Watch: Roberto Firmino back to his sharp self with brace against Osasuna

Like every showman needs an audience, so does Roberto Firmino. The much-maligned forward came into his own during Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Osasuna in a pre-season friendly clash at Anfield. With fans back in the stadium and chanting his name, the Brazilian gave a glimpse of his old self against the Spanish side with two…

Not a ‘good ebening’ for Marcelo Bielsa as Unai Emery leaves Leeds United boss hanging

Unai Emery is usually one for politeness and hearty greetings, as known from his time managing Arsenal in England where he was most known for his “good ebening” wishes while addressing the media before games. But Emery went against his characteristic morals when he left Marcelo Bielsa hanging before a pre-season outing. Emery’s Villarreal were…

Watch: Takumi Minamino stocks keep rising with tidy finish against Bologna

Takumi Minamino has had an encouraging pre-season for Liverpool this summer. The Reds acquired the Japanese forward from RB Salzburg in 2019, but Minamino’s underwhelming performances saw him getting loaned out to Southampton. Minamino impressed in his loan spell at St Mary’s Stadium, which meant that Jürgen Klopp wanted to give him another chance before…

Watch: N’Golo Kante skill leaves Kurt Zouma gobsmacked

Kurt Zouma couldn’t believe his eyes as he saw his compatriot N’Golo Kante turn into a silk-dealer in front of him during the pre-season friendly against Tottenham Hotspur. The Chelsea defender got quite shellshocked to see the midfield dynamo nutmeg Spurs’ South Korean star Son Heung-min during the first half at Stamford Bridge last night.…

Watch: Hakim Ziyech continues revival with smashing low drives against Spurs

Hakim Ziyech’s rich vein of form in pre-season continued when he struck a brace against Tottenham Hotspur in Chelsea’s latest pre-season outing. The Blues were competing in the second match of the ongoing Mind Series at Stamford Bridge when the Moroccan marked the outing with a clinical brace, with goals on either side of halftime.…

Watch: Todd Cantwell shows top-flight readiness with bicycle kick assist

Todd Cantwell registered the best assist of this year’s football pre-season so far with a bicycle kick effort when Norwich met Gillingham. The 23-year-old Englishman – who excelled for Norwich City in the 2019/2020 season when the Canaries earned their promotion back to the Premier League – went for the spectacular and incredibly achieved it.…

Watch: Referee shows yellow card to Aston Villa fans calling him a ‘sh*t Mike Dean’

Pre-season friendlies are some of the more light-hearted fixtures in a very competitive football calendar in England. While players are just willing to brush the rust off their legs before what is likely to be a gruelling football season, fans are in a playful mood as well – and it seemed like so was the…

Watch: Fikayo Tomori gets caught in awkward celebration against Nice

Olivier Giroud got underway in his new challenge at AC Milan after he hit the ground running with a goal against Nice in a pre-season friendly. It was a bullet header from a set-piece situation, a sight that Chelsea fans will be very familiar with – along with one other particular member of the current…

Watch: Emery tells Sampaoli to ‘eat sh*t’ during heated touchline exchange

Former PSG manager Unai Emery’s return to Marseille got seriously ugly as the Spaniard was shown a red card and almost came to blows with opposition manager Jorge Sampaoli. The Villarreal boss received a hostile reception at the Velodrome as expected and seemingly lost the plot after Juan Foyth was handed his second yellow card…

Watch: Olivier Giroud scores from his first touch for AC Milan (ever)

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score his first goal for AC Milan. A battling header from his first touch ever for the club. Stefano Pioli’s side kicked off their $ACM Fan Token European Summer Tour 2021 with a 1-1 draw against OGC Nice at Allianz Riviera. Up against a side who were much…

Watch: Memphis Depay cranks out highly skilled finish v Stuttgart

Memphis Depay scored his second goal in as many pre-season games as Barcelona took the lead in a fashionable way during their friendly against Vfb Stuttgart. The new signing was at his skilful best as he connected with Frenkie De Jong’s long ball with aplomb in the first half at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. It might…

Watch: Naby Keita collects Hertha striker’s soul with nasty stepover

Naby Keita’s resurgence in pre-season continued when Liverpool met Hertha Berlin in last night’s pre-season friendly. Even though Hertha Berlin won the outing 4-3 at the Tivoli Stadium in Austria, Keita was influential in the middle of the park and showed glimpses of the form he was known for in his Bundesliga days with RB…

Watch: Keita, Salah & Minamino collab yields pre-season stunner

Although Liverpool lost their pre-season clash against Hertha Berlin, the Reds did manage to bring about a sensational goal to fruition courtesy of the combined efforts of Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and Takumi Minamino. It was Keita who started the move for Liverpool’s second goal last night, as he won the ball back in midfield…

Watch: Familiar foe spoils Virgil van Dijk’s return to football

Both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez made their long-awaited return to football last night, but their comeback got marred by a long-time familiar foe in Stevan Jovetic. It was a particularly long time out of action for the defensive duo, both of whom came off the bench after 70 minutes against Hertha Berlin at…

Watch: Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez reassemble after combined 544 days out

Liverpool’s latest pre-season friendly did not quite go to plan, as the Merseyside outfit lost 4-3 to Hertha Berlin. Despite the loss, there were still positives to take as two very familiar faces returned to action for Liverpool in yesterday’s pre-season friendly. Virgil van Dijk (285) and Joe Gomez (259) came back off an injury…

Watch: Memphis Depay debauches Frenkie De Jong twice in 10 seconds

Memphis Depay is known for being one of the most skilful footballers in the world. Elasticos, roulettes and nutmegs – he has got it all, and his latest victim is none other than his international as well as his new club teammate Frenkie De Jong. Depay and de Jong recently shared a dressing room together…

Watch: Pepe incites 20-man brawl during pre-season ‘friendly’ against Roma

Pre-season friendlies are played with the sole intention of brushing the rust off footballers’ legs ahead of the upcoming season. Hence they are not played with the same competitive edge one would expect from a regular match. While it might mean such for many footballers across the world, try convincing Pepe that. The Portuguese defender…