Paper Gossip: 'Superhuman' Suarez, Jose to Cull Chelsea and Zaha Exit Talk

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2014

Paper Gossip: 'Superhuman' Suarez, Jose to Cull Chelsea and Zaha Exit Talk

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    Liverpool powered to the top of the Premier League table on Sunday and there is plenty of title talk in the papers.

    Chelsea were knocked off top spot, and Jose Mourinho has warned Blues fans to prepare for change in the summer.

    There are other teams planning changes, with a raft of transfer talk.

    All this and more features in Monday's edition of the Paper News and Gossip Roundup.

Mourinho to Wield the Axe at Chelsea

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    ‘Prepare for change in the summer,’ is the message from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

    Defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday resulted in Chelsea being knocked off the top of the table, and Mourinho conceded defeat in the title race.

    He also took a more considered look at his squad and warned that everyone aside from John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill could be in trouble come the summer.

    The Mail’s Matt Barlow has the quotes:

    It is clear to everybody that Chelsea next year want to bring a striker. What’s the future for the others? The ones who are staying are competing with the striker we are bringing in.

    It is normal at the end of the season if players who are not playing a lot or players who are not happy and prefer a change will go. That is also part of the market.

    We want to improve the team and the players and make some surgical movements in the transfer window. It is also clear we want to improve our players.

    I can’t and I don’t need to improve Ivanovic, Cahill or Terry, but there are others I need to improve. We are doing that step by step. But that’s not enough to be champions.

Courtois Drops Chelsea Future Hint

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    Thibaut Courtois is another Chelsea player whose future is up in the air, but he claims a decision has been made.

    The keeper is in the middle of a third season on loan at Atletico Madrid, and there has been talk that he could be used as a makeweight in a deal to take striker Diego Costa to Chelsea.

    Courtois gave an interview to Onda Cero radio station, in which he suggested a decision had been made.

    The Mail’s Rik Sharma has the quotes: "I will tell you my decision, I will communicate it soon. But for now I am concentrating on the games that we have."

Redknapp Gushes over 'Exceptional' Liverpool

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    Liverpool knocked Chelsea off the top of the table with a polished 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

    Reds boss Brendan Rodgers described the display as an “exceptional performance” and Liverpool now have their title destiny in their own hands—as they have both Chelsea and Manchester City to play in their final six games.

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp, who is now a TV pundit, has used his column in the Mail to gush over Liverpool.

    Redknapp claims Brendan Rodgers and striker Luis Suarez should win the Manager and Player of the Year awards respectively, and he believes it would be good for the game if the Reds made off with the title.

    Last year they were 28 points off the title and now they lead by two. That is an incredible turnaround. Glen Johnson said it would be good for neutrals if Liverpool won the title, but it would be great for English football full stop.

    They play such fantastic football with a British manager and Sunday had six Englishmen in their starting XI.

    Suarez and Rodgers should win the individual awards, but they will want to make it a magnificent treble with the title.

'Superhuman' Suarez Slays Spurs

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    Suarez produced another stunning display as Liverpool crushed Tottenham on Sunday, and he certainly impressed the Mirror’s Oliver Holt.

    The Uruguayan scored one and carried a threat all afternoon, to leave Tottenham’s players seeing stars.

    Referring to Spurs defender Danny Rose, Holt claims the Liverpool forward “had twisted his blood. He had run him ragged. He had taught him a lesson.”

    Holt continued by saying: “Suarez played like a superhuman against Tottenham. He was brilliant and he was dazzling but, most of all, he was relentless.”

    The title race is up for grabs, and Holt is firmly of the opinion that a Suarez-inspired Liverpool are up for the fight.

United to Cut Their Losses and Sell Zaha

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    Manchester United boss David Moyes is set for a summer spending spree, and the Mail’s John Drayton claims Wilfried Zaha will be one of those to make way.

    Zaha has made no impression under Moyes and is currently on loan at Cardiff City.

    Drayton suggests the loan move has not thrust Zaha back into Moyes’ plans, and that the winger will be made available for substantially less than the £10 million United paid Crystal Palace for him in 2013.

Fellaini in Hot Water?

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    Marouane Fellaini was Moyes’ big summer signing, and he could find himself in hot water with the Football Association.

    The Mail’s David Kent has got his hands on a screengrab which appears to show Fellaini’s arm making contact with the face of Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar.

    Kent makes the point that the incident came a matter of days after Fellaini escaped punishment for an incident with Pablo Zabaleta that left the Manchester City defender in a heap on the floor.

Lallana as Good as Xavi and Iniesta

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    Adam Lallana has blossomed at Southampton this season, and he is firmly in line for a place in the England squad for the World Cup.

    He’s certainly worthy of a place in the squad, according to Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino, who feels his charge would not look out of place in the all-conquering Spain squad.

    The Star’s Joe Batchelor has the quotes which came after Saints had crushed Newcastle United 4-0:

    Lately he has had a number of opportunities to get into the England national side so that is a very good thing for him.

    I am always telling him that he has the characteristics of a Spanish player and he has the skills of an Iniesta, Xavi or Cesc Fabregas.

    Adam is special; he is a very unique player. We work hard in the week to maintain our very high standards.

Sherwood Bust-Up Claims Shot Down

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    Aaron Lennon has shot down talk of a dressing-room bust-up involving Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood.

    Spurs were well beaten by Liverpool at Anfield, and there were claims on social media that Sherwood had struck a player following the game.

    Lennon took to Twitter to shoot down the rumours. The Express’ James Dickenson has the quotes:

    Today was not good enough and we let everyone down, but the rumours about the boss hitting someone are b------s, crazy how powerful Twitter is.

Bits and Pieces: Debuchy for PSG, City Eye Alves, Kagawa Exit and More

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    Mathieu Debuchy is ready to quit Newcastle in the summer for a move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to the Mirror's Neil McLeman.

    Manchester City are readying a £15 million summer swoop for Barcelona defender Dani Alves, according to the Sun's Rob Beasley (Subscription).

    Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette is focused on a move to Liverpool or Newcastle after delivering a snub to Everton, according to the Express' Ben Jefferson.

    Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa could be on his way back to Borussia Dortmund on loan, according to the Mirror's Tony Dawber.