The Latest: Rapinoe wins FIFA player of the year award
MILAN (AP) — The Latest on FIFA Best awards at Milan's Teatro alla Scala (all times local):
United States forward Megan Rapinoe beat World Cup-winning teammate Alex Morgan...
Italy hit by injuries as Germans and Dutch renew rivalry
If Germany's players are tired of facing the Netherlands, they're not showing it.
Two of European soccer's biggest rivals will meet for the fourth time in 11 months on Friday in European...
Van Dijk, Ronaldo, Messi finalists for FIFA player award
MILAN (AP) — Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk has joined five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the three finalists for the FIFA best player award. United States forward Megan...
Defenders Van Dijk, Bronze win UEFA’s player of year awards
MONACO (AP) — UEFA's player of the year awards have gone to defenders, with Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Lyon's Lucy Bronze handed the accolade.
AP Source: Man United to pay $97M for defender Maguire
LONDON (AP) — Manchester United is set to break the world transfer record for a defender after agreeing to pay 80 million pounds ($97 million) to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester, a person with...
Ronaldo, Messi, Rapinoe nominated for FIFA awards
GENEVA (AP) — Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were among the 10 candidates for the FIFA best player award announced Wednesday. United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the...
Ronaldo and Van Dijk face off in Nations League final
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — The final of UEFA's newest competition will feature another clash between Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk, two players likely to be competing for the world player of...
Key moments as City beats Liverpool to Premier League title
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Manchester City came out on top in one of English soccer's most thrilling and high-quality title races, retaining the Premier League trophy for the first time after...
Sterling voted as player of the year by soccer writers
LONDON (AP) — Raheem Sterling was voted player of the year by soccer writers on Monday for his impact on Manchester City's bid for a domestic treble as well as his influential stance against...
Van Dijk voted English soccer’s player of the year
LONDON (AP) — Virgil van Dijk has been voted English soccer's player of the year in recognition of his commanding performances in Liverpool's defense as it bids to win the top-flight title for the...
LONDON (AP) — Premier League title contenders Liverpool and Manchester City dominate the six-man shortlist for the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year award, with defender...
Liverpool beats Porto again, returns to CL semifinals
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — For the second year in a row, Porto had no answer to Liverpool's attacking trio of Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Midfield signings finally proving their worth for Liverpool
They arrived in the offseason at a combined cost of $140 million, with the intention of bringing a new dimension to Liverpool's midfield.
No slip-up this time: Liverpool stays top of Premier League
Liverpool didn't slip up this time.
A 2-0 win over Chelsea — sealed by a stunning long-range goal by Mohamed Salah — preserved Liverpool's two-point lead in the Premier League over...
Salah’s stunner helps Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 in EPL
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah blasted in a stunning long-range goal to seal Liverpool's 2-0 win over Chelsea that kept the team top of the Premier League on Sunday.
LONDON (AP) — Liverpool required an 81st-minute penalty from James Milner to secure a 2-1 win at relegation-threatened Fulham and return to the top of the Premier League on Sunday.
Klopp’s Liverpool wins 3-1 in Munich to knock Bayern out
MUNICH (AP) — Sadio Mane scored twice to send Juergen Klopp's Liverpool into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich in the second leg of the last 16 on...
Liverpool regains verve with 5-0 thrashing of Watford
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk both scored twice as Liverpool brushed aside concerns about its recent struggles by thrashing Watford 5-0 Wednesday to stay top of the...
Liverpool top of EPL for Christmas after beating Wolves 2-0
WOLVERHAMPTON, England (AP) — Liverpool will be top of the English Premier League at Christmas after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 thanks to goals by Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk on Friday.
Salah became the league leading scorer on 11 when he produced a deft flicked finish to turn in a driven cross by Fabinho in the 18th minute at rain-hit Molineux.
Towering Van Dijk the center back Mourinho desperately needs
Jose Mourinho's dire need for a top-drawer center back at Manchester United will be brought into sharp focus when his team comes up against a defender whose commanding presence has laid the foundations for Liverpool's English Premier League title challenge.
Liverpool grabs bizarre late winner in Merseyside derby
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Divock Origi scored a bizarre winner in the sixth minute of stoppage time as Liverpool beat Everton 1-0 in dramatic fashion on Sunday to maintain its 19-year unbeaten record over its Merseyside rival at Anfield.
Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea win on dramatic derby day in EPL
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk turned away in disgust. The Kop fell silent in disappointment. Everton fans likely breathed a sigh of relief at the other end of Anfield.
A tense and hard-fought Merseyside derby looked destined to finish in a goalless stalemate Sunday after Van Dijk skied a speculative, mishit shot high into the air — and seemingly out of play — in the sixth minute of injury time.
Rejuvenated Dutch strike late, into Nations League’s Final 4
The Netherlands' recovery from one of the lowest ebbs in its history continued with a last-gasp qualification for the Final Four of the inaugural UEFA Nations League on Monday.
Dutch into Nations League finals on dramatic draw in Germany
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — A dramatic comeback sent the Netherlands to the UEFA Nations League finals after ending Germany's nightmare year with yet more disappointment in a 2-2 draw on Monday.
The comeback meant the Dutch — who missed the last European Championship and World Cup — qualified ahead of world champion France to join England, Switzerland, and Portugal in next year's inaugural Final Four.
Mane double helps Liverpool beat Cardiff and go top of EPL
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Sadio Mane scored twice as Liverpool marched three points clear at the top of the English Premier League after crushing promoted Cardiff 4-1 at Anfield on Saturday.
With morning leader Manchester City not in action until Monday's visit to Tottenham, Liverpool went ahead early on.
Mohamed Salah, who scored his 50th goal for the club midweek, took his tally to 51 in 66 Liverpool games after Mane's 10th-minute shot was blocked.
Liverpool, City in Anfield stalemate, Hazard lifts Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Premier League title favorites Liverpool and Manchester City can usually be relied on to provide open and expansive games with goals aplenty. Sunday's 0-0 draw at Anfield, however, was a drab affair that only came to life in the closing stages.
City substitute Leroy Sane was sent sprawling by Virgil van Dijk with five minutes remaining and, just when it seemed as though the visitors might snatch victory, Riyad Mahrez sent his penalty sailing way over the crossbar.
Mahrez penalty miss costs City victory at Liverpool
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Riyad Mahrez missed an 85th-minute penalty as Manchester City wasted a chance to move clear of Premier League title rival Liverpool following a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Sunday.
The two teams started the highly anticipated encounter locked together at the top of the standings and City looked set to beat Juergen Klopp's Liverpool when Mahrez ballooned his spot kick way over the crossbar, after substitute Leroy Sane had been brought down by Virgil van Dijk.
Alisson joins Liverpool as world’s most expensive goalie
Brazil goalkeeper Alisson became the world's most expensive goalkeeper on Thursday when he joined Liverpool from Roma.
Roma said the deal for Brazil's starting goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia "could be worth up to 72.5 million euros" ($84.5 million).
"In terms of my life and my career, it's a huge step for me being part of this club and this family," the 25-year-old Alisson said.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says it is taking no action against Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos for a clash with Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius in the Champions League final.
A disciplinary rule which allows cases to be opened for serious misconduct not seen by the match officials "is not applied in this case," UEFA says.
Ramos struck Karius's head with his right elbow in an off-the-ball incident when the score was 0-0 early in the second half of Madrid's 3-1 win on Saturday.
Lovren ends turbulent season with the job of marking Ronaldo
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — There were times this season when it felt like Dejan Lovren's days at Liverpool were numbered.
Like when the defender was substituted 31 minutes into a humiliating 4-1 loss at Tottenham in the English Premier League in October, having been at fault for the opening two goals. He didn't play the next three games.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Emre Can trained with the rest of the Liverpool squad on Monday ahead the Champions League final against Real Madrid, raising hopes he could return to the team after more than two months out because of a back injury.
The Germany midfielder, who traveled to Marbella for Liverpool's warm-weather camp last week, has been the main injury concern for manager Juergen Klopp heading into Saturday's game in Kiev but looked sharp in the open training session held at Anfield.
Van Dijk, Laporte adapt to new status after big-money moves
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — They are the world's two most expensive defenders, signed at a combined cost of nearly $200 million in the January transfer window to take Liverpool and Manchester City to the next level.
Yet, while Virgil van Dijk has stamped his authority immediately at Liverpool and looks the defensive leader the team has longed for, fellow center back Aymeric Laporte is still adapting to life in English soccer and hasn't managed to establish himself as a first-choice pick at City.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool defender Joel Matip is set to miss the rest of the season because of a thigh injury that requires an operation.
The center back was hurt in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on Saturday, although he was able to play the full game.
Liverpool said on Tuesday "surgery is expected to be required to correct the problem" and that is likely to bring an early end to Matip's season.
Portugal slump to 3-0 loss against the Netherlands in Geneva
GENEVA (AP) — Portugal was made to pay for a weak first-half display as the Netherlands cruised to a 3-0 win in a friendly on Monday.
Cristiano Ronaldo's evening barely improved after a rough challenge early on by Dutch defender Tonny Vilhena. He left the game after 68 minutes soon after teammate Joao Cancelo was sent off.
Salah scores again, Liverpool wins 2-0 at Southampton in EPL
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino set each other up for goals in Liverpool's 2-0 win at Southampton in the Premier League as Virgil van Dijk made a triumphant return at St. Mary's stadium on Sunday.
On an afternoon when Van Dijk shrugged off the jeers of his former club's home fans in an assured display in defense, Salah and Firmino excelled at the other end of the pitch to push Liverpool into third place and within two points of second-placed Manchester United.
Liverpool needs more than Van Dijk to fix defensive flaws
Virgil van Dijk was widely trumpeted as the solution to Liverpool's defensive flimsiness when he joined in late December as the world's most expensive defender for $100 million.
Results over the last month have shown the problem runs deeper than that.
Van Dijk returns on Sunday to the club that sold him — Southampton — with major doubts still hanging over Liverpool's solidity at the back, even with the elegant Dutchman there.
Salah double inspires Liverpool to 2-1 win over Leicester
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah scored twice to match Roger Hunt's club record for goals scored before the turn of the year as Liverpool came from behind to beat Leicester 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.
Salah's second-half double took his tally for the season to 23 goals, the same as Hunt had in the 1961-62 campaign. Seventeen of the Egypt forward's goals have come in the league.
Southampton plans 2 signings with $100M Van Dijk windfall
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino plans to sign at least two players following the 75 million pound ($100 million) sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool.
Van Dijk will become soccer's most expensive defender when the January transfer window opens in the Premier League on Jan. 1.
With the Netherlands center back handing in a transfer request in August, Pellegrino said the deal now represents smart business for Southampton.
Van Dijk most expensive defender after $100M Liverpool move
Liverpool is breaking the world transfer record for a defender by signing Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in a $100 million move.
Following Liverpool's long-running pursuit of the 26-year-old Netherlands center back, Southampton announced on Wednesday that it accepted the record fee ahead of the January transfer window opening.
Van Dijk is 6th Southampton-to-Liverpool transfer in 4 years
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Virgil van Dijk is the sixth player to join Liverpool from Southampton in less than four years after a 75 million pound ($100 million) deal was agreed on Wednesday.
As the Dutchman becomes soccer's most expensive defender, a look at the previous five transfers between St. Mary's and Anfield and how the players have fared:
Bale, Dzeko, Sanchez headline stars on World Cup sidelines
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo just made it. Gareth Bale, Edin Dzeko and Alexis Sanchez weren't as fortunate.
While only 23 of the 32 qualifiers for next year's World Cup have been determined, there's already a long list of high-profile players who have missed the cut.
Here's a 3-4-3 lineup of some of the biggest names who will be watching the action in Russia from the sidelines:
Advocaat calls up Virgil van Dijk for World Cup qualifiers
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Netherlands coach Dick Advocaat has called up Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk to bolster his back line for two crucial World Cup qualifiers.
Van Dijk was overlooked last week when Advocaat named a 24-man squad for the final Group A matches, against Belarus and Sweden. However, Van Dijk got a belated call-up Monday after starting a match for Southampton for the first time this season in Saturday's 2-1 loss at Stoke City.
Crouch scores late winner as Stoke beats Southampton 2-1
STOKE, England (AP) — Stoke striker Peter Crouch came off the bench to score an 85th-minute winner in a 2-1 victory over former club Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.
Crouch poked in from close range for a goal that will have come as a relief for the player he replaced, Saido Berahino, who had a penalty saved to stop Stoke from going 2-0 ahead.
Southampton signs Van Dijk’s Netherlands teammate Hoedt
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Southampton has signed Wesley Hoedt from Lazio and provided another indication of its determination to retain his Netherlands teammate and fellow center back, Virgil van Dijk.
Despite handing in a transfer request, Van Dijk's attempts to leave the Premier League club have been rebuffed. And Southampton is expecting to play Van Dijk in the same team as Hoedt, who signed a five-year contract on Tuesday.
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk handed in a transfer request on Monday after being frustrated the English Premier League club rejected approaches to sign him from "multiple top clubs."
The Netherlands international escalated his bid to leave the south-coast club after discovering he was being fined two weeks' wages as a disciplinary sanction.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool ended any interest in signing Virgil van Dijk and issued an apology to his club, Southampton, on Wednesday after its highly publicized links with the defender.
"We apologize to the owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil van Dijk," Liverpool said in a short statement.