16 things we loved last week: Pulisic, Van Dijk, Giroud, Crouch & more

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Liverpool, Chelsea and Stoke City men all caught our eye last week as the start of the new season draws ever closer.

While the World Cup may only just be over, clubs are stepping up their pre-season preparations, while some leagues even got underway this weekend.

We’ve rounded up some of the best of the action on and off the pitch.

Wil Trapp

We really could have done with Trapp doing something like this when we went to see Columbus Crew this summer.

Dragan Mihaljovic

Starting the first game of the Swiss season with a goal from just outside your own penalty area is pretty impressive, but FFS keeper.

Greenock Morton

Whoever runs Greenock Morton’s Twitter account must have known what they were doing here. Cue the replies…

Crewe Alexandra

Crewe let one of their players, George Ray, run their Twitter account for their friendly against Altrincham, and the results were brilliant.

Ayoze Perez

Fair play, Ayoze. Fair play.


The Corinthians goalkeeper produced one of the best double saves we’ve ever seen against Botafogo.

Corinthians keeper Cássio incredible two times save against Botafogo. from r/soccer

Cassio, again

Sadly he then followed it up with a complete howler three days later.

Peter Crouch

Still the king of Twitter.

Christian Pulisic

Fans in North Carolina were understandably excited to see Pulisic in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-1 win over Liverpool, and the USA international looked out for his supporters too.

Virgil Van Dijk

Liverpool may have been beaten, but Van Dijk can still head a football harder than we can kick one.

Liga MX

Teams in Mexico have figured out a fool-proof way of setting up a wall for a free-kick.

Liga MX, again

Toluca punished Monarcas in spectacular style for celebrating a disallowed goal.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

“They’re lucky I didn’t come 10 years ago, I would be the president.”

Olivier Giroud

The Chelsea striker promised to shave his head if France win the World Cup and has stuck to his word.

Lee Johnson

Bristol City mic’d up their manager for a pre-season training session, featuring some bad singing, tactical insight and a random meeting with Trevor Francis.

Paul Joyce

The Times journalist broke the news about Liverpool’s move for Alisson Becker, and his Twitter mentions went off.

READ: 19 of the best replies to Paul Joyce’s tweets about Liverpool transfers

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