Football is back and we are grateful but a crowd is not a sound effect | Jonathan Liew

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Nothing really prepares you for watching a Premier League game without a crowd for the first time. I was at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night to watch Chelsea v Manchester City and – after completing my temperature check, filling out my health questionnaire and negotiating the dozen or so security

A machine at the peak of its power – how Liverpool became champions | Barney Ronay

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No asterisks. No caveats. And let’s face it, no contest. For the last few months a theory has been doing the rounds that the ersatz nature of the Premier League endgame, five weeks of press-ganged summerghost-ball, would drain the colour from Liverpool’s first league title in 30 years. Fat chance. Death,

Barcelona and Juventus agree swap deal for Arthur and Miralem Pjanic

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Barcelona and Juventus have agreed a swap deal for the midfielders Arthur and Miralem Pjanic, with the Serie A champions also paying €10m (£9m).Arthur, the 23-year-old Brazilian, had been reluctant to move, initially wanting to stay at the Camp Nou, but Juventus convinced him. The deal values Pjanic at €60m

Derby’s Andre Wisdom in hospital after being stabbed and robbed in the street

The former Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom is in hospital after being stabbed and robbed during a street attack. Groundbreaking report reveals racial bias in English football commentary The Derby County defender is in a stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. He could leave hospital within the next two

‘Relieved, happy, proud’: Jürgen Klopp hails Premier League triumph – video

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An 'overwhelmed' Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has hailed his squad for their Premier League triumph after Manchester City's defeat at Chelsea gave the Reds an unassailable lead. The German manager has led the club to their first domestic title since 1990, and dedicated the success to the club's fans

Trust, patience and hard work: how Jürgen Klopp transformed Liverpool

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Finally. An interminable wait stretching 30 years plus one lockdown is over and Jürgen Klopp stands alongside Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan as an immortal who made Liverpool champions of England and Europe. There is no asterisk attached. Liverpool’s 19th title may have arrived with the Kop eerily silent but

‘Arjen, follow your heart’: Robben hopes to make comeback with Groningen

Arjen Robben plans to come out of retirement to play next season for Eredivisie side Groningen, 18 years after he left the club to join PSV Eindhoven. The 36-year-old, who made 96 appearances for the Netherlands national team, played his last match for Bayern Munich in May 2019, ending his

‘We did it’: Joy and relief as Australia and New Zealand celebrate Women’s World Cup bid success

Australia and New Zealand were celebrating on Friday as the nations awoke to the news that their joint bid had won the race to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup, with the success being hailed as a historic moment for women’s sport in the region. “We did it. We freakin’ did