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Liverpool rescue Champions League draw against Napoli but last-16 not yet guaranteed

first_imgLiverpool know a draw in their final group match will seal a place in the Champions League knockout stages after fighting back to earn a 1-1 draw against Napoli at Anfield.The Reds fells behind to a Dries Mertens strike in the first-half as both teams looked for the victory that would book their place in the last-16. AFP or licensors 3 Lovren grabbed a valuable point for Liverpool But while both clubs will remain confident of getting the job done, they were left with potential work to do on the last day as Dejan Lovren’s header ensured it finished 1-1.Much like the victory over Crystal Palace on the weekend, Liverpool got a valuable result despite being far from their best.However, the result came at a price, with star midfielder Fabinho limping off in the early stages of the game.Red Bull Salzburg’s 4-1 victory over Genk means they can still qualify from Group E, but they must beat Liverpool in Austria in two weeks’ time, with any other result sending the Reds through with Napoli.The first-half could not have gone any worse for the defending champions, who suffered another injury scare to Virgil Van Dijk.While the influential defender was flat out in the centre-circle, Napoli exploited the channel the Dutchman would have been patrolling with Mertens sprinting clear to fire a shot past Alisson Becker from the narrowest of angles. Klopp, whose frustrations had been bubbling under all half, was so furious his reaction earned him a booking.Anfield found its voice again 10 minutes into the second half when Alex Meret dropped Jordan Henderson’s cross and Kalidou Koulibaly cleared Roberto Firmino’s hooked effort off the line.Klopp gambled soon after, taking off the still-rusty Joe Gomez, dropping Henderson into right-back and giving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain his midfield spot, the England international immediately curling a cross to the far post which Firmino headed wide.Lovren’s effort was much better, rising above Napoli’s defence to plant a header into the top corner for a 65th-minute equaliser from James Milner’s corner.Koulibaly’s arms wrapped around Mohamed Salah, now up front in a 4-2-3-1 formation, in the penalty area failed to attract the interest of the official as the Egypt international opted to remain on his feet.Henderson was restored to midfield as Alexander-Arnold was introduced for the final 12 minutes as Klopp went for the win which would secure top spot but, for once this season, there was no late winner. 3 Liverpool will be sweating over the fitness of Fabinho 3 Getty Images – Getty AFP or licensors Mertens put Napoli in front There was no heroic save like 11 months ago, when the Brazil international’s added-time block in their final group match kept his side in the competition against the same opposition, and questions could even be asked as to how he was beaten at his far post from such an acute position.Questions were certainly being raised in the VAR booth as, having confirmed the check was complete and a goal had been scored, an announcement then stated they were subsequently checking for offside, which eventually brought a negative response.It said much about the laboured play of the hosts, lacking the pace and delivery out wide of the rested Trent Alexander-Arnold, that their two main goal threats came from Van Dijk – who rifled a 35-yard shot into the Anfield Road end and headed an Andy Robertson free-kick straight at the goalkeeper.Sadio Mane’s tumble in the area under pressure from behind by Giovanni Di Lorenzo was not only waved away by referee Carlos Del Cerro Grande but there did not appear to be a referral to a review either.last_img read more

The Gig Economy Goes Mainstream

first_imgAs Freelancers Union Founder and Executive Director, Sara Horowitz is an innovator for tomorrow’s workforce. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @Sara\_Horowitz.Hitting the front page of The New York Times on July 13 is a message we’ve been talking about for years: the “longstanding notions of what it means to hold a job” aren’t what they used to be.Over 53 million Americans are freelancing today — but without the benefits or security of a 9-to-5 job. No wonder freelancers are constantly hustling.“The increasingly arm’s length nature of employment helps explain why incomes have stagnated,” NYT labor reporter Noam Scheiber writes, “and why most Americans remain deeply anxious about their economic prospects six years after the Great Recession ends.”Join the Union (it’s free!)Become a memberThe evolving economy and the freelance workforce will be key issues in the upcoming presidential election. And Hillary Clinton just started speaking directly to this large bloc of 53 million voting-age Americans. “This on demand or so-called gig economy is creating exciting opportunities and unleashing innovation,” she said in a televised speech on July 13, “but it’s also raising hard questions about workplace protection and what a good job will look like in the future.”The New York Times is talking about it, Hillary Clinton is talking about, and the rest of America should be talking about it. The gig economy is going mainstream — and it’s about time.Read more about The Rising Economic Insecurity Tied to Decades-Long Trend in Employment Practices.last_img read more