Paper Gossip: Reds in Charge but Not Clear, Yaya KO, Rio Future Talk and More

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2014

Paper Gossip: Reds in Charge but Not Clear, Yaya KO, Rio Future Talk and More

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    The fallout from Liverpool's thrilling win over Manchester City in the title race takes centre stage.

    There's plenty of comment surrounding both camps, but they are not the only two clubs in focus.

    Transfers are not ignored, while there is talk of one player blowing his top at his faltering side.

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

Liverpool in Charge but Race Not over Yet

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    The Premier League looks destined to serve up a final-day cracker, and at present it is Liverpool in the driving seat following their 3-2 win over Manchester City.

    It really was a cracker at Anfield, with Philippe Coutinho’s late strike deserving of a winning goal in such a big game.

    Mail columnist Jamie Redknapp was at Anfield and he claims it was one of the best games he has seen in a long time, with Liverpool blowing City away early on. But he feels the title is not won yet:

    Liverpool's win over Man City was one of the best games I've seen for a long time. Liverpool were sensational and just blew City away in the first half.

    There were questions over whether they could cope with the pressure but they answered them all with a wonderful performance.

    It was an enthralling, end-to-end game and what the Premier League is all about.

    Now we have to wait and see what will win the title: the flair and power of Liverpool and Man City or Chelsea’s defensive determination.

    Mirror sports writer Oliver Holt elected to focus on the passion and atmosphere in and around Anfield, and he feels it proved too much for Manchester City:

    Something is happening here on Merseyside that has unleashed a fervour thrilling in its intensity.

    It is the kind of fervour that is a beautiful, passionate, raw antidote to the prawn sandwich era that is threatening to emasculate the Premier League.

    It is the kind of fervour that can unsettle those who are not used to it.

    It is the kind of fervour that so bewildered Manchester City that they seemed incapable of thought in the first half of their 3-2 defeat.

    It is the kind of fervour that makes Liverpool’s players feel as if they are superhuman and which left their veteran captain, Steven Gerrard, in tears at the end of the match.

Gerrard's Tearful War Cry

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    The one thing missing from Steven Gerrard’s CV with Liverpool is a league title.

    The 3-2 win over City leaves the Reds in pole position to remedy that, and Gerrard cut an emotional figure following the game.

    With tears in his eyes, he pulled his team together following the final whistle and delivered a rallying call.

    Dominic King of the Mail reveals what Gerrard said: "Listen, this is gone. We go to Norwich, exactly the same. We go together. Come on!"

    Norwich, who are fighting for their lives at the foot of the table, are up next for Liverpool.

City's Toure Season KO Fear

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    Manchester City’s misery at the defeat to Liverpool was compounded by an injury to star man Yaya Toure.

    The midfielder picked up an injury in the act of shooting early in the first half, and City boss Manuel Pellegrini fears Toure could miss the remainder of the campaign.

    The Mail’s John Drayton has the quotes: "It will be difficult for Yaya Toure to finish playing this season."

Rio Sets Sights on Old Trafford Stay

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    Rio Ferdinand’s future at Manchester United is in some doubt, but the defender has admitted he would like to remain at Old Trafford.

    The veteran has been used sparingly by manager David Moyes this term and, with his contract winding down, he could be allowed to leave on a free.

    Ferdinand has admitted talks will take place at the end of the season but is not sure of the outcome.

    The Mail’s Jack Gaughan has the quotes from an interview Ferdinand gave to BT Sport:

    I want to continue playing—that’s the aim.

    Whether that’s at Manchester United or somewhere else depends on what the club want to do.

    We’ll have to wait and see at the end of the season. We’ll do what we did last season—speak and see where we’re at.

Injury Blow Leaves Costa a Doubt for Chelsea

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    Diego Costa kept Atletico Madrid in the driving seat in the Liga title race, but the second goal in the win over Getafe came at a cost.

    In the act of stretching to turn the ball home, the all-action forward collided with a post.

    He was quickly attended by team-mates, with a gaping hole in his shin leaking blood, and he was stretchered from the field of play.

    The Mail’s John Drayton claims the forward is a doubt for Atletico’s clash with Chelsea in the Champions League on April 22.

Coloccini Blows His Top After Latest Newcastle Loss

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    After a superb start to the season that raised the prospect of a challenge for Champions League football, Newcastle’s season has fallen apart.

    Defeat at Stoke City on Saturday was their fourth on the spin, and the Mirror’s Alan Nixon claims it prompted an angry response from captain Fabricio Coloccini.

    In his piece, Nixon wrote:

    Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini let rip in a dressing room rant—with boss Alan Pardew coming in for most of the stick.

    Centre-half Coloccini was furious after Saturday's defeat at Stoke, adding to the woes for the Toon in the past few weeks.

    And the Argentinian let his feelings flood out with a tirade against the way the team, who have lost four games on the spin and 11 of their last 16 league matches, is playing—and how Pardew is managing.

Spurs Eye Foster as Lloris Replacement

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    Nixon’s focus is not just on Newcastle, as he also has a line on Tottenham Hotspur.

    The Mirror writer claims Spurs have set their sights on West Bromwich Albion keeper Ben Foster as a potential replacement for Hugo Lloris.

    Nixon suggests that Paris Saint-Germain will come calling for Lloris in the summer, and that Foster is their No. 1 target to replace the Frenchman.

Eriksen Has Secret Future Plan

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    Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen may well have caused a flutter or two in the club’s boardroom by admitting he has a secret plan for his future.

    Eriksen was one of a raft of summer additions to the Spurs squad, and he has been one of the shining lights.

    He scored a fine goal to earn Tottenham a 3-3 draw at West Brom on Saturday. He claims to be happy at the club, but has a long-term plan.

    The Star’s Chisanga Malata has the quotes:

    I’m incredibly happy that they seem happy with me.

    I am very glad that they like what they see.

    Of course I have a dream and a secret plan in my head. But I keep it to myself. Right now I live in the moment and enjoy the success I have.

Bits and Pieces: United Double Swoop, Berahino in Hot Water, Costa Deal Done

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    West Bromwich Albion have reprimanded Saido Berahino after he was pictured inhaling nitrous oxide, known as "hippy crack," per a report from the Mail's Laurie Whitwell.

    Despite Costa's apparent injury for Atletico, Metro claims Chelsea have agreed a £50 million fee for the forward.

    Manchester United are readying a summer swoop for Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, per a report from the Express' Neil Fissler.