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Liverpool’s Naby Keïta had back trauma not heart problem against Napoli

• Scans rule out damage to Liverpool midfielder’s spine• Keïta flies back by private jet after overnight hospital stayNaby Keïta returned to Liverpool by private jet from Naples on Thursday having had tests that confirmed he did not sustain spinal dama…

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Jürgen Klopp takes blame for defeat against Napoli and waits on Naby Keïta

• Manager admits Liverpool ‘did not perform’ in Italy• Keïta sustained back injury but prognosis is unclearJürgen Klopp said he was at fault for Liverpool’s surprise defeat by Napoli on a night when his team “did not perform” in the Champions League.Li…

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Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne strikes at the last to break Liverpool hearts

The last Liverpool team to play in Napoli was managed by Roy Hodgson, led in attack by David Ngog and had Christian Poulsen supposedly pulling the strings in central midfield. Images of that line-up from 2010 had done the rounds on social media this we…

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Napoli v Liverpool: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the Group C matchLive scores: all the goals as they go in around EuropeSend your thoughts to scott.murray@theguardian.com 6.50pm BST The state of play in Group C. Unless something very psychedelic happens in the second hal…

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Marek Hamsik dilemma compounds new-look Napoli’s identity issues | Michael Butler

The talisman’s role has been uncertain since Ancelotti’s arrival and, with Liverpool in town, a solution is not obviousThere is no current player more synonymous with Napoli than Marek Hamsik. It is not just because he is captain, or uniquely identifia…

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Liverpool’s Gini Wijnaldum wants more hat-tricks from Mo Salah

• Midfielder says Salah should match Messi and Ronaldo• Jürgen Klopp plays down striker’s early-season formIn the oppressive heat of the press room at the Stadio San Paolo, Jürgen Klopp made it very clear he would not join the debate over Mohamed Salah…

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Juventus in daunting form as Ronaldo turns provider against Napoli | Paolo Bandini

The record signing rediscovered some old wing wizardry as the champions won 3-1 amid their best start to a season since 1930For a man who launched an app devoted to football tactics, Massimiliano Allegri does not always sound terribly fond of them. “We…

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European roundup: Inter loanee stuns parent club while Real Madrid held

Federico Dimarco screamer secures Parma a shock winArsenal loanee Reiss Nelson scores on Bundesliga debutThree years after going bankrupt Parma returned to winning ways in Serie A with a shock 1-0 win over Internazionale at San Siro thanks to a spectac…

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Football transfer rumours: Chelsea and Liverpool to battle for Insigne?

Today’s rumours have a selective memoryIn shock news, José Mourinho wants to get rid of Anthony Martial. Apparently Manchester United’s manager has run out of patience with the French winger and is willing to pack him off to Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspu…

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Quagliarella caps bad night for Napoli as Juventus set Serie A pace | Paolo Bandini

Never before in this era of domestic domination have they established sole possession of first place so early in a campaignTime to release the confetti, pass out the champagne and discover what clunky social media pun Juventus have planned to follow on…

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Carlo Ancelotti shreds the Napoli narrative with comeback win over Milan

Napoli were supposed to be a team lost without the leadership of Maurizio Sarri but there 3-2 win suggests there could be a different tale to tell this seasonMaurizio Sarri can have few regrets over his decision to swap Serie A for the Premier League. …

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Carlo Ancelotti shreds the Napoli narrative with comeback win over Milan

Napoli were supposed to be a team lost without the leadership of Maurizio Sarri but there 3-2 win suggests there could be a different tale to tell this seasonMaurizio Sarri can have few regrets over his decision to swap Serie A for the Premier League. …

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Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri defends Napoli record and says Loftus-Cheek will stay

• Head coach hits back at Napoli president• Sarri says squad depth will be needed next monthMaurizio Sarri has defended his record at Napoli after the latest public criticisms from his former club’s president, Aurelio de Laurentiis, as he seeks to main…

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David Ospina joins Napoli on loan deal from Arsenal

• Italian club have option to sign goalkeeper on permanent basis• 29-year-old had fallen down the pecking order at ArsenalDavid Ospina has joined Napoli on loan with the Italian club having the option to buy the goalkeeper from Arsenal on a permanent b…

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Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri accused of trying to ‘dismantle’ Napoli squad

• Aurelio De Laurentiis says Sarri ‘wanted to take my whole team’• Napoli president ‘laid down law’ to Marina GranovskaiaNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said that the club’s former manager Maurizio Sarri tried to “dismantle” the Italian team…

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Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho arrive at Chelsea to complete moves to club

• Sarri to replace sacked Antonio Conte as manager• Midfielder Jorginho chooses Chelsea ahead of Manchester CityMaurizio Sarri and Jorginho were at Stamford Bridge on Friday evening to complete their moves to Chelsea.Sarri is taking over as manager fro…

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Will former banker Maurizio Sarri reap dividends for Chelsea? | Paolo Bandini

The new coach at Stamford Bridge rarely surprised anyone with his tactics at Napoli, yet they often swept opponents asideAt last, Chelsea can see “a fumata bianca”. In the lexicon of Italian football journalism, that phrase – “white smoke” – is used to…

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Manchester City close in on £43m move for Napoli’s Jorginho

• Midfielder expected to complete transfer this week• City remain in pole position for £60m Riyad MahrezPep Guardiola hopes to sign Jorginho in time for the start of pre-season training on Monday, with Manchester City and Napoli close to finalising a d…

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Manchester City agree initial £43m fee with Napoli for Jorginho

• City hope to finalise deal in coming days• Italy international to sign five-year contractManchester City are close to completing the signing of Jorginho after agreeing an initial fee of €49m (£43m) with Napoli for the Italy midfielder.After weeks of …

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Chelsea closer to recruiting Maurizio Sarri – and Gianfranco Zola too

• Sarri increasingly confident deal can be reached with Napoli• Zola likely to join the head coach at Stamford BridgeMaurizio Sarri is growing increasingly confident agreement will be reached between Chelsea and Napoli to smooth his appointment as head…