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 (...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has inherited a bit of a mess but he is the man to sort it out. As well as coaxing the best out of what he’s got, he is also committed to blooding young players. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Saturday. 12.45pm. Old Trafford will be graced by a true sporting great. Nope, not Maroune Fellaini, but Rory McIlroy, the world’s best golfer and a U(...)

 Alberto Moreno has left Sevilla FC for Liverpool.  Photograph:  Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images

Defender Alberto Moreno admits his departure from Sevilla has been emotional and complicated but he is relishing the prospect of joining Liverpool. Th(...)

Wayne Rooney, scorer of United’s equaliser, is challenged by Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel during the International Champions Cup final in Miami. Photograph: Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Nobody ever said this was going to be easy. Even before Louis van Gaal’s appointment at Manchester United the general prognosis was one of grizzled an(...)

Louis van Gaal: “I play against Chelsea. And not against Jose Mourinho. My team and his team are playing against each other.” Photograph: Getty

Louis van Gaal insists he will not be provoked into a war of words by Jose Mourinho after the Chelsea manager fired the first shots of the season by c(...)

 Didier Drogba has signed for another term with his old club Chelsea. He has agreed a one year deal. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Didier Drogba will begin his second spell at Chelsea next season after agreeing a one-year deal with Jose Mourinho’s side. The 36-year-old striker and(...)

 Real Madrid have agreed  to sign Colombia forward James Rodriguez from Monaco on a six-year deal, the Spanish club have announced.  Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez from Monaco, the European champions have announced.The Colombia i(...)

Germany’s Philipp Lahm: made 113 appearances during his outstanding international career which culminated with victory over Argentina in the World Cup final in Brazil. Photo: Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Germany’s World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm retired from international football yesterday – a decision he says was made before the tournament in (...)

Philipp Lahm: “It is the right time for me. I have totally enjoyed my time with the national team.”

Germany captain Philipp Lahm has quit international soccer just days after leading his side to World Cup victory in Brazil.“It is the right time for (...)

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal:  “It is the biggest club because of world renown but in sport you are never the biggest unless you’ve proved it every season.” Photo:  Martin Rickett/PA

Louis van Gaal says he is only interested in winning the Premier League in his first season at Manchester United. The Dutchman has, however, asked f(...)