Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren (left): When he was three years old his family had to flee Yugoslavia or “somebody would have been killed”. Photograph: PA

By Jamie JacksonSTANDFIRST: the refugee childhood of Liverpool’s new Croatia centre-back has inspired him to work hard and be strongWhen he was three (...)

 Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho  scores the third goal during a pre-season friendly against  Borussia Dortmund  at Anfield.

Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 0 The World Cup heralded misery for Liverpool’s forward line this summer, even the one not involved. Philippe Coutinho(...)

England manager Roy Hodgson said there were signs of progress in this World Cup but it still led to an early exit. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

It is strange to look back and consider that most of the important things were said before the Uruguay game. Roy Hodgson teased Luis Suarez to prov(...)

England’s Leighton Baines was left badly exposed at times against Italy in England’s opening World Cup Group D game in Manaus. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

The grilling Wayne Rooney has received from the English media since Saturday’s defeat by Italy must have been welcome in at least one part of the Engl(...)

West Ham United striker Roy Carroll scored six goals in 44 Premier League games for Liverpool before moving to London. Photograph: Getty.

Andy Hunter Brendan Rodgers has said he is no longer concerned by Liverpool’s ability to handle direct, physical opponents, as (...)

Liverpool’s Aly Cissokho and Kolo Toure in action against Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud at Anfield, a game the home side won emphatically 5-1.

Liverpool have scored four or more goals in nine of their 27 league games to date, a remarkable strike rate that last week enabled them to overtake(...)

Tottenham Hotspur manager André Villas-Boas reacted angrily to public criticism from the press and former Spurs chairman Alan Sugar. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has suggested André Villas-Boas acted “immaturely” by criticising the press coverage of his management of Spurs.“You h(...)

West Brom striker Shane Long scored twice in his latest outing for the Baggies against Aston Villa. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Shane Long has been talking at West Bromwich Albion’s training ground for the best part of an hour, covering everything from Roy Keane to Peppa Pig, b(...)

Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva is looking to become the Brazilian with the most Premier League games to his name. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Lucas Leiva was driving when his mobile suddenly started buzzing with an alarming frequency. With his wife expecting the couple’s second child imminen(...)

The blue skies over The Showgrounds in Sligo for Sunday’s FAI Cup semi-final. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Yet another lively old sporting weekend, an unseasonably balmy one too. “I’ve been in Sligo for plenty of cup games over the years and I’ve never had (...)