ARIESYou are full of energy to make changes in relationships and professional situations. You are ready to shatter old patterns and limitations that may have blocked you in the past. In doing so you will be amazed at the empowerment this breakthrough brings. Lucky number 11. Colour yellow.TAURUSThe third Eye of Lord Shiva opens for an infinitesimal moment to bring destruction, which leads to restructuring of personal and professional aspects. Look in new directions, be open to fresh opportunities and be ready to restructure plans. Laugh and celebrate. Lucky number 16. Colour red. GEMINIYou may feel oppressed in professional aspects and limited in relationships. A bit of space and a lot of trust are needed for individuality and creativity to flower in relationships. You take on sporty activity and adopt new styles to change your energy. Lucky number 10. Colour saffron. CANCERYou tend to worry and feel stressed about everything. The answer to your problems lies in applying yourself intelligently to whatever needs to get done and soon it is out of your way. You may feel left out but that is not true as it is your own projection. Lucky number 5. Colour sea blue. LEOThe only unchanging thing in the world is change itself! Opposites create balance and play a part in this circular pattern called the wheel of life, death, time, karma and fate. Take a quantum leap into any pursuit and you are likely to achieve growth or success. Lucky number 10. Colour blue. VIRGOEverything seems to be moving at a happy, easy pace but you can already feel the changes trickling in and transforming professional and personal relationships. Meditation and Yoga take you through elevating experiences. You generate harmony wherever you go. Lucky number 9. Colour pinks. advertisementLIBRAThere is love and support in relationships and gain in business. You are gracious in family situations and diplomatic in social gatherings. Women play significant roles in your life. Happiness and success blend together and bring a feeling of great satisfaction. Lucky number 3. Colour pink. SCORPIOYou tend to suffer agonies of mind by worrying about everything. Your patience and faithfulness in relationships brings you love and support. This is a time of great transformation as you go deep within and let go sadness and hurt without blame or self-pity. Lucky number 9. Colour grey. SAGITTARIUSYou are likely to deplete your energy by doing too many things today. If you are bored or disinterested, you might remember that it is not what you do but how you do it that matters. Relationships need your attention, as you can’t take them for granted. Lucky number 5. Colour green. CAPRICORNYou are reflected perfectly in relationships in which you experience fulfillment. Personal and business partnerships can be trusted. Your heart chakra is open and you feel this great affinity with the world and the universe with no blocks and fixations. Lucky number 1. Colour pink. AQUARIUSYou have great energy to achieve success in any project that you take on, be it personal or to do with business. You attract a lot of interesting people with your gift of communication. You are blessed with good health and are able to indulge in sport. Lucky number 14. Colour green. PISCESHappiness blended with success gives you a sense of well-being and satisfaction, as there is no strain or stress in professional and personal situations. This is a time of new beginnings for professional projects that increase your earning power and wealth. Lucky number 6. Colour saffron.
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu set up a mouth-watering summit clash with Olympic champion Carolina Marin after a hard-fought win over World No 4 Korean Sung Ji Hyun in the semi-finals of the India Super Series, here today.Cheered on by a sizable crowd at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, Sindhu dished out a superb game of badminton to outwit second seeded Hyun 21-18 14-21 21-14 in a battle of nerves where fortunes fluctuated frequently.The fans will get a chance to witness an exciting finale, which will be a rematch of the Olympic final which was watched by millions of fans across the globe.Earlier, two-time World Champion Marin of Spain defeated Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, seeded fourth, 21-16 21-14 in an easy contest to reach the finals.Coming into the match with a 6-4 head-to-head record, Sindhu displayed nerves of steel as she produced some scintillating low lifts and dominated the nets to see off her opponent.
Premier League leaders Chelsea are focused on getting results in their remaining nine games as they fight for the title, instead of dwelling on Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace, manager Antonio Conte said.Chelsea suffered their second loss in 10 league games, and their first home defeat in the league since September. The loss cut their lead at the top of the table to seven points after second-placed Tottenham Hotspur defeated Burnley 2-0.”There are nine games to play and we have to think step by step,” Conte told British media.”At the end (of the season), if we deserve to win the title, we will be very happy…When you lose this type of game, in your mind you try to apply a lot of questions. But it’s very difficult to find a reply to this result.”Chelsea host fourth-placed Manchester City on Wednesday. Their last home win against the Manchester side in the league was in 2013.”They (Man City) have a really strong squad but I think it’s right to think about ourselves, to go game by game,” the Italian manager said. “In England, every game is very tough, whether the name of your opponent is City or another team.”City drew 2-2 against sixth-placed Arsenal on Sunday and will be hoping to end their three-game winless streak at Stamford Bridge.
Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu have set up a blockbuster women’s singles final after winning their respective semi-finals on the last day of this year’s Commonwealth Games. Kidambi Srikanth will also take on Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles final tomorrow.Other than that, India will be involved in six medal matches overall on the last day of the event.(Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 10: Medals Tally)On Day 10, Satish Kumar bagged India’s last medal on Day 10 of the Commonwealth Games when he got a Silver after losing to England’s Frazer Clarke in the men’s +91kg boxing final.His Silver helped India finish with 59 medals on the penultimate day of CWG 2018 — 25 Gold, 16 Silver and 18 Bronze.India are now third in the medals tally. Australia are on top of the table 72 Gold, 55 Silver and 57 Bronze while England are second with 40 Gold, 38 Silver and 41 Bronze.(CWG 2018: India win 17 medals including 8 Gold on penultimate day)Before Satish, Vikas Krishan clinched India’s 25 Gold medal in the Men’s 75kg category beating Dieudonne Wilfried Seyi Ntsengue of Cameroon.Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shankar Shetty clinched Bronze in the Men’s Doubles, defeating Singapore’s Yew En Koen Pang and Shao Feng Ethan Poh 11-5 11-6 12-10.Manika Batra won a historic Gold in women’s singles table tennis after defeating Singapore’s Mengyu Yu 4-0. Her Gold is the first ever for an Indian woman in women’s singles.Mary Kom bagged Gold in women’s boxing after beating Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara in the final. Gaurav Solanki also won Gold while Amit and Manish Kaushik settled for Silver.advertisementShooter Sanjeev Rajput set a new Games record and won Gold in the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions.Neeraj Chopra bagged Gold in the men’s Javelin Throw. Chopra threw 86.47 metre for his season’s best attempt. Vipin Kashana finished 5th.Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Sumit won gold medals in women’s Freestyle 50kg Nordic and men’s Freestyle 125kg Nordic, respectively. On the other hand, Sakshi Malik and Somveer won Bronze in women’s Freestyle 62kg Nordic and men’s freestyle 86kg categories, respectively.Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran settled for silver after they lost 2-3 (5-11, 12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 8-11) in the men’s doubles final to England’s Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall.India’s mixed doubles pair of Sathiyan and Manika Batra will play Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das for bronze medal after losing in the semi-finals. Sathiyan and Manika lost to England’s Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho in a thrilling match.Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das had earlier suffered defeat to Gao Ning and Yu Mengyu of Singapore.India’s Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will play for gold medal after reaching the men’s doubles final.Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy won a Bronze in women’s doubles after they beat Australian pair of Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville. HS Prannoy lost to England’s Rajiv Ouseph in the bronze medal match.Following is India’s schedule on Day 11 of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast:BADMINTON:Saina Nehwal vs PV Sindhu: Women’s Singles GOLD MEDAL MATCH (TBD)Srikanth Kidambi vs Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia): Men’s Singles GOLD MEDAL MATCH (TBD)India (Satwik Rankireddy, Chirag Chandrashekhar Reddy) vs England (Marcus Ellis, Chris Langridge): Men’s Doubles GOLD MEDAL MATCHSQUASH:India (Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal) vs New Zealand (Joelle Kings, Amanda Landers-Murphy): Women’s Doubles GOLD MEDAL MATCH (07.30 IST)TABLE TENNIS:India (Mouma Das, Achanta Sharath Kamal) vs India (Manika Batra, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran): Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal match (05.00 IST)Achanta Sharath Kamal vs Samuel Walker (England): Men’s Singles Bronze Medal Match (07.00 IST)
Rajasthan Royals will look to continue their winning run when they taken on Kolkata Knight Riders at home in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday. On the other hand, Kolkata have the opportunity to move to the top position in the league table with a win.After losing the season opener Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royals have turned it around with back-to-back wins. They beat Delhi Daredevils by 19 runs in a rain-truncated encounter and then travelled away to post a convincing 19-run victory over star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore.The undisputed star of the game was Sanju Samson who hit a blistering 45-ball 92 and Royals would expect him to fire again. They were able to iron out few of their flaws. Royals’ batting clicked with Samson leading the charge and skipper Ajinkya Rahane too making a useful contribution. Their bowling too could sustain the pressure of onslaught by big hitters like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. If Kolkata Knight Riders win, they will go on top of the points table. (BCCI)Kolkata began their campaign with a big win against RCB but then lost two games on trot against Chennai Super Kings and SRH. They pulled their campaign back on track with a comprehensive 71-run win gainst DD.The star of the match were Nitish Rana and Nitish Rana, besides them, KKR also boast match winners like Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik. Eventhough RR are playing at home, they will be wary of KKR’s firepower and depth.advertisementTheir bowling too has the right balance with the deceptive Narine, the current purple cap holder in the tournament. Wily old horse Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav are capable of weaving a web around any batting side.Pacer Shivam Mavi, who rose to stardom during the recent U-19 World Cup, and Russell provide the medium pace variety to KKR. However, the tight schedule of the tournament has left KKR so drained that they have preferred to rest today instead of holding a practice session.The pink city, after a two and half hour rain interruption in the previous match, is under a dry and hot spell. The wicket here is a sporting one but a little bit of dryness would help the KKR spin department.Squads:Rajasthan Royals: Heinrich Klassen, Benjamin Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, Darcy Short, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Dushmantha Chameera, Anureet Singh, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Midhun S, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Jatin Saxena, Ankit Sharma, Mahipal Lomror.Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (C and WK), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi and Tom Curran.
Is one of your 2014 goals to get your social strategy in order? Here are 10 fun stats on social media that can help you decide how to spend your time.73% of U.S. online adults now use social networking sites. Source: Pew Tweet this.Roughly one-third of the world’s population is now online. Source: We Are Social Tweet this.68% of Instagram’s users are women. Source: Business Insider Tweet this.50% of nonprofit communicators label social media as a “very important” communication tool. Source: Nonprofit Marketing Guide Tweet this.Tweets with images receive 18% more clicks and 150% more retweets. Source: Buffer Tweet this.71% of U.S. online adults are now Facebook users. Source: Pew Tweet this.55% who engaged with causes via social media have been inspired to take further action. Source: Waggener Edstrom Tweet this.In the U.S., users spend 114 billion minutes a month on Facebook. Source: Business Insider Tweet this.70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside of the U.S. Source: 9Clouds Tweet this.40% of Facebook users surveyed say they log in to the social network multiple times per day. Source: Pew Tweet this.Need some help thinking about how to leverage social media for your nonprofit’s outreach strategy? Download this free guide from Network for Good, Social Media Mini Guide for Nonprofits.
As the volunteer coordinator for Gift of Life Michigan, Kim Zasa sent volunteers to church fairs and festivals in the hope that people would want to become organ donors. Although she had 800 volunteers attending countless events, only 11% of Michigan’s residents were organ donors. Today that number is about 33%.So what changed? How did Gift of Life Michigan recruit so many new donors?According to a recent story on NPR, responses changed when Kim convinced the state to have DMV clerks ask customers, “Would you like to be an organ donor?” Putting your ask—and your resources—in the right place at the right time is the key to getting the results you want!1. Determine what’s not working—and be willing to experiment. Kim had an army of volunteers at her disposal who were willing to drive long distances for a cause they believed in. When she didn’t see the results she wanted, she took action. Is there an area of your nonprofit that isn’t seeing the results you’d like? Don’t just assume things will improve. Determine what’s working and what’s not, and then brainstorm about what you can do differently.2. Analyze how you’re using your resources.Instead of sending her volunteers on road trips, Kim put them to work in other ways and employed stationary DMV employees to make the ask. These clerks regularly saw almost the entire adult population of the state, so they were well positioned to speak to more people than Kim’s volunteers were.Are you using the resources you have—both time and money—to their full capacity? Are volunteers solving a pain point for you and helping you in the most beneficial way? If not, how can you modify their tasks to be more effective for your cause?3. Put your question in the right place at the right time.Instead of making the ask in places where people weren’t already making decisions beyond ice cream or cotton candy, Kim combined the ask with an established routine. If someone wanted to become a donor at a festival, they had to take multiple steps and time out of their entertainment to sign up. Making the ask at the DMV made it easy for potential donors to say yes, with no extra action required.Are you positioning your request in the best way possible? Does saying yes require multiple steps that make it less likely you’ll see the result you want? For instance, when you ask for donations online, do your supporters first have to click through multiple pages, or is it simply one click and done? Think about how you can adjust how, when, and where you’re making an ask to better your odds of getting through to your target audience. Have you tried something similar? Share your results and suggestions in the comments below!
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Dan Mullen of the Florida Gators looks on during warm ups prior to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against the Michigan Wolverines at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Florida takes on South Carolina on Saturday, and it looks like the Gators will be a little shorthanded for the affair. Two of the team’s star defensive ends will not be playing in the contest.Jonathan Greenard and Jabari Zuniga, who were both injured against LSU last week, will not be participating in the game. Both are suffering from ankle injuries.Both were considered to be game-time decisions heading into the contest. But Mullen was shown on College GameDay just a few minutes ago updating their status – they’re out.Florida is favored against South Carolina, but the Gamecocks proved last week that they’re capable of a big upset. They knocked off previously undefeated Georgia in overtime for the biggest upset of the college football season. Dan Mullen just said on ESPN College GameDay that both are out. https://t.co/uEV1vIHUh5— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) October 19, 2019Florida has boasted one of the best defenses in the nation so far this season. Missing Greenard and Zuniga could wind up being a big deal.Florida’s loss to LSU last week ended the team’s dream of an undefeated season, but they still control their own destiny in the SEC.Florida vs. South Carolina is set to kick off at Noon ET on ESPN.
Bayern Munch new boy Philippe Coutinho has said his team-mate Robert Lewandowski is even more impressive in person than on television.Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in the Bavarian club’s win over Schalke on Saturday, following on from a double in their first game, which was a disappointing 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin.Five goals in his first two games is a record for the prolific Poland international forward, and no player has scored so many in the first two matches of a Bundesliga season since Roy Makaay, also for Bayern, in 2005-06. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Coutinho, who completed a loan move to Bayern this week after a disappointing spell in Barcelona, came on as a 57th minute substitute and was on the field as Lewandowski completed his treble.“He’s incredible, just world-class,” the Brazil international told reporters after his debut.“It’s incredible, the way he trains. I’ve been here a week and watching him up close he’s so much better than you think on TV.“He had a great game today, a great hat-trick and he deserves it.”The treble was the ninth of the Poland international’s Bundesliga career, and his torrid start to the season does not look like letting up.Bayern’s next opponents are Mainz and the 31-year-old Lewandowski has 14 goals in 14 appearances against them.The defending Bundesliga champions, who have won seven titles in a row, needed the win as they are expected to be pushed hard by Borussia Dortmund this year.Their surprise draw at home with Hertha handed the early initiative to Dortmund, who won their first game 5-1 over Augsburg.They heaped more pressure on Bayern too, winning 3-1 over Koln on Friday night to open up a five-point gap over their rivals in the fledgling season.The failure to win the opening game may have spurred Bayern on to capture Coutinho.There was a need for attacking reinforcements after Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben left the club at the end of the 2018-19 season. Their first target was reported to be Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, but no deal could be done before Sane suffered a serious knee injury.Instead they opted to rescue Coutinho from Barcelona, where he has struggled to fit in after a £142 million transfer from Liverpool.
Footgolf is a game that works exactly like it sounds, delivering a combination of the beautiful game and the fairway for the discerning fan of both.Built from key components of both sports, its roots reportedly come from an idea from a Dutchman, Michael Jansen, who was inspired by former footballer Willem Korsten.The latter reportedly played a rudimentary variation during training sessions with Tottenham, inspiring the first tournament of the game to be held in 2008. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Over a decade on and it is an internationally recognised sport – but what are its rules and how much does it cost to play?What are the rules of footgolf?The portmanteau precision sport effectively takes the majority of the typical mechanics from golf, from teeing off to bunkers, with a couple of big differences.Firstly, the golf ball is replaced by a regulation football, which must be deposited into a ‘footgolf cup’ while secondly, the club is replaced by the player’s foot.A single kick is the same as a stroke in golf and similar rules apply, in that the individual who takes the least amount of kicks to finish a hole, and the course, is the winner.Each hole has an average par of five, meaning a typical 18-hole course would be completed in at a par of 90, for example.It comfortably shares more rules with golf than football on the whole, given that there is no opposing team to score past, no offside rules and no penalty kicks.The American Footgolf League also have rules on the attire too, namely that they should be adhered to the local golf course where the game is played, with many of the sport’s rounds taking place on existing greens.How much does footgolf cost?In the UK, footgolf costs between £5 and £10 per person depending on both the length and location of the course played and the number of players involved. As an individual, a typical full round of 18 holes in Greater London costs in the upper regions of the price bracket.In the US, the average playing fee costs around $17, according to the American Footgolf League.
David De Gea has warned Manchester United that they need to be much more switched on against West Ham to avoid a repeat of last season’s 3-1 defeat to the Hammers.The Red Devils, who were managed by Jose Mourinho at the time, were comfortably beaten by Manuel Pellegrini’s side – a result that meant they’d suffered their worst start to a league campaign in 29 years.And De Gea is aware of the threats posted by the Londoners heading into Sunday’s latest Premier League meeting, urging his team-mates to be ready to go from the off. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “I believe they have a decent side with some good players who are important to them,” the Spaniard told the club’s official website. “They are on the up at the moment, but we still have bad memories from last season, so we have to be much more switched on right from the off than we were then.”There are three very important points at stake for us to remain up there near the top, and also for the younger lads to keep gaining in confidence. We also want to show that’s what we’re here for, going away to difficult grounds and going there for the three points.De Gea also saluted the role that the United supporters play in helping lift the team, adding: “They are vitally important to us. Our fans that follow us away from home are just incredible.”Sometimes it’s just like we are playing at home in those away fixtures! It’s amazing. It helps us all tremendously down there on the pitch, we can always feel the warmth from our fans and that is hugely important to us.”The Spain international could face compatriot Pablo Fornals at the London Stadium and he expects that the former Villarreal star still will be a big player for West Ham, despite him having only made one Premier League start so far this season.”I know him from the national team, we’ve been called up together in the same squad once or twice. He’s a quality player and I think he can contribute very well for West Ham. He really showed what he could do at Villarreal and he has a lot of talent and he’s a top player.”West Ham centre-back Issa Diop played in the 3-1 win over the Red Devils last season and he is urged his team-mates to put in a similar performance, insisting that with the quality in their squad they can beat anyone on their day.”We played a very good game against them last season. It was our first win at home last season, and a very good moment for us,” he told the Hammers’ official club website.”Sunday’s going to be a different game, so we have to try to do the same thing as last year. We have to play our football and not think about Manchester United.”We have a very good team and can beat anyone, so we are confident. In the Premier League every game is difficult, but we are ready for this game. I think if we play our football, we’re a team who can do anything.”
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has hailed Raheem Sterling’s development on and off the pitch, but added a tongue-in-cheek hope that the praise will affect the winger’s performance.Hodgson was the England manager who gave Sterling his debut when he was a teenager playing for Liverpool. He has gone on to become a key member of Gareth Southgate’s national team and a major contributor to back-to-back Premier League titles for Manchester City.The ex-Liverpool boss says that Sterling’s potential as a player was always obvious, and that his development off the pitch was admirable, before adding his cheeky caveat. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “He was always a fantastic midfielder, a very hard worker, made good runs most of the time. I remember in Switzerland, he played in behind the front players, like he was for Liverpool, and he was quite outstanding,” he told a press conference.”The criticism levelled at him was much to my displeasure and the attention he was getting elsewhere from social media and sometimes the media itself was draining his confidence.”I think the big thing for Raheem is there is no drain in his confidence, there is no doubt about his ability. Of course, he is playing in a team that is creating lots of chances so when he gets in the right areas he is able to score goals.”On this subject too, I must add that his maturity as a person has been really fascinating to watch.”All of the responsibility he has accepted and not just as a Manchester City player but shouldering a heavy burden with the racism and the attention that is being paid to this racism problem that we have.“I heap praise on him in the hope he’ll repay me by playing very badly.”Hodgson knows that if his team defeat Sterling’s they will move above them in the table.As a result of their good start to the season and the fact they beat City last season, Hodgson thinks City will show Palace respect, but is under no illusions that his team will have a tough game.“I don’t know that Pep [Guardiola] needs to be worried about any team,” the 72-year-old added, “but it would be nice if they felt they needed to show us some respect and certainly for us it’s a good team when you have a team like Manchester City coming to Selhurst Park.“We know we will be stretched to the limit to give them the type of game we like to give them but it’s a challenge and it’s an exciting challenge.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Jamie Carragher says the controversial decisions during the first half of Liverpool’s match against Manchester United saw “VAR at its best” and was the reason why the technology was introduced.The Merseysiders found themselves on the wrong end of two VAR referrals in quick succession at Old Trafford, with Marcus Rashford’s goal allowed following a review before Sadio Mane’s equaliser was chalked off for handball a few minutes later.While Mane’s looked a correct decision given the new regulations regarding handball, the decision to allow Rashford’s goal proved controversial as the Reds claimed Divock Origi was fouled by Victor Lindelof in the build-up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was furious at the decision and remonstrated with the fourth official, before being seen talking animatedly with referee Martin Atkinson before the start of the second half.Carragher, though, refused to criticise the VAR technology and instead feels it adds something to the game.Commentating for Sky Sports, the former Liverpool defender said: “It is VAR at its best.“That would be given before and now it’s handball – it shouldn’t be a goal. We can have talking points on VAR and disagree with certain things, especially on that first goal, but that was the reason VAR has been brought in.”Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness was more forthright in his views and felt the officials made the wrong decision in allowing Rashford’s opener.”I think Lindelof does catch him,” Souness told Sky Sports. “He catches the inside of his left leg and anyway you look at that, it’s a foul. Matip has to do better with his movement, he has an eye on it at one point but he loses him.”There’s definitely contact with Origi and it’s a foul, he’s gone through the back of someone, regardless of his touch.”Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane accepted the Red Devils may have had a touch of good fortune but felt they deserved it for a spirited first-half performance.”It does catch his [Mane’s] hand. Sometimes you need a few breaks in this game and United have got that, but maybe they’ve earned it,” he told Sky Sports. “They’ve been the best team.”Liverpool are chasing a record-equalling 18th successive Premier League win at Old Trafford, which has drawn comparisons with Arsenal’s trip to Manchester United in October 2005, when Sir Alex Ferguson’s side ended the Gunners’ 49-match unbeaten run.Gary Neville was in the United team that day and believes his old club’s first-half display suggests a repeat result is possible,”This has got that feeling of that Arsenal ‘Invicibles’ game where you get the crowd up, things are happening,” Neville told Sky Sports.“Jurgen Klopp can’t believe it and it will be mayhem in this ground in the second half. Klopp has to get his team into the dressing room and settle them down.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web