A round up of sporting headlines including news from Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham.
DAILY MAIL: Mario Balotelli snubbed boss Brendan Rodgers’ orders to applaud the fans as Liverpool’s Champions League hopes suffered a huge setback on Wednesday night. Also: Man United injury boost with Fellaini back in full training and Herrera targeting return within two weeks
THE GUARDIAN: Danny Welbeck admitted that he forgot to claim the match ball after the first hat-trick of his professional career had fired Arsenal to an emphatic 4-1 Champions League victory over Galatasaray. Also: Steven Gerrard was scathingly critical of Liverpool after a 1-0 Champions League defeat at Basel on Wednesday night, describing the performance as “too soft” and claiming that their Swiss opponents were hungrier for the victory.
THE INDEPENDENT: Danny dispels the doubters with brilliant hat-trick to hand Wenger happy 18th birthday. Also: John Terry has revealed he was reduced to tears by Chelsea’s failure to win the Premier League title last season, and that the strength of emotion still drives him on this year.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Roy Hodgson is expected to confirm this morning that striker Daniel Sturridge will be left out of his England squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers after clear-the-air talks with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
DAILY STAR: MANCHESTER CITY boss Manuel Pellegrini has been told he must reach the Champions League quarter-finals this season. Also: Arsenal lead the race to sign 27-year-old Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, who is unhappy at Paris St-Germain.
DAILY EXPRESS: Man Utd’s £27m summer signing Luke Shaw heading back to England Under-21s
DAILY MIRROR: Barcelona’s Dani Alves has put Liverpool on red alert by outlining his plans to move to the Premier League next season. Also: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits he has no idea when England full-back Kyle Walker, 24, will return from an abdominal problem.
THE TIMES: Liverpool’s 25-year-old striker Daniel Sturridge is close to signing a new five-year contract that could take his earnings up to £150,000 per week.
THE SUN: Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 25, intends to play in Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Slovakia and Luxembourg next week, despite club manager Jose Mourinho wanting him to rest his sore hamstring.
SKY SPORTS: Barcelona are confident Argentina forward Lionel Messi will stay, despite reports linking the 27-year-old with Chelsea and PSG.