Sport in brief
Klopp: Coutinho is key for us
Jurgen Klopp revealed he spoke to Philippe Coutinho about Barcelona’s £70million bid before the playmaker scored in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory against Leicester City for the Premier League Trophy in Hong Kong. “Of course we have spoken,” said the German. “We found a moment when we could speak. Everybody knows Philippe Coutinho is a key player for us. I know he feels completely more than fine, comfortable in Liverpool. He loves the club, he loves the city.”
Zaha hit by racist abuse
Wilfried Zaha claimed he was racially abused on social media after playing for Crystal Palace in the Premier League Trophy in Hong Kong. Writing on Instagram, he said: “If Man United and Liverpool fans feel better by calling me a black monkey in my messages, feel free to carry on if it makes your day better,” he wrote.
£5m Randolph joins Boro
Middlesbrough have signed goalkeeper Darren Randolph for £5million from West Ham on a four-year deal. “I am delighted to get it all signed and completed,” Randolph, 30, said. The Republic of Ireland international knew his time was up at West Ham when they signed Joe Hart from Manchester City on a season’s loan. “I want to come here and get the club back to where it belongs and I want to be part of something special,” added Randolph, who becomes Garry Monk’s sixth signing after Jonny Howson, Cyrus Christie, Martin Braithwaite, Britt Assombalonga and Connor Roberts.
Injured Bent out for months
Derby striker Darren Bent could be out until Christmas with a hamstring injury. The 33-year-old former England international developed the problem during Tuesday’s friendly victory at Port Vale and scans have confirmed there will be no quick return. Bent made 42 appearances for Derby last season, scoring 13 goals.
Rooney scores for Everton
Wayne Rooney scored his second pre-season goal for Everton in yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Genk. He marked his first appearance back in a blue shirt with a fine effort against Gor Mahia earlier this month and was on target again at the Luminus Arena He produced a neat first-time finish at the back post just before half-time following a cross from Sandro Ramirez and later took the captain’s armband when Leighton Baines left the pitch. New £30 million goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made his debut, as did Sandro.
Forster howler lifts Brentford
A late howler from Southampton keeper Fraser Forster allowed Brentford to force a 2-2 draw at Griffin Park. Forster allowed a cross from Josh Clarke through his hands for Brentford’s equaliser after a Charlie Austin double had put the Saints in front. Virgil Van Dijk was absent from the Southampton squad after telling the club he wants to move this summer.
Portsmouth fan dies
Portsmouth have confirmed the death of a fan who fell ill during yesterday’s friendly against Bournemouth at Fratton Park. The fan collapsed at half-time and the start of the sceond half was delayed. Bournemouth won 2-1.
West Ham snap up Arnautovic
West Ham have confirmed the £24m signing of Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City. The 28-year-old winger has signed a five-year deal.