ESPN – Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino: Seven things to know about Brazil forward

Highlights from new Liverpool signing Roberto Firmino's Copa America campaign for Brazil so far. Brazil international Roberto Firmino is set to become Liverpool's second-most expensive signing after a £29 million deal was agreed with Hoffenheim — which also makes him the Bundesliga's most expensive player at €42 million. Here is are seven things to know about the forward. ORIGINS Born in Maceio, birthplace of three-time World Cup winner as player and manager Mario Zagallo, Firmino began his career in the youth team at Clube de Regatas Brasil before moving on to Figueirense. EMERGENCE The…

ESPN – Bucharest rivals Dinamo and Steaua remain fierce rivals

Tempers flared when Bucharest rivals Dinamo and Steaua met again at the start of May. In the latest edition of ESPN FC's derbies series, which features eyewitness insights into some of the biggest rivalries in world football, Nick Ames goes to Romania to experience the Bucharest derby between Dinamo and Steaua. ESPN FC'S DERBY SERIES – River Plate vs. Boca Juniors, by Sam Kelly – Man City vs. Man United, by Iain Macintosh – Celtic vs. Rangers, by Chris Jones – Benfica vs. Sporting, by Lee Roden – Everton vs. Liverpool, by Jeff Carlisle – Olympiakos vs. Panathinaikos, by Michael Yokhin – Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke, by Uli Hesse – Red Star vs. Partizan, by Andy Mitten – Steaua vs. Dinamo, by Nick Ames – June 25: Roma vs. Lazio, by Paolo Bandini BUCHAREST, Romania — In a hotel bar on the southern outskirts of the city, the words tumble from Dinamo Bucharest executive director Ionel Danciulescu's mouth as the memories reassert themselves of his playing days. “2008. That was the one,” Danciulescu says. “We were…

GUARDIAN – Liverpool set to complete £3.5m deal for Charlton teenage defender Joe Gomez

• 18-year-old defender scheduled to undergo medical on Friday • Deal will be Liverpool’s fourth of the summer after Milner, Ings and BogdanLiverpool hope to finalise a deal for the Charlton teenager Joe Gomez later this week with the 18-year-old scheduled to undergo a medical on Friday.It is understood that Liverpool have triggered a £3.5m release clause in the England Under-19 international defender’s contract, and he will now meet club officials on Merseyside. Related: Ings and Milner look a better fit for Liverpool than the 2014 vintage Continue reading…

GUARDIAN – Premier League 2015-16 fixture list: Liverpool face daunting early away run

Liverpool start at Stoke City in repeat of last season’s closerChelsea begin their title defence at home to Swansea CityManchester United open up against Tottenham at Old TraffordBrendan Rodgers will have to demonstrate immediate improvement at Liverpool, as his team will kick off their next Premier League campaign at Stoke City, who walloped them 6-1 at the Britannia Stadium at the end of last season. Related: Premier League 2015-16 fixtures: week-by-week list for the season Related: Premier League and Football League fixtures revealed for 2015-16 – live! Continue reading…