For Robbie Keane the hunger to score and the thrill of the pursuit are feelings that will never grow old but 18 years since making his international debut the inevitable fact that his body can no longer withstand the chase has finally been grudgingly accepted.
All that hard work last season was for nothing. So were all those draining qualifying games this summer. West Ham United’s attempt to reach the group stage of the Europa League ended in familiar frustration, because of both the manner of the defeat and the identity of their conquerors.
John Stones is taking everything in his stride. Not much seems to sway the Manchester City defender and while Sam Allardyce’s recent praise was “great to hear”, his focus is on securing a first-team place with his new club and enjoying the whirlwind ride.
The Reds have suffered defensively at the beginning of this season.
Tottenham midfielder has moved to Schalke on loan.
Adam Armstrong has signed a new contract with Newcastle United.
Marco Silvestri featured for Leeds United against Luton Town in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
Tottenham Hotspur will face Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, while Arsenal will take on Watford.
Celtic have been drawn against Manchester City, Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach in Champions League Group C.
West Ham United lost against Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League qualifying playoff tie.