Paper News and Gossip: Rodgers Concedes Title, Suarez Tears for Liverpool

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 6, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Rodgers Concedes Title, Suarez Tears for Liverpool

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    Liverpool's spectacular collapse at Crystal Palace dominates the back pages of Tuesday's newspapers.

    The Reds were 3-0 up with 11 minutes remaining at Selhurst Park, but an incredible turnaround saw Tony Pulis' side deny Brendan Rodgers and his team three crucial points in the Premier League title race.

    The draw puts the destination of the title in the hands of Manchester City, and Liverpool manager Rodgers conceded defeat after Monday's match.

    The result was too much for Anfield striker Luis Suarez, who broke down in tears at the final whistle.

    Elsewhere in the papers, John Terry fears for his future at Chelsea, while Ryan Giggs is poised to pick himself to play this week.

    But who else is making the headlines on Tuesday? Read on to find out more.

Brendan Rodgers Concedes Premier League Title After Dramatic Collapse

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    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has conceded the Premier League title after the dramatic collapse at Crystal Palace on Monday night, reports Dominic Fifield of The Guardian.

    The Reds were heading to a vital three points after going 3-0 up, but the home side hit back in the final 11 minutes of the match.

    Manchester City can now win the title by winning both their remaining home matches, starting with Aston Villa on Wednesday.

    Rodgers is quoted as saying:

    For me the title has gone, yes.

    We needed to win tonight to keep the pressure on.

    It was still in the hands of Manchester City, so us winning would have given them a bit of pressure in the Aston Villa game.

    Villa will make it difficult against them but everyone will look at City's squad and see them as a team who can win two games and win the title. I think they'll go and win their two games now and will be champions, but this game was hugely disappointing.

    For 78 minutes we were outstanding. We'd looked solid defensively and didn't have many scares, had control of the ball and had gone three goals up but we got carried away and lost our defensive structure.

    We thought we could play Roy of the Rovers football and make the goal difference up but tonight was about winning the game.

    When we had the structure and discipline to our game, we scored goals and created chances. But we didn't manage the game.

    At 3-0 we gave them a sniff and they have some good players who can punish you. This is something we'll improve on for next season.

Luis Suarez Breaks Down in Tears, as Jamie Carragher Slams Liverpool Defence

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    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez broke down in tears after the stunning collapse at Selhurst Park, notes John Drayton of the Daily Mail.

    Earlier on Monday, the Anfield star had been named Football Writers' Association Player of the Year to complete a double award after picking up the players' version of the accolade last month.

    But Drayton also reports that the Uruguay international had looked unwell in the warm-up before the Palace match.

    Meanwhile, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher pointed the finger at the Reds' back line for the collapse at Selhurst Park, reports Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail.

    Carragher is quoted as saying:

    Defensively they're not up to being Premier League champions. 

    Sakho makes you nervous. They always concede together. It's not good enough.

    That final 20 minutes was unacceptable. They concede too many goals. 

    The back four and defensive side of this team have shown they can't cope with pressure. They're not leaders. 

    You can't keep inviting pressure. They got out of jail at Norwich the other week and haven't learned their lesson; it's gone on and on over the past few months. 

    Well tonight they haven't and have thrown away the Premier League title.

Manchester United Interim Manager Ryan Giggs Set to Select Himself vs. Hull City

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    Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs is set to select himself in the team to face Hull City on Tuesday night, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.

    McDonnell claims the visit of the Tigers could represent the Old Trafford legend's final chance to play in front of the home supporters ahead of the arrival of a new manager.

    Meanwhile, John Cross of the Daily Mirror reports that Nani's proposed switch from United to Juventus has been blocked by incoming boss Louis van Gaal.

    John Drayton of the Daily Mail claims that Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told reported United target Thomas Mueller that he must ask to leave the club if he wants to go.

John Terry Fears for His Future at Chelsea

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    Chelsea captain John Terry fears he may have played his last game at Stamford Bridge, reports Shaun Custis of The Sun (subscription required).

    The former England international will see his current deal expire at the end of the Premier League campaign.

    Custis claims that Terry is now concerned that the 0-0 draw with Norwich City on Sunday was his last home game for the Blues.

    However, Dave Woods of the Daily Star claims that Terry has agreed to halve his current wage to remain at the club.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea striker Marko Marin claims the club have signalled their desire for him to return to Stamford Bridge rather than stay at Sevilla, reports Gary Jones of the Daily Star.

    Marin is quoted as saying:

    Nothing has been decided yet.

    We will sit down and discuss things at the end of the season.

    Sevilla would like to keep me here, but there are also signals from England that they [Chelsea] want me to return.

Tottenham Hotspur Target Roberto Martinez as Next Manager

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    Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for Everton manager Roberto Martinez, reports Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star.

    According to the article, Spurs overlooked the then Wigan boss when they appointed Andre Villas-Boas to replace Harry Redknapp.

    But the White Hart Lane club are now weighing up the possibility of bringing in the Goodison Park boss to replace Tim Sherwood.

    Meanwhile, James Nursey of the Daily Mirror claims that Martinez is looking to move for Manchester City midfielder James Milner in the summer.

Finishing 4th Is No Reason for Arsenal to Celebrate, Says Wojciech Szczesny

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    Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny claims finishing fourth in the Premier League is no reason for a club like the Gunners to celebrate, reports Dan King of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Emirates Stadium side ensured a 17th-successive entry into the Champions League after Everton were beaten by Manchester City on Saturday, before the Gunners beat West Bromwich Albion.

    But the Poland international does not share the feeling of achievement after missing out on the title.

    Szczesny is quoted as saying:

    I never considered fourth place before the start of the season as being successful.

    I play for Arsenal because I want to win the title every year.

    Obviously, at some point, when you lose games and you lose the chance to fight for the title, then the new challenge is to secure the Champions League spot and that was the aim. But I wouldn't have taken it before the season.

    It was good to sign off with a win in front of our fans.

    But with two games to go we had nothing to play for and we shouldn't be in that position—we should be fighting for the title.

    Arsenal can still win silverware this season after reaching the FA Cup final, but Szczesny believes Lukasz Fabianski, who has played throughout the cup run, should line up against Hull at Wembley, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    Szczesny is quoted as saying:

    I think Lukasz has done so well that he deserves to play, but having said that I'm a professional and I would love to play in the Cup final.

    I speak with Lukasz but I haven't spoken to the boss about it.

    It's the boss's decision to make, not an easy one, because there is a No. 1 at the club and a goalkeeper who is the reason we are in the FA Cup final.