#JaVotes2016: Young voters want jobs

first_imgThe main reason for turning up to vote in today’s elections is for more jobs, two youth electors in St. Andrew East Rural said. “Mi want the increase weh dem promise so mi a vote fi di party weh a go create the jobs dem,” 27-year-old Lorenzo Bennett, who was casting his ballot for the third time, told The Gleaner. Though 23-year-old Alicia Brown remained undecided, she also insisted she plans to hold whichever party wins, to the promise of job creation. First time candidates – the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Juliet Holness and the People’s National Party (PNP) Imani Duncan Price – are contesting the elections in the constituency  which historically has gone to the PNP eight times, with the JLP taking the reins four out of the last 12 elections since 1959. Both candidates have been in the constituency now for a year. For Brown, it was a matter of trying to decide whether “it even matter, to participate.” She laughed at the irony of her leaning against a fence, wrestling with whether to board the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) number 62 bus to head down to her community to vote. “Mi deh pon di fence. Honestly, mi nuh mek up mi mind if mi fi vote or mi nah vote because the two a dem a the same thing,” the 23-year-old said. Whichever way the ballots swing, both youth voters insisted they want more jobs from the party that makes up the next government.last_img read more

Senior-care centers bloossoming in cities

first_imgWhen Dick Harris retired 16 years ago, he and his wife, Lynne, moved first to Sarasota, Fla., and then to a sprawling retirement community 45 minutes from Chicago. Now the couple expect to adopt a different kind of senior lifestyle — they are planning to move next year to the Clare at Water Tower, a luxury high-rise under construction in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. “Having worked all my life in major cities, I’m looking forward to getting back to community activities,” said Harris, 77, a former president of the radio group at Westinghouse Broadcasting. He and his wife will be able to walk to the Art Institute, the symphony and their church. “If you stay active and involved, you can add years to your life,” Harris said. “Lynne and I both feel this is a healthy way to age.” The Clare is a continuing-care retirement community, a type of senior housing that offers residents access to independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care in the same complex. Most of these communities — the number increased to 2,240 in 2005 from 274 in the early 1980s, according to the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging — consist of several buildings, and are found in suburban or rural settings. But now a growing number of such retirement communities, many developed by nonprofit organizations, are coming to cities. About 15 continuing-care communities are planned or under construction in city neighborhoods, said Kathryn L. Brod, a former director of continuing care for the association and now a senior vice president for Zeigler, a senior-living finance company. “There is increased interest in doing CCRCs in urban environments,” she said. There are only about 30 urban continuing-care retirement communities, many built in the 1980s, according to Joan Annett, who handles senior-living financing for Cain Brothers, an investment banking firm. There are communities in San Francisco and Philadelphia, and one in Boston. The first one in New York City — the 10-story Skyline Commons in Jamaica, Queens — is scheduled to open in 2008. Featuring hotel-style amenities and services, the new metropolitan retirement communities have expensive entry fee and monthly maintenance charges and are a response to an expanding market of affluent and active retirees. The communities also represent another stage in the nation’s urban renaissance, which has attracted an influx of empty nesters and young professionals over the past decade. “People are moving back into cities to take advantage of the convenience and amenities they have to offer,” said Randal J. Richardson, president of Classic Residence by Hyatt, the senior-living affiliate of the Hyatt Corp. Next year, Classic Residence will break ground on its first inner-city continuing-care community; it will be in Dallas near the lively Uptown neighborhood. Last year, Pacific Retirement Services, a nonprofit organization based in Medford, Ore., began construction on the Mirabella, a continuing-care community in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. The project will have 289 independent-living apartments, 32 assisted-living units, 20 “memory care” suites for people with Alzheimer’s, and 22 skilled-nursing suites. There will also be a saline swimming pool, four restaurants, an arts studio and a 300-seat theater. The Mirabella is a few blocks from a Whole Foods market, the Cornish College of the Arts and the central shopping and entertainment district. “Today’s buyer doesn’t want to be put out to pasture, where they never see anybody other than someone else who is put out to pasture,” said Paul Riepma, Mirabella’s senior vice president of marketing. “They want to be connected to the energy of the city.” Although the new communities resemble upscale condominium projects, they are regulated as insurance or health care products, depending on the state in which they are located. The communities must comply with licensing requirements for skilled nursing and residential care facilities. Officials also monitor the communities’ finances to ensure that providers can meet their service obligations. The developments can be challenging to build. Unlike suburban campuses, high-rise communities are “vertically integrated,” said Paul Donaldson, an architect who worked on the Clare. “You have to integrate the institutional standards into a residential model in an understated manner.” Design requirements include shortening travel distances to elevators and facilitating access to services on different floors. Navigating the residential costs, which vary by institution, is also a complex undertaking. “I always tell people, if you’ve seen one CCRC, you’ve seen one CCRC,” said Lauren Shaham, a spokeswoman for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. “CCRCs can provide a lot of protection as long as consumers understand what they get up front and what they don’t get.” At the Clare, which is on the campus of Loyola University, the Harrises will pay a $1 million entry fee for a 1,700-square-foot apartment on the 44th floor, with views of Lake Michigan. There is also a $5,000 monthly fee, which covers one meal a day, maid service and utilities. Should either spouse need to move out of the apartment into long-term care, the monthly fee will cover one of the Clare’s 32 private skilled nursing or 15 memory care suites, with supplementary costs for two additional meals a day. Ninety percent of the Clare entry fee is refundable to the resident’s estate. The fee is also refundable — at the same rate — should a resident choose to move out of the facility. David Rensvold, a 69-year-old retired pilot, and his wife, Sandy, have reserved a $691,000 two-bedroom independent-living apartment at the Mirabella in Seattle. Their monthly charges will be about $4,200. At the Mirabella, residents who transfer into long-term care pay $130 a day instead of the monthly fee. Ninety percent of the entry fee is refundable. “Elderly people who have taken a more proactive approach live an awfully lot nicer than people who wait until they have to move,” Rensvold said. “We didn’t want to live in a cloistered place where you spend a lot of time on bridge and macrame. Downtown is where the fun is at.” Indeed, the urbanization of the senior living market is redefining both cities and the people who move there. Dr. Phillip Williams, a Dallas neurosurgeon in his mid-60s, has lived in the suburbs all his life, most recently in a North Dallas home with acreage and a swimming pool. He and his wife, Bobbie Sue, recently reserved a two-bedroom unit at the Classic Residence by Hyatt, where entry fees range from $400,000 to $1.7 million. Monthly fees range from $3,300 to $7,000 and 90 percent of the entry fee is refundable. They said they were looking forward to exercising on the Katy Trail, a biking and hiking path, and walking to Nick & Sam’s, a popular steakhouse. “It’s simplified but dignified living,” Williams said.last_img read more

Arnold signs bill to add 50,000 prison beds

first_img The governor also said the plan contains provisions that will help prisoners break a cycle in which 70 percent of ex-convicts return to prison after committing further crimes or parole violations. California’s recidivism rate, one of the highest in the nation, is one reason the prison system is chronically overcrowded. The plan signals “a monumental shift in how we manage prisons in California,” Schwarzenegger said during Thursday’s bill-signing ceremony. “In the critical few months before an inmate is released, our re-entry facilities will focus on job training and placement, on education, on anger management, substance abuse and family counseling and housing placement,” he said. Critics said the plan, as ambitious as it seems, doesn’t go nearly far enough. The $50 million it adds for rehabilitation programs is merely “a drop in the bucket,” said Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, one of the Legislature’s experts on corrections issues. “The bill that was passed was a prop that the governor asked for so he can walk into court and look like he’s tough on crime,” Romero said Thursday in a telephone interview. “The bill that the Legislature sent him was a fig leaf so he doesn’t walk into court naked.” Romero and other advocates of prison reform say the bill also should have dealt with sentencing reform and required a review of California’s convoluted criminal code. Schwarzenegger said he remains open to creating a sentencing commission, making parole changes and shifting 4,500 female inmates to community programs. Prison-reform advocates have sought such changes for years. The state’s prison population has ballooned to more than 172,000, crowded into 33 prisons designed to hold about 100,000 inmates. Many of them sleep in converted gyms or hallways. Lawyers who are suing the state and lawmakers pushing to change the sentencing laws said the plan that Schwarzenegger signed into law makes no fundamental changes to California’s corrections system. Instead, it authorizes one of the largest prison and jail construction booms in state history. Faced threat Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders were driven to a compromise last week by threats from three federal judges to act on prison overcrowding if California doesn’t act on its own. Lawmakers said they wanted to avoid the potential for the early release of thousands of inmates or the prospect of a ripple effect in county jails holding convicts after they are sentenced to state prison. To relieve crowding in the short term, the administration will ship 8,000 inmates to private prisons in other states, although that plan faces its own legal challenge. Corrections Secretary James Tilton said screening of inmates will begin immediately under the new law takes effect. Under the legislative compromise, the state will create a new class of smaller prisons in which inmates nearing release will learn skills and get treatment for drug and mental-health problems. Parole violators also will go to those regional prisons instead of being sent back to the state’s traditional prisons. The state will build 16,000 beds at the re-entry centers and another 16,000 in new cellblocks at existing prisons. In turn, those beds will free up space for rehabilitation programs, Tilton said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday signed a sweeping prison-reform plan that adds more than 50,000 new beds to an overcrowded system, even as key lawmakers and prison experts warned that it fails to solve the most pressing long-term problems. Lawmakers reached the $7.8 billion deal last week in the hope of satisfying federal judges who have threatened to release inmates early if California failed to address its severe overcrowding. Schwarzenegger said the bipartisan plan should go a long way toward addressing the judges’ concerns. He said the addition of 53,000 state prison and county jail beds represents the biggest building commitment to California’s corrections system in a generation. Breaking the cycle last_img read more

Pochettino threatens to ‘head-butt’ Aurier if he steps out of line

first_img0Shares0000Serge Aurier joined Tottenham for £23 million ($30 million, 25 million euros) from PSG on transfer deadline day last week © AFP/File / Franck FIFELONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 8 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has threatened to “head-butt” new signing Serge Aurier if he steps out of line in a stark warning over his expected behaviour at the club.The talented Ivorian right-back joined Spurs for £23 million ($30 million, 25 million euros) from PSG on transfer deadline day last week. The deal was held up as Spurs’ request for a work permit was complicated by the suspended two-month prison sentence Aurier received after an assault on a police officer outside a Paris nightclub in May 2016.The 24-year-old was also suspended by PSG last year for making a homophobic slur against former coach Laurent Blanc in a social media video.Pochettino, whose comments were published in the British press on Friday, is a strong disciplinarian and insists he will come down hard on Aurier if he steps out of line.“I said to him, ‘I will kill you’, I (would) head-butt him,” Pochettino said.“I think it was good, we had a long chat. He knows very well how we are, what we expect from him and for us it’s so important, not only him, every player, how they behave here in the squad.“We need to keep the dynamic we have created. I trust him, I am confident that he can succeed here and help the team to achieve the things we want.“When you know and you meet some people, always you start to assess him from the day that you meet them and for me we start from (here) because I don’t know him before. For him I think it’s a new chapter in his life.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Christmas at the Museum with special ‘Kid’s Night’

first_img– Advertisement -There will be an opportunity to find and match snowy animal footprints around the museum. Connect the dots and draw a Christmas scene from the book. Explore museum exhibits that have been decorated for Christmas. The evening will be styled upon the story, Bear Stays up for Christmas, written by Karma Wilson. The staff of the Museum share there will be fun with the animals that are apart of this story. Tickets to the event are $5/child or $10/family and must be purchased in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult (free). Registration is mandatory for this event and there is limited space.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John North Peace Museum is hosting a special Christmas at the Museum for kids. To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE On Friday, December 6th, 2019, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm there will be much to do at the Museum such as Christmas crafts, with a bear ornament based on the story, a paper stocking and a friendship star quilt block collage. There will be hot chocolate and Christmas cookies to get in the spirit of the holidays. Tickets are available at the museum Monday-Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. last_img read more

Liverpool reports: striker a priority target, £53m attacker update and more gossip

first_imgLiverpool could be the team to watch in the final few days of the January transfer window.Alex Teixeira has been open in his desire to move to Anfield before the window slams shut on Monday, so has any progress been made or has the deal suffered a major blow?And is Jurgen Klopp eyeing anyone else over the next few days?10 DEADLINE DEALS MOST LIKELY TO HAPPEN THIS JANUARYCheck out six of the latest transfer rumours on Liverpool by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 6 1. Piotr Zielinski – Reds to put £11m aside for Poland international? Read the latest on this transfer rumour below, then click the arrow above to catch up on five more reports – Zielinski, on loan at Empoli from Udinese until the end of the season, has emerged as a target for Klopp. The German boss was, according to the Mirror, considering an £11m bid for the central midfielder this month, but may have accepted any possible deal may be hold until the summer with the player content with his situation ahead of the 2016 European Championship finals. 6 5. Jerome Sinclair – Watford closing in on deal? – Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has confirmed his interest in the Liverpool winger, with recent reports claiming that a £3m offer has been tabled. According to the Daily Mail, the Hornets’ offer falls far short of the Reds’ valuation, though confidence appears high at Vicarage Road over a deal being completed before the window slams shut on Monday. 6 3. Gary Cahill – Klopp to make late move for England international? – Danny Murphy told talkSPORT that Cahill, who has apparently grown disillusioned with life at Stamford Bridge after falling behind Kurt Zouma and John Terry in the pecking order, would be a perfect fit at Anfield: “Would he suit Liverpool? Would he be a player that gets into the Liverpool team and make a difference? Yes, he would. He’s a terrific lad, a good pro, a good trainer and not a moaner or a whinger.” This could be one to watch on deadline day. 6 4. Alex Teixeira – Liverpool priced out of a move this month? – Over the past week, reports have suggested that Liverpool were leading the chase for the Shakhtar Donetsk forward. Now, however, the Reds appear to have been priced out of a move, with the club’s general director Sergiy Palkin revealing that the Brazilian would only be sold if his release clause of €70m (£53m) is met. Jurgen Klopp is allegedly desperate to sign Teixeria before the close of the January transfer window, but it could now simply be a case of how much cash the Merseyside outfit are willing to offer. 6 2. Javier Hernandez – ex-Manchester United striker a priority summer signing for Liverpool? – With Christian Benteke yet to deliver on his £32.5m price tag, Klopp is reportedly addressing his attack and former Manchester United striker Hernandez is on his wish list. The Times claim that the Reds manager has made the Little Pea a priority target in the summer, but given his prolific form since moving to Bayer Leverkusen at the start of the season, having scored 19 goals in all competitions, he could command a fee of as much as £20m. 6 6. Adam Bogdan – stopper looking to leave Anfield before the close of the January market? – Given Simon Mignolet has just penned a new contract until 2020, Bodgan’s first team chances are set to remain limited. The former Bolton Wanderers keeper is reportedly fed up with life at Anfield, and Ligue 1 side Reims, according to Sky Sports, are interested in taking him on loan until the end of the season. He could leave before the close of the January window, but Klopp may block his exit.last_img read more

Family sues over special ed

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH WHITTIER – A family whose complaint against the South Whittier School District sparked a state investigation into its special-education practices has filed a federal lawsuit against the district. Teresa and Jose Trujillo are suing the school district, its board and administrators, the California Department of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state. The suit involves the district’s dealings with the couple’s son, who formerly attended a district school. The Trujillos filed a complaint with the state Department of Education in December 2004, prompting the department to launch an investigation into how the South Whittier district implemented their son’s Individualized Education Program. State education officials found in March 2005 that the district failed to comply with state regulations in three areas regarding the boy’s specialized program, his privacy rights and timely access to his complete school records. An Individualized Education Program is a customized plan that describes a child’s educational special needs and which school services are available to meet those needs. State officials ordered the district to remedy the problems. By then, the Trujillos had transferred their son to a school in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. However, in their federal lawsuit, filed earlier this year, the Trujillos claim that the remedy never came. They also fault state officials for making it impossible for parents to seek relief through the complaint process, and for not holding educators responsible for violating professional practices. The couple is seeking counseling and compensatory education for their son, or that the district pay for extra tutoring and educational services to bring him up to grade level. They also are seeking attorney’s fees. The couple also asked for punitive damages, although the suit does not specify a monetary amount. Both sides are due in court Monday. “First and foremost, we want the district to change,” Teresa Trujillo said Wednesday. “But they’re not going to change until they’re forced to.” David Morton, the district’s fiscal services director, said he could not talk about the lawsuit. “Under the advice of our counsel, we’re not at liberty to discuss it at this point,” he said. However, the district’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the suit. They claimed the case is “moot” since the boy no longer attends school in the district. “There is no live issue between these … parties,” the appeal states. District lawyers also said the district has fully complied with the state education department’s orders handed down a year ago. They said the district provided the couple with educational materials recommended in their son’s Individualized Education Program. But the Trujillos say they’re most concerned with what they say was the district’s misdiagnosis of their son’s abilities. They said IQ tests administered by the South Whittier district showed their son scored at a near-genius level. But tests done at his new district determined the boy’s IQ was about 20 points lower, putting him in the normal range. The couple said they fear the district has also wrongly evaluated other students. “It couldn’t have just happened to us,” Teresa Trujillo said. O’Connell’s spokeswoman, Hilary McLean, said she could not comment on pending litigation. Generally speaking, she said O’Connell “feels strongly that schools and districts should follow the law and ensure students with special education needs are served in an appropriate fashion.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more


first_imgBroadcaster Gay Byrne has said smiling more is the key to the Donegal tourism industry attracting more visitors in the years ahead. Broadcaster Gay Byrne launching the Donegal Tourism Brochure and app at Glenveagh Castle today.The former Late Late Show presenter was speaking as he launched the new Donegal Tourism Brochure and app for 2015 at Glenveagh Castle today.He said he had spoken to a number of connected people before the launch and all of these had one word of advice – smile. “The secret is to smile. What people don’t realise is that very often we Irish don’t smile at eachother. We are very good at smiling at strangers.“Other nationalities tend not to smile. They’re grumpy in their service……They don’t do it very well unless they are well paid to do it.“But the ability we have in Ireland is not necessarily to smile at each other.“Just the little welcome we have for eachother – “How young doing?”, “Is there anything we can do to help you?”, “Are you having a good time?” That’s what people appreciate. “When you realise that everybody who comes here is your advertising agent because they are going back to everyone to tell them what they have found.“If they found a welcome and smiling and hospitality then that’s it. Smile – the welcome counts for everything,” he said.Gay and wife Kathleen Watkins have a holiday home outside Dungloe and have been coming to their retreat for almost 40 years.He said the weather in Donegal could be very different from anywhere else in Ireland.He admitted that because he has a holiday home in Donegal, he knew very little about the rest of Ireland. Mr Byrne was presented with Donegal Pens made by the McGarvey Brothers from Loughanure.He praised the foresight and wonderful presentation of the new Donegal Tourism Brochure and app.County Manager and chairman of Donegal Tourism Mr Seamus Neely also addressed the launch.He stated “this 58 page brochure beautifully captures many images that display the diversity and majesty of Donegal. It sets out an array of activities, places of interest, and services that are available to potential visitors. Over 20,000 copies of this brochure have been printed and distributed worldwide and a PDF version has also been circulated to many tourism providers for inclusion on their websites”. He added “the new app will serve to assist visitors by providing a first class mobile friendly interface with www.govisitdonegal.com . With travellers using their mobile devices on the go to find out information, this app will let them access up to the minute information that is available on the website through their mobile devices”.The brochure uses over forty different themes and headings from popular activities, such as Surfing, Golf, and Angling; to unique Donegal amenities and resources, such as Local Produce, Islands and the Gaeltacht, and Festivals, to allow the reader to easily plan their visitThe photography is captivating and demonstrates the strengths of Donegal as a major player in the tourism sector. The themes are all complemented with useful information and contacts for whatever your interest may be and it brings to life a strong visual image of Donegal for the potential visitor. The brochure also offers the visitor six recommended touring routes for different regions of the county in addition to the newly developed Wild Atlantic Way route that has been rolled out in recent months.Joan Crawford of Failte Ireland said the 2014 figures for tourism in Donegal showed an increase of up tot 8% on 2013.Vice-chairman of Donegal County Council, Cllr Nicholas Crossan remarked that people often said that Donegal was a long way away.“I would ask them where it is a long way away from? I’m slightly biased but I think we have the most beautiful county in Ireland and the increase in our visitor numbers year on year is showing that other people think that as well,” he said.For more information on the brochure or app, log onto www.govisitdonegal.com or download the Donegal Tourism app from Google play store or the app store.SMILING MORE IS THE KEY TO INCREASING DONEGAL’S TOURISM BUSINESS, CLAIMS GAY BYRNE was last modified: March 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County CouncilDonegal Tourism BrochureGay ByrneGlenveagh Castlelaunchlast_img read more

Man City transfer news: Sevilla ‘making good progress’ in Nolito pursuit

first_imgSevilla are making ‘good progress’ in their attempts to land Manchester City striker Nolito this summer.The 30-year-old started just nine Premier League games during his first season in England following his £13.8million arrival from Celta Vigo last summer.Now he looks set to leave in a bid to secure more regular first-team football while also complaining that he doesn’t like the weather in Manchester.READ MORE: Nolito – ‘My daughter’s face has changed colour – it looks like she’s been living in a cave’Sevilla have been linked with a move to take him back to Spain although they are yet to agree a deal with City.But Jose Castro, the Spanish club’s president, has now revealed that the switch could be close.He told Radio Sevilla: “When talking about top players, you can never say things are completely done.“It’s true that we have not spoken about any other options as we have made good progress in getting Nolito to play for us.” 1 Manchester City striker Nolito started just nine Premier League games last season last_img read more

Wow! Liverpool’s XI for next season with Keita, Salah and other new signings?

first_img Left forward: Mohamed Salah – Salah has been brought to Anfield for a club record fee, but though he starred on the right wing for Roma it appears he will be moved to the left for Liverpool to accommodate Mane. Klopp will be hoping he is just as effective in that role. 11 11 Centre midfield: Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool’s best player and the vital part of their attack, Coutinho will start every game when available. He is a superb playmaker who provides both goals and assists. In conclusion, he makes Liverpool tick. Right back: Nathaniel Clyne – Undoubted first choice right-back option, Clyne is one of the best in his position in the Premier League. The Reds have no plans to sign a new right-back, with Trent Alexander-Arnold an adequate backup option. Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet – click the right arrow to see the entire predicted Liverpool team – Ended the season as Klopp’s first choice despite the summer 2016 signing of Loris Karius, it appears Mignolet will start the new campaign as Liverpool’s starting goalkeeper. Centre midfield: Jordan Henderson – When on form, Henderson brings the Liverpool team so much. However, he spent much of the second half of last season injured and Klopp will want him back for the start of next term. He is dynamic and an expert ball winner, and has to be playing to ensure the Reds’ attacking stars can perform without worrying about their defensive duties. Centre forward: Roberto Firmino – An underappreciated member of Liverpool’s attack, Firmino’s role is vital for the Reds’ fluid forward line to work. It is true he doesn’t score enough goals for an elite level forward, but his hold-up play is superb and he creates numerous chances for his teammates. Klopp is clearly impressed as it does not appear he wants to sign a new forward this summer. Centre back: Joel Matip – One of the signings of last summer, Matip was brought in on a free and immediately established himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League. He is likely to be even better next term with Van Dijk as his central defensive partner. 11 11 11 11 11 11 Centre midfield: Naby Keita – The Guinean can expect to operate on the left of a midfield three should he prove successful in forcing through a move to Anfield. Likened to being a hybrid of N’Golo Kante and Andres Iniesta, Keita would give the Reds both energy and an eye for a pass that Emre Can would struggle to match. Centre back: Virgil van Dijk – Despite Liverpool backtracking over their interest in Van Dijk, reports claim the Reds still want to bring the Dutch defender to Anfield. Chelsea are said to be keen on making a £60m offer for him, but Van Dijk himself is rumoured to prefer a move to Merseyside. He will instantly improve the Liverpool defence. 11 Right forward: Sadio Mane – Mane proved a wonderful signing, with Liverpool’s worst period of form last season coming when he was away at the Africa Cup of Nations. His direct runs and speed on the ball make him a truly terrifying opponent, and he is sure to remain on the right flank despite Mohamed Salah’s arrival. Liverpool are willing to splurge £70million on RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita as they look to break their transfer record for the second time this summer.The Guinean international, who scored eight goals in the Bundesliga last season, is another target Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is desperate to capture ahead of their return to the Champions League.Keita’s expected arrival will give the Reds yet another attacking option to choose from as they look to add quality as well as depth to their current squad.talkSPORT take a look at how Liverpool could line up next season if they manage to sign Keita and the other names on Klopp’s list of targets.You can see the team, in Klopp’s 4-3-3 formation, by clicking the right arrow, above… 11 11 Left back: James Milner – Jurgen Klopp is likely to keep faith with the makeshift fullback after an impressive season in a new role. Having missed out on Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, reports suggest the Reds have turned their attentions to Hull’s Andrew Robertson as they look to provide the former England international with some much-needed competition. last_img read more