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Jordan Henderson celebrates after Divock Origi scored the opening goal at Anfield against Barclona in the 2019 Champions League semi-final. Photograph: Getty Images

Liverpool need another famous comeback to progress in the Champions League on Wednesday after their 3-1 quarter-final first leg defeat to Real Madrid.(...)

Xabi Alonso scoring for Liverpool against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final. Photograph: Getty Images

Xabi Alonso has agreed a deal to become manager of Borussia Mönchengladbach this summer. The former Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid player i(...)

Paul Pogba celebrates scoring Manchester United’s winner against Fulham. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty/AFP

When Paul Pogba was about nine or 10, a man called Sambou Tati - his youth coach at US Roissy - decided to convert him from a striker into a midfielde(...)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will be keen to pick up another trophy on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

The Community Shield is an octagon 58cm across, spun from 4.2kg of sterling silver. It is also whatever you want it to be. It is, as the cliche has it(...)

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui watches his side lose to Levante at the Bernabeu on Saturday. Photo: Rodrigo Jimenez/EPA

They’d been there for a while when the call came through to tell them they were standing in the wrong place. Raphaël Varane’s handball had actually be(...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo:   he scored 450 goals in 438 appearances for Real Madrid.  Photograph: Getty Images

On the day back in 2009 when Real Madrid unveiled their new world record signing Cristiano Ronaldo, an estimated 80,000 turned up at the Bernabeu Stad(...)

Spain’s Diego Costa  celebrating with team mate Isco after scoring  against  Iran  at Kazan Arena. Photograph:    Francois Nel/Getty Images

Fernando Hierro might reckon that Diego Costa can do even better at this World Cup than the three goals in two starts that he has managed so far, but (...)

Jürgen Klopp thanks the Liverpool fans after reaching the Champions League final at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome.Photograph: Steven Paston/PA Wire

According to Benjamin Disraeli Rome symbolises the ideal of conquest. Not quite yet, it doesn’t. Liverpool may have earned their moments of unbound jo(...)

Arsène Wenger: Match-going Arsenal fans,  paying  the top prices of any club in the world, have increasingly felt ripped off in recent years. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

“To thine own self be true” is a cliché that has become a kind of universally-accepted truth, even though the character in Hamlet who actually says it(...)

Barcelona present new signing   Philippe Coutinho. “If Liverpool were prepared to pay their best players more than €20 million a year, as Barcelona and Real Madrid do, then they would find their stars suddenly become resistant to the lure.” Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Everyone knew Philippe Coutinho was going to Barcelona sooner or later. Typically, Steven Gerrard was already getting depressed about it nearly three (...)

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