James Milner and Sadio Mané give Liverpool win at 10-man Crystal Palace

Jürgen Klopp will have taken far more satisfaction at this narrow victory than the far more emphatic dismissal of West Ham United on the opening weekend. Crystal Palace, awkward and organised opponents, were seen off in south London to maintain the Merseysiders’ pristine start to the campaign to leave their manager punching the air on the sidelines. In a season when they are expected to challenge, this was a statement of Liverpool’s intent.

Elements of their performance here were rusty, and their manager must have craved them moving the ball far quicker than they managed at times to pull stubborn rivals from their defensive base, but the visitors could take huge heart from the strength demonstrated across their back line while their hosts boasted a full complement. Virgil van Dijk, in particular, was a colossus against muscular forwards long before Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s dismissal made life rather more comfortable in the latter stages.

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England meet defeat in Women’s U-20 World Cup as Japan march into final

• England 0-2 Japan
• Japan to face France or Spain in Friday’s final

England are out of the Under-20 Women’s World Cup after falling to a 2-0 semi-final defeat by an imperious Japan side at the Stade de la Rabine.

The teams met as the two highest scorers in the competition – each having dished out a six-goal thrashing in the group stages – and England were almost off the mark in the second minute when Chloe Kelly spun past her marker and hit a smart low effort that was clawed wide at full stretch by Hannah Stambaugh in the Japan goal.

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Loris Karius nears two-year loan move to Besiktas from Liverpool

• Out-of-favour goalkeeper close to agreeing spell in Turkey
• Alisson signing has limited Karius’s chances at Anfield

Loris Karius is close to leaving Liverpool after the club agreed a two-year loan deal with Besiktas for their out-of-favour goalkeeper.

The 25-year-old has been considering his Anfield future since the £65m arrival of Alisson last month, a then world-record deal for a goalkeeper that took Karius by surprise and ended his role as Jürgen Klopp’s first choice.

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Yannick Bolasie close to Middlesbrough loan switch from Everton

• Winger to link up with ex-manager Tony Pulis
• Championship leaders also keen on Mo Besic and Matt Targett

Everton’s Yannick Bolasie is close to joining the Championship leaders, Middlesbrough, on a season-long loan and could soon be followed by his Goodison Park teammate Mo Besic.

Bolasie travelled on Monday to Rockliffe Park, Middlesbrough’s training ground near Darlington, for talks with Tony Pulis, Boro’s manager, and for a medical.

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Class, schoolings and some harsh lessons – Football Weekly

Max and co on Manchester United’s lacklustre defeat, Manchester City’s rout of Huddersfield and entertainment at the Bridge

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Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Paolo Bandini and Andy Brassell to dig into why Manchester United were so lacklustre at Brighton on Sunday afternoon.

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