Wenger: Special Liverpool can always make miracles

first_imgArsene Wenger says Liverpool’s “solidary and fighting strength” was the key to their Champions League success.Goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi helped Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid on Saturday to lift the European Cup/Champions League for the sixth time in the club’s history.The win capped a sensational European run for Liverpool, featuring victories over the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Barcelona, whom they mounted an incredible comeback against, winning 4-0 at Anfield in last month’s semi-final to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The triumph will help to erase the painful memories of their 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the final in Kiev 12 months ago, and the disappointment of amassing 97 points in the Premier League only  to finish second behind Manchester City , despite losing just one league game all season.Former Arsenal boss Wenger says the source of Liverpool’s success this campaign has been their spirit and togetherness, which is an embodiment of the city itself.“Liverpool is the city of music, of the working class and of football,” the former Arsenal boss told beIN Sports .“As we have seen as an example tonight, it goes all well together.”Anyone who has managed in England knows it is a special place for football. That’s why they can always make miracles.”Wenger also had a warning for Klopp as he looks to build on their Champions League success next season.The Frenchman says the Reds boss must ensure the side do not lose their identify in the quest to improve, though he also concedes that it is a delicate balancing act for a manager to achieve.“They are in a position now where they want to improve the team but without destroying your strong point,” added Wenger.“They need maybe to dominate European football to improve the technical level.“But they might lose what is their strength at the moment, that solidary and fighting strength.“We are always between that in our jobs. We know we need to improve the team. But by improving one aspect you destroy what makes you win.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Indonesian politicians Metallica guitar seized amid concerns about corruption

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6EOsgcEz9U(YouTube: jhaliteng ertepitoe)INDONESIAN AUTHORITIES will confiscate a Metallica guitar gifted to the heavy metal-loving governor of its capital city, due to concerns about corruption.A beaming Joko Widodo, the governor of Jakarta, appeared on TV earlier this month strumming the maroon bass guitar that had belonged to the US band’s Robert Trujillo and was a gift from a concert promoter.But following the TV appearance, the popular governor voluntarily handed the guitar, which bore the words “Giving Back!… Keep Playin’ That Cool Funky Bass!”, to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).Following an investigation into the instrument, in line with rules about gifts to officials, the commission said today the government will confiscate the instrument.KPK has investigated and decided that the guitar will be confiscated by the government as there is a conflict of interest which could potentially lead to bribery,” commission official Giri Supradiyono told AFP.“It will be state property.”He added: “The promoter probably knew he [Widodo] was a Metallica fan. There’s a possibility he might expect something in return.”He added that the phrase “Giving Back” on the guitar also suggested a “possible exchange of favours”.During his TV appearance, the governor said he was a huge Metallica fan and also listed Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Napalm Death among his favourite bands.Corruption remains rampant in Indonesia, particularly among public servants, and the country last year slid to 118th of 176 countries in Transparency International’s annual graft index.- © AFP, 2013Read: Ireland gets worst ever global corruption rankinglast_img read more