Liverpool have confirmed Virgil van Dijk has damaged ligaments in his knee and is likely to miss most of the rest of the season.

The Netherlands international is set to undergo surgery on an injury sustained in the first half of the 2-2 Merseyside derby draw following a challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

The Reds were leading 1-0 thanks to a goal from Sadio Mane after two minutes and 15 seconds at Goodison Park, the fastest scored in this fixture in the Premier League era.

Barely three minutes later, Fabinho looped the ball into the Everton penalty area towards Van Dijk and Pickford lunged into the centre-back, missing the ball.

Pickford was spared the risk of a penalty and possible card from the referee as Van Dijk was narrowly offside when Fabinho crossed.

Van Dijk was treated on the pitch but was unable to continue, walking gingerly down the touchline as Joe Gomez came on to replace him.

"Liverpool FC can confirm Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery on the knee injury he sustained during Saturday's 2-2 draw at Everton," the Premier League champions said in a statement on Sunday.

"The centre-back damaged knee ligaments following an incident involving Blues goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after six minutes at Goodison Park.

"Van Dijk was required to be substituted and further assessment on the injury has revealed an operation will be needed.

"No specific timescale is being placed upon his return to action at this stage.

"Following surgery, Van Dijk will begin a rehabilitation programme with the club's medical team to enable him to reach full fitness as soon as possible."

Manager Jurgen Klopp said he did not have a clear view of the incident but was critical of the general use of VAR in the 2-2 draw, with a marginal offside call having denied Jordan Henderson a late winner.

"I didn't see it back, it took a while so obviously the offside was not too big and Pickford kicks him completely," he told Sky Sports.

"Then the Henderson goal, it was the pass for Sadio, and I didn't see offside. Maybe somebody can explain it to me. The picture I've seen was not offside."

The loss of Van Dijk comes as Liverpool enter a packed run of matches until the next international break in November.

They play six times in the next three weeks, including Champions League games against Ajax, Midtjylland and Atalanta and a Premier League trip to Manchester City on November 7.

Liverpool have confirmed Virgil van Dijk has damaged ligaments in his knee and is likely to miss most of the rest of the season.

The Netherlands international is set to undergo surgery on an injury sustained in the first half of the 2-2 Merseyside derby draw following a challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronavirus, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has confirmed. 

The Juventus star is asymptomatic and "doing well", the federation said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Ronaldo, 35, has left the national team camp to begin self-isolating. 

All other members of Fernando Santos' squad have returned negative tests and are therefore clear to be involved in Wednesday's Nations League match against Sweden.

Captain Ronaldo played in the goalless draws with Spain and France last week and was expected to be involved against Sweden. 

He is likely to miss at least Juve's next three matches while he remains in quarantine. 

Andrea Pirlo's side meet Crotone in Serie A on Saturday before beginning their Champions League campaign against Dynamo Kiev on October 20. 

They then host Hellas Verona five days later before Lionel Messi and Barcelona visit Turin on October 28.

Ronaldo started the 2020-21 season in good form, scoring three goals in his first two league appearances of the season.

Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronavirus, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has confirmed. 

The Juventus star is asymptomatic and "doing well", the federation said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Ronaldo, 35, has left the national team camp to begin self-isolating. 

All other members of Fernando Santos' squad have returned negative tests and are therefore clear to be involved in Wednesday's Nations League match against Sweden.

The Los Angeles Lakers claimed their first championship since 2010 and LeBron James won a fourth title after comprehensively sealing a 4-2 series victory over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

Rafael Nadal dominated Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 7-5 in the French Open final on Sunday to tie Roger Federer's record of 20 grand slam titles.

Teenager Iga Swiatek capped a remarkable fortnight at Roland Garros, destroying Sofia Kenin 6-4 6-1 to claim the French Open title in Paris.

Arsenal have finally brought in midfield reinforcements after securing the signing of long-term target Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.

Partey, 27, has cost Arsenal £45million (€50m) after the club opted to trigger his release clause just 32 minutes before Monday's transfer deadline, and he has signed a long-term contract.

Lucas Torreira has moved in the opposite direction after agreeing to join Atletico on a season-long loan.

Ghana international Partey has long been admired by Arsenal and was said to be their primary midfield target, along with Lyon's Houssem Aouar - who has remained in France beyond the deadline.

The Gunners were reported to have made their interest known to Atletico earlier in the window, but Los Colchoneros informed them they were unwilling to negotiate his sale.

Financial constraints were said to be preventing Arsenal from simply triggering his buyout clause, but they finally stumped up the cash and got their man.

Partey came through Atletico's academy after moving from his native Ghana in 2012.

After loan spells with Real Mallorca and Almeria, he gradually became more prominent at Atleti and has been a regular in the first team for the past three seasons.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said of Partey: "We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we're now delighted to add such a high-quality player to our squad.

"He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy. He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in LaLiga and the Champions League for several years.

"We're very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game. He's an intelligent footballer and we're looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we're building at the moment at the club."

Arsenal have finally brought in midfield reinforcements after securing the signing of long-term target Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.

Partey, 27, has cost Arsenal £45million (€50m) after the club opted to trigger his release clause just 32 minutes before Monday's transfer deadline, and he has signed a long-term contract.

Lucas Torreira has moved in the opposite direction after agreeing to join Atletico on a season-long loan.

Ghana international Partey has long been admired by Arsenal and was said to be their primary midfield target, along with Lyon's Houssem Aouar - who has remained in France beyond the deadline.

The Gunners were reported to have made their interest known to Atletico earlier in the window, but Los Colchoneros informed them they were unwilling to negotiate his sale.

Financial constraints were said to be preventing Arsenal from simply triggering his buyout clause, but they finally stumped up the cash and got their man.

Partey came through Atletico's academy after moving from his native Ghana in 2012.

After loan spells with Real Mallorca and Almeria, he gradually became more prominent at Atleti and has been a regular in the first team for the past three seasons.

Juventus have confirmed the signing of Federico Chiesa from Serie A rivals Fiorentina.

After completing his medical on Monday, the Italy international joins on an initial two-year loan deal at a total cost of €10million.

Juve also have a purchase option, which is for €40m and could rise to €50m.

His arrival comes after Douglas Costa departed the club earlier in the day, the Brazilian returning to Bayern Munich on loan for the 2020-21 season.

Juve had already added midfield duo Arthur and Weston McKennie to bolster the squad, along with forward Alvaro Morata.

Chiesa scored 10 goals in 34 Serie A appearances last term, while he has found the net once in three outings at the start of the new campaign.

The 22-year-old has played 20 times for Italy so far in his career, his solitary goal for the national team coming in a 9-1 win over Armenia in November 2019.

 

Manchester United have completed the signing of Brazil international left-back Alex Telles for a reported £15.4million (€17m) from Porto.

Telles, 27, has signed a four-year contract with the option for an additional 12 months, and arrives in a cut-price deal due to him having just one season left on his agreement with Porto.

"To join a club with the prestige of Manchester United is a huge honour. You have to work hard to get to this moment in your career and now I am coming to this club, I can promise that I will give everything in my heart to be a success here," Telles said in a statement.

"I won many trophies at Porto and I want to continue that at United. The manager has a clear plan and direction for this team and I can't wait to pull on the famous shirt."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: "First and foremost, I welcome Alex to United. He is a player we have been tracking for some time and his performances over the past few years are exactly what we are looking for. He is a fighter and a winner and will add real determination and competition to the squad.

"Alex has the qualities, both as a player and as a person, that we want here at Manchester United."

United had been linked with Telles for a couple of weeks, with the club seemingly opting to go for him after reportedly refusing to agree to Real Madrid's terms in negotiations for Sergio Reguilon, who joined Tottenham.

Nevertheless, rumours of their interest in Telles and Reguilon did initially raise eyebrows due to the presence of Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams as United's left-back options.

But Shaw has long been criticised for a lack of attacking output, while Williams – who signed a new four-year deal in August – has failed to oust him.

It is hoped Telles will offer a greater source of flair and attacking prowess from the full-back position than United's previous options.

The Juventude academy product has created an average of two chances per 90 minutes in the Primeira Liga since the start of last season, while he has scored 13 goals and set up another 10.

While few would expect Telles to reach such figures in the Premier League, it highlights how effective he can be in the final third.

By comparison, neither Shaw nor Williams have registered an assist since the 2019-20 Premier League season began, while the latter has a solitary goal and the former has none.

And in terms of chances created, Williams has averaged 1.2 key passes every game and Shaw just 0.9.

There were also serious questions raised of Shaw after Sunday's 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Tottenham, with the left-back partly culpable for at least two goals.

Juventus have confirmed the signing of Federico Chiesa from Serie A rivals Fiorentina.

After completing his medical on Monday, the Italy international joins on an initial two-year loan deal at a total cost of €10million.

Juve also have a purchase option, which is for €40m and could rise to €50m.

His arrival comes after Douglas Costa departed the club earlier in the day, the Brazilian returning to Bayern Munich on loan for the 2020-21 season.

Juve had already added midfield duo Arthur and Weston McKennie to bolster the squad, along with forward Alvaro Morata.

Chiesa scored 10 goals in 34 Serie A appearances last term, while he has found the net once in three outings at the start of the new campaign.

The 22-year-old has played 20 times for Italy so far in his career, his solitary goal for the national team coming in a 9-1 win over Armenia in November 2019.

 

Manchester United have completed the signing of Brazil international left-back Alex Telles for a reported £15.4million (€17m) from Porto.

Telles, 27, has signed a four-year contract with the option for an additional 12 months, and arrives in a cut-price deal due to him having just one season left on his agreement with Porto.

United had been linked with Telles for a couple of weeks, with the club seemingly opting to go for him after reportedly refusing to agree to Real Madrid's terms in negotiations for Sergio Reguilon, who joined Tottenham.

Nevertheless, rumours of their interest in Telles and Reguilon did initially raise eyebrows due to the presence of Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams as United's left-back options.

But Shaw has long been criticised for a lack of attacking output, while Williams – who signed a new four-year deal in August – has failed to oust him.

It is hoped Telles will offer a greater source of flair and attacking prowess from the full-back position than United's previous options.

The Juventude academy product has created an average of two chances per 90 minutes in the Primeira Liga since the start of last season, while he has scored 13 goals and set up another 10.

While few would expect Telles to reach such figures in the Premier League, it highlights how effective he can be in the final third.

By comparison, neither Shaw nor Williams have registered an assist since the 2019-20 Premier League season began, while the latter has a solitary goal and the former has none.

And in terms of chances created, Williams has averaged 1.2 key passes every game and Shaw just 0.9.

There were also serious questions raised of Shaw after Sunday's 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Tottenham, with the left-back partly culpable for at least two goals.

 

The New England Patriots' Week 4 trip to the Kansas City Chiefs has been postponed because of positive coronavirus tests within both teams, the NFL has confirmed. 

New England confirmed one of their players had contracted the virus shortly after multiple reports emerged that starting quarterback Cam Newton had tested positive. 

It was then reported that Jordan Ta'amu, a quarterback on the Chiefs' practice squad, was also being placed on the NFL's Reserve/COVID list. 

A statement from the NFL read: "The New England-Kansas City game scheduled for 4.25pm ET Sunday will be rescheduled to Monday or Tuesday after positive COVID-19 tests on both teams. 

"In consultation with infectious disease experts, both clubs are working closely with the NFL and the NFLPA to evaluate multiple close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments. 

"All decisions will be made with the health and safety of players, team and gameday personnel as our primary consideration."

Tennessee's home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, initially scheduled for this Sunday, has already been moved back to Week 7 following a coronavirus outbreak within the Titans.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will do battle in the 2020/21 Champions League after Barcelona and Juventus were drawn in the same group.

LaLiga giants Barca and Serie A champions Juve were paired together in Group G, along with Dynamo Kiev and Ferencvaros. 

Messi and Ronaldo have played against each other five times in the Champions League, the former on the winning side twice and as many matches ending in a draw.  While Ronaldo has managed a solitary win, he has failed to score in their previous meetings.

Bayern Munich, who defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 to be crowned champions of Europe for a sixth time in Lisbon in August, will come up against Atletico Madrid in Group A.

PSG were drawn with Manchester United, RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir in what looks a tough Group H, while Liverpool - winners of the competition in 2019 - will lock horns with Ajax, Atalanta and Midtjylland in Group D. 

Real Madrid are in Group B with Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter and Borussia Monchengladbach, while Europa League holders Sevilla have Chelsea for company in Group E, along with Krasnodar and Rennes. 

Group C comprises of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, Porto, Olympiacos and Marseille, while Zenit, Borussia Dortmund and Lazio are joined by Club Brugge in Group F. 

The final will be staged at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul on May 29, 2021.

Champions League group stage draw:

Group A: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow 
Group B: Real Madrid,  Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter, Borussia Monchengladbach 
Group C: Porto, Manchester City, Olympiacos, Marseille 
Group D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, Midtjylland 
Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar, Rennes 
Group F: Zenit, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Club Brugge 
Group G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kiev, Ferencvaros 
Group H: Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, RB Leipzig, Istanbul Basaksehir

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