‘Liverpool should forget about De Ligt’

first_imgLiverpool need to resign themselves to the fact that Matthijs de Ligt “will end up elsewhere” and focus on reinforcing other areas of their defence, says John Aldridge.Many have urged the Reds to join the clamour for a highly-rated centre-half on the books of Ajax.Aldridge is among those to have talked up a possible move to bring a Netherlands international into Anfield alongside fellow countryman Virgil van Dijk. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? De Ligt is, however, attracting interest from leading sides across Europe and is set to form part of a deal that includes a sizeable fee and a lucrative contract whenever a transfer is made.With that in mind, Jurgen Klopp has been urged to put any funds at his disposal to better use elsewhere.There are considered to be greater needs for the Reds than another centre-back, with cover for Andy Robertson one of several more pressing priorities.Former Liverpool striker Aldridge has said in the Irish Independent: “While I said that a deal to sign Virgil van Dijk’s Dutch central defensive partner Matthijs de Ligt would be great for Liverpool, the money he and his agent appear to be demanding means he will end up elsewhere.“Instead, Klopp needs to focus his defensive reinforcement by signing cover at left-back following the departure of Alberto Moreno, as a long-term injury to Andy Robertson would be a major blow given they don’t have a quality stand-in.“The return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from injury will feel like a new signing in midfield and if he starts performing at the levels he was producing before he picked up his long-term problem, he could be a very useful asset for Liverpool next season.“Despite my musings here, Liverpool are not in need of too many changes this summer after Klopp’s back-up players confirmed they have what it takes to step up to the plate when they came from 3-0 down to beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.“Yet the great teams strengthen when they are in a strong position and if Klopp can add a couple of extra components to his magnificent machine, Liverpool will be ready to take on Manchester City in an era when 90 points is the bare minimum required to challenge for the title.”Along with a new left-back to counter the loss of Moreno, Champions League winners Liverpool are also expected to be in the market for another striker to replace the departed Daniel Sturridge and more creativity in the middle of the park. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

MOL Gets Three-Year Contract from GAC Australia

first_imgzoom Multi-modal transport operator Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) has awarded an exclusive three-year contract to serve its vessels and port calls across Australia to GAC Australia, part of the global shipping, logistics and marine service provider GAC Group.The contract was signed by Mark Austin, Managing Director of Mitsui O.S.K Lines Australia (MOL), and Phil Coolican, Managing Director, GAC Australia, following a rigorous tender process.MOL is one of the world’s largest marine transportation companies, operating a global fleet of more than 900 vessels with an overall capacity of around 66 million deadweight tons (DWT). That fleet includes containerships, bulk cargo carriers, car carriers, oil tankers, chemical products carriers, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.Phil Coolican adds: “This is a highly significant contract for GAC in Australia and we are delighted that MOL have entrusted their fleet to us. Our extensive operation across Australia is focused on helping MOL to deliver their strategy in Australia, and beyond, by providing the highest quality services and working closely with them to make sure that all of their needs are met.”“On the back of this contract and in light of the further growth in demand for GAC’s services across Australia, we are investing in further development of our own infrastructure and operations to ensure that we are able to work reflexively to meet the needs of our customers across the country.” He further commented.Established in 2007, GAC Australia provides a full range of shipping, logistics and marine services covering all ports across the country from 14 strategically located branch offices and its national headquarters in Sydney.GAC, January 13, 2014last_img read more