The biggest transfers of 2014

As we look back at 2014, there have been some huge transfers involving Premier League clubs over the past 12 months and it looks as though the New Year is going to be no different.

From those clubs battling it out for the Premier League title to those sides fighting it out at the bottom of the table, January will be an interesting month in England's top tier.

DONOVAN MISSES OUT

US soccer star Landon Donovan failed to lift the MLS Supporters' Shield, in what will be his final season in the game, after LA Galaxy suffered a defeat against Seattle Sounders in the final. It would have given him a shot at his second trophy of the season.

Now, Donovan will be focusing his entire effort on lifting the MLS cup. Regarded as one of the best American players to have ever graced the game, Donovan announced that he will be retiring from all forms of football at the end of the season. He has been in and out of the game over the last few years after suffering from burnout.

Enrique has faith in Messi

Lionel Messi is yet to hit the goalscoring form of recent years this season, but coach Luis Enrique says that the Argentine striker will be the best player in the world at every position including defence. Messi contributed in terms of assists to the 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao during the weekend. Barcelona looked in danger of dropping points for the first time this season after failing to find a way past Athletic Bilbao despite having several chances in the match. Neymar finally eased the tension around the Camp Nou by scoring two goals towards the end.

Borini handed Liverpool chance

Fabio Borini has been handed another chance at Liverpool after Brendan Rodgers named the Italian striker in his Premier League squad for this season. The 23-year old has struggled for playing time since arriving at the club from Roma in 2012, appearing just 13 times in the Premier League for the Merseysiders and falling down the pecking order under Rodgers despite the former Swansea manager shelling out almost £11 million to bring Borini back to England.

English clubs should not fear Champions League groups

The draw for the group stage of the Champions League has again thrown up some exciting clashes and all four English teams will be confident of progressing through to the knockout stage.

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