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Liverpool confirm record £65m arrival of goalkeeper Alisson

Alisson has become the most expensive goalkeeper in history after Liverpool paid Roma £65million to land Brazil's No 1. This is a huge statement of intent from Liverpool and takes their spending for this window to £174.45million on the back of deals for Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, Brazil international Fabinho and Switzerland forward Xherdan Shaqiri. Alisson arrived on Merseyside on Wednesday and underwent a medical at Liverpool's Melwood training base. 

Blackburn 0-2 Liverpool: Lazar Markovic and Daniel Sturridge on target

BLACKBURN 0-2 LIVERPOOL - DOMINIC KING AT EWOOD PARK: Pre-season, in Jurgen Klopp’s world, is all about players taking chance and giving him decisions to make. This, Liverpool’s manager believes, is the point for his squad to make their point. With that in mind, Liverpool’s manager will have left Ewood Park digesting a positive problem. Daniel Sturridge’s future, as always, is the subject of great scrutiny, but he showed, perhaps, that he might yet have another 12 months left at Anfield.

DEREK LAWRENSON AT CARNOUSTIE: McIlroy took the high road with his driver and earned the good fortune his gutsy strategy deserved. Woods took the low with his ‘stinger’ iron shots.

Arsene Wenger is the No 1 target for the Japan FA as they look for a new manager and the Frenchman has always spoken of how he enjoyed his life there during his time over there.

Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic felt he 'wasn't there' after returning early from a serious knee injury at Manchester United, and offered to give up his salary in order to play.

JACK GAUGHAN IN CHICAGO: Manchester City might have failed to sign Jorginho — but their biggest pieces of business could be convincing star men to commit their futures to the club.

EXCLUSIVE BY MIKE KEEGAN: Premier League stars are employing house sitters to guard their properties and spending thousands on guard dogs after being targeted by criminals.

Froome — who finished the stage in fourth, just four seconds behind Team Sky team-mate and current leader Geraint Thomas — was slapped by one member of the public.

Alexis Sanchez is free to join Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States after his visa issues were resolved. His visa application had initially been turned down due to a tax conviction.

Jurgen Klopp gatecrashes Alisson's welcome interview at Liverpool

NEW Jurgen Klopp shared a warm embrace with Liverpool's new goalkeeper Alisson as his record £65m move from Roma was rubber-stamped on Thursday. The Brazil No 1 was conducting his first interview with the club when the German burst into the room to interrupt proceedings. Alisson's eyes immediately lit up as he met his new boss for the first time, and the interview was postponed as the pair had a quick catch-up.

The Premier League club are worth an incredible £3.16billion according to the magazine, coming in ahead of rivals such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.

Welshman Geraint Thomas made history as the first Briton to win on the iconic Alps d'Huez as he claimed a second consecutive Tour de France stage.

Leicester are finalising talks with Liverpool over a £12million move for goalkeeper Danny Ward. The Welshman's progress at Liverpool has been blocked by the club's move for Alisson.

Cristiano Ronaldo has left workers gobsmacked at the Greek luxury hotel he stayed in after leaving a five-figure tip. He had been staying at the hotel following Portugal's World Cup exit.

Midfielder is confident both he and Maurizio Sarri can make an impact in their first campaigns in English football. Chelsea touched down in Australia on Thursday ahead of their meeting with Perth Glory.

Lewis Hamilton has agreed a two-year contract extension with Mercedes through to the end of the 2020 Formula One season, the team have announced. 

Pictures reveal long scar on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's knee as Liverpool star faces up to

New photos reveal the physical scars on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's knee after surgery to repair the horrific injury suffered in last season's Champions League semi-final. Jurgen Klopp revealed yesterday that the Liverpool star would be out for up to a year following the injury.

Mohamed Salah to return to Liverpool training on Friday

Mohamed Salah has been pictured making the most of his time away from football by jet skiing as it was announced that the Egyptian star will return to pre-season training with Liverpool on Friday morning. Salah, Sadio Mane and Marko Grujic will begin getting in shape for the new season at the club's Melwood training base on Friday morning. The trio, who were all knocked out of the World Cup in the group stage, were given extended time off following their participation in Russia.

Broad explained: 'You've got to stay away from his pads early which sounds ridiculous, but it is like Jonathan Trott. People said go to his pads early, then suddenly he had hit 20 balls and he's in.'

Chelsea are closing in on confirming Juventus defender Daniele Rugani as Maurizio Sarri's second signing of the summer. The 23-year-old is expected to cost the Blues £44.6million.

The elite of European football are jetting off far and wide for their pre-season preparations in the coming weeks. And the International Champions Cup is the competition they all want to play in.

New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri disembarks plane in Australia as

Chelsea have arrived in Australia ahead of their first pre-season friendly against Perth Glory on July 23. New manager Maurizio Sarri was pictured disembarking with a number of his first team squad in tow. The Blues landed on Thursday night (local time) after their long and energy-sapping journey but were afforded a warm reception. A number of Chelsea fans had waited for the players to arrive and held out their hands to high-five each member of the travelling party as they made their way through the airport.

Tottenham reveal their new home and away kits for the 2018/19 season

Tottenham have unveiled the home and away kits for the 2018-19 season — their first season in their new stadium. Spurs have been using social media to update fans on the progress of the ground, and now another piece of the puzzle for this coming campaign, with supporters now knowing what the players will take to the field in. The launch of the two strips was marked by a 104-second video, that focused on the building project currently being finished at their old White Hart Lane site, with Nike adding the tagline 'Built to Rise' in a nod to the arena.

With Chelsea looking increasingly likely to accept Thibaut Courtois' departure to Real Madrid this summer, the club are left with just a few weeks to find a suitable replacement.

Jurgen Klopp has warned the increasing demands of international football are putting too much strain on players, saying 'we have to collect their bones'.

Marc Overmars has warned Barcelona that his talented Ajax trio will not be sold this season. Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, and Donny van der Beek have been targeted by the Catalans.

The 2019 Ashes will begin at Edgbaston - the ground that has become England's stronghold over the past two decades. England have won nine and lost just one of their last 13 Test matches.

We do not like it when our sportsmen show a lack of character and personality by talking in cliches or celebrating a landmark in the same conventional way.

McIlroy's top bombing! Rory to keep unleashing driver at Carnoustie

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI AT CARNOUSTIE: He said he will take his driver on another bomb run on Friday but maybe it would be a sensible idea if Rory McIlroy took it to a cobwebbed corner of the garage instead. He won’t, of course. He’s not that sort — too adventurous, too thrillingly bold, too committed to his plan. And which golf fan doesn’t love him for it? But after the challenges he made for himself on Thursday, you would understand if there was at least some temptation for an easier life. Pulls, hooks — call them what you want, the Northern Irishman went through the whole repertoire of misplaced tee shots in his first round. Repeatedly he found himself wading through the rough stuff down the left of the fairways, waist deep at times, far beyond the ropes at others.

Southgate does England proud as Matthew shines at the Open

LAURIE WHITWELL AT CARNOUSTIE: The World Cup is done, but one Southgate is still in contention for a trophy this summer. It is Matthew rather than Gareth eyeing the prize, and while the England manager's bid for glory foundered in the uncharted territory of a World Cup semi-final, the golfer of the same name is on more familiar ground as he seeks to win the Open.

JONATHAN MCEVOY AT CARNOUSTIE: What was that on Woods’s neck and what did it mean to the Open chances of the icon who spent Thursday as the most followed figure at Carnoustie?

DEREK LAWRENSON AT CARNOUSTIE: McIlroy countered: ‘I like Butch a lot but I would definitely say I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum to someone who’s mechanical.'

MIKE DICKSON AT CARNOUSTIE: We might tend to think of Justin Rose as the anti-Colin Montgomerie, all English calm and reserve. Yet he showed that he is also in touch with his inner Monty.

Rain is forecast throughout Friday morning, with McIlroy due to begin his second round at 7:52am alongside Marc Leishman and Thorbjorn Olesen. Woods is due out at 10:20am, meanwhile.

DEREK LAWRENSON AT CARNOUSTIE: It is a heck of a thing to be accused of cheating by a fellow pro — and to be playing in the Open on the strength of being given the benefit of the doubt by an official.

Jordan Pickford challenged to show off his golf skills live on TV

After an emotionally draining World Cup, most England players are out for a bit of relaxation ahead of the new Premier League season. That wasn't quite the case for Jordan Pickford on Thursday however as he took on the stress of showing off his golfing technique live to the entire nation. Taking in the first day of The Open at Carnoustie, the Everton goalkeeper was enjoying the action in the Scottish sun before he was accosted by Sky Sports producers.

Daly was not able to compete this week due to a knee injury — but when this pair of patriotic trousers were spotted in the crowd we thought Long John had come to watch.

The Open returns to Carnoustie for the first time since 2007 and while the likes of Padraig Harrington and Paul Lawrie have happy memories of the Angus track, it has given more than a few players nightmares over the years.

Rather than take a penalty drop, Vegas got into the stream to hit his ball, which was resting on silt. He left his trousers rolled down and got the ball out first time but was unlucky to find a bunker.

The Englishman again showed his troubles may be a thing of the past when he reeled off five birdies in an opening two-under 69 in the first round of the British Open on Thursday.

Daley Blind makes second Ajax debut in pre-season friendly draw against Wolves

WOLVES 1-1 AJAX: Daley Blind donned the familiar colours of Ajax once again as he made his second debut during a 1-1 friendly draw with Wolves. The versatile Dutchman returned to the club with whom he rose through the academy ranks and claimed four Eredivisie titles in an £18million deal earlier this week having become surplus to requirements at Manchester United.

Ivan Rakitic goes horse riding with wife Raquel Mauri

Ivan Rakitic was a key part of Croatia's brilliant World Cup campaign and the midfielder is now enjoying a well-earned break with his family. Having been on quite the ride with his country in Russia, making it all the way to the final of the World Cup, the 30-year-old went on a different kind of ride with his wife on Thursday.

EXCLUSIVE BY DANIEL MATTHEWS: Joseph Parker says the pain of missing his daughter's birth will help him in his return to the ring against Dillian Whyte. He has not fought since March.

Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam has accused former team-mate Xherdan Shaqiri of going missing when it mattered as the club were relegated from the Premier League last season.

Anthony Joshua believes he would have been banned from boxing for life had he failed drugs tests like the Russian with whom he must share a ring at Wembley Stadium on September 22.

'This one match changes everything': Watch inspirational team-talk Pogba gave France players before winning the World Cup final

Video footage has emerged of the inspirational team talk Paul Pogba gave to his France team-mates ahead of the World Cup final. With the expectations of a nation resting on their shoulders, they may have not needed any extra motivation for the final with Croatia - but that didn't stop Pogba stepping up and trying to provide it. The 25-year-old told his fellow Les Blues stars they were '90 minutes away from entering the history books' and becoming just the second France side to lift the prestigious prize. 

Manchester United's new pink away kit for 2018-19 'leaked'

Manchester United's new home kit may be making headlines for its excessive cost, but their away strip looks set to cause an even bigger stir, albeit for very different reasons. Several pictures have emerged of a previously unseen Manchester United kit on sale in a Taiwanese adidas shop. T

Fulham have made enquiries for Espanyol captain David Lopez. The 28-year-old can play at centre-back, defensive midfield and full-back but has a buy out clause of £35million.

Joleon Lescott is set for a season jet-setting around Europe mentoring Manchester City’s young loan stars. The former defender was recently appointed a member of City's pathways team.

Iniesta is one of the most decorated players of all time so EA Sports are celebrating his incredible career with a phenomenal card on FIFA 18 Ultimate Team as part of their End of an Era, FUTTIES event.

The full extent of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s horrific injury has been revealed with the Liverpool midfielder set to miss the entire 2018-19 season. Every major ligament in his knee was damaged.



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Lingard dances as he shops and shows off his luxury pool as he relaxes on LA holiday

Jesse Lingard has been dancing at the shops and showing off his luxury pool while on his post-World Cup holiday. Posting to Instagram, the Manchester United winger has been wearing his usual high-street labels whilst out shopping with friend Jamal Branker. Jose Mourinho has allowed World Cup players in his squad to have some extra time off.

Tottenham star Dele Alli hires private jet to treat four friends

Tottenham star Dele Alli is making the most of his short summer break by whisking himself and four of his friends away to Los Angeles in fine style. The midfielder is expected to spend several day in a Los Angeles penthouse before heading to the Spanish island of Ibiza to enjoy the nightlife with four of his closest companions.

Santi Cazorla has insisted that there is still some way to go in his recovery despite his return to action following a lengthy injury lay-off. The midfielder featured as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Hercules.

Cristiano Ronaldo may be entering the latter stages of his career, but his popularity remains as high as ever.

Bayern Munich are struggling to find takers in the Premier League for the five stars they wish to offload this window. Thiago Alcantara, Jerome Boateng and Arturo Vidal are among those listed.

World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe is the most expensive youngster in world football according to the latest Soccerex report.

The former Liverpool and Newcastle defender says he is getting better day by day after undergoing surgery on a tumour near the nerves of his left eye described as affecting one person in a million.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has backed his former Manchester United team-mate Paul Pogba to get even better after playing a major part in France's World Cup success.

Cristiano Ronaldo worshipped by fans after arrival in China for CR7 tour

Cristiano Ronaldo has been soaking up the delights China has to offer on day one of his annual 'CR7 Tour' along with sponsors Nike. The Juventus new-boy jetted straight off to the Far East, while the ink was still drying on his incredible £100m transfer from Real Madrid. Ronaldo has touched down in Beijing where he was afforded a hero's welcome, as fans turned out in their thousands to get a glimpse of their idol.

New Spain boss Luis Enrique promises 'evolution, not revolution'

New Spain manager Luis Enrique promised his tenure will be about 'evolution, not revolution' and the former Barcelona boss also promised plenty of surprises in his first squad. Famous for their possession-based passing game, Spain struggled at this summer's World Cup having been considered among the favourites. Their preparations were left in disarray when coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the competition when it emerged he had agreed to join Real Madrid and Fernando Hierro took charge temporarily.

Though Everton have moved to play down their interest in the Brazilian winger, they had been due to hold talks with Bordeaux and Malcom's entourage this week.

CHRIS WHEELER IN LOS ANGELES: Nemanja Matic will be the first of Manchester United's World Cup stars to join up with the club's tour of the United States.

Carlos Tevez has urged Lionel Messi not to retire from international football following the World Cup, but says Argentina must do more to support their star player in the future.

Jack Wilshere has thanked Arsenal manager Unai Emery for the honest meeting that eventual convinced him to join West Ham United. The 26-year-old ended his 17-year stay at Arsenal last month.

Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Formula One stars arrive in Hockenheim for German Grand

Lewis Hamilton and his Formula One rivals descended on Hockenheim Circuit ahead of the next few days of action. The championship has reached it's stop in Germany and the drivers looked relaxed as they familiarised themselves with the surroundings. Hamilton donned the shades and wore a bright blue sweatshirt with his Mercedes cap. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen of Red Bull were also snapped upon arrival and were able to explore the circuit before the crowds fill the venue this weekend. Championship leader Sebastian Vettel strolled in and will be eager to boost his lead at the top of the standings in front of home support.

Anthony Joshua wary of Alexander Povetkin threat and wants to cement legacy

Anthony Joshua believes he has 10 years to cement his boxing legacy, and victory over Alexander Povetkin is part of his journey to greatness. For all the talk of a future unification bout against Deontay Wilder and the threat posed by his Russian opponent, AJ said he is only concerned by how far he can go. The heavyweight champion told Sky Sports: 'It is not just about Povetkin and Wilder, it's me and my legacy and what I can reach. I feel like I am back in a tournament like it was in the amateurs or the Olympics. I have to get past people like Povetkin to fulfil my legacy.'

The former Wales captain Sam Warburton, who was capped 74 times by his country, released a statement on Wednesday to confirm that he was stepping away from the game at the age of 29.

A quick glance at the picture of Joe Root bringing England's ODI series against India to a memorable close with his 'bat drop' celebration suggests he might not be having the final word.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson insists she has no plans to switch away from heptathlon to jumping events - but has indicated she is open to contesting a decathlon before the close of her career.

It seems fitting that, in hindsight, Warburton's last act as a professional rugby player was a timely intervention which ensured that a Lions team under his command made history. Again.

Sam was a superb modern-day flanker, incredibly fit, a natural jackal, chop-tackler, humble in victory, uncomplaining in defeat. An exemplary bloke.

PAUL NEWMAN: England have not given up on bringing Adil Rashid back to Test cricket to face India this summer after he bamboozled Virat Kohli at Headingley.

Premier League Transfers - Club-by-club list of Summer 2018 moves

It promises to be another big spending summer among the Premier League clubs, especially those wishing to haul in champions Manchester City over the course of the campaign. But of course there are bargains to be had too and also the opportunity to grab a star from the World Cup in Russia. Keep track of all the major transfers involving senior players in the Premier League (those making at least one club appearance), as Sportsmail brings you all the summer deals right the way through to transfer deadline day.

The Premier League fixtures for 2018-19 have been released ahead of the new campaign. Find out who your team will be taking on and when all of the key dates are.

Just as one season ends another begins. Less than a week after the conclusion of the World Cup final Premier League sides will be back in action. Here is our guide to all the pre-season fixtures

Sportsmail provide you with all the new confirmed kits set to feature during the 2018-19 Premier League campaign. Keep track of every team's new designs for the coming season on this page.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Friday's meetings at Newbury, Newmarket, Haydock and Pontefract.

A BHA disciplinary panel has cleared a vet who works for trainer Willie Mullins of corruption charges.

Liverpool finally set to solve goalkeeper issue: Can Klopp now finally win the Premier

Bright things could be on the horizon for Liverpool, who finally appear to have solved their goalkeeping dilemma with a world record £67million bid for Roma's Brazilian stopper Alisson. The Merseysiders have wasted no time in addressing their major issue within the squad, having been left reeling since Loris Karius' double blunder costed them Champions League glory in Kiev. Jurgen Klopp is entering his third full season as manager of Liverpool and has now assembled a squad entirely of his own desires. So, Sportsmail poses the question, are Liverpool now ready to challenge for and win the Premier League?

With 100 points won, 106 goals scored and a 19-point gap to their nearest challengers, Manchester City's Premier League title win last season could not have been more emphatic.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE INTERVIEW BY CHRIS CUTMORE: Monty still needs little encouragement to pour forth his wisdom on The Open, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and, yes, himself.

MATT BARLOW: We knew it would not be the same without him. We knew the Premier League was losing its great sage as well as its longest-serving manager when Arsene Wenger said farewell.

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