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GUARDIAN – Premier League: Chelsea players ran and played the most at the World Cup | Toby Moses

Premier League stars played a combined total of more than 16 days of football during their summer break, covering 2,481.6km of Brazilian turf in the search for glory. Its not much of a holidayPremier League stars played a combined total of more than 16 days of football during their summer break, covering 2,481.6km of Brazilian turf in the search for glory. Its not much of a holiday.The season will start in just over four weeks, giving those who lasted the distance at most a couple of weeks away before the grind of pre-season kicks in. Expect another fortnight before the usual moans of player fatigue commence. Continue reading…

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LIVER BIRD – Reds Start Pre-Season At Brøndby

Blink and you’d of missed it. That’s right, after all the madness of the World Cup, pre-season friendlies are here! Liverpool face their first opposition this evening in a match against Daniel Agger’s old Brøndby side in Denmark.Brøndby are a successful team in Denmark having won the title ten times, last season they finished fourth and they will surely be excited at the prospect of facing Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool outfit.With new signing Lazar Markovic sealed yesterday. Rodger’s has the Serbian as an option along with the other new boys – Lallana, Can and Lambert.Liverpool’s Pre-Season schedule can be seen below (info taken from www.liverpoolfc.com)July19 – Preston (A)24 – Roma (H)27 – Olympiakos (H)30 – Man City (H)August2 – Milan (H)10 – Dortmund (H)The Roma game sees the start of the Reds’ American tour with some cracking opposition I think you will agree! Afterwards the lads will return to face Dortmund at Anfield before the season begins on 17th August.Friendlies never mean anything in my book and I’m never one of these people that looks at performances in the pre-season and then starts crying because I think that’s how they are going to play in the first game. I enjoy watching them though where possible as it gives you a good chance to get a look at some of the new signings and also different systems and tactics that Brendan may be playing with.The main positive of course is that pre-season means you’re closer to the real season’s start and that is always exciting!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool set to seal Lazar Markovic signing from Benfica on Tuesday

£20m winger Markovic to be Liverpools fourth summer signing Iago Aspas leaves Anfield for seasons loan at SevillaLiverpool are likely to finalise a deal for Lazar Markovic on Tuesday. The Benfica winger has been on Merseyside for a medical and will become Brendan Rodgers fourth signing of the summer.His arrival will take the clubs spending close to 60m after Liverpool triggered the 20-year-olds 20m release clause just a year after the Serbian moved to Portugal. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Sky and BT Sport reveal live Premier League coverage for new season

Louis van Gaals first game v Swansea to kick off campaign Sky feature all of last seasons top 4 on opening weekendLouis van Gaals first Barclays Premier League match as Manchester United manager will be shown live on BT Sport, while rival broadcasters Sky have secured the rights to each of Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelseas opening games of the season.Swansea provide the opposition for the former Holland managers debut at 12.45pm on 16 August, the opening day of the new season. That weekend also sees Arsenal face Crystal Place at the Emirates, followed by Liverpool against Southampton and Manchester Citys trip to Newcastle. Chelseas trip to Burnley on Monday 18 August will alos be shown live on Sky. Continue reading…

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