The guilt or innocence of Jussie Smollett is something that a jury will have to soon decide, but the repercussions from the public fallout are something that may have a negative impact on Empire. The actor has starred as Jamal Lyons on the series for five seasons, but his new court battle could derail the hit show.
According to TMZ, there are those affiliated with the show’s production—both cast and crew—who are nervous about what lies in store for Empire’s future. The publication states that there are some who have been working on the show for years who believe that Smollett’s high-profile attack drama may be a cause for cancelation. Fueling those rumors is the fact that FOX has yet to renew the show for a second season.
Now, the delay in renewal news isn’t something that the network hasn’t done before. For the first four seasons, FOX announced an Empire comeback in the month of January, five months ahead of the season finales. However, last year they waited until May when season four of the show aired its final episode. Smollett’s character of “Jamal” has been written out of the final episodes of this season, but Lee Daniels hasn’t stated whether or not the character will make a return. Sources have reportedly said Jamal will be “out of the country.” Daniels also may be waiting to hear if any of the Lyons will be returning to the small screen before making any decisions.
Meanwhile, Gloria Schmidt, the attorney to Ola and Abel Osundairo, the brothers accused of helping Smollett stage an attack against him, visited Good Morning America to say that her clients were indeed paid by Smollett for fitness training. However, they helped the actor create a fake attack as a favor. “My clients were just taken advantage of by someone they trusted,” Schmidt said on GMA. “This was someone who the brothers thought could help their career. . . . Someone they had trusted to consider their best interest.”
Ok so Chris Cyborg, if you'' re reading this, understand that it'' s a figure of speech. Don'' t take it actually, lots of women struck like a truck definitely.
So here'' s my issue, I have no power. You might encourage me to do explosive push ups and to utilize kettlebelts and that'' s it. Yes, this type of workout does assist with power however my issue lies more in the truth that I'' m” shy””.'I ' ve been informed that I put on'' t released my punches a number of times in the 2 fitness centers I'' ve trained at given that I started boxing (3 and a half years ago). Generally, in sparring I wear'' t injured my oponnents, ever. Excellent you may state, as sparring shouldn'' t have to do with hurting your partners. Yes certainly however in some cases you require a bit much heavier sparring sessions and in those times, although the other men are warming it up, I simply can'' t actually start to attempt and do more than merely tagging them.
On the mitts the noise of my punches is loud enough I believe and I'' m not the lousiest on the bag. When sparring, I never ever attempt to “” follow through” “with my hits. Merely touch and obtain. It'' s an issue as my previous health club wouldn'' t let me complete due to the fact that of that, stating in between the lines that I didn'' t have what it requires to battle. In my viewpoint, my type looks decently fluid however if my strikes are simply “” touch-butt in the park””, what'' s the point?
Should I simply stay with grappling? Keep in mind that I did karate for several years while a kid and a teenager so I had the routine of pulling my strikes implanted for a long period of time.
Nearly every business with an email marketing strategy wonders how to write the perfect email. They question the length of their emails. (Short or long?) They wonder how they can get more people to open their emails. (Should I capitalize my subject lines or not?) And they debate even the little things. (Emojis or no emojis?)
And there isn’t a simple answer to these questions — until now.
With the help of AWeber’s data scientist, we analyzed 1,000 emails from 100 of today’s top marketers. Our goal? Gather email marketing statistics that will answer these questions.
The 100 experts we analyzed are the best of the best. Their email strategies engage thousands and drive millions in revenue. Many of them see unheard of results (like 80% open rates and 30% click-through rates).
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Email marketing statistics: Words in an email
The average email length
Of the 1,000 emails we analyzed, we found that emails have 434.48 words on average. 434 words takes approximately 3.3 minutes to read.
Why some pros go with shorter emails
However, more than 50% of the emails we analyzed contained 300 words or less (a 2.3 minute read time). With people receiving more emails than ever before, it makes sense that experts are sending shorter emails. Email marketers need to stand out to captivate their readers. Short emails might be a good strategy for doing so.
Henneke Duistermaat is the founder of Enchanting Marketing and one of the 100 top marketers whose emails we analyzed. She often sends emails with less than 300 words.
“Have you ever heard someone complaining they’re not getting enough email?” Duistermaat said. “Everyone’s inbox is overflowing. We’re all time-starved. So, we love succinct messages that help us make a quick decision: whether to reply or not, whether to click through or not.”
Why some pros send long-form emails
Yet, 24.1% of the emails we analyzed contained 601 words or more. And 11.4% of them had more than 901 words, a read time of approximately 6.9 minutes.
These experts stand out by sending long emails packed with valuable content, like Ann Handley. Handley is the Chief Content Officer at Marketing Profs, a marketing education company, and one of the top 100 marketers we included in our research. She sends her newsletter TotalAnnarchy via AWeber every other Sunday. On average, her newsletters contain 1,838.5 words, which takes roughly 14 minutes to read.
Handley said, “It’s not that long-form emails are effective. Rather, what’s effective is emails that have value for the people on your list. I don’t set out every other Sunday with a goal of writing the longest email I possibly can. But I do have a goal of writing an authentic, valuable, fun letter to each and every subscriber on my list. I put my heart and soul into it, and that’s why people respond.”
Matt Kepnes, author and founder of travel blog Nomadic Matt, is also on our list of top marketers. He sends long-form emails as well. On average, they contain 802 words. Instead of linking off to posts on his blog, he includes entire articles within his emails. These messages see high open and click-through rates. “People will read longer emails if the topic is important enough,” Kepnes says.
How to choose your email length
So how do you decide whether to send short or long emails? It depends on your unique business goals, according to Andy Crestodina, a top email marketer and the founder of website consulting company Orbit Media. “If your goal is simply awareness, long or short is less important. If subscribers see it, like it, and smile, you met the goal! If your goal is traffic, then give the recipient the minimum amount of information needed to decide to click. The CTR (click-through rate) is everything and more text just means more noise in their inbox.”
Email marketing statistics: Characters in a subject line
The average character count of a subject line
Email subject lines play a huge role in whether your messages get opened. In fact, 47% of email recipients open email based on the subject line alone, according to research done by Business2Community.
After researching 1,000 subject lines, we found that email subject lines have 43.85 characters on average.
82% of experts send subject lines with 60 characters or less. Which makes sense considering most desktop email clients, such as Gmail and Yahoo!, only display approximately 60 characters before a subject line gets cut off.
Why you should consider using short subject lines
46% of emails are opened on mobile devices, according to research conducted by email testing service Litmus. So it’s important to consider how mobile devices affect the ideal subject line character length.
Most email clients stop displaying an email subject line on mobile devices once it reaches between 33 and 43 characters. The exact number varies from one email client to another.
Since they don’t get cut off in the inbox, shorter subject lines may outperform longer ones. And because only 10.9% of subject lines contain 20 characters or less, it may also be an opportunity to stand out.
Brian Dean, founder of SEO company Backlinko and one of the 100 top marketers whose emails we analyzed, sends subject lines with an average of 15.1 characters. “After lots of testing I’ve found that short subject lines get much higher open rates,” Dean said. He believes these results are due to two factors:
Short subject lines reach the inbox more frequently.
Short subject lines are more mysterious.
“I used to try to outline the entire message in my subject lines. And it gave people no reason to actually open my email,” Dean says.
Email marketing statistics: Emojis in subject lines
The percentage of emails with emojis
Only 6.9% of the 1,000 email subject lines we analyzed incorporated emojis. That leaves a whopping 93.1% of subject lines without them.
Why only 6.9% of emails contain emojis
Experts might see emojis as a risk, since they can display differently, and sometimes incorrectly, in email clients.
In fact, subscribers opening emails on old computer operating systems may not see emojis at all. “Windows 7, which holds a major market share of 48.4%, offers very limited support for emojis, displaying in black and white or not at all,” email testing company Litmus says in its research on emoji support in email.
Why you should consider using emojis in your subject lines
While only 6.9% of subject lines included emojis, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. In fact, this may mean you should test them with your own audience. It could be a huge opportunity to be unique.
And emojis might actually increase open rates — as long as you use the right emoji, according to Mark Asquith, marketing expert and founder of Rebel Base Media. (Asquith is one of the 100 top marketers whose emails we included in our research.) He frequently uses the icons in his own subject lines. “A well-placed smiley, timer, or contextual emoji used alongside a well-thought-out subject line will really make your message stand out within someone’s already very busy inbox,” he said.
Try a/b split testing two email subject lines — one with an emoji and one without. The results from your split test can help determine if emojis boost open rates with your own audience.
Related: How to Split Test Your Emails
Email marketing statistics: Subject line capitalization
The 3 capitalization formulas for email subject lines
To find out how top marketers use capitalization in their email subject lines, we examined the subject lines from our 100 experts to see if they relied on a particular capitalization formula.
We found 3 common formulas: sentence-case capitalization (the first letter of the first word is capitalized), title-case capitalization (the first letter of every word is capitalized, except for articles like “the” and “an”), and all lowercase capitalization (every letter is lowercase).
As an example, here is the same subject line with these 3 different formulas applied to it:
Sentence-case: This is an email subject line
Title-case: This Is an Email Subject Line
All lowercase: this is an email subject line
How experts capitalize their subject lines
60% of email subject lines use sentence-case capitalization, 34% use title-case capitalization, and only 6% use all lowercase email subject lines.
Are lowercase subject lines an underused secret?
The majority of the experts we analyzed use sentence-case capitalization. But a few experts consistently send emails with entirely lowercase subject lines, like email marketing expert Val Geisler. Geisler is a freelance consultant and writer who specializes in email marketing, and we analyzed her emails for our research.
Geisler points out that people are more likely to open an email if it’s from a personal connection or friend. “If you’re writing an email to a friend, are you going to title-case the subject line? Probably not. You likely won’t even use sentence-case capitalization,” she said.“I write my emails like I’m writing to a friend so my subject lines follow the same principles. Does it work? I’ll let my ~80% open rates and ~30% click rates speak for themselves.”
How should you use these email marketing statistics?
Use these findings as a guide the next time you’re writing an email.
Want to stand out? Try a strategy that most people aren’t using — like emojis in subject lines or lowercase subject lines.
Want to follow a proven strategy used time and again by the experts? Use the findings in this report to follow time-tested email copy strategies used by the majority of experts.
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About the data from this research
We analyzed 1,000 marketing emails from 100 successful businesses and entrepreneurs. While we didn’t randomly select these businesses, we chose experts across multiple industries and from numerous countries.
Life is demanding. That’’ s a reality. To grow and discover we need to attempt brand-new things. Having a hard time, dominating, and enduring failures along the method develops self-confidence and the deep sensation in a kid that ““ I can do it. When the quantity of tension ends up being continual and/or too terrific, ” But the favorable elements of battle and tension are lost.
Long-lasting and relentless tension on the body and mind triggered by frustrating feelings results in terrible tension, a condition identified by a nerve system in overdrive. The brain’’ s psychological centers lock into a state of DANGER and the body runs in freeze, flight, and battle modes.
Traumatic tension feels dreadful. The body tenses and succumbs to numerous other physiological modifications leading to gastrointestinal issues and headaches. Kids overwhelmed by feelings can’’ t engage favorably in finding out as interest in the outdoors world is a by-product of a calm worried system, not one that’’ s in a state of high alert.
.When you are horrified, #ppppp> Imagine for a minute what it feels like. Do you feel well? Do you seem like knowing, taking part in life, fraternizing others? No! When grownups and kids alike are horrified, we wish to escape, conceal, and discover security once again as quickly as possible so we feel much better. We feel insecure and susceptible when we are frightened. After a while, we feel helpless, even dead and numb within. Anxiety, persistent stress and anxiety, compound seclusion, abuse, and hostility, are all signs of terrible tension.
So, what can be done to assist a kid experiencing distressing tension? Assist them to feel calmer. Here are 7 methods:
1. Be with them — — connection is calming.
John Bowlby, the daddy of Attachment Theory, taught us that kids require to feel protected and safe to grow. It might appear primary, however the very first element of developing security for a kid is existing so a connection can be developed.
A kid with distressing tension is afraid (even if they wear’’ t appear so on the outdoors, like how a bully or aggressive kid might provide). When there is push-back from the kid, merely having somebody in the space can be a convenience even. Being alone increases worry.
2. Be mild so as not to accidentally shock or container a kid.
A kid suffering terrible tension is irritable and delicate, a by-product of a hyper-aroused nerve system. We reside in a really left-brain dominant culture where we put on’’ t talk almost enough about psychological security communicated through best brain interactions. Right-brained interactions are the non-verbal hints we automatically get from one another. Right-brain interactions consist of intonation, eye contact, and body movement.
Adults need to aim to speak in a mild, calm voice with sluggish motions and soft eyes to prevent surprising or disconcerting a kid. When you are upset, simply believe about how you like to be approached.
3. Play fosters safe favorable connection, and favorable connection is relaxing.
Play feels healthy and great for all individuals no matter what age. According to Polyvagal theory, play promotes the social engagement system of the vagus nerve, the body’’ s biggest nerve, and for that reason unwinds the nerve system.
Play assists a kid feel much better and relax. Play includes so much more than a video game. It includes connection, smiling, consulting with a lively and cheerful intonation, and motion. All of those actions soothe a kid.
It might appear counter instinctive to start have fun with a kid under tension, however if they are responsive, it provides the nerve system an opportunity to relax. Even if for a little while, a minute of playfulness is great.
4. Assist a kid call their sensations.
Putting language on feelings assists relax the nerve system. We can utilize stories, our own individual stories or ones we develop, to assist a kid put language on their feelings . A mom might share with her shocked kid, ““ When I was little bit, my mom went away for a long time. She was ill, so she needed to go to where medical professionals might assist her. Although I comprehended why she disappeared, I was still so unfortunate and frightened. And, in some cases I even felt mad at her for not being there for me. All those sensations are so natural.” ”
There are numerous methods to assist kids put language on their sensations. You can reveal them illustrations of little confront with numerous sensations and they can indicate the ones they associate with. You can assist a kid call their sensations with illustrations, puppets, and video games.
5. Assist a kid reveal their sensations.
Emotions consist of impulses that create biological energy. This energy requires to be revealed so it doesn’’ t get suppressed within. If a kid is in risk, their brain will set off worry. Worry sends out signals throughout the body, triggering impulses to run. If a kid is in a circumstance where they can not run to security, like being limited by Mexican border patrolmen, all that energy gets caught in the body and leads to signs of distressing tension.
Helping a kid reveal their feelings can be carried out in a range of innovative methods, such as the through art, play, stories, dream, puppets, or by assisting the kid verbally or physically reveal themselves. You must do not hesitate to experiment and take your hints from the kid for what works best. Hints to search for that show you are assisting a kid are expressions of relief, joy, calm, and a desire to play and link more. If an intervention is not assisting, you’’ ll see a kid ’ s deal with and body show more stress, unhappiness, rigidness, withdrawal, and anger.
6. When a kid accepts it, provide hugs and other physical love.
Holding, rocking, rubbing, hugging, and swaddling can assist relieve a stressed out nerve system. Once again, take your hints from the kid. If they put on’’ t like something, wear’’ t do it. If they are reacting favorable or adversely, you can inform by the method the kid responds and looks. If they stiffen, it’’ s a demonstration. If they soften and unwind, that’’ s a thumbs-up.
7. Assure a kid and assist them understand what’’ s occurring.
A little peace of mind goes along method. Be specific! State things like, ““ You will be okay,” “” “ This sensation is’short-lived, ” “ You are’not alone, ” “It ’ s not your fault, ” and, “ You wear ’ t deserve this. ”
Don ’ t lie to a kid. Do try to find genuine methods you can assure them that they are safe now and will not be alone. Discuss what has actually taken place and what is presently occurring. In the case of adult separation, ““ Mommy and daddy are safe and quickly you will see them once again. Up until then, we’’ ll be together every day and I’’ ll look after you.” ” Reassuring a kid that they didn’’ t do anything bad which they matter assists due to the fact that kids internalize pity, a sense that they are not worthy or bad when they feel bad.
Humans are wired for connection and grow in conditions of security and security. When security and security is jeopardized, we need to do whatever we can to bring back a kid’’ s sense of security and security as quick as possible. There are lots of instructional resources readily available to grownups that teach how to decrease tension and foster healing in kids. When our kids suffer, the expense to our society is fantastic.
Rum is a genuinely international spirit. Unlike, state, Scotch or Cognac, rum can be made practically anywhere.
Today you’’ ll discover in your area produced bottles all over from the Caribbean to the Congo; Honduras to Hawaii. You’’d be looking for rather a long time, nevertheless, prior to you discovered one with the pedigree of Flor de Ca ñ a . The 125-year-old Nicaraguan brand name has actually brought its craft throughout 5 generations of household stewardship, collecting numerous distinctions along the method. Most just recently, it was called 2017 Best Rum Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London.
How has Flor de Ca ñ a continual such stature throughout the previous century? Let us count the methods. Here are 5 things to learn about the world’’ s finest rum.
. From One Man ’ s Mission to Family Tradition.
When Alfredo Francisco Pellas Canessa left his native Italy for Nicaragua in 1875, rum wasn’’ t on his mind. Throughout the Gold Rush, Alfredo produced an effective steamboat path linking the Atlantic to the Pacific, travelling through Nicaragua. Fate would set him on a brand-new course entirely.
The natural appeal of Nicaragua —– beautiful lakes and waterfalls, fertile jungle, plentiful sugarcane —– persuaded him to make rum his service. In 1890 he developed a distillery at the base of San Cristóbal, the highest and most active volcano in Nicaragua. This eventful choice resulted in the birth of Flor de Ca ñ a, and a liquid tradition secured today by his great-great-grandchildren.
.The Secret Is in the Soil.
Setting up store under the shadow of an active volcano may sound dangerous, however this specific property is totally accountable for Flor de Ca ñ a’’ s distinct taste profile. The soil is fertilized by ash, the perfect rooting ground for abundant molasses. That very same mineral-laden earth assists enhance the water, percolating through the ages into underground tanks. This special biome artfully shapes the 2 active ingredients most important to high-end rum.
The microclimate surrounding San Cristóbal plays another essential element. ““ Flor de Ca ñ a grows at a greater temperature level and humidity level than other spirits such as scotch and Cognac,” ” Mauricio Solórzano, international “brand name ambassador, states. “ These conditions cause a more vibrant interaction in between the barrel and rum and to a greater [rate of evaporation]””
It ’ s a delighted set of scenarios and it develops abundant, intricate rum. Flor de Ca ñ a rums are aged from 4 approximately 25 years, and are dark amber, bold-bodied, and impossibly smoother.
.A Pioneer of Sustainable Spirit-Making.
Flor de Ca ñ a ran a sustainable organisation long prior to the term was trending. For more than a years, the distillery has actually run completely on renewable resource. The business school has actually offered complimentary education to the kids of workers considering that 1913, and a business health center has actually used complimentary medical services to workers and their households given that 1958.
““ Flor de Ca ñ an is among the early pioneers in this area,” ” Paul Rice, president and CEO of Fair Trade USA, states. ““ They are among simply a couple of spirits business to embrace Fair Trade practices in their supply chain.””
It shows not just the business’’ s dedication to environmentalism, however to the social and financial wellness of those who craft the rum.
““ Flor de Ca ñ a continues raising the bar for the worldwide spirits market around ecological sustainability and social duty,” ” states Rice. “ [They ’ ve produced] a system for buying the employees producing the raw components for the rum. We’’ re thrilled by the ripple and this collaboration result that it’’ s poised to produce.”
.One Hundred Percent Natural From Field to Flask.
Ultimately, what you put out of the bottle is just going to be as great as the active ingredients that entered into it. Blessed with volcano-enriched molasses, Flor de Ca ñ a safeguards its item through every action of production.
““ The alcohol is naturally aged in little, white oak premium bourbon barrels sealed with Nicaraguan plantain leaves,” ” Solórzano states. ““ Our rums develop without synthetic active ingredients, accelerants, and with absolutely no sugar material.” ” It ’ s a guarantee seldom made by massive rum distilleries.
.A Bartender’’ s Best Friend.
As mild as they are to drink, the Flor de Ca ñ a portfolio is enjoyable and versatile in mixed drinks. This truth is not lost on bartenders.
““ I take pleasure in how the various varieties have really various taste profiles,” ” Micah Melton, drink director at The Aviary in Chicago and New York, states. ““ From dry and crisp, to abundant and toffee —– you can actually highlight the subtlety in between the 4 year and the 25, and whatever in between.””
Melton recommends contacting more youthful expressions of Flor de Ca ñ a to supplant scotch in a Boulevardier. This preparation suppresses the rum’’ s natural sweet taste, stabilizing it with bitter and dry tones from vermouth and Campari.
When it’’ s time for dessert, Melton delights in breaking out the senior aged liquid to commemorate its underlying depth. He just recently utilized it in an after-dinner-style Manhattan created to ““ draw out the abundant chocolate and vanilla notes… … accentuated with chocolate and mint,” ” he’states. “ It ’ s a Peppermint Patty-inspired rum Manhattan, with Flor de Ca ñ a 25 Year, dark chocolate-infused vermouth, fernet, and menthol.” ” Thirsty?
So many celebrities appear in this powerful International Women’s Day video—and everyone should watch this
It’s International Women’s Day, and people around the world are taking the opportunity to both celebrate women’s accomplishments and demand gender equality. And in that spirit, activist and singer Annie Lennox joined a number of other celebrities in making a special video project encouraging Global Feminism. Variety reports that Lennox and her NGO, The Circle, partnered with Apple Music to create the video, along with Sammy Andrews and Deviate Digital. They also had help from actors and singers including Ed Sheeran, Mary J. Blige, Gwendoline Christie, Richard E. Grant, Dua Lipa, Hozier, Richa Chadha, and Eddie Izzard.
Lennox provides a voiceover for the video, which begins by describing the many ways that women’s rights have improved over the past century. But while the former Eurythmics singer notes that things have gotten better for many women, she explains that many more still lack basic human rights. She cites startling statistics, like the fact that 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence has not been outlawed.
“Around the world, we still have a very long way to go before every woman and girl has access to equal rights,” she says at the end of the video. “That is why we stand together as Global Feminists.”
The stars involved also picked songs for an Apple Music playlist that accompanies the video. Tracks on the playlist range from “Respect” by Aretha Franklin to “Don’t Rain On My Parade” sung by Barbra Streisand to “Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill.
Sioned Jones, executive director of The Circle, told Variety, “Global Feminism is at the heart of what we do as we strive for a more equal and fairer world for women and girls.”
“On this International Women’s Day having a chance to remind us all of the huge inequalities and injustices that remain for millions of women and girls across the globe is important in ensuring no one is left behind in being able to realise their basic human rights,” Jones continued. “We thank Annie, Apple Music and all the contributors who have given up their time and support to this film and we all stand together as Global Feminists.”
Harper’s Bazaar reports that Lennox is also encouraging social media users to photograph themselves with a sign stating the reason they support global feminism. Participants can share the image with the hashtag #OneReasonWhyImAGlobalFeminist.
This International Women’s Day, we’re thinking of all the women who aren’t afforded the same rights that we are, and we’re taking the time to help in any way we can. Lennox’s global feminist movement is a great reminder of the importance of standing up for all women, everywhere.
Ajax starlet Matthijs de Ligt has refused to rule out the possibility of linking up with Dutch international defensive partner Virgil Van Dijk at Liverpool.
de Ligt, a 19-year-old central defender, is widely-regarded as one of, if not the finest young talent on the planet.
Despite his tender years, the gifted stopper has already established himself as a regular at both club level with Ajax, and on the international stage with the Netherlands.
de Ligt’s combination of physique, athleticism, aggression, reading of the game and ability with the ball come together to form the package of a complete, modern centre-half.
In fact, so impressive has the Dutchman been during the early years of his fledgling career, that he was last year named both Ajax’s youngest ever captain, and the first ever-defender to win the Golden Boy award.
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There’s a reason Matthijs de Ligt has plenty of suitors around Europe’s big leagues…
As such, it has come as little surprise to see more-or-less all of European football’s top clubs named as admirers of de Ligt’s talents.
Of the clubs to have been touted as potential destinations for the gifted teen, Barcelona, Manchester City and Juventus have been the most heavily-linked, with the favourites to actually secure a deal for the stopper seemingly changing by the hour.
Matthijs de Ligt during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final first-leg between Ajax Amsterdam and FC Schalke 04s. Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images.
‘It could happen’
Another of the clubs to have been named as a possible landing spot for de Ligt have been Premier League giants Liverpool.
Former Dutch international Rene van der Gijp even urged his fellow countryman to push for a move to Anfield during an interviw with Voetbal Primeur last month, revealing his excitement over the potential prospect of de Ligt joining forces with Virgil Van Dijk on Merseyside.
Rene van der Gijp (On pairing up Van Dijk & De Ligt at #LFC): “It would be great for Dutch football if those two defenders can play alongside each other for five to six years. Then you are getting the best centre-back pairing in Europe.”
As such, speaking in an interview with Goal.com yesterday, de Ligt was questioned on the possibility of making the move to Liverpool come the summer.
And fans of the Reds will no doubt be enthused by the prodigious stopper’s response, with de Ligt having refused to rule out the possibility of joining Dutch international compatriot Van Dijk at club level:
‘Virgil (van Dijk) is a player who has experience in the top leagues.’
‘Of course, you would want to learn from him. It’s very helpful playing alongside him in the Dutch team.’
‘It could happen (De Ligt joining him at Liverpool). He plays for Liverpool, a good club, but I’m not focused on them. I focus on Ajax and then I’ll see where I end up.’
For the longest time, Deadmau5‘s testpilot techno alias has been something that he’s pulled out only on select occasions. But, as the alias has seen a comparably larger festival presence in the past year or so, it seems that it is becoming more of a regular fixture for the artist.
This presumption is reinforced by the fact that various social media accounts have just been registered for testpilot on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @toliptset.
Mau5trap actually tweeted out the new handle with a photo of the (presumed) new testpilot logo/avatar and captioned it “Friday,” suggesting we may even get an official release from this alias tomorrow.