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Published:Friday | July 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM

From supermarket to Champions League


Liverpool signed left back Andy Robertson from Hull yesterday, filling a problematic position for the English Premier League team and continuing a stunning rise to prominence for the Scotland international.

The 23-year-old Robertson reportedly moved to Anfield for a fee that could rise to 10 million pounds (US$13 million).

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp played James Milner, a central midfielder, as a makeshift left back last season, preferring him to Alberto Moreno.

Just four years ago, Robertson was playing on a part-time basis for Queen's Park in the Scottish leagues and working in a supermarket. Next season, he'll be playing in the Champions League.


Spanish government ready to take over



With Angel Maria Villar in jail, the Spanish government is ready to step in and take control of football.

Spain's sports authority is seeking the temporary removal of Villar, the longtime president of the Spanish Football Federation and FIFA's senior vice president, after his arrest and imprisonment in an anti-corruption investigation.

Inigo Mendez de Vigo, minister of education, culture and sport and the government's spokesman, said yesterday that the government is prepared to take charge of the operations of the federation so Spanish football is not harmed by the scandal.

"What we want is to guarantee the complete normalcy of the institution when its president and vice president are in prison because of a judge's decision (to deny them bail)," Mendez de Vigo said. "We want to send a message to the big family of football so everyone knows that we are taking steps."


Kolarov close to leaving Man City for Roma

HOUSTON, Texas, (AP): Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says left back Aleksandar Kolarov is close to joining Roma.

Guardiola says Kolarov told him he wants to leave and return to the Italian capital, where he played for Lazio from 2007-10.

Speaking after City's 2-0 loss to Manchester United in a preseason friendly in Houston on Thursday, Guardiola said "I don't like to work with people who don't want to stay."

Kolarov's imminent exit increases City's need for reinforcements at full back. The English team released Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy in the offseason and bought Kyle Walker, who is City's only other senior full back apart from Kolarov.