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Toe Poke Daily: Liverpool loving life at pre-UCL final summer camp

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With 11 days to go until the Champions League final, Liverpool have swapped their Melwood training ground for Marbella where they are currently limbering up for...

 By Simon Kuper

Frenkie De Jong is joining Barcelona but it's nothing he can't handle

With Barcelona's coup for Frenkie de Jong complete, check out what the budding Dutch star brings to the Camp Nou.

Frenkie De Jong receives a back-pass standing still in the Ajax half. Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior and Luka Modric charge at him, but the Dutch playmaker, who seems to have all the time in the world, turns full circle and then accelerates away, leaving Modric chasing helplessly behind him. Vinicius, who has missed him by meters, falls over. The scene is a thing of beauty, like Charlie Chaplin escaping a posse of cops. Ajax won 4-1 in the Bernabeu on March 5.

There are supposedly no secrets...

Champions League revamp would wreak havoc on Premier League and others

The European Club Association wants to reform the Champions League, but doing so would destroy the integrity of the leagues themselves.

There are bad ideas and there's bad execution. The European Club Association's (ECA) proposed "reforms" of the Champions League happen to be both.

On the one hand, they are bad ideas founded purely on the self-interest of a tiny number of wealthy super clubs. On the other hand, the plan has been ham-fistedly executed. It has prompted not only threats of lawsuits and expulsion from domestic leagues, but also failed to rally the public support of other super clubs, thereby negating the leverage...

Kylian Mbappe, Christian Pulisic and Frenkie de Jong lead soccer's 30 best players under 21

It's 2019. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the dominant forces in soccer, winning nearly every individual award and leading their clubs to title after title. Yet both are in the twilights of their careers, at 31 and 34 years old respectively, and previous heirs to the throne such as Neymar and Gareth Bale haven't come close to filling their boots.

It's the same story for a slew of defensive talent, as Vincent Kompany, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini are approaching...

Who qualifies for Champions League and Europa League from the Premier League?

Vincent Kompany and Manchester City raise the FA Cup after beating Watford and becoming the first English men's team to win the domestic treble.

With two English teams in the Champions League final, and another two in the Europa League final, we take a look at how European qualification in the Premier League will shape up for next season.

Manchester City's victory over Watford in the FA Cup final means seventh in the Premier League, Wolves, will enter the Europa League in the second qualifying round with ties on July 25 and Aug. 1. Wolves will have to play six matches before the end of August just to get to the group stage, with the Premier...

After the craziest week in Champions League history, who will (and won't) win the final?

After the most extraordinary week in recent football memory, with Liverpool completing an unthinkable 4-0 turnaround against Barcelona and then Spurs shocking Ajax 3-2 in Amsterdam the following day, predictions for the Champions League final on June 1 seem futile at this point.

So here's a preview suggesting why Liverpool and Tottenham will, and won't, lift the trophy next month.


Ultimately, Liverpool are the better side. They sit 24 points ahead of Tottenham in the Premier...