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Liverpool midfielder quits international football

Liverpool midfielder James Milner has confirmed his retirement from international football.

Milner earned 61 caps for his country and was part of Roy Hodgson's squad at Euro 2016, but has now decided to call it a day.

The former Manchester City midfielder recently said: “Over the last couple of years with the England team I have not really played too much.

"With the good young players we have coming through, it is pointless me taking up a spot just because I am reliable.

“I am fortunate to have been involved in international football since I was 17 or 18 without stopping. I was with the under-21s and went through so I have played more than 100 games.

“I’ve been to four tournaments but if a younger guy had come in and maybe done the same job at Euro 2016, he would have taken a lot more from it than I [did].”


Liverpool goalkeeper undergoes 'successful' operation

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has undergone a successful operation to repair his broken right hand.

The German returned home early from the club's tour of the United States after sustaining the injury having collided with team-mate Dejan Lovren in Wednesday's friendly against Chelsea.

Karius, a £4.7million signing from Mainz this summer, is likely to be sidelined for eight to 10 weeks, dealing a blow to his hopes of challenging Simon Mignolet to be manager Jurgen Klopp's first choice.

Origi aiming to be Liverpool regular this year

Divock Origi is aiming to become an "important player" for Liverpool after making a goalscoring return to action in Saturday's pre-season game against AC Milan.

The Reds beat their Serie A opponents 2-0 in the International Champions Cup clash in Santa Clara, with substitutes Origi and Roberto Firmino finding the net.

Origi, on his first outing since turning out for Belgium at Euro 2016, opened the scoring just before the hour mark with a smart turn and finish.

Divock Origi wants to be the main man. Credit: PA

I'm very happy to be back on the pitch.

I can feel the confidence from everyone and can improve and enjoy my game.

Year by year I'm improving and I'm still young. The most important thing is to make steps and last year I had some good moments, so I want to learn and become more consistent to help the team even more and become an important player in the team.

– Divock Origi


Fabregas sent off as Chelsea beat Liverpool

Chelsea had Cesc Fabregas sent off as they beat Liverpool 1-0 in their International Champions Cup clash in Los Angeles.

The midfielder was dismissed with 20 minutes remaining at the Rose Bowl Stadium for a late challenge on the Reds' new signing Ragnar Klavan.

Gary Cahill got the only goal of the game in the 10th minute, heading in a Fabregas corner.

Cesc Fabregas was sent off for his foul on Ragnar Klavan. Credit: Reuters

The England defender was also booked in the clash of the Premier League rivals, with Liverpool's Alberto Moreno, Ovie Ejaria, Marko Grujic, Dejan Lovren and Kevin Stewart also receiving yellow cards.

As well as Kavlan, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gave starts to fellow recent arrivals Sadio Mane and Loris Karius in a match which was watched by more than 53,000 in California.

The closest his team came to a goal was in the 35th minute, when Roberto Firmino's effort was ruled out for offside.

Ex-Liverpool youngster pens Birmingham deal

Championship side Birmingham City have completed the signing of former Liverpool youngster Daniel Cleary on a one-year deal.

Defender Cleary will join up with Birmingham's Development Squad following his release from Anfield in the summer.

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