Six of the biggest football stories today: Kuyt, Alonso, Terry & more

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The retirements of former Liverpool heroes Dirk Kuyt and Xabi Alonso, plus a potential new home for Chelsea skipper John Terry are among some of the biggest stories in football today.


Dirk Kuyt announced his retirement from football on Wednesday, and today has been named #DirkKuytAppreciationDay in honour of the great man.

It’s seems impossible not to love the former Liverpool attacker, and we’ve had a look at how he stole the hearts of supporters wherever he played.

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Alonso’s three regrets

From one former Liverpool hero to another, it’s hard to imagine Xabi Alonso has any regrets after such an illustrious career, but the midfielder has revealed he actually has three.

He told The Times: “With Real Sociedad, my club, we were one game from winning La Liga (in 2002-03). With Liverpool we were so close to the Premier League. With Bayern, so close to the Champions League.

“But maybe that would be too much to ask, too perfect. If you can call them regrets … but that’s just football.”

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Terry in demand

Swansea City manager Paul Clement has revealed he will talk to John Terry about a potential deal for the Chelsea captain when he leaves Stamford Bridge.

West Brom have also been linked with Terry, who has hinted he could yet retire at the end of the season.

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Klopp’s not the messiah…

Jurgen Klopp insists he is “not the football pope”, which, if anything, seems a great shame.

Speaking to German outlet Kicker, Klopp discussed the criticism that his team’s lack a plan B but appeared to rule out a move for Divine Intervention in the summer to appease his side’s problems from set-pieces.

“We are working on it,” he said. “If it were that easy, it would not happen by now.”

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Pontus Jansson’s magic hat is here to stay

Leeds fans will be breathing a sigh of relief after it has emerged their transfer dispute with Torino over a permanent deal for Pontus Jansson seems to have been resolved.

Cult hero Jansson had agreed to join the Whites from July 1, but Torino had lodged an official complain with FIFA that they had yet to be paid a fee. Leeds have now paid an early installment, so expect to hear plenty about how if you throw a brick at the defender he will “head the f*cker back” next season.

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Diving in at the deep end

The FA are expected to approve a proposal which will allow retrospective punishment against players who are found to have dived.

It will certainly prove popular among supporters, but how are they supposed to spot dives as clever as this?

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