tweeting just twice between Benitez’s post-Brentford and pre-Liverpool comments. Perhaps some of the message from supporters got through. they demand much, much than what they have been seeing – especially against Brentford. that boiling point felt like a really defining moment in the club’s recent history. Years of failings at all levels had led to an unquestionable release of anger. the club surely know what’s at stake tonight now. Much has already been made of what the atmosphere will be like at Goodison Park when Liverpool come to visit. Even at the beginning of the campaign people wondered how every fan in the stadium would react to Benitez’s dugout position. Matches such as those against southampton and Burnley at the time for talking ended long ago as blues seek to make the right derby noises Ivan Toney scores the winner for Brentford against Everton and (inset right) Blues boss Rafa Benitez EVERTON v LIVERPOOL Silence speaks Get the latest Blues news to your inbox VOLUMES beginning of the campaign showed the banner from those supporters endure for an extended how influential the fans could be in times of need, when the players show them the right attitude on the pitch. against Brentford wasn’t aimed at just the players or the manager – it was addressing the wider issues at the club as a whole. amount of time, who could blame them if that were the case? Now is the time there’s absolutely no doubt that For tonight though, that briefly for action from ahead of kick-off this evening, Goodison gets pushed to one side. the pres- these players. Park will be a cacophony of sure is solely on the squad and the they were the noise. staff to put in a performance and ones who faced You don’t need to ask Evertonians to get up for a derby, they will create a bear-pit. Just think back to 2019, pick up a result. If the side don’t start well, if they maybe even concede an early goal, the brunt of sunday’s anger, rightly or wrongly, and now when the Blues were on a similarly then Goodison could turn into a it’s their time to show poor run of form heading into a toxic atmosphere. It’s certainly a a response. Sign up to the ECHO clash with their fierce rivals. possibility. there hasn’t been EFC newsletter – www. It’s not down to the fans though, it But given the length of exasperation these supporters have had to and empty com- the usual platitudes liverpoolecho.co.uk/ never has been. getanewsletter ments about rallying together for a victory against Liverpool – no doubt because we’ve all been here too many times before. Words don’t matter, actions on the pitch do. After what seemed like a defining moment against Brentford, now is the time for any sort of response to give these supporters something to cheer for. they’ve waited a long time for that honour.

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 ECHO 51 Goodison Park / Tonight / Kick-off 8.15pm (Amazon Prime) Benitez confident he has the fans’ backing By ADAM JONES Rafa Benitez is convinced the everton fans are fully behind him and the club despite the banner that appeared in the away end during everton’s loss to Brentford on Sunday. the Blues suffered another disappointing defeat at the weekend, extending their winless Premier League run to more then two calendar months thanks to a first-half penalty from ivan toney. ahead of the match travelling fans revealed a message which read: “We demand nil Satis nisi Optimum, it’s about time our club did too.” asked about the banner and the state of everton in general right now, the manager made clear everyone associated with the club is striving to improve at every level. Benitez told his pre-Liverpool press conference: “i think that the analysis has to be done in a careful way. the club is spending a lot of money, the club is trying to do their best in every single department. that’s something you can see from the beginning when you come here and everybody’s trying to improve things. “We started the season doing really well and everyone was happy with that. Because we don’t have good results now, you can question everything. “i think the club is trying to do their best and we cannot forget one thing. it’s a massive thing, the new stadium, for this club. everything will change. “We have to be sure we continue supporting, we continue behind the team, we continue pushing. We will be better and we want to be better.” the players were roundly booed off the pitch at the weekend after their dismal performance against Brentford, sparking fears from many that the atmosphere at Goodison in the coming days could be toxic. However, Benitez doesn’t believe that will be the case. “Hopefully not, i think the fans are intelligent and they know we need them,” he added. “the fans are crucial and the main thing for us. if they are behind the team, you could see the atmosphere in the first game – they were behind the team, and the team was reacting. “i think they will realise how important they are for the players. “You can complain if the players are not playing well, and you can say they can play better or not, or the tactics or not good enough or whatever – you can complain about that. “But at the same time, they cannot complain about the commitment of the players, the desire or the effort. You are expecting an everton player to give everything, and after try to play as well as you can. “i think they will realise how important they are for the team and, it’s a derby, i’m sure they will be behind the team.” LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR LIVE TONIGHT FROM 7PM EVERTON LIVERPOOL Amazon Prime subscription required. See terms at amazon.co.uk/primeterms

52 ECHO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 @LivEchoNews Do the right thing at the right time, Rafa tells chiefs By PHIL KIRKBRIDE Rafa BENitEz insists Everton must learn from other clubs who have sold players and improved their squad with the proceeds. in answering a question about farhad Moshiri’s backing, Benitez said the club needed to manage their transfer budget better by ‘selling some players at a profit’. asked to then expand on his comments, the Everton manager said financial fair play regulations have to show the club that player sales must become a more important way of generating cash if they are to find the money to improve their squad. Everton players after Sunday’s defeat to Brentford TONY MCARDLE/EFC/GETTY EVERTON v LIVERPOOL rafa reckons blues managerial policy has to be ditched in favour of stability Rafa Benitez Benitez was restricted to spending just £1.7m in transfer fees in the summer and expects to have ‘not too much’ money to use in January. and the Spaniard says Everton’s decision-makers must look at the examples of other clubs in how they have sold players ‘at the right time’ in order to help the club reinvest and reduce the reliance on Moshiri’s money. Since Moshiri arrived at Goodison, the Blues have pocketed significant profit from the sale of players, including Romelu Lukaku, John Stones and idrissa Gueye but Benitez says more needs to be done. “it means we have to get the best from our players from now till the end but at the same time thinking about the long-term future,” he said. “it is important to do the right thing at the right time. “if not, you can’t allow to spend money every year so you have to manage [that]. “Some clubs have been selling players at the right time and with the money they received they improved the squad. “that is something we have to learn. “the owner is ready to spend money but we can’t spend all the time without bringing money back in. “So i think we have to be clever in the future but at the moment, at this time, we have to make sure we can bring the best out of our players.” It’s NOT working By PHIL KIRKBRIDE Everton FC reporter philip.kirkbride@reachplc.com @PhilKEcho Rafa Benitez believes farhad Moshiri and the everton board know they must end a run of hiring and firing managers. Moshiri has fired four managers since arriving at the club in 2016 while Carlo ancelotti sensationally quit last summer. Benitez replaced the italian but after an encouraging start to the season, finds himself under mounting pressure ahead of the 239th Merseyside derby. everton are without a win in seven league matches but Benitez says that recent conversations with Moshiri and the Goodison powerbrokers have left him sure he will be given the time to revive the team’s form and revamp the squad in future transfer windows. the Blues have sacked Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman, Sam allardyce and Marco Silva in the past five years but Benitez says the club know dispensing with managers early in their contracts was “not working”. Benitez believes that “stability” is at the forefront of Moshiri’s thinking. “i am in constant communication with the board and Mr Moshiri so i have this feeling that that they realise that they were changing managers in the past – even changing the profile of the managers in the past – and it was not working,” Benitez said. “So they know that we need stability and they know that is really important for changing things in the future so you can’t blame the owner for spending a lot of money. “it is just that we have to be sure we do things right in the future and the reason why Get the latest Blues news to your inbox Sign up to the ECHO EfC newsletter – www. liverpoolecho.co.uk/ getanewsletter we can’t spend now is because the Premier League rules don’t allow us to do that. “So hopefully we can manage in a better way, we can sell some players at a profit and we can use this money to improve the squad and to ensure we are stronger. “i think they [the board] realise over the years that changing managers, changing the way to do things is not right, it is not productive, and hopefully we can keep this stability.” Moshiri gave Koeman and Silva 18 months in the job before sacking them while allardyce’s reign

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 ECHO 53 Goodison Park / Tonight / Kick-off 8.15pm (Amazon Prime) came to an end halfway through his contract. Benitez is less than six months into his tenure as Everton boss and believes Moshiri understands that he needs time. “But he’s clever enough, he realised that maybe that was not the way and then he’s trying to find a better way to make sure we are stronger and we can keep this stability,” Benitez added. Benitez heads into the 239th Merseyside derby tonight, believing he has the full support of Moshiri and the Everton board. The Blues are winless in seven league games and defeat to Liverpool would match the eight league games without victory the club endured in late 1999. But a win for Everton would see ‘Don’t let Reds referee it like Carra did’ – Osman ‘s derby warning By PHIL KIRKBRIDE EvErton can’t “give an inch” in all aspects of tonight’s game with Liverpool - including when it comes to influencing referee Paul tierney, says Leon osman. the former Blues midfielder says he learnt from the highly controversial 2007 Merseyside Derby at Goodison about the need to ensure the reds aren’t trying to get an upper hand with the officials. that game saw Everton have tony Hibbert and Phil neville sent off, as well as having appeals for a penalty ignored in the closing stages after Jamie Carragher hauled Joleon Lescott to the floor, in a 2-1 defeat. Steven Gerrard was seen to whisper in the ear of referee Mark Clattenburg after Hibbert had brought the reds’ captain down early in the second half and the official, who had already taken out his yellow card, then decided to issue a red. “there is no denying that Jamie Carragher refereed at least five derbies by himself!” osman said. “there is no getting away from it. So you start thinking that you’re going to have to equal that up so you do start speaking to referees. “referees are big characters, especially now, and are very good at not being influenced. “But a little word in their ear, here, or a reminder, there, of something Steven Gerrard gets in Mark Clattenburg’s ear in 2007 the first back-to-back league derby wins since 1985. Menahwile, claims that Moshiri is looking to sell his stake in Everton have been met with a firm denial. Sources close to Moshiri have rubbished suggestions he is looking to leave the Blues and that he has made his 93,698 shares available to buy. Broadcaster Richard Keys, in a blog post this week, said a friend of his had been offered the club “for £500m” and that the club “is available for purchase.” But Moshiri, who owns 92.16% of shares, has no intention of selling up, sources have told the ECHO. Keys also said that Alisher Usmanov, whose USM Holdings are Everton’s main backer and that has gone on before, [is important] just to make sure your side’s point of view is not forgotten when decisions are being made. “You’ve seen that down the years and the most famous one, in my time, was with Clattenburg and Gerrard and the whisper in the ear. “You can’t give an inch in derbies and have to make sure that the referee isn’t influenced by the opposition. I grew into that role.” Asked about the infamous Gerrard whisper to Clattenburg, osman said: “It was only something you picked up on after because it was only those few players around the situation. “tony, as he always does, didn’t speak to the referee, he just kept his head down and got on with it. “Steven, very cleverly, had a word with the referee and that shows you the influence you can have. “So you have to make sure there are no opportunities where advantages are taken. there are quite a number of derbies that have been won by the smallest of margins. “Even in that game, we conceded another penalty and went down to nine men yet we should’ve had a penalty right at the end when Carragher dragged Joleon Lescott down to the floor. “It was the most obvious penalty in the game but we didn’t get it . Was that because we weren’t around the referee? I don’t know. “But it’s all about the players, all about their performance, all about the team. We won the last one and I’m hopeful we will win this one.” ■ Amazon Prime video will be broadcasting 20 Premier League fixtures this season featuring two full rounds of fixtures on november 30– December 2 and December 28-30, including Everton v Liverpool and Manchester United v Arsenal. Leon osman will be part of the Merseyside derby punditry team. have signed a stadium naming rights deal, has “given up” and did not want to financially support the club anymore. But those close to Usmanov have, equally, reacted to the suggestions with scorn, saying the claims are not true. Moshiri, it is said, remains firmly committed to Everton, seeing the club as a ‘long-term project’ which includes building a 52,000 capacity stadium on the city’s waterfront. The billionaire, who first bought a 49.9% stake in the club in 2016, has already poured around £100m into the new stadium project to help fund enabling works on the dock site. Everton’s new stadium is expected to cost just over £500m. Gomes returns to full training but key men still missing for derby clash By ADAM JONES Rafa Benitez has confirmed that andre Gomes is back in full training ahead of everton’s match against Liverpool tonight. However, the Blues will still be without Yerry Mina, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and tom Davies for the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. Gomes hasn’t played for everton since their disappointing League Cup exit to Queens Park Rangers in September, having been sidelined with an injury. His return to the squad will be a welcome one, but Benitez has admitted the luck of his side isn’t changing in other important areas ahead of this crucial game. the Blues manager told his pre-match press conference: “it’s not easy to be so unlucky. “at the moment now we still have three players injured. tom Davies, Yerry Mina and Dominic Calvert- Lewin. “andre Gomes has started his training with the team. We are improving this areas. “the problem for us was key players in key games. now we are managing a situation that isn’t easy because the results are not good enough. “normally you lose confidence. Hopefully we can start winning tomorrow and we can go back to what we were doing at the beginning - working hard, playing well and winning games.” While everton come into Wednesday’s game without a win in their last seven Premier League outings, Liverpool are flying high toward the top of the division. Jurgen Klopp’s side are third in the Premier League while the Blues sit 11 places lower. However, Benitez has opened up on what at least some part of his gameplan could be when coming up against the old rivals. “i think we have to stay really focused,” he said. “We have to go back to principles of defending as a unit, solid and compact together. after, we try to play the best way possible on the ball. if we have to play counterattack, do it. “So the main thing is to go to the basic principles of having to be strong in defence, physically and mentally. “i’ve had the opportunity to talk with the group after every game and now, before this game, with some individuals. Just to be sure they don’t give up. “Something that we changed from the past, you could see the players working hard even when we were conceding. i think the fans appreciated that, and that’s what we’re expecting now. “the players have to continue, keep working hard. Overall the way they are doing things, they know that is the way. now you can make decisions and people will have different opinions. “i have a lot of confidence in this group of players because they give everything. i’m sure we will do better if we have players coming back or if we can make any addition in January. “i think we can do much better and the fans will be happy at the end of the season.” everton have failed to score in each of their last three Premier League matches after falling to another defeat against Brentford last weekend. Benitez believes his side attacked enough to score on that day, but explained what needs to change around the box. the manager added: “We were pushing and then we were attacking enough to score one or two goals. “the people around the box – the wingers, the striker, the second striker – they have to get into the box. Doucoure had a couple of Andre Gomes chances the other day. “We have this determination sometimes, but we have to be sure we have even more players getting into the box and trying to score because it’s the way to win games.”

54 ECHO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 @LivEchoNews EVERTON v LIVERPOOL ‘You have to use the emotion in the right way’ By IAN DOYLE Chief LFC Writer ian.doyle@reachplc.com @IanDoyleSport JurgEN KLopp has urged his Liverpool players to channel their emotion in the right manner as they prepare for a potentially volatile return to goodison. The reds travel across Stanley park for the first time since october 2020, when both Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara sustained serious injuries when caught by challenges from Everton duo Jordan pickford and richarlison respectively. Both Van Dijk and Thiago are expected to be in the starting line-up for the latest clash, with Liverpool aiming to improve on a record that has seen them win only one of their last nine away derbies. With it also the first goodison meeting between the neighbours to be played in front of fans since March 2019, there is likely to be an explosive atmosphere. And Klopp said: “We will play football and for football you need a cool head. It is always important. “We are still an emotional team but you have to use the emotion in the right way and that’s the plan, absolutely. “We all know there are some special things around derbies. But it’s a football game and that’s how we want to approach it. “We know what our supporters want. We understand the supporters’ soul and we try to fulfil their dreams and we try to fulfil their wishes. “Derby games are more in their focus, but from our point of view it’s a football game which we have to approach like a normal football game.” Van Dijk made his return to action during pre-season after nine months on the sidelines, and in recent weeks has shown signs of edging back to his best form. He netted his first goal in more than 14 months in the 4-0 Anfield romp over former club Southampton on Saturday, and Klopp is confident the centre-back will be unperturbed by returning to goodison. “We are human beings so it’s difficult to forget and ignore something like that,” he said. “But it’s a situation that should not happen and doesn’t happen very often, I can’t remember one since then in any other game. “It can happen and it’s unlucky when a player is injured. It should have been dealt with differently but that’s not important anymore. “Virgil is very experienced and he has now this kind of situation constantly since he’s back, where he has to be completely free of all things he could have in his mind because of one issue in the past. “Slightly more different because it’s the same place [goodison], but apart from that it’s a football game again.” Klopp added: “Virgil came back brilliant. It’s all the little things which people are quick with and if something is not like it is before and say it’s not right but these sort of judgements make absolutely no sense. “He had a good pre-season, which is absolutely helpful, and since then he has to learn a little bit to deal with it. “Third game in a week even when he looked fine he maybe needed this little break, which we gave him this last week, and I’m not sure we have to give him it over the next few games but we can have it in our mind. “He has been absolutely brilliant since he has been back and if some things are not exactly as they have been it is only a matter of time when it will be exactly where they have been.” While Liverpool go into the game having lost only one of their last 29 games in all competitions, Everton have taken just two premier League points from a possible 21 having lost 1-0 at Brentford on Sunday. And Klopp said on Tuesday: “The extra day [of rest for Liverpool] usually helps. When we have one day less we feel it, to be honest. You only have the recovery day. It’s difficult to train properly and then you play again. We will see. “previous form matters especially when it is good. We should keep that. We have played good football and we have to play good football tomorrow night and if we do that then we are difficult to play against.” White HOT – but Klopp playing it cool By PAUL GORST LFC Correspondent paul.gorst@reachplc.com @PTGorst Jurgen Klopp was in no mood to offer up any easy headlines ahead of the Merseyside derby. The idea of a manager pinning opposition comments to the dressing room wall and effectively letting them do the team talk is as old as football itself. And whatever the modern-day equivalent of that is in the social media age, Klopp appeared desperate to avoid it ahead of Wednesday’s trip to everton. The Liverpool boss, for just the second time since it opened over 12 months ago, was facing journalists in person at the club’s £50million AXA Training Centre in Kirkby on Tuesday afternoon. As the assembled press probed about the 239th edition of Merseyside football’s biggest fixture, the reds manager slipped out of range as the questions rained down. “I cannot help you with the stories you want to write today, write what you want,” Klopp said when asked if in some way a wounded everton, in front of a white-hot goodison Park crowd, were the most dangerous team the reds could be playing. “no, just no.” everton are without a Premier League victory since the end of September and Klopp knows his side’s best chance of increasing that seven-game winless run is to ensure there is no additional fire in the belly of a confidence-shot and injury-hit Blues. One of the most intriguing subplots to the game, of course, centres around the identity of the man in the opposite technical area. reds boss refuses to be headline act eyebrows were raised on both sides of the Stanley Park divide when rafa Benitez accepted Farhad Moshiri’s overtures to become the next everton boss back in the summer. Klopp can understand why it would be the pertinent talking point in the build up to the game, but refocused his own train of thought to matters on the pitch itself. He said: “There are other derbies in the world and there are some special things in this derby, probably no other derby has, we all know exactly why it is like that. “But was I surprised? I can’t remember. For sure I am not surprised any more. “I understand completely that with two clubs in the same city, people make a big thing of it, it is a big thing. “But in the end, after all the talk around it, there must be a football game played. “In the past when they played it before I arrived here, you would watch a highlight video of some things you don’t want to see in football, it would probably be easy to find some stuff on the Liverpool and everton side of things. “Since I have been here, we

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 ECHO 55 Goodison Park / Tonight / Kick-off 8.15pm (Amazon Prime) Reds are KEEPING it in the Brazilian family Virgil van Dijk celebrates his goal against Southampton last weekend always try to play a football game.” The determination to ignore the badge on the shirt of the opposition speaks volumes about how Klopp views this local skirmish. His comments chime with those made after Saturday’s 4-0 drubbing of Southampton at Anfield when he told the BBC: “Am I looking forward to Wednesday? I should do, but it’s a game people make too much of. “I don’t like the way it is approached. Very often things go over the top. We want to play football there and let’s see what the opponent wants.” In many ways, the insistence on avoiding a story simply becomes one in itself. He knows, like virtually every neutral looking on, that Liverpool head into the game as the form team, much stronger than their local rivals and heavy favourites for the three points. Klopp has rarely travelled across the Park with this much expectation. After last year’s unforgettable 2-2 draw that saw Thiago Alcantara laid out for three months and Virgil van Dijk’s season ended just a few weeks into it, the German may be forgiven for thoughts of a revenge mission this time around. LiVerpooL have appointed legendary Brazil goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel to the club’s coaching staff. The 1994 World Cup winner is set to take up a role as one of the senior goalkeeping coaches, working alongside John Achterberg and Jack robinson. Taffarel will move to Anfield after finalising a work permit this week, as he gets set to combine his duties for Brazil with his new role working under Jurgen Klopp. The former Selecao shot-stopper was capped 101 times for his national side and is viewed as an iconic figure for goalkeepers in his homeland. it is understood that his relationship with current Liverpool star Alisson Becker has led to the appointment, with the reds No.1 credited as a driving force behind the decision to bring Taffarel to the AXA Training Centre. Liverpool also enjoy a good relationship with the Brazilian FA, particularly sporting director Juninho, after working together to find a solution that best suited Alisson, Fabinho and roberto Firmino during September’s international break. The 55-year-old has had a hand in the improvements of Throw in the pain of seeing Jordan Henderson’s winning goal chalked off for a dubious offside call on Sadio Mane and that narrative is an easy one to conjure. After all, Liverpool were furious in the aftermath of that October 2020 draw and asked the Premier League to review their application of VAR for the offside and the incident that left Van Dijk in need of surgery on anterior cruciate ligament damage. The now-infamous challenge from Jordan Pickford left Van Dijk on the shelf for 10 months competitively and forced the Netherlands captain to miss the European Championships. “Hard to find the words right now... will leave others to explain it,” tweeted Henderson in the aftermath of that match and their frustration was evident a few days later when Klopp faced the media for a Champions League clash at Ajax. “Oh my God!” came his response when asked if he could win the game without Thiago or Van Dijk in Amsterdam. “We still will try. In the Alisson and Manchester City’s ederson in recent years as the Selecao have honed the talents of two of the premier League’s leading lights between the sticks. Taffarel becomes the latest Brazilian to join the club with Alisson, Fabinho, Firmino and Academy goalkeeper Marcelo pitaluga already at Liverpool. The new coach’s expertise will add to the wealth of experience that already exists in the goalkeeping department at Kirkby. Long-serving coach Achterberg has been at Anfield for well over a decade and has established a strong relationship with Klopp over the last six years. ■ Klopp on Taffarel: page 45 Claudio Taffarel with Alisson in Brazil future we will miss him much more but so far, we’ve only played once with Thiago and we won some games without. On Virg, I’ve said everything. “People are just not interested in this [Ajax] game. “We did nothing wrong in the game but we are still the ones who suffer. It doesn’t feel right, it’s not easy. We accept injuries but it should be from a normal challenge.” Nearly 14 months on from his last visit to Goodison Park, Klopp is doing his utmost to keep some clarity within the collective thinking. The anger that swelled after their last trip has long Get the latest Reds news to your inbox Sign up to the ECHO LFC newsletter – www. liverpoolecho.co.uk/ getanewsletter since subsided and he knows it’s Liverpool’s best chance of a first win at Goodison Park for five years. Achieve that and it really will be a story that makes headlines. Virgil blocking out the NOISE By IAN DOYLE VIRGIL VAN DIJK admits having to blank out the noise surrounding his Liverpool comeback as he prepares for his first return to Goodison Park since suffering a serious knee injury. Van Dijk was sidelined for more than nine months after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament following a horror challenge from Jordan Pickford during the 2-2 derby draw at Everton in October 2020. The centre-back was back in action in pre-season and has played every minute in the Premier League this campaign, scoring his first goal in 14 months in Saturday’s 4-0 home win over former club Southampton. And while his performances have improved notably in recent weeks, van Dijk has been aware of the ongoing debate surrounding his form. “Rhythm is important and mentally it is a big thing as well,” he said. “I’ve noticed that if I do things well, everyone says ‘he doesn’t look like he missed a whole year’. “But when I make one or two mistakes – and mistakes happen – then it is said ‘you can see he’s coming back from injury’ or ‘he can’t do it any more’. “These sort of things are mentally a big thing. Luckily I’m strong mentally and I’m not paying any attention to all of that. “The most important thing is you know when you do things well and with the help of the manager and my team-mates I feel that I’m progressing in each game. That’s the only thing I can do.” Liverpool have kept clean sheets in eight of their 13 Premier League games this season and currently stand two points adrift of leaders Chelsea in third place. With champions Manchester City in second place a point ahead of the Reds, the top three have opened up a gap on the remainder of the league. And van Dijk believes to finish on top this season will be more difficult than when Liverpool claimed the title in 2019/20. “It’s definitely going to be more difficult to win the league in my opinion,” he said, speaking to the official Liverpool matchday programme. “If you also look at the teams below the top four, everyone can win against everyone if you’re not fully focused, you’re not giving 100% or they have a little bit of luck. But that’s the Premier League. “This season is so long and anything can happen, but if you look at the teams and the quality of the players it could be one of those years when everyone wins against each other at some point. “The most difficult thing in football is to be consistent for the whole of the season and the season we won it we most definitely were consistent. “We have so many games left and there can be many twists and turns. We have to be lucky with injuries, as we saw what happened last year, but we have a fantastic squad in my opinion. It’s all about being consistent and confident. “We just have to focus on ourselves and we will. We’re not perfect – that is obvious – but we will improve.”

liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport +tranmere off/Page 45 Everything can CHANGE benitez ‘excited’ by daunting derby challenge By tHeo SQUIreS ECHO Reporter theo.squires@reachplc.com @theosquiresECHO Rafa Benitez has insisted he is not fazed by facing former club Liverpool tonight – as the everton manager prepares for his Mersey- side derby in charge of the Blues. the Spaniard won eight of his 14 Merseyside derbies during his six seasons at anfield but his current sde come into tonight’s match without a win from their last seven outings. “Obviously i know what it means, a derby for every- one,” Benitez said. “i’m watching about that, thinking how important it will be and i’m excited because i want to do well. “With newcastle and Chelsea, we played against Liverpool. even with Valencia in the past. now it’s everton. it’s a derby, it’s a massive game. “a derby is always special in every country. Here the passion, i live in the city so i know it means that, the passion is massive and it is really important for everyone. that is the reason why i want to win and want to do well. “a derby is a derby and everything can change. You never know, it depends on the atmosphere and how we can connect with the fans. “the fans know they are really important and massive for us. if we can create a good atmosphere, anything can happen in a derby. “it’s different, it’s special and i’m convinced that we have to do well. it will be an opportunity for us to change things and to improve everything for us for the rest of the season. it’s a great opportunity for us.” “We have to stay really focused and go back to the principle of defending as a unit, solid, compact together. “after, try to play the best way possible on the ball. “if we have to play counter-attack, do it. the main thing is to go to the basic principle that we have to be strong in defence mentally and physically.” EvERTON v livERPOOl GOOdiSON TONiGHT KiCK-OFF 8.15PM AMAzON klopp calls for cool approach to derby heat Calm Reds /Pages 54-55 LIVerPooL fC Ray Kennedy obituary and tributes /Pages 46-47 before the Published by Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales, a subsidiary company of Reach plc. Printed by Trinity Mirror Printing Ltd. Registered at the Post Office as a newspaper. STORM

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