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Friday Kickoff: Klopp defends Rooney, PL to China, and more

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp did a lot of talking to the media, on topics from Wayne Rooney to the availability of the Premier League in England.

Klopp rushed to Rooney’s defense after the striker came under assault for a drinking binge, perhaps involving England National Team staff. (REPORT)

The Liverpool manager also commented on the difficulty of watching the Premier League in England, with fewer games available at home than abroad. (REPORT)

Adding to the Premier League’s availability abroad is a new TV rights deal in China worth a reported $700 million. (REPORT)

Good news for armchair managers, Hoffenheim reportedly found Roberto Firmino via the popular Football Manager games. (REPORT)

Returning to England news, Gareth Southgate will reportedly be named full-time manager and will strip Wayne Rooney of the captaincy. (REPORT)

The Premier League rewarded Chelsea’s recent form, naming Antonio Conte and Eden Hazard manager and player of the month respectively. (REPORT, REPORT)

THURSDAY REWIND

An era comes to a close for the LA Galaxy, as Robbie Keane will not be returning to the team in 2017. (READ)

It has been reported that U.S. Soccer has eyed Bruce Arena, Peter Vermes, and Tab Ramos as replacements for Jurgen Klinsmann. (READ)

Check out the SBI NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament Preview (READ)

Sporting KC locks up core by signing ‘package deal’ of Opara, Feilhaber (READ)

Red Bulls have mixed reactions to Ignacio Piatti’s pointed comments (READ)

NYCFC’s Iraola announces retirement (READ)

Timbers goalkeeper Gleason pleads no contest to DUI chargeĀ (READ)

Rapids’ MacMath confident as he steps in for injured Howard (READ)

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