Divock Origi scored twice as Liverpool eased past Stoke at Anfield. Photograph: Reuters

For Liverpool, the perfect Sunday stroll before the Europa League showdown with Borussia Dortmund. For Stoke City, a woeful afternoon of dissent and d(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan collides with  Peter Pekarik of Slovakia during the friendly international at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A night when black was white and white was black. Ireland put in as crisp and cogent an hour of play as the Martin O’Neill era has seen but needed two(...)

James McClean celebrates after slotting home a penalty  in the friendly international against Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Republic of Ireland 2 Slovakia 2 If Slovakia really left thinking that this is typical of what they can expect from England and Wales in June then th(...)

Shane Long with the Republic of Ireland squad at the FAI National Training Centre in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It will not have much to do with any belated attempt to emulate Spain or Barcelona, but the Republic of Ireland may well find themselves playing with(...)

Ireland’s Shane Long climbs above Switzerland’s Fabian Schar before seeing his header come back of the post at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill heads into the Republic of Ireland’s game against Slovakia tomorrow night with just one fully fit striker after Robbie Keane became the(...)

Alexis Sánchez of Arsenal takes on Dani Alves of Barcelona during their Champions League clash which Barca won 2-0: “What surprised was the level of Barcelona’s superiority.” Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

It was a German managed by a French man but it said something stereotypical about English football: Arsenal versus Barcelona on Tuesday night and as t(...)

Jürgen Klopp: “Going to Wembley is the best thing you can do in football.” Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

Jürgen Klopp has described a cup final appearance at Wembley as the “best thing you can do in football” but said the prospect of an all-Merseyside co(...)

Arsenal’s  manager Arsene Wenger: “The consistency of our results is very important. Therefore it was important to win on Saturday and not to break that belief.” Photograph:  Andy Rain/EPA

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s current run of form means they go to Liverpool with the right belief to maintain their place at the Premier League s(...)

Liverpool have confirmed the loan signing of Steven Caulker. Photograph: Getty

Liverpool have announced the loan signing of QPR centre-back Steven Caulker. Manager Jurgen Klopp was keen to bring in defensive reinforcements this(...)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes to have two of his defenders back to face Arsenal in the Premier League on Wednesday night. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Jurgen Klopp has revealed Liverpool’s defensive injury crisis has cleared a little in time for Arsenal’s visit to Anfield on Wednesday night. Klopp(...)