Brendan Rodgers cites long-term injury to Jon Flanagan as factor in Liverpool’s failed title bid

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes the Premier League title race came down to fine margins after watching his side hold champions Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.First-half goals from both captains, John Terry and Steven Gerrard, meant honours finished even in West London; a result which all but ended the Reds’ faint hopes of Champions League qualification.Rodgers was upbeat after the match and was full of praise for his players after a turbulent season at Anfield, citing a mixture of good signings by the Blues and bad luck for his side as conducive to Chelsea’s title success.“The difference is pretty clear. At the end of last season when we nearly won the league, Chelsea signed three players in [Thibaut] Courtois, [Cesc] Fabregas and [Diego] Costa and won it this season,” said the Irishman.“We’ve lost three starters in [Luis] Suarez, [Daniel] Sturridge who has been injured and young Jon Flanagan – that’s over 50 goals.”Liverpool are now six points behind Manchester United in fourth with just two games remaining and a far inferior goal difference, but Rodgers hailed his side after a spirited display against the runaway Premier League winners.He said: “We didn’t start well and they got the goal – it was a difficult period but we grew into it.“In the second half we were outstanding and clearly the better team. We just lacked the quality in the final third.”Rodgers was also quick to pay tribute to departing skipper Gerrard, who has just two games left in his Liverpool career before departing to the MLS, and was given a standing ovation after being substituted in the second half.“He’s been a world class player, any stick that he’s ever get from Chelsea over the years is because he’s a world class talent,” added Rodgers.“I just wanted to give him that touch at the end of the game [substituting Gerrard] – they [the Chelsea fans] gave him a great send off and it’s nice for the player to feel that.”last_img read more

Crime edges up in Simi Valley

first_img “We want to closely examine these statistics to make sure we are using our resources effectively,” said Captain Ron Nelson, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department. In Camarillo, violent crime decreased 7 percent, but the number of rapes per 1,000 population increased 196 percent, from five in 2004 to 15 in 2005. “Even though countywide violent crimes were down, we saw increases in crimes related to drug and alcohol rates among minors,” said Nelson. “In Camarillo, the increase in rapes was largely related to juveniles using drugs and alcohol.” “We saw some decreases in property crimes, which is good. Citizens deserve credit for working with local law enforcement to solve crimes in their neighborhoods,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Simi Valley and neighboring Thousand Oaks have traditionally had some of the lowest crime rates in the nation for cities with populations of more than 100,000 and officials said the crime rates here are remaining relatively low. The overall crime rate in Thousand Oaks, with a population of 126,000, decreased by 2 percent in 2005, to 15.55 crimes per 1,000 people, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, which patrols the area. Moorpark, a community of around 35,000 people with 11.31 crimes per 1,000 residents, had the lowest rate for the cities patrolled by the Sheriff’s Department. The crime rate in Simi Valley was not provided by the Police Department. Although the crime rate also decreased 9 percent in Camarillo, the Sheriff’s Department pointed to some disturbing numbers, including an increase in rapes there. SIMI VALLEY – The number of crimes reported in the city in 2005 increased 4.6 percent, to 2,509, compared with the year before, but violent crime was down, with no homicides reported. According to Simi Valley Police Department statistics, there were 17 rapes, 47 robberies and 108 aggravated assaults, adding up to 172 violent crimes, compared with 179 reported in 2004. In 2004 there were three homicides, 15 rapes, 33 robberies and 128 aggravated assaults. There were also 2,337 property crimes reported in 2005, representing a 5 percent increase over the year before. last_img read more