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  1. Most exciting Premier League signings: Van Dijk to Liverpool, published at12:02 3 August

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    With Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho both generating a buzz after arriving at Manchester United, and Manchester City's pursuit of England internationals Harry Kane and Jack Grealish picking up pace, BBC Sport has put together a list of Premier League 'wow' signings.

    Virgil van Dijk - Southampton to Liverpool (2018)

    Jurgen Klopp was halfway through his second full season at Liverpool and his problem was clear. If he was to take the club where he wanted, he needed a stronger defence.

    Funded by the £140m sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona a couple of weeks later, the Reds announced the capture of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75m. It appeared they had found the perfect solution to their issues at the back and everyone soon took them seriously.

    Scoffs of derision met news of the price tag, but the Dutchman instantly set about proving his worth, helping Liverpool to two Champions League finals, one of which they won, and a first league crown in 30 years. His absence through injury was also a clear factor in their struggles in defending the title last season.

    Find out who else made it onto our shortlist of wow-factor signings

  2. Is there potential for Premier League Covid chaos?, published at14:36 30 July

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    Simon Stone, BBC Sport

    The new Premier League campaign is fast approaching - but does a flurry of cancelled friendly fixtures suggest 2021-22 will be another season disrupted by the coronavius pandemic?

    Manchester United's fixture at Preston was the latest to be called off because of positive Covid-19 cases, while Norwich have been similarly impacted, Arsenal scrapped their pre-season tour of the US and Newcastle lost three goalkeepers to self-isolation for one fixture.

    The Premier League still intends to test twice a week. However, unlike last season, players will have lateral flow rather than PCR tests, to reduce costs and speed up the process.

    The number of players and staff taking tests will be increased to 100. Should any come back positive, a PCR test will then be arranged.

    The Premier League is also going to continue operating red zones for players and senior staff.

    For the first few weeks of the season at least, clubs will be asked to continue with the established virtual media conferences, both before and after matches.

    Read more: Could a Covid 'pingdemic' ruin the start of the season?

  3. Van Dijk & Gomez thank fans after injury return, published at12:08 30 July

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    Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have thanked Liverpool fans for their support after both returned from injury in the Reds' friendly defeat by Hertha Berlin.

    "It’s hard to express how I am feeling, but it’s important to me that I say I feel blessed to have had the support of so many incredible people," Van Dijk tweeted after the game.

    "My team-mates for giving me energy and keeping my head up. The fans for their love, support and encouragement. And most of all, my family."

    Van Dijk has been out for nine months after surgery on a knee injury suffered against Everton, while Gomez missed eight months after being injured in training with England.

    Gomez, in an Instagram post, said: "It’s been a period that has severely tested me physically and emotionally.

    "Big love to all the LFC family for your support and words of encouragement; that’s staff and fans."

    Both players returned as second-half substitutions in the 4-3 loss in Austria on Thursday.

  4. Ojrzynski joins Caernarfon on loan, published at09:52 30 July

    Liverpool goalkeeper Jakub Ojrzynski has joined Welsh Premier League side Caernarfon Town on a season-long loan.

    Ojrzynski, 18, signed a new long-term contract with the Reds earlier this month after arriving from Legia Warsaw two years ago.

  5. Transfer news: Liverpool lose Larouci, published at09:28 29 July

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    Liverpool have missed out on potentially millions of pounds after losing Algerian left-back Yasser Larouci, 20, on a free transfer to Troyes, one of several clubs under the City Football Group banner. (Mirror)

    Meanwhile, Ethan Ennis has turned down a new contract with Liverpool, with the 16-year-old midfielder choosing to join Manchester United despite also having talks with Chelsea. (Liverpool Echo)

    Want more transfer news? Read Thursday's full gossip column

  6. Will Elliott be 2021-22's breakout star?, published at11:54 28 July

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    Every season, a group of young players make the first big step on the journey to becoming Premier League stars - and is this the one for Harvey Elliott?

    It feels like he's been around for a while, but that is mainly because he made his top-flight debut for Fulham aged 16 years and 30 days.

    Full of huge promise, Liverpool signed him in July 2019 and have been honing him for regular first-team action.

    Now, after a successful loan spell at Blackburn last season, in which he registered seven goals and 11 assists in 42 games, he may just be ready to step up.

    Jurgen Klopp has been making positive noises already this pre-season, with Elliott impressing deeper in midfield than his usual right-sided forward role.

    At some point, Klopp needs to start preparing for a future without first-choice attacking trio Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, who are now all 29. Has the door opened for Elliott?

    Who else could be this season's breakout Premier League star?

  7. On this day: Keane signs for Liverpool... briefly, published at10:04 28 July

    A split image of Robbie Keane in action for both Liverpool and Tottenham

    On 28 July 2008, Robbie Keane left Tottenham and joined Liverpool on a four-year deal worth £19m - only to return to Spurs six months later.

    The Republic of Ireland forward left the north London club after six years, having made 254 appearances and scoring 107 goals, along with winning the League Cup in 2008.

    Keane, a boyhood Liverpool fan, scored seven goals for the Reds, but failed to establish himself in Rafael Benitez' first team and re-signed for Tottenham in the 2009 January transfer window for £12m.

    Remaining at Spurs until 2010, Keane made 52 more appearances for the club and scored another 15 goals.

    His time at Tottenham ended with loans to Celtic and West Ham, and he spent six years at LA Galaxy in the US before finishing his playing career in 2018 following a short spell at Indian Super League club ATK.

  8. One size fits all?, published at11:16 27 July

    Screengrab from James Milner's Instagram of Andy Robertson and Ibrahima Konate wearing the same size dressing gowns
  9. Transfer news: Shaqiri set to leave, published at09:21 27 July

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    Liverpool attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri looks set to leave Anfield this summer, with Serie A clubs Napoli and Lazio among those keen to sign the 29-year-old Switzerland international. (Goal)

    Want more transfer news? Read Tuesday's full gossip column