ESPN – Brendan Rodgers faces nightmare start as Liverpool dealt fixtures blow

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson says the club must finish in the Champions League this season. The new Premier League fixtures are as bad as it could possibly be for Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. They face trips to Stoke City, Manchester United and Arsenal in the opening five and have the seven toughest away matches on the calendar all to come before the end of November. No wonder the Northern Irishman is among the favourites to be the first manager sacked. PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB-BY-CLUB FIXTURES 2015-16 AFC Bournemouth | Arsenal | Aston Villa | Chelsea Crystal Palace | Everton | Leicester City | Liverpool Manchester City | Manchester United | Newcastle United Norwich City | Southampton | Stoke City | Sunderland Swansea City | Tottenham Hotspur | Watford West Bromwich Albion | West Ham United Confidence and expectation among the supporters may be at an all-time low right now. There is little or no optimism in the red half…

ESPN – Paul Pogba a crucial signing in Manchester City bid to rule Europe

ESPNFC's Mark Donaldson and Tommy Smyth dissect the latest round of transfer rumours. With two thirds of Manchester City's three-man transfer brains trust in attendance at Monday night's Copa America game between Chile and Mexico, fans will be desperately hoping director of football Txiki Begiristain and coach Manuel Pellegrini did their history homework. MANCHESTER CITY LATEST – Sterling saga: City to land their man? – WATCH: Pellegrini to splash the cash – Liverpool reject Sterling bid – Hart: We'll buy home-grown stars – Mangala: No regrets over City switch If they did not, they might not be immediately aware that one of the game's most impressive performers, Matias Vuoso — who scored twice for Mexico in a 3-3 draw — has already completed a lap or two in Manchester football circles. It…

ESPN – Past, present, future Atletico Madrid stars on show at the Copa America

ESPNFC's Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes debate the latest transfer rumours swirling around Atletico Madrid. When Uruguay met Jamaica in their Copa America opener on Saturday many expected a goal fest from the defending champions, but in the end La Celeste had to settle for a 1-0 win thanks to Atletico Madrid players from past and present as Jose Maria Gimenez headed down for Cristian “Cebolla” Rodriguez to bundle home the winner. With Luis Suarez still banned for his infamous bite on Giorgio Chiellini at last year's World Cup, it is clear Uruguay's hopes of retaining their title will lie at the other end…