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August 4, 2018

French footballer Lucas Digne joins Everton FC on five-year contract

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On Wednesday, English Premier League club Everton FC announced signing French footballer Lucas Digne on a five-year contract from the Spanish LaLiga winners FC Barcelona. The 25-year old Frenchman’s contract runs through June 2023.

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Digne joined FC Barcelona in 2016, from French capital-club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), and since then, the defender has played more than 40 matches for Barcelona. During his tenure at Camp Nou, Digne won one LaLiga title, one Supercopa de España, and two Copa del Rey titles. Prior to playing for the Catalan-club, Digne won two French Ligue 1 titles with PSG. Internationally, Digne has featured in 21 games for France, but he was not a part of last month’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

After signing the contract with the Liverpool-based club, Digne said, “I want to show my best football here and discover the best league in the world. Everybody loves the Premier League. I am loving the fact I am coming here. I am not afraid, I am excited. For me, it is a new challenge to discover a country, a league, people and a great club such as Everton. It is fabulous.” Everton’s manager Marco Silva said, “It is important to say that he is a player who, from the first moment he was contacted, showed enormous desire to play at Everton”.

FC Barcelona reported Everton was to pay € 20.2 million as well as another 1.5 million in variables for Digne’s transfer. Before signing the Frenchman, Everton signed Richarlison from Watford FC this season.


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July 14, 2018

Swiss footballer Xherdan Shaqiri joins Liverpool

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Yesterday, Swiss footballer Xherdan Shaqiri joined Liverpool FC on a “long-term contract”, the English Premier League club announced via their official website. According to multiple reports, Liverpool exercised the £13 million release clause in his contract with Stoke City.

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26-year-old Shaqiri joined Stoke in August 2015 from Italian club Internazionale for a reported fee of £12 million. In three seasons at Stoke City, Shaqiri made 84 league appearances scoring fifteen goals, 92 appearances in all competitions for The Potters. Last season, Stoke City were relegated to the EFL Championship.

Before playing in England, Shaqiri played for FC Basel in Switzerland, Bayern Munich in Germany, as well as for Internazionale. He won six league titles with Basel and Bayern, as well as the UEFA Champions League with Bayern in 2013, defeating Borussia Dortmund in the finals which were then managed by Jürgen Klopp.

Internationally, Shaqiri has scored 21 goals in 74 appearances. In this year’s FIFA World Cup, Shaqiri played all four matches, before losing out to Sweden in the Last 16 knockout phase. He scored one goal in the tournament, a 90th-minute winner against Serbia.

Shaqiri was the third signing of Liverpool this season. Club’s manager Jürgen Klopp said, “I think the English phrase to explain the decision to sign Xherdan is a ‘no-brainer'”. Klopp went on to say, “I know him well from his time in Switzerland and especially Germany — I have been a long-time admirer. But the added bonus now is that he knows the Premier League and what it takes to perform in this uniquely intense environment.”

“He has speed and ability, has the right amount of arrogance on the football pitch, real bravery to want the ball and influence things”, Klopp added.

After signing the contract, Shaqiri said, “As a player, you always want to be on the biggest stage in football. A few years ago I wanted to come too but it didn’t happen. I’m really happy that now I’m finally here. I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles. That’s what I’m here for.”

Shaqiri has been allocated jersey number 23. This season, Liverpool has signed Naby Keita from RB Leipzig and Fabinho from AS Monaco.



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July 9, 2016

Klopp signs contract extension with Liverpool

Klopp signs contract extension with Liverpool

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On Friday, German manager Jürgen Klopp signed contract extension with English football club Liverpool F.C. He was appointed as the manager in October on three years term.

Joining the Merseyside almost nine months ago, Klopp guided Liverpool to the FA League Cup and UEFA Europa League final. Liverpool finished eighth in the Premier League last season.

FSG president Mike Gordon said, “He [Klopp] is a world-class managerial talent and his leadership will be critical to everything we hope to achieve in the years ahead.”

Coaching staff members Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawiet have extended their contracts as well.


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May 19, 2016

Sevilla wins third consecutive Europa League title, beating Liverpool 3-1

Sevilla wins third consecutive Europa League title, beating Liverpool 3-1

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Yesterday, Spanish football club Sevilla FC defeated English football club Liverpool F.C. in the 2016 UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland. In doing so, Sevilla defended their title and claimed their third consecutive title under manager Unai Emery. Sevilla have lifted the trophy five times — in 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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Cquote1.svg It was obvious the first goal of Sevilla had a big influence on our own game. In this moment we lost faith in our style of play. Cquote2.svg

—Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool F.C. manager

Liverpool started the brighter of the two teams in the opening half. For the match overall they had 72% ball possession and had six shots on target. But The Reds committed nineteen fouls in the match while the Spanish side committed just nine. Sevilla’s goalkeeper David Soria kept Liverpool at bay as he saved shots from Liverpool’s Emre Can shortly before the ten-minute mark. Sevilla defender Daniel Carriço cleared a goal-bound effort off the line from Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge tested Soria a while later, but the goalkeeper blocked successfully. In the 35th minute Sturridge collected a pass from Brazillian Philippe Coutinho and curled the ball with the outside of his left foot to give Liverpool the lead. Liverpool had a chance to extend their lead before the half-time break through Adam Lallana, but Sevilla defender Daniel Carriço blocked his attempt. Liverpool ended the first-half with a 1–0 lead.

Sevilla’s Kevin Gameiro levelled the score in the 46th minute from Mariano Ferreira‘s cross. Sevilla took the lead in the 64th minute through their captain, Coke, who shot beyond Liverpool’s goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to score. Six minutes later Sevilla extended their lead when Coke pounced on a loose ball in the box to ensure Sevilla claimed their third consecutive UEFA Europa League title.

After the match, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp in a press conference said “It was obvious the first goal of Sevilla had a big influence on our own game. In this moment we lost faith in our style of play. We changed from passing simply and quickly to complicated. We lost our formation, so it was not compact anymore”.




May 18, 2016
20:45 local time (18:45 UTC)
Liverpool F.C. 1–3 Sevilla FC St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland
Attendance: 34,429
Referee: Flag of Sweden.svg Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Daniel Sturidge Scored after 35 minutes 35′
Dejan Lovren Booked after 30 minutes 30′
Martin Škrtel Booked after 70 minutes 70′
Divock Origi Booked after 72 minutes 72′
Nathaniel Clyne Booked after 90 + 4 minutes 90 + 4′
(1–0) HT Kevin Gamiero Scored after 46 minutes 46′
Coke Scored after 64, 70 minutes 64, 70′
Vitolo Booked after 56 minutes 56′
Éver Banega Booked after 57 minutes 57′
Adil Rami Booked after 77 minutes 77′
Mariano Ferreira Booked after 84 minutes 84′

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May 18, 2016

Sevilla win third successive UEFA Europa League title after beating Liverpool in Basel

Sevilla win third successive UEFA Europa League title after beating Liverpool in Basel

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Yesterday, Spanish football club Sevilla FC defeated English football club Liverpool F.C. in the 2016 UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland. In doing so, Sevilla defended their title and claimed their third consecutive title under manager Unai Emery. Sevilla became first club in the tournament history to lift the trophy five times—in 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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Cquote1.svg It was obvious the first goal of Sevilla had a big influence on our own game. In this moment we lost faith in our style of play. We changed from passing simply and quickly to complicated. We lost our formation, so it was not compact anymore. Cquote2.svg

—Jürgen Klopp

Sevilla appeared in their third successive final while Liverpool made their first appearance for nine years. Liverpool started the brighter of the two teams in the opening half. Merseyside had 72% ball possession and had six shots on target. But, The Reds committed nineteen fouls in the match while the Spanish side committed just nine. Sevilla’s goalkeeper David Soria kept Liverpool at bay as he saved shots from Liverpool’s Emre Can shortly before the ten-minute mark. Sevilla were thankful that defender Daniel Carriço was on hand to decisively clear a goal-bound effort off the line from Liverpool striker, Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge tested Soria a while later, but the goalkeeper was equal to the shot and blocked successfully. Soria could do nothing to deny Sturridge. In the 35th minute when he collected a pass from Brazillian Philippe Coutinho and curled the ball with the outside of his left foot to give Liverpool the lead. Liverpool had a chance to extend their lead before the half-time break through Adam Lallana, but Sevilla defender Daniel Carriço blocked his attempt. Liverpool ended the first-half with a 1–0 lead.

Sevilla looked to bounce back in the second-half and they did not have to wait long as Kevin Gameiro levelled the score in the 46th minute from Mariano Ferreira‘s cross. Sevilla took the lead in the 64th minute through captain, Coke, who shot beyond Liverpool’s goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to score. Six minutes later Sevilla extended their lead when Coke pounced on a loose ball in the box to ensure Sevilla claimed an unprecedented fifth overall and third consecutive UEFA Europa League title.

After the match, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp in a press conference said “It was obvious the first goal of Sevilla had a big influence on our own game. In this moment we lost faith in our style of play. We changed from passing simply and quickly to complicated. We lost our formation, so it was not compact anymore”.




May 18, 2016
20:45 CET (UTC+01:00)
Liverpool F.C. 1–3 Sevilla FC St.Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland
Attendance: 34,429
Referee: Flag of Sweden.svg Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Daniel Sturidge Scored after 35 minutes 35′
Dejan Lovren Booked after 29 minutes 29′
Divock Orig Booked after 72 minutes 72′
Nathaniel Clyne Booked after 90 + 4 minutes 90 + 4′
(1–0) HT Kevin Gamiero Scored after 46 minutes 46′
Coke Scored after 64, 70 minutes 64, 70′
Vitolo Booked after 56 minutes 56′
Éver Banega Booked after 57 minutes 57′
Adil Rami Booked after 77 minutes 77′
Mariano Ferreira Booked after 83 minutes 83′

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October 10, 2015

Jürgen Klopp signs 3 year contract with Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp signs 3 year contract with Liverpool

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Liverpool-based football club Liverpool F.C. (LFC) appointed German Jürgen Klopp as the club’s new manager. Klopp signed a three-year contract with LFC for GBP £15 million, with annual earnings of £5 million and an increment to £7 million if the club wins the Premier League or if the club qualifies for the UEFA Champions League.

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Klopp’s predecessor, Brendan Rodgers, was fired on Sunday after three-and-half-years of service at Anfield.

Liverpool were at 10th position in the League table and drew 1–1 against local rivals Everton.

Klopp previously served as the manager at German football club Borussia Dortmund (BVB) and won the German Bundesliga with them twice. Klopp held the position of Dortmund manager until May 2015, and his last match was against Wolfsburg in the DFB Pokal cup.

This signing made Klopp the highest-paid manager in Liverpool history. His first match in the Premier League will be against Tottenham Hotspur on October 17. Liverpool have only had four wins out of eleven league games this season.

In response to this signing, Borussia Dortmund tweeted “We heard the news today, oh boy! All the best at the Kop, Jürgen Klopp!”



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August 21, 2015

Cilla Black funeral held in Liverpool

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Stars from the world of showbusiness joined fans and mourners yesterday at the funeral of the popular entertainer Cilla Black. Her coffin was transported in a cortege in Liverpool where she grew up, with hundreds of people paying their respects. Some were holding memorabilia related to Black’s 50-year long career in entertainment, which included singing and presenting television programmes such as Blind Date.

Tom Williams, auxiliary bishop of Liverpool, conducted the Roman Catholic mass in St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Liverpool’s Woolton area. This is the same church that Black got married in 1969 to Bobby Willis, who died in 1999 after 30 years of marriage. Eulogies were delivered by Cliff Richard and Paul O’Grady together with poems read by two of Black’s sons. Further tributes were paid by Tom Jones, who flew in specially for the funeral.

After the service, Black was to be interred in a private ceremony, next to the graves of her parents at the Allerton cemetery. She died early this month, aged 72, after she fell at her home in Spain and suffered a stroke.



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Thousands attend Cilla Black funeral

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Stars from the world of showbusiness joined fans and mourners yesterday at the funeral of the popular entertainer Cilla Black. Her coffin was transported in a cortege in Liverpool where she grew up, with thousands of people paying their respects. Some were holding memorabilia related to Black’s 50-year long career in entertainment, which included singing and presenting television programmes such as Blind Date.

The Roman Catholic mass was conducted by Tom Williams, auxiliary bishop of Liverpool, in St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Liverpool’s Woolton area. This is the same church that Black got married in 1969 to Bobby Willis, who died in 1999 after 30 years of marriage. Eulogies were delivered by Cliff Richard and Paul O’Grady together with poems read by two of Black’s sons. Further tributes were paid by Tom Jones, who flew in specially for the funeral.

After the service, Black was interred in a private ceremony, next to the graves of her oarents at the Allerton cemetery, close to the church. She died on August 1, aged 72, after she fell at her home in Spain and suffered a stroke.



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Cilla Black funeral

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Stars from the world of showbusiness joined fans and mourners at the funeral of the popular entertainer Cilla Black. Her coffin was transported in a cortege in Liverpool where she grew up, with thousands of people paying their respects. Some were holding memorabilia related to Black’s 50-year long career in entertainment, which included singing and presenting television programmes such as Blind Date.

The Roman Catholic mass was conducted by Tom Williams, auxiliary bishop of Liverpool, in St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Liverpool’s Woolton area. This is the same church that Black got married in 1969 to Bobby Willis, who died in 1999 after 30 years of marriage. Eulogies were delivered by Cliff Richard and Paul O’Grady together with poems read by two of Black’s sons. Further tributes were paid by Tom Jones, who flew in specially for the funeral.

After the service, Black was interred in a private ceremony, next to the graves of her oarents at the Allerton cemetery, close to the church. She died on August 1, aged 72, after she fell at her home in Spain and suffered a stroke.



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August 10, 2011

Riots in England continue for a fourth night

Riots in England continue for a fourth night

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Rioting continued to spread throughout England last night, with reports of violence in Manchester. Birmingham, Liverpool and Nottingham also suffered a second night of disorder, with three confirmed fatalities in Birmingham. In the capital, the extra ten thousand police brought into the city on Tuesday kept the city relatively under control, with no major violence reported.

A Miss Selfridge shop in Manchester was set ablaze as gangs of rioters looted from and trashed shops in the city center. In Nottingham, police arrested over 90 people during incidents that included attacks on three police stations with petrol bombs.

In Birmingham, arrests were made as gangs attempted to break into shopping centers. In the early hours it was reported that shots had been fired upon police, and that three British Asian men had been killed in a hit-and-run attack whilst protecting their business from looting.

Prime Minister David Cameron has authorised the use of water cannons to control the riots, at 24 hours notice, and has reiterated the fact that police have legal authority to employ baton-rounds if required. However, Sir Hugh Orde, the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, has ruled out the deployment of water cannons for the foreseeable future, as “these are fast-moving crowds, where water cannon would not be appropriate.”

Meanwhile, a community-organized cleanup operation has been mobilised through social media websites like Facebook and Twitter.



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