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Whatever b******t you say, no one forgets - Klopp defends spending comments
Whatever b******t you say, no one forgets - Klopp defends spending comments

Jurgen Klopp insists his 2016 comments criticising the eagerness to splash the cash in modern football are still true despite his own lavish spending in recent times at Liverpool. When Manchester United signed Paul Pogba in 2016, Klopp was critical and adamant he would "even do it differently if I could spend that money".

Man Utd to resist any attempt from Spurs to sign Anthony Martial
Man Utd to resist any attempt from Spurs to sign Anthony Martial

Manchester United are determined to resist any attempt by Tottenham Hotspur to sign Anthony Martial before the close of the summer transfer window, even though the striker is still tempted to leave Old Trafford. Martial has had a difficult relationship with United manager Jose Mourinho, spent much of last season out of the first team and looked miserable at the end of last season. As things stand, Martial only has one year left on his current deal, but United sensibly negotiated a clause that would allow them to add another year if they wanted to when they signed him back in 2015.

Salah is fully recovered and full of joy - Klopp
Salah is fully recovered and full of joy - Klopp

Mohamed Salah has fully recovered from the shoulder injury he suffered against Real Madrid in the Champions League final and is "full of joy" ahead of the new season, according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Salah dislocated his shoulder in a tangle with Sergio Ramos back in May when Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid, who were crowned European champions for a third year in a row.

United fans keeping De Gea at Old Trafford - Herrera
United fans keeping De Gea at Old Trafford - Herrera

Ander Herrera believes star goalkeeper and Real Madrid target David de Gea will stay at Manchester United thanks to the love of the supporters. Spain international De Gea has continually been linked with a move to European champions Madrid after a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu fell through in 2015. Madrid's goalkeeping situation has dominated headlines again this off-season, with Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois also a candidate to swap London for the Spanish capital.

Putin soccer ball gift to Trump gets routine security check
Putin soccer ball gift to Trump gets routine security check

The red-and-white soccer ball tossed to President Donald Trump by Russia's Vladimir Putin is undergoing a routine security screening. The U.S. Secret Service says that's standard for all gifts to the president. During a joint news conference after their summit this week in Finland, Putin used soccer metaphors and was handed a soccer ball that he tossed to Trump.

Reports: Conte to sue Chelsea over how firing was handled
Reports: Conte to sue Chelsea over how firing was handled

According to reports in Italy, and backed up by those in England, Antonio Conte is planning to sue Chelsea over the way the club handled his exit this summer. Chelsea is reportedly planning to pay Conte the rest of his salary in full, but the reports state that the Italian is unhappy how long it took the club to confirm his exit, leaving him unable to secure a job commensurate with his experience level for this coming season. Despite the writing clearly on the wall, Conte had weeks of silence from the club, before being pulled back to London to begin pre-season training with the squad for just four days before he was then let go.

Why Liverpool may have already found their new No 10
Why Liverpool may have already found their new No 10

With Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirming that the £65 million signing of goalkeeper Alisson is likely to be his last purchase of the summer, the club's search for a 'No 10' continues. There remains a slight chance the club will fill the jersey vacated by Philippe Coutinho before the start of the season. Mane is currently the No 19 at Anfield but wears 10 for his national team.

Liverpool boss Klopp bemoans international schedule demands

The 55-team Nations League is the latest international tournament to be added to the schedule, with nations competing in the group stages from September to November and the final to be held next June. "Everything is now so important in football and we have to collect their bones afterwards, more or less." Klopp is currently leading Liverpool on their pre-season tour of the United States, which begins with a game against Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup on Sunday.

Home comforts greet 'Wild Boars' captain after Thai cave rescue

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat MAE SAI, Thailand (Reuters) - Happiness is a birthday cake, a meal of pork-knuckle rice, a warm bed and a trip to buy a new mobile telephone. "My bed felt warm," the 13-year-old, also known as Dom, told Reuters. The 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and the 25-year-old coach of the "Wild Boars" soccer team returned home on Wednesday after being discharged from hospital and appearing on national television to describe their ordeal inside the Tham Luang cave.

Ibrahimovic to watch England at Wembley - Zlatan will honour Beckham bet
Ibrahimovic to watch England at Wembley - Zlatan will honour Beckham bet

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to attend an England match in a Three Lions shirt at Wembley and eat fish and chips after losing a bet to David Beckham. The stakes were high between Ibrahimovic and Beckham before England defeated Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals. Sweden's all-time leading scorer Ibrahimovic proposed that Beckham take the LA Galaxy star to IKEA and buy him any item of his choice for his new Los Angeles mansion if Sweden won.

Manchester United draws Club America 1-1 on Mata goal
Manchester United draws Club America 1-1 on Mata goal

Manchester United began Jose Mourinho's "very bad" preseason with a drab 1-1 draw against Liga MX side Club America. Juan Mata hit the post in the opening 20 minutes and later scored the equalizer in the 78th minute after Ander Herrera's header rebounded

The World Cup Was A Grift, Just Like Everything Else
The World Cup Was A Grift, Just Like Everything Else

Before Sunday's World Cup final, FIFA President Gianni Infantino engaged in the sort of host-country backslapping that is routine at international sporting events. "For a couple of years, I was saying it would be the best World Cup ever. Today I can say that with more conviction," he said at a press conference.

UPDATE 41-UEFA Europa League Results

Jul 19 (OPTA) - Results and fixtures for the UEFA Europa League on Thursday (start times are CET) 1st Qualifying Round ----------------------------------------------------------- Tobol (1) 2 Samtredia (0) 0 .... aggregate: 3-0 Tobol win Kairat (4) 7 Engordany (0) 1 .... aggregate: 10-1 Kairat win Gandzasar

Lincicome flops in PGA Tour start
Lincicome flops in PGA Tour start

Just the sixth woman to tee it up at a PGA Tour stop and the first since Michelle Wie in 2008, the big-hitting American got her day off to a confident start with three straight pars but then watched her round unravel mixing a triple bogey, a double bogey and two bogeys with a single birdie. With the top players in the men's game competing in this week's British Open, Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA Tour winner with two major titles, entered the Barbasol with the goal of becoming the first woman to make a cut in a PGA Tour event since Babe Zaharias did it twice in 1945.

Multi-racial French World champions draw praise, controversy
Multi-racial French World champions draw praise, controversy

Former US President Barack Obama chose celebrations to mark the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth to laud the benefits of diversity by holding up France's World Cup success by way of example. When France won their first World Cup in 1998 on home soil much was made of their "Black-Blanc-Beur" (black-white-Arab) multi-racial mix and, once again, Les Bleus' multi-cultural heritage has not gone unnoticed with their second triumph, this time in Russia. "And if you doubt that, just ask the French football team that just won the World Cup -- because not all these folks look like Gauls to me, they are French, they are French," he opined.

Report: Bristol City offers $4m for USMNT GK Steffen
Report: Bristol City offers $4m for USMNT GK Steffen

Championship side Bristol City has lodged a $4 million bid for Columbus Crew and USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen, according to MLS insider Sam Stejskal. Viewed as a potential long-term American No. 1 for his country, Steffen has thrived at Columbus since returning from a stint at Freiburg in Germany. Stejskal reached Columbus coach Gregg Berhalter, who said multiple teams are interested in Steffen but did not confirm the Bristol City bid.

Kluivert to follow Totti
Kluivert to follow Totti's example after taking 'big step' with Roma

Justin Kluivert hopes to follow in the footsteps of club legend Francesco Totti as he plans to prove his worth at Roma. Roma secured his services for an initial fee of €17.25million in June, though the Netherlands international - who signed a five-year deal - had to wait for his official presentation in the Italian capital. Speaking to the media on Thursday, Kluivert said: "I want to show what I can do and prove my worth.

Adam takes shot at Shaqiri as example of Stoke rot
Adam takes shot at Shaqiri as example of Stoke rot

Xherdan Shaqiri has left relegated Stoke City for the greener Premier League pastures of Liverpool, labeling it a move in search of silverware. Former teammate Charlie Adam thinks that's pretty rich. The 32-year-old Adam, a former Red himself, says Shaqiri was among the group of players he criticized for shrinking in big moments and not caring enough about the relegation fight.

Joel Lopez joins Arsenal from Barcelona: Will the 16-year-old be more Cesc Fabregas or Jon Toral? 
Joel Lopez joins Arsenal from Barcelona: Will the 16-year-old be more Cesc Fabregas or Jon Toral? 

Joel Lopez, a 16-year-old left-back, has reportedly left Barcelona to join Arsenal. He will arrive in north London initially as a scholar but will sign professional terms in March when he turns 17. When a young player is signed from Barcelona it's tempting for fans to let their minds wander and

Jurgen Klopp denies Jordan Henderson
Jurgen Klopp denies Jordan Henderson's request to report back for Liverpool training early

Jurgen Klopp had to talk Jordan Henderson into taking a full summer holiday after the Liverpool captain asked to report back to training early. Henderson has three weeks off following the World Cup, which means he is not due back to work until August 5. Trent Alexander-Arnold may be given permission to return a week earlier, partly due to the fact he did not play much in Russia, but also because of his age making fatigue less of a concern in the season ahead.

Wilshere excited by tactics of Wenger-like Pellegrini
Wilshere excited by tactics of Wenger-like Pellegrini

Jack Wilshere is excited by the tactics set to be used by West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, who he feels is not too dissimilar to his former boss at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger. Wilshere is embarking on a new adventure at the London Stadium after spending his entire professional career at Arsenal before his release at the end of last season. There has already been much upheaval at West Ham ahead of the new Premier League season, with the club giving a signal of intent by signing former Manchester City manager Pellegrini, as well as bringing in players of the standard of Wilshere and Felipe Anderson.

UEFA Champions League Standings

Jul 19 (OPTA) - Standings for the UEFA Champions League on Thursday Stage : Group Stage Group A P W D L F A Pts Group B P W D L F A Pts Group C P W D L F A Pts Group D P W D L F A Pts Group E P W D L F A Pts Group F P W D L F A Pts Group G P W D L F A Pts Group H P W D L F A Pts

Shaw: I want to be first name on Man United teamsheet
Shaw: I want to be first name on Man United teamsheet

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw wants to be the first name on the teamsheet as he looks to win over manager Jose Mourinho. Shaw has found it "annoying" to have to prove himself at Old Trafford, where he has struggled to earn the trust of Mourinho since the Portuguese boss replaced Louis van Gaal in 2016. The 23-year-old only started eight Premier League matches last season, while Shaw was publicly criticised by Mourinho during the 2017-18 campaign with Ashley Young preferred in the left-back role.

Klopp hopes Liverpool building towards title tilt
Klopp hopes Liverpool building towards title tilt

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes his team are on track for a Premier League title challenge after their highly rated additions. Klopp has already strengthened his squad with the signings of Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri, while Roma goalkeeper Alisson is reportedly close to making a move to Anfield. Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have re-signed with the club, seeing speculation over their futures - particularly the former's - ease.

Gianfranco Zola returns to Chelsea as Maurizio Sarri
Gianfranco Zola returns to Chelsea as Maurizio Sarri's assistant 

Zola spent seven years at the club between 1996 and 2003 and is one of the most popular players in the club's history. "For me it is an amazing thing," he told Chelsea's official website on Wednesday night. "I am very willing to work hard because it is going to be a difficult challenge but I am pleased to be here, and to work hard with Maurizio to be successful.

UEFA Champions League Top Scorers

Jul 18 (OPTA) - Top Scorers in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday 1 B. Ibraimi (KF Shkendija) 4 J. Świerczok (PFC Ludogorets 1945 Razgrad) 2 R. Cicilia (FK Sūduva Marijampolė) 3 3 Z. Badibanga (FK Sheriff Tiraspol) 2 N. Bendtner (Rosenborg BK) M. Dembélé (Celtic) H. Ezra (Hapoel Be'er Sheva)

UEFA Champions League Standings

Jul 18 (OPTA) - Standings for the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday Stage : Group Stage Group A P W D L F A Pts Group B P W D L F A Pts Group C P W D L F A Pts Group D P W D L F A Pts Group E P W D L F A Pts Group F P W D L F A Pts Group G P W D L F A Pts Group H P W D L F A Pts

Soccer-Oxlade-Chamberlain could miss entire Liverpool season - Klopp

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the majority of the new season and any competitive game time before the end of the campaign would be a bonus, manager Juergen Klopp said on Wednesday. Oxlade-Chamberlain sustained cruciate ligament damage when going in for a tackle during their Champions League semi-final first-leg win over Italian side AS Roma at Anfield in April. If we do see him back this season it will be a bonus," Klopp told the club's website https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/307548-oxlade-chamberlain-injury-update-jurgen-klopp.

Paul Pogba needs to
Paul Pogba needs to 'understand' what made him so good for France, says Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has challenged Paul Pogba to realise why he was so good for France at the World Cup as he looks to provoke the midfielder into replicating that form for Manchester United. Pogba was superb in the latter stages of the tournament as France were deservedly crowned world champions, but his inconsistency for United last season was infuriating for his manager, as well as supporters.

Mourinho confident World Cup heroics will lift Pogba
Mourinho confident World Cup heroics will lift Pogba

Jose Mourinho is confident that the euphoria of lifting the World Cup will provide a boost to Paul Pogba's club career at Manchester United. Pogba was the subject of criticism from some quarters for his United performances last season and found himself relegated to the bench at times during the second half of the campaign. Although Mourinho now expects to be without Pogba for the start of the Premier League season next month, the United boss believes the midfielder will inevitably be in an exuberant mood when he does report back for club duty.

Oghenekaro Etebo admits Premier League snub before Stoke City move
Oghenekaro Etebo admits Premier League snub before Stoke City move

Oghenekaro Etebo has confirmed that he turned down offers from English Premier League clubs before joining Stoke City in the Championship. Etebo was one of the outstanding players for Nigeria in Russia with his dominant performances in the heart of the Super Eagles' midfield. "In truth, I had options in the Premier League," Etebo told Stoke City+ .

'It was magical': Thai boys relive their discovery in cave ordeal

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre CHIANG RAI, Thailand (Reuters) - "Fight on, don't despair": the 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded Thai cave complex described on Wednesday how they survived on nothing but dripping water, and even tried to dig their way out. The Wild Boars team were making their first public appearance after the long ordeal, waving, smiling and offering Thai traditional "wai" greetings on a national TV broadcast. One of the boys, 14-year-old Adul Sam-on recalled the moment when two British divers found the trapped group on July 2, squatting in a flooded chamber several kilometers within the cave complex.

Lions executives: Retractable roof at Ford Field could lure MLS to Detroit

The biggest obstacle in Detroit's hopes to convince MLS to grant the city an expansion team in 2020: The league and its players want outdoor games on grass. Ford Field, with a capacity of 65,000, has neither. "I think there's a purest wing in the MLS and they like to play on grass, they like to play outside," Wood said.

Soccer-Sturridge ready to stay and fight for more game time at Liverpool

Striker Daniel Sturridge wants to stay at Liverpool and fight for a starting role under manager Juergen Klopp at the Premier League club, the 28-year-old has said. Sturridge has been hampered by a spate of injuries during the last few years with the England international passing the 10-goal mark only once over the last four seasons, scoring 13 in the 2015-16 season. Local media reports linked Sturridge with a move away from Liverpool but manager Klopp said this week that the striker still has a future at Anfield.

Soccer-Liverpool prospect Brewster signs first professional contract

Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster has committed his future to the club by signing a five-year contract, his first professional deal at the Premier League side. The 18-year-old England youth international won the Golden Boot at the Under-17 World Cup, scoring eight goals to help his nation win the tournament in India, and Liverpool will be delighted to have secured his signature. It's amazing and I can't wait to get started," Brewster told the Liverpool website https://www.liverpoolfc.com.

Soccer-Canada goes to work while World Cup party continues

With Champagne corks still popping in Paris as France celebrated their 2018 World Cup triumph, Canada coach John Herdman was hard at work on Tuesday thinking about how to get his side invited to the party in four years time. For Canadians World Cup fun is something they have rarely had any direct interest in, instead living vicariously through others waving the flag of their ancestral homes. Canada has qualified just once for the World Cup, in 1986, when they lost all three group matches and failed to score a goal.

Schedule for Premier League giants on U.S. tours
Schedule for Premier League giants on U.S. tours

Four Premier League giants are heading to the U.S. and it all kicks off this week. [ STREAM: Watch every PL match ]  Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are all heading Stateside to prepare for the upcoming 2018/19 PL

PHOTOS: 2018-19 Premier League jerseys
PHOTOS: 2018-19 Premier League jerseys

There are just 24 days to go until the new Premier League season kicks off and 19 of the 20 teams have released at least one new jersey. [ LIVE: Stream every PL game ]  With so many fresh kits out there, it's tough to pick a favorite but take a good

How can Chelsea, Arsenal challenge for the title?
How can Chelsea, Arsenal challenge for the title?

There are just 24 days until the 2018/19 Premier League season kicks off. So, now seems like a good time to continue to focus on what the big boys need to do in order to challenge for the title and the top four. [ LIVE: Stream every PL game ]  We'

Hallgrimsson steps down as Iceland coach
Hallgrimsson steps down as Iceland coach

The 51-year-old guided Iceland to their first World Cup in Russia where they were eliminated in the group stage. "The FA of Iceland can now confirm that Heimir Hallgrimsson will not continue as head coach of the Icelandic men´s national team," KSI wrote on Twitter https://twitter.com/footballiceland/status/1019171352765435905.

Kaka still happy to be last pre-Messi/Ronaldo Ballon d
Kaka still happy to be last pre-Messi/Ronaldo Ballon d'or winner

Former Brazil international Kaka jokes about being the previous winner before the duo

India U-16 hold Bangkok Glass FC U-17 to a draw
India U-16 hold Bangkok Glass FC U-17 to a draw

Late goals by Ricky John Shabong (83') and Ravi Bahadur Rana (86') helped India U-16 earn a 2-2 draw against Bangkok Glass FC U-17 on Tuesday. On their month-long exposure tour in Thailand as part of preparations ahead of the AFC U-16 Championship, the India Colts were coming into the fixture after a 2-0 win over Buriram United U-17. India goalkeeper Lalbiakhlua Jongte was tested early on by Bangkok Glass and he also pulled off an incredible save in the 14th minute but that didn't stop the opponents from taking the lead in the 21st minute and doubling it just three minutes later.

World Cup host Putin gives Trump a ball
World Cup host Putin gives Trump a ball

HELSINKI (AP) Riding high after hosting a successful World Cup, Russian President Vladimir Putin brought a special gift to his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump: a soccer ball. [ LIVE: Stream every PL game ]  After a journalist asked a question

Arsenal sponsorship deal
Arsenal sponsorship deal 'hit by Chinese fraud'

English Premier League club Arsenal has launched an investigation after it was caught up in an alleged fraud involving its sponsorship deal with Chinese carmaker BYD. Arsenal said the deal, which was launched with great fanfare in May, was among those affected after BYD revealed what it described as a plot to defraud advertising agencies. BYD said last week that a woman posing as the marketing manager of its Shanghai branch signed multiple contracts with advertising agencies to promote the company.

World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, a needed boost
World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, a needed boost

The welcome was grand, the emotion visceral as France's victorious World Cup team rolled down Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue in an open-top bus Monday while tens of thousands of people cheered with unrestrained pride and jets streamed the national colors - blue, white, red - overhead. The crowd that waited for hours to greet the soccer team, under a hot sun and amid celebratory smoke bombs that choked the air, got its moment hours after the team returned from Russia to hoist the gold trophy on French soil for the second time in 20 years. The national team's 4-2 win over Croatia on Sunday gave France a new set of heroes, many of whom represent the changing face of a diverse, multicultural...

French World Cup star Antoine Griezmann interrupts post-win interview to shout out Derrick Rose
French World Cup star Antoine Griezmann interrupts post-win interview to shout out Derrick Rose

Antoine Griezmann was one of the stars for France's World Cup victory - he scored on a penalty kick against Croatia in the Final, helping France to the 4-2 win. Not long after winning the World Cup, he interrupted an English interview with Paul Pogba to express his Derrick Rose love. Griezmann may be a bigger Rose fan than Tom Thibodeau… nah, not possible.

World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, needed boost
World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, needed boost

The welcome was grand, the emotion visceral as France's victorious World Cup team rolled down Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue in an open-top bus Monday while tens of thousands of people cheered with unrestrained pride and jets streamed the national colors - blue, white, red - overhead. The crowd that waited for hours to greet the soccer team, under a hot sun and amid celebratory smoke bombs that choked the air, got its moment hours after the team returned from Russia to hoist the gold trophy on French soil for the second time in 20 years. The national team's 4-2 win over Croatia on Sunday gave France a new set of heroes, many of whom represent the changing face of a diverse, multicultural...

Watch Donald Trump Throw Vladimir Putin
Watch Donald Trump Throw Vladimir Putin's Soccer Ball at Gucci-Clad Melania

During a historic meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland on Monday, Trump once again did the unexpected: He uh, threw a soccer ball in to wife Melania's lap. No, this isn't fake news.

33yo Ronaldo at Juventus: Age isn
33yo Ronaldo at Juventus: Age isn't important

At the age of 33, many football players are past their peak. Cristiano Ronaldo vows to show he is not one of them. Juventus signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid last week for 112 million euros ($131.5 million) - an Italian league record sum - and the world player of the year penned a four-year contract.

French fans give hero welcome to
French fans give hero welcome to 'Les Bleus' World Cup champions

By Luke Baker PARIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of ecstatic French fans celebrated the return of their World Cup winning football team on Monday, jumping and chanting "We Are The Champions" as their bus paraded down the Champs Elysees before a special presidential reception. "Les Bleus", a dynamic, young team that won an open, fast-paced final 4-2 with Croatia in Moscow, appeared at the Elysee palace, where they burst into a spontaneous rendition of the "La Marseillaise" national anthem with President Emmanuel Macron and his wife. "Thank you for having made us proud," Macron told the players in the presidential palace's gardens.

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