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Sports Van Dijk: Liverpool hungry for more success after Champions League glory

Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool are hungry for more success after winning the Champions League.

A 2-0 win over Tottenham in Madrid this month broke Jurgen Klopp's trophy duck at the club.

Liverpool missed out on the Premier League title, though, finishing a point behind Manchester City in their quest to win the league again 29 years on from their previous triumph.

And Van Dijk, who was part of the Netherlands team that lost the Nations League final to Portugal, feels Liverpool will want even more success when they return for the 2019-20 campaign.

Arsenal's 2019-20 Premier League fixtures in full

Arsenal open their 2019-20 Premier League campaign at Newcastle United and have to play fellow top-four hopefuls Liverpool and Tottenham inside the first month of the season.

Unai Emery's men, who will not be playing Champions League football next term having finished fifth and lost in the final of the Europa League to Chelsea, face a tricky opening-weekend trip to St. James' Park before returning home to take on Burnley.

A visit to Anfield on August 24 is then followed by the first north London derby of the season.

2019 World Cup: Super Falcons hammer Korea 2-0

.Keep hopes alive
By Valentine Amanze

Why De Gea was dropped as Spain No.1

David de Gea’s time as Spain No.1 is not over, according to Robert Moreno, but the assistant coach conceded Kepa Arrizabalaga’s end-of-season form has influenced the decision to start the Chelsea man in the short term.
Kepa has now started Spain’s last three international clashes, and while Euro qualification matches against minnows Malta and the Faroe Islands did not raise eyebrows, his continuation in the lineup against Sweden did.

Simon: I didn’t want to miss AFCON

UD Levante winger Moses Simon has told SCORENigeria he did not want to miss out on the Super Eagles final AFCON squad after he did not make the cut to last year’s World Cup no thanks to injury.
Simon has made the final 23-man squad to Egypt 2019.
He said, “I did not want to miss the Nations Cup after injury stopped me from the World Cup.
“So, I had to fight, work hard.
But it will still be left for the coach to pick his team.”

Spurs’ Rose unsure where he’ll be playing next season

Like an increasingly large number of Tottenham Hotspur players, Danny Rose admits he doesn’t know where he’ll be playing his soccer come August.
With two years remaining on his current contract, the soon-to-be 29-year-old left back says it’s “no secret” he’s been linked with a move away from Tottenham, and he’s now at the point of his career where he accepts that he might not be the club’s no. 1 priority at his position — quotes from the BBC:

Hazard can usher in new era at Real Madrid, says Ramos

Sergio Ramos said Eden Hazard's arrival at Real Madrid could herald a new era for the club, while insisting the recent speculation over his own future had not affected his morale.
Hazard completed his transfer from Chelsea on Friday in a deal that could be worth €140 million and Ramos indicated he feels the Belgium international can help Madrid to challenge for LaLiga in 2019-20.

Penalty hero, Pickford, relieved to avoid 'getting battered on Twitter' after superb spot-kick

Jordan Pickford has said that he was relieved to have avoided being "battered on Twitter" after his penalty helped England to a shoot-out victory against Switzerland in the Nations League third-place match.
The goalkeeper scored the Three Lions’ fifth successful kick before taking up his usual place between the sticks to save Josip Drmic’s effort, as England triumphed following a goalless draw in Portugal.
It gave Gareth Southgate’s team the bronze medal in the inaugural Nations League, having fallen short in Thursday’s semi-final against the Netherlands.

Dirty dozen: Nadal wins 12th French Open for 18th Slam title

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AFCON: Rohr drops Iheanacho, Ajayi from S’Eagles squad

Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles coach, has dropped Kelechi Iheanacho, Leicester City forward, and Rotterdam’s Semi Ajayi from the 23-man final squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
Ihenacho, who had a tough season with less of play time during the English Premier League season, was dropped due to “lack of fitness”.
The Eagles will take on Africa’s “number one” team, Senegal, in their final pre-AFCON friendly on June 16.

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