On Friday, the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) ushered its new leadership into office during a ceremony held at the association’s head office on Broad Street in Monrovia.The keynote speaker, former Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods, expressed gratitude to the female lawyers’ leadership for the peaceful manner in which they conducted the affairs of the association. He spoke on the theme, “Leadership Deficit in the Country.’’ The former Works Minister sees AFELL as a leadership that is championing the cause of justice for women and children.Atty. Woods observed that some Liberians who came to the country under the guise of contributing and leaving their ‘lucrative jobs’ abroad are now leaving the country during these challenging periods.“When President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was first elected in 2005,” said Atty. Woods, several Liberians returned home and took up jobs in government with many claiming that they left lucrative jobs abroad to come home and sacrifice. During the early days of the Sirleaf regime when the country was not experiencing difficult financial situations, many of the Liberians came home but are now leaving government because things have gone bad.”“This deficit is a virus that is eating our country,” declared Woods.According to him male dominance in every decision making process in the country has paralysed the visions that bring concrete and lasting developments.He called on the female legal practitioners to be more united than ever if they are to overcome the many challenges facing the Liberian society.Those inducted into office are: Attorneys Vivian Doe-Neal, president; Nadia Sartus-Kamara, vice president; Irene Saie, general secretary; Naomie Gray, chaplain; and Cllr. Dedded J. Wilson, treasurer.Atty. Woods admonished the officers to remain humble, sincere, honest and trustworthy in demonstrating their leadership skills.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
But Klopp has warned his players not to focus only on the Argentinian.“It’s not only about Messi but of course it’s about him as well,” Klopp said at a press conference on Tuesday.“Can we concentrate on Messi? We should in a lot of moments but if we only concentrate on him there are 10 other world-class players who can decide the game as well.“Messi said before the season, ‘we want to bring back that cup’. That sounds like a threat to me. Now we did it, now we are here and all I can say is we want to go to the final as well.”Barcelona play Liverpool four days after celebrating winning La Liga on Saturday, and with a Copa del Rey final to come next month against Valencia. It means a treble is in their sights.“Leo has been a La Liga champion 10 times in 15 years and of course, after seeing him lift the cup (on Saturday) with such happiness, that motivates everyone,” said Ivan Rakitic.“If Leo is happy to win every title, it makes us even more eager too. We know we’re Barca, we have to give everything and following the best player in history gives us more confidence to do that.”Liverpool hope to have their own striker back in time for the first leg, after Roberto Firmino trained after recovering from a muscle strain.“If he is 100 per cent ready to play he will maybe play,” Klopp said. “He is here. Tomorrow we have another session.”Messi is likely to be flanked by two former Liverpool players, with Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho expected to start in an attacking three.But while Suarez has flourished in Spain, Coutinho has struggled to find his feet since joining Barca for 120 million euros in January last year.“We miss Phil Coutinho a lot because he is a world-class player and I loved working with him,” Klopp said. “When I first heard he wanted to go to Barcelona I couldn’t imagine it would be good. But we had to deal without him and we did well.”Barcelona have not lost at home in the Champions League since 2013 while the last English opponent to beat them on their own turf was Liverpool in 2007.– ‘Mean a lot to win’ –“A draw would not be the worst result in the world, not that we would go for it but it would be okay,” Klopp said.“It would mean a lot to win. It’s difficult, so many teams came here with an idea to do this or that and they got a big knock.“But we saw the game against Real Sociedad and they did well. Levante did well a couple of days ago. But the better the opposition is, the higher the stakes are, and the more they are engaged.“Now they are champions, they can completely focus on the Champions League.”Liverpool have lost only once in the Premier League this term and are still fighting with Manchester City to win the title.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino already boast 68 goals this season between them.“We need to stop them running at our defence,” Rakitic said. “We are going there to score but we mustn’t lose our heads.”“We know in these ties one good game is not enough, you need to play two great games,” coach Ernesto Valverde said. “If you switch off for five minutes against Liverpool, they can finish you off.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp at the Camp Nou Camp © AFP / Josep LAGOBARCELONA, Spain, May 1 – Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool are ready to end Lionel Messi’s Champions League mission by beating Barcelona in the semi-finals.Messi has been rested for Barca’s last two league games and appears more motivated than ever in Europe, after pledging to “bring that beautiful cup back to Camp Nou” at the start of the season.
1 Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target Alexandre Lacazette could soon be making his way to the Premier League, according to his manager at Lyon.Hubert Fournier, who is in charge of the Ligue 1 giants, has admitted the France international’s future at the club remains in doubt and it will come down to the 23-year-old to decide his next move.“Yes it is true [his future is uncertain] but he has been the best player in the league,” Fournier told L’Equipe.Lacazette hit 27 goals to top the league’s goalscoring charts last term as Lyon finished second behind champions Paris Saint-Germain.The academy graduate’s prolific form in front of goal has attracted strong interest from heavyweights across Europe but reports in France suggest the Gunners and Brendan Rodgers’ side are at the front of the queue to snap him up.Both clubs are in the market for a forward and sources close to Lacazette have revealed he is willing to leave the club this summer, despite having three years left to run on his existing Stade de Gerland contract.However, a potential stumbling block over a transfer could be Lyon’s £50m valuation for their player.