It's hard to believe, but the opening fixtures for the 2019-2020 Premier League season are just over a month away.
Here is the latest news from the Premier League:
Liverpool: The hero during the Reds Champions League run, Divock Origi has signed a long-term deal to keep him in Anfield. Starting in place of Mohamed Salah, Origi scored two goals in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final epic comeback against Barcelona, helping Liverpool erase a 3-0 deficit and advance to the final. His knack for finding the back of the net continued in the final, as he scored late to seal a 2-0 victory over Tottenham. He is expected to be the primary back-up striker in 2019-20.
Aston Villa: Left-back Matt Targett has signed with the club on an €11 million fee, filling a massive void for Aston Villa. Targett comes over from Southhampton, where he had the highest cross percentage rate (minimum 70 attempts) of any Premier League defender a season ago. He's the club's fifth signing this summer.
Wolverhampton: Defender Matt Doherty has been left off the squad for Wolves pre-season Far East tour to China due to an undisclosed injury. The right-back played in all 38 Premier League contests a season ago, so it's worth monitoring his health as the season's opening fixtures are quickly approaching.
Manchester United: Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær is playing down concerns that forward Alexis Sanchez was injured during Chile's third-place game against Argentina in the Copa America last week. Sanchez has been a large disappointment since arriving at Old Trafford, unable to find any rhythm as he's suffered multiple injuries and performed very inconsistently when on the pitch. The setback is not expected to be serious, and Sanchez should be fit to play when Manchester United returns from their pre-season trip in three weeks.
Burnley: Forward Jay Rodriguez has signed with Burnley, his former club, after West Bromwich Albion agreed to a move of €10 million. Rodriguez was a member of Burnley's youth academy and made his professional debut for the team in 2007. He returns to Burnley seven years later after leaving the club in 2012.
Liverpool: After losing playing time over the past few seasons to the likes of James Milner and Andy Robertson, defender Alberto Moreno has agreed to a five-year deal with Villareal of Spain's La Liga. Moreno had been one of nine players released from the club following the 2018-19 campaign.
Liverpool: Forward Xherdan Shaqiri's health for the start of the 2019-20 season is in question after the Swiss international was injured in at Nations League contest against England in June. Reds manager Jurgen Klopp announced that Shaqiri has a tear in his calf, and "will not be involved for a while."
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