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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli crashes wedding photos in tracksuit

The ESPN FC crew discuss the rumour that Mario Balotelli could be headed to China.

If you could invite him, everyone would want Mario Balotelli at their wedding. But sometimes the Liverpool striker doesn't even need to be invited to get into the action.

One lucky couple saw the Italian striker outside their hotel and got him to make their special day even more memorable by snapping a few pictures courtesy of Adam Johns Photography.

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Jurgen Klopp's emphasis on teamwork explains Liverpool's low-key signings

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp explains why he chose to go after each of the Reds summer signings.

When Liverpool tempted Jurgen Klopp to be their manager last October, they acquired their new frontman after predecessor Brendan Rodgers lost his way. The German was a charismatic figure meant to give identity to a club still trying to get over the loss of icons Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez.

At Borussia Dortmund, Klopp was the star, the key element in the blaze of yellow and black with which the club became German champions in 2011 and 2012, and narrowly lost the 2013 Champions League final to...

Jurgen Klopp's 5-point plan for Liverpool includes starting Loris Karius

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner assesses Jurgen Klopp's five-point plan for Liverpool this season.

This is Jurgen Klopp's first summer as Liverpool manager, the German's first opportunity to fully imprint his mark on this squad by putting the side through a tough preseason and recruiting new players. He'll hope the Reds can build on their two cup final appearances and eighth-placed league finish last season.

Here is a five-point plan for what Klopp needs to do to take Liverpool to the next level:

1. Build the team around Daniel Sturridge

Even missing much of last season couldn't stop Sturridge...

 By David Usher

Georginio Wijnaldum would be Liverpool's most intriguing signing yet

Alison Bender looks at whether Georginio Wijnaldum will be a good fit for Liverpool, as the Reds close in on a £25m deal.

If Liverpool finalise a deal for Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, it would be their most intriguing move of the summer so far.

Every signing they've made to this point has a specific position, and it's fairly clear how and where they fit into manager Jurgen Klopp's plans. Goalkeeper Loris Karius is expected to soon replace incumbent Simon Mignolet; Joel Matip will start at centre-half; Ragnar Klavan will compete for a spot alongside Matip; Marko Grujic will challenge for a place...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

What's trending: Sam Allardyce set for England, Gotze rejoins Dortmund

The ESPN FC crew weigh the pros and cons of Sam Allardyce as he looks set to take the England job.

Here are the latest stories for Thursday.

ENGLAND: Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce will be appointed England manager within the next 24 hours, sources tell Press Association Sport.

Chelsea's new boss Antonio Conte is pleased that Allardyce may get the chance to become England manager.

SPAIN: Spain have appointed former FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui as manager. Vicente del Bosque left the national team after losing to Italy 2-0 in the round of 16 at Euro 2016.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Mario...

Five things we learned from Liverpool's friendly win vs. Huddersfield Town

LA Galaxy's Steven Gerrard says he has no plans for his future after the current MLS season ends.

Liverpool beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 on Wednesday before departing on their preseason tour to the United States thanks to goals from Marko Grujic and Alberto Moreno.

Here are five things we learned from the Reds' fourth game of the summer:

1. Liverpool pass their first test of the season

Liverpool's first three preseason games came against opponents that sat back and allowed Liverpool's high-quality players to have plenty of the ball. But it was a different story against David Wagner's Championship...