Jurgen Klopp may have received a major fillip ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League second leg against Hoffenheim on Wednesday after a report claimed Philippe Coutinho will be staying at the club this season. Coutinho has been the subject of several huge bids from Barcelona—which is seeking a replacement for Neymar in the final weeks of the transfer window—the latest reported to be £114 million ($146.5 million), although that apparently included Coutinho winning multiple Champions Leagues with Barcelona. Liverpool’s response to each approach from Barcelona has been the same: a firm no.
Stoke City was long a bogey team for Arsenal after it was promoted to the Premier League in 2008. Its bullish, direct style contrasted dramatically—and effectively—with Arsenal’s silky football. As Stoke established itself in the top tier of English football and looked to play a more aesthetically pleasing style by signing former Barcelona and Real Madrid players, the results against Arsenal actually deteriorated.
Female football fans were asked to show their bras to stewards during security searches, a supporters' group has said. Grimsby Town fan group the Mariners Trust made the allegation in a letter to Stevenage FC after the two sides met on Saturday. It said some fans wearing underwired bras were also asked by stewards at the Lamex Stadium if they could feel them. Stevenage FC said its risk assessment found "high-risk groups attending and potential for anti-social behaviour". The stewarding plan for the match was "not typical" of those at Stevenage, it said. The club said after liaising with Grimsby Town's safety officer and the police it was thought prohibited items were likely to be brought into