Cillian Sheridan’s Apoel Nicosia have been drawn in Group F alongside Barcelona,  PSG and Ajax. Photograph:  Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images

Liverpool will have the a glamorous return to the Champions League after being drawn against holders Real Madrid in the group stage. Five-time Europea(...)

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 Manager Brendan Rodgers still targeting another striker in the transfer window. Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists his side have not lost their fear factor following the departure of striker Luis Suarez — but he is still lo(...)

 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(...)

Marouane Fellaini, seen here in World Cup action for Belgium in Brazil, right, is reported toi have been meeting with officials of Napoli over a possible move to the Italian Serie A club. Photograph:  Clive Mason /Getty Images

Marouane Fellaini’s nightmare time at Manchester United could be about to end as the club are in negotiations with Napoli regarding the midfielder, wh(...)

James Rodriguez waves to the crowd during his presentation to Real Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabeu yesterday. “It is a pleasure to be among so many stars and I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from everyone.” Photograph: Kiko Huesca/EPA.

James Rodriguez is determined to make history at Real Madrid rather than crumble under the pressure of becoming the fourth most expensive player of al(...)

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, a key figure in Germany’s triumph,  with  the World Cup trophy after last Sunday’s victory in Rio. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

As the World Cup begins, Joachim Löw is the longest-serving manager in the tournament, but he’s still pondering a question that probably should hav(...)

Juan Cuadrado (right) of Colombia celebrates with his teammates after scoring a penalty   at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. Photograph: EPA

Colombia 4 Japan 1On a night of contrasting emotions in Cuiabá, Colombia marched into the second round as group winners with a third victory in 11 day(...)

Falcao’s Monaco team mate James Rodriquez carries Colombian hopes in the absence of ’El Tigre’

Colombia face Greece in Belo Horizonte on Saturday night with both sides having legitimate hopes of progressing from arguably the tournament’s weakest(...)

Bayern Munich manager Louis Van Gaal looks on prior to the Champions League quarter-final second leg tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford on April 7th, 2010. Photograph: Getty Images 0:58

Manchester United expect Louis van Gaal to win the Premier League title next season and have given their new manager a €184 million transfer fund to r(...)