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Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho chats with Barcelona’s Luis Suarez before the International Champions Cup match at Wembley in 2016. Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Philippe Coutinho had a media routine after Champions League games at Liverpool and the night of December 6th was no different. As usual, he smiled an(...)

Jürgen Klopp: “There is no moment in January when I will talk about this.” Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Barcelona are prepared to pay up to £140 million (€157 million) for Philippe Coutinho and hope the staggering sum, the second-highest transfer fee in (...)

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois  had been a signing target of Real Madrid. Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Thibaut Courtois has said he is close to signing a new contract at Chelsea and the goalkeeper suggested what has been a long-running saga could be fi(...)

Mayo have endured so many painful defeats but their supporters remain loyal and their ability to keep smiling still impresses me. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For this article, I contemplated doing the best bits, a year in review and other things concerning sport. It’s the first week of 2018 and I wanted to (...)

Neymar: part of a formidable PSG attack which also includes Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe. Photograph:   Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

The five English clubs who created history by qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages will learn their fate when the draw for the last 16 (...)

 Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates with the Premier League trophy in 2012. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

In the course of a voyage around the cradle of the professional game in England’s north-west for his just-published book called On The Brink, the auth(...)

 Pep Guardiola has said Manchester City did not try to sign Barcelona’s star striker Lionel Messi. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Pep Guardiola has denied Manchester City offered Lionel Messi a €100 million signing-on fee to leave Barcelona last summer. Messi agreed fresh terms l(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi remonstrates with the assistant referee. Photograph:  Heino Kalis/Reuters

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba haunted his former club Valencia by volleying in a stunning late equaliser to ensure Sunday’s compelling and controversi(...)

Valencia forward Santiago Mina Lorenzo celebrates scoring a goal during his side’s win over  Espanyol. Photograph: Getty Images

Valencia coach Marcelino was sent off from the dugout for dissent before watching his side earn a barely deserved 2-0 win at Espanyol to stay in touch(...)

Argentina’s Lionel Messi  scores his third goal against Ecuador. Argentina’s victory sealed their place in the World Cup in Russia.  Photograph: Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images

1 Fear Germany They finished with 10 wins from ten games and scored 43 – more than anyone else in European or South American qualification. They con(...)

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