Transfers Coutinho won’t comment on Liverpool future amid fresh Barcelona speculation Jamie Smith 03:46 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool Liverpool Premier League Philippe Coutinho Barcelona v Deportivo La Coruña Primera División The Brazilian playmaker was defended by his team-mate following rumours of a potential January move to Camp Nou Philippe Coutinho turned down the chance to commit his immediate future to Liverpool after scoring a fantastic goal in Sunday’s 4-0 Premier League win at Bournemouth.The Brazilian’s dazzling solo effort broke the deadlock at the Vitality Stadium and he later recorded a pair of assists as Jurgen Klopp’s men ran riot to move up to fourth place.But, with Barcelona ready to rekindle their long-held interest in the playmaker , Coutinho would not be drawn on what his future holds when he spoke after the game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I always say the same thing, I try to enjoy the moment,” Coutinho told Sky Sports. “I like to play football and I always try my best.”It was a nice goal for me but the most important thing was Liverpool getting better and winning the game, so we’re happy with the three points. “Everyone enjoys playing, the manager changes it sometimes but everyone who is on the pitch can give their best and that’s good for Liverpool.”Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain defended Coutinho from being grilled about his future after pipping his team-mate to the television man-of-the-match award.”Phil is doing well for us and he’s so professional and gives his all for us,” the England international said. “That’s the most important thing and it’s not fair to ask those sorts of questions.”The four boys up front [Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino] have been on fire recently. They’re not bad!”Everyone’s a quality player and it’s up to the rest of us to get in and among it. But with the squad rotation we have to keep performing.”Oxlade-Chamberlain put in arguably his strongest performance since signing from Arsenal, but the versatile midfielder believes there is still more to come.”I’m trying my best and I’ve definitely made strides forward,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said. “I have areas to improve and I know that, but I’m trying to do the things the manager wants.”I’m happy with the performance but you normally have to get a goal to get man of the match. We know Phil and Mo can come up with magic.”
The St. Catherine Parish Council has begun a drive to build safer communities and enhance public order across the parish.The Council has officially launched the Parish Safety and Security Committee, which will spearhead a campaign to increase the citizens’ participation in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of actions to improve their safety and security.Speaking at the launch, in Spanish Town, on February 14, Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, congratulated the Council and its key partners for taking on the leadership role to address safety and security in the parish.The Minister said that for far too long there has been the feeling that security is the sole responsibility of the police. He noted that it is only when people act together to find solutions for sustainable peace and harmony, will there be a real decline in acts of violence and other contributing factors that minimize safety at the community level.“It is due to the measureable interventions of this project and other major initiatives from the Ministry of National Security, the hard working members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and brave commitment of the St. Catherine Parish Development Committee and other partners, that this parish is boasting a lower rate of major crimes over the past 12-18 months,” Mr. Arscott said.Mayor of Spanish Town, Councillor Norman Scott, outlined several initiatives that the committee has spearheaded since its formation, including a Safety and Security Symposium which saw over 250 community members from Old Harbour, Linstead and Spanish Town getting together to share concerns and ideas that will promote safety and security for all. “The concerns were documented, prioritised, and will therefore determine which issues will be addressed in the short, medium and long term,” Mayor Scott said.He said the message of safety and security will be taken around the parish with public education events slated for February 27 in Old Harbour; February 28 in Linstead and March 11 for Spanish Town.Mr. Scott also informed that a safety audit has been done in selected communities to document existing safety hazards.Mayor Scott also addressed the issue of sexual assault and handed out posters and flyers at the official launch.The flyer depicted the message: ‘Real Men Don’t Rape’; encouraging respect for females, many of whom have been victims of abuse. “We believe that this positive message will result in behavioural change, one man at a time. This message will be taken to all our major townships as well as our rural areas,” Mayor Scott said.Among those participating in the launch were United Nations Development Programme’s Resident Representative to Jamaica, Dr. Arun Kashyap; Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Novelette Grant; Representative of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Robert Hill and Head of the Parish Development Committee, Earl Hyde.