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Angels Links: Liverpool to sign Virgil Van Dijk to record setting deal

Also a derby win for AC Milan, and a look back on the year in soccer.

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Liverpool agree to deal with Southampton for long running transfer target Virgil Van Dijk

Liverpool finally have their man. The Reds agreed to sign Virgil Van Dijk in the January transfer window for a world record deal for a defender. This should help shore up Liverpool’s defense, whch has again been their Achilles heel this season. This is great for Liverpool to finally land their preferred defender, and Van Dijk gets to play with a club in the Champions League and again competing for the top four. Glenn Price of ESPN takes a look at the important questions this signing raises.

AC Milan knocks off Inter 1-0 in a Coppa Italia version of the Milan Derby

AC Milan has had a really rough stretch after a bright start to the season. They took a step in the right direction yesterday, beating Inter Milan 1-0 in the Coppa Italia. It took extra time, and a tremendous performance by Antonio Donnarumma (that’s right, Gigi’s brother). Inter actually took the lead through Ivan Perisic, but the goal was overturned by video replay. The game went back and forth after that, before going to extra time, where Patrick Cutrone grabbed a late winner for the Rossoneri.

Raheem Sterling propels Manchester City to win, 15 point lead at the top of the table

Another game, another Manchester City win. It’s becoming very regular at this point. Raheem Sterling scored his 13th league goal to propel City to their 18th straight win, this one over Newcastle United. It would take quite a collapse for City to lose the league title at this point, and this should allow them to rest players ahead of their big Champions League games going forward. The only sore spot for City will be Vincent Kompany leaving with an injury. Kompany was City’s rock in defense for so many years, but unfortunately these last few seasons he just can’t stay healthy.

The best, worst, and weirdest soccer moments of 2017

As this year comes to an end, it’s nice to look back and remember some of the fun and interesting things that happened this year in the world of soccer. And there’s also moments we wish we could forget. Alex Hess of Four Four Two looks back at the people, plays, and performances that made this year memorable.

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