New Year, but without major changes in Anfield. Liverpool started 2020 on the right foot as 2019 ended, with victory and one step closer to its main purpose this year: the Premier League, which would be the first league in 30 years for the whole network.And when everything smiles at you, as happens to the Klopp team since the last Champions League final, things seem to take a simpler path. Yesterday’s triumph against Sheffield began with a Christmas gift from Baldock after three minutes, which slipped at the time of clearing a ball and left Robertson completely alone and with all the amenities to serve Salah an assistance that the Egyptian took advantage to beat Henderson at the first touch.With 1-0 the game went downhill for Liverpool, which has long since ceased to be just a vertical team to also be a dominating team that drowns its rivals in the opposite field. Salah, Wijnaldum and Firmino had very clear chances to make the second in the first part but Henderson kept a Sheffield alive that if he endured the siege network it was more because of the local’s laziness than by his own resistance: Liverpool played so grown up that If he didn’t score before, it was because they got lost in unnecessary mannerisms when they arrived in the area. Goals1-0, 3 ‘: Salah, 2-0, 63 ‘: Mane ChangesOliver McBurnie (64 ‘, Lys Mousset), Sharp (65 ‘, David McGoldrick), Besic (77 ‘, Norwood), Divock Origi (77 ‘, Mane), Lallana (87 ‘, A. Robertson), Harvey Elliot (91 ‘, Salah) Liverpool finally widened the gap with a house brand counterattack: between Mané and Salah they cooked it and the Senegalese, when hunting his own rejection, ate it behind empty doors. In the end, another victory that lengthens the spectacular streak of a Liverpool that has been exactly one year without losing in the Premier. 2020 looks great in Anfield.
For the ultimate Anzac Centenary experience with a Hellenic twist, a 12-day guided tour to Greece in April was launched this week, offering deep insights into the remarkable role played by the island of Lemnos in particular in the Gallipoli legend.Organised by the World Hellenic InterParliamentary Association, the tour, which begins on April 17, will immerse those taking part in every aspect of the island’s relationship to the Dardanelles campaign, with interpretive events at key locations and what will be immensely moving commemorations at the East Mudros Bay and Portianou war cemeteries on the island.Lemnos, in the northern Aegean, was the principal assembly point and supply-base for the Gallipoli landings in April 1915.With participants joining official parliamentarians, the tour program will include exclusive access to official events on Royal Australian Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy vessels and attendance at civic receptions.After four days on Lemnos the tour moves to the mainland, where a second generation of Anzacs fought in April 1941, and will visit the town of Vevi, where Australian forces were defeated in the opening days of the German invasion of Greece.On Anzac Day itself, the tour will be in the Greek capital in time for the dawn service at Phaleron War Cemetery, followed by a reception held by the Australian Embassy.An extended five-day tour to Crete beginning on April 28 will take in the main Battle of Crete sites.Tour organiser John Pandazopoulos told Neos Kosmos that the trip will be a unique opportunity to gain a unique insight into the historic events that took place on the island, and a chance to visit other key ANZAC sites in Greece.“This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in the special relationship forged between Greece and Australia in wartime,” said Mr Pandazopoulous, the former Victorian state MP.“It is going to be a very special trip. The Australian and NZ embassies in Greece are of course pulling out all the stops to make the official events spectacular.”Mr Pandazopoulos has been a vocal campaigner in efforts to lobby the Greek state and regional authorities to embrace the concept of an ‘ANZAC trail’ – to promote sites of historical significance – and the many unmarked battlefield sites where Australian and New Zealand troops fought.The cost of the 12-day tour – organised by licenced agent Anzac Tours in Greece – starts at $3,480 (€2,390) with a single supplement of $860 (€590). The tour fee includes accommodation in four and five-star hotels, coach travel and guides.For further information and the tour brochure contact John Pandazopoulos on 0408 3100733. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram