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Liverpool’s Keita admits it will take time to be at his best

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita says it will take time to justify the £52 million ($63 million) fee the club paid for the Guinea international.

The 23-year-old -- who is expected to start this weekend's match with Tottenham Hotspur despite being left on the bench for Liverpool's previous clash with Leicester City -- told the Liverpool club magazine that having come from the Bundesliga it is only normal that it is taking him him time to acclimatise to the Premier League.

Liverpool’s Keita admits it will take time to be at his best
Liverpool’s Keita admits it will take time to be at his best

Liverpool’s Keita admits it will take time to be at his best

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita says it will take time to justify the £52 million ($63 million) fee the club paid for the Guinea international.

Luis Enrique hails the perfect start as Spain boss
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Luis Enrique hails the perfect start as Spain boss

Luis Enrique described it as the perfect start after Spain backed up their win over England with a 6-0 demolition of Croatia on Tuesday.
France keeper Lloris to face court over drink-driving charge
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France keeper Lloris to face court over drink-driving charge

France’s World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris is due to appear in court in London on Wednesday over a drink-driving charge after a roadside breathalyser test reportedly caught him two times over the limit.
Moshiri increases stake in Everton
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Moshiri increases stake in Everton

Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has significantly increased his control of the Premier League club after acquiring a larger stake on Tuesday.
Maradona seeks rebirth in Mexican club
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Maradona seeks rebirth in Mexican club

Argentine legend Diego Maradona described his decision to coach second-division Mexican club Dorados as a rebirth after years battling addictions, as he officially became the team’s new manager Monday.
Zidane wants coaching return ‘soon’
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Zidane wants coaching return ‘soon’

Zinedine Zidane has paved the way for a return to management by admitting he expects to take another coaching job soon.
Kane rages at ref as Spain puncture England’s feel-good factor
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Kane rages at ref as Spain puncture England’s feel-good factor

England were denied a point when Makkelie awarded a foul in favour of Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea for minimal contact with Danny Welbeck.
Ex-Italy coach Sacchi says Azzurri, Balotelli lack ‘intelligence’
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Ex-Italy coach Sacchi says Azzurri, Balotelli lack ‘intelligence’

Legendary Italian manager Arrigo Sacchi on Saturday slammed Mario Balotelli and the Azzurri for lacking “intelligence” as Italy struggled to a 1-1 draw against Poland in their Nations League opener.
Terry set for surprise Spartak move – reports
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Terry set for surprise Spartak move – reports

Former Chelsea and England star John Terry is set to make a shock move to Russian club Spartak Moscow, according to reports on Saturday.
Italy forward Balotelli in doubt for Portugal game
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Italy forward Balotelli in doubt for Portugal game

Mario Balotelli is in doubt to play Italy’s second Nations League game against Portugal in Lisbon on Monday, according to press reports on Saturday.
‘It’s a girl’ Germany’s Leroy Sane mystery solved
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‘It’s a girl’ Germany’s Leroy Sane mystery solved

There was speculation ahead of the weekend as to just why Manchester City striker Leroy Sane had suddenly quit the Germany squad and the answer is – to rush to his girlfriend’s side for the birth of their daughter.
Neymar, Firmino on target as Brazil cruise over USA
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Neymar, Firmino on target as Brazil cruise over USA

Roberto Firmino and Neymar scored the goals as Brazil cruised to a 2-0 friendly victory over an inexperienced United States here Friday.
Sane pulls out of Germany squad ‘for private reasons’
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Sane pulls out of Germany squad ‘for private reasons’

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane withdrew from the Germany squad “for private reasons” on Friday following a meeting with coach Joachim Loew, the German FA (DFB) confirmed.
Diego Maradona to coach second-division side Dorados in Mexico
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Diego Maradona to coach second-division side Dorados in Mexico

Argentine legend Diego Maradona has been hired to coach Mexican second-division football club Dorados in his latest foray into management, the club announced Thursday.
Luis Enrique tasked with finding Spain’s sweetspot between past and future
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Luis Enrique tasked with finding Spain’s sweetspot between past and future

He brings his meticulous, single-minded, dynamic, prickly, all-or-nothing style to the Spain dugout, ready to undergo his first test at Wembley against England on Saturday.
France and Germany draw Nations League opener as Bale stars for Wales
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France and Germany draw Nations League opener as Bale stars for Wales

World Cup winners France were held to a 0-0 draw by Germany in Munich in a flat start to the new UEFA Nations League on Thursday, as Gareth Bale starred in a big win for Wales.
Ronaldo-less Portugal hold Croatia to draw
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Ronaldo-less Portugal hold Croatia to draw

Stand-in captain Pepe delivered to level for Portugal in a 1-1 draw against World Cup finalists Croatia in their international friendly on Thursday.
Salah wins federation battle as Egypt return
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Salah wins federation battle as Egypt return

Mohamed Salah has emerged the victor in his bitter dispute with the Egypt Football Association as the Pharaohs make their return after exiting the World Cup winless.
Young USA squad face Neymar and star-studded Brazil
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Young USA squad face Neymar and star-studded Brazil

Superstar attacker Neymar leads a powerful Brazil side into a pair of North American friendlies starting Friday against a young United States lineup eager to test itself against world powers.
Stray dog becomes ‘assistant coach’
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Stray dog becomes ‘assistant coach’

A football team in Paraguay has welcomed a stray dog as an ‘assistant coach’ to head coach Carlos Jara Saguier.
Mancini determined to rekindle Italy’s love affair with football
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Mancini determined to rekindle Italy’s love affair with football

Roberto Mancini takes charge of his first competitive game as Italy coach in Friday’s Nations League opener against Poland in Bologna with the tough task of rekindling the nation’s love affair with their national side, decimated after the low of their World Cup fiasco.
PSG star Mbappe banned for three matches after red card
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PSG star Mbappe banned for three matches after red card

French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe has been suspended for three matches after his red card against Nimes last weekend, the French league announced on Wednesday.
Ozil return out of the question for Loew as Germany prepare France clash
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Ozil return out of the question for Loew as Germany prepare France clash

Germany coach Joachim Loew has confirmed there is no chance of Mesut Ozil returning to the squad in the wake of the player’s bombshell retirement from international duty in July.
Griezmann pleads case for Ballon d’Or after Fifa snub
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Griezmann pleads case for Ballon d’Or after Fifa snub

France star Antoine Griezmann insists he deserves to be on the podium for this year’s Ballon d’Or after winning the World Cup and major silverware with Atletico Madrid.
David Beckham to face trial over speeding offence
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David Beckham to face trial over speeding offence

Former England football captain David Beckham on Tuesday pleaded not guilty on a technicality to a speeding offence in a loaned Bentley, and will face trial later this month.
‘Disaster’ season made Morata ponder Chelsea exit
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‘Disaster’ season made Morata ponder Chelsea exit

Alvaro Morata admits he considered leaving Chelsea after a “disastrous” year that culminated in him missing the World Cup.

 

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