Ivan Rakitic scored a wonderful volley and Lionel Messi struck twice to inspire Barcelona to a thrilling 4-2 win at Tottenham in the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp insists seeking a like-for-like replacement for Philippe Coutinho was never part of Liverpool’s transfer plans this close-season because such a player does not exist.
Brazil continued the trend of tournament favourites underperforming as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their World Cup Group E opener in Rostov.
Brazil’s magnificent resurgence under Tite is beyond doubt but there remains a sense that the rehabilitation will only truly start with victory over Switzerland in their opening World Cup Group E match.
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez praised ‘elite players’ Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho as the duo continue to be linked to the La Liga giants.
Atletico Madrid and France forward Antoine Griezmann was the big loser in the 2017 Ballon d’Or voting, tumbling from third to 18th.
Liverpool must face Manchester United without the injured Sadio Mane this weekend, and Mohamed Salah hopes the team can cope without him.
Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare described his delight at seeing Liverpool withdraw Philippe Coutinho at half-time in Tuesday’s EFL Cup win over the Reds.
Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez says the club hope to make at least one more signing this week, amid speculation of a final push to bring in Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.