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Football: Van Dijk returns for Liverpool after nine months

LONDON (AFP) – Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk returned to action for the first time in nine months in a pre-season friendly on Thursday (July 29). The 30-year-old suffered knee ligament damage in the Merseyside derby against Everton in October. He subsequently missed the rest of the season as Liverpool were dethroned as Premier League […]

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Football: Wijnaldum didn't feel 'Liverpool love'

LONDON (AFP) – Georginio Wijnaldum has said social media abuse was behind his decision to leave Liverpool, explaining he “didn’t feel love” from a section of the club’s support. Wijnaldum – who signed for Paris Saint-Germain after leaving on a free transfer – joined Liverpool in 2016 from Newcastle United. He made more than 200 […]

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Football: City captain Fernandinho signs new one-year contract

LONDON (REUTERS) – Manchester City captain Fernandinho has signed a one-year contract which will keep him at the club until 2022, the Premier League champions said on Tuesday (July 29). Fernandinho, 36, has played 350 games in all competitions for City since joining from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013 and helped the club win four Premier […]

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Football: Spurs chairman Levy warns Kane over exit talk

LONDON (AFP) – Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has warned Harry Kane he will put the club’s interests first as the England striker attempts to force a move away from the Premier League club. Kane has told Tottenham he wants to leave after growing frustrated at his team’s 13-year trophy drought. Manchester City are reportedly leading […]

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Football: As usual we lost at home, laments Everton boss Ancelotti

LIVERPOOL (REUTERS) – Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti’s patience at his side’s woeful home form snapped after a 1-0 Premier League home defeat by bottom club Sheffield United left their European hopes hanging by a thread on Sunday (May 16). It was Everton’s ninth home league defeat this season – equalling a club record – and […]

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Football: Man City's new generation lay foundation for golden era

LONDON (AFP) – Pep Guardiola’s deft introduction of a new generation at Manchester City inspired their latest Premier League title triumph, laying the foundations for a burgeoning dynasty at the Etihad Stadium. His side were crowned English champions for the third time in four seasons after Manchester United were beaten 2-1 by Leicester on Tuesday […]