Liverpool boss Klopp says Thiago made ‘perfect start’ to Reds career in Premier League win at Chelsea

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp hailed the impact of new signing Thiago Alcantara, a player he said made the “perfect start” to his Reds career in their win over Chelsea on Sunday. 

The Spanish international was named on the bench for the game at Stamford Bridge, just two days after joining from Bayern Munich in a deal which could cost the Reds up to £27 million ($35m).

Klopp decided to introduce the midfielder at half-time as the Reds looked to take advantage of a red card from Andreas Christensen just before the break. 

The visitors did just that as a pair of Sadio Mane goals – the second aided by another error from Kepa Arrizabalaga – gave the defending champions a 2-0 win on the afternoon.

Thiago made a major impact in his debut, as he completed more passes (75) than any Chelsea player managed in the entire match.


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Premier League record-breaker Gareth Barry retires after leaving West Brom

Gareth Barry holding a ball: Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

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Gareth Barry has retired from football at the age of 39 after ending his three-year spell with West Bromwich Albion.

The midfielder made a record 653 Premier League appearances, scoring 53 goals, and also earned 53 England caps. Barry developed as a youth player at Brighton before joining Aston Villa where he made his senior debut, going on to make 365 appearances in defence and midfield for the club.

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After 11 years at Villa Park, Barry joined Manchester City for £12m in 2009 and won the FA Cup and Premier League in his five-year stay. Barry then moved to Everton, initially on loan in 2013 before joining permanently a year later. He was named the Merseyside club’s player of the season in 2015-16.

Barry faced the prospect of

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Fauci says ‘divisiveness’ hurts response; Big Ten schools to only play league games; CDC won’t rewrite school rules

Florida saw an alarming increase in deaths and top federal health officials ran counter to President Donald Trump’s wishes, saying guidelines for reopening schools won’t be rewritten and some states should consider shutting down again as coronavirus cases spike nationwide Thursday.

The Big Ten announced it will limit its fall sports to only conference games, impacting several significant scheduled football games. The ACC pushed the start of its season back to Sept. 1.

Florida reported 120 deaths – almost 50% more than the previous one-day high of 83 in late April – as the state surpassed 4,000 deaths. Nationwide, the Johns Hopkins data dashboard reported a one-day total of 820 U.S. deaths and a near-record 58,601 new cases.

“Any state that is having a serious problem, that state should seriously look at shutting down,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on “The

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