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A round up of sporting headlines including news from Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Newcastle, Barcelona, Manchester United and Tottenham.

DAILY MAIL: Liverpool face a massive battle to persuade Raheem Sterling to sign an extension to his £30,000-a-week contract at Anfield. Although Sterling has more than two years left on his deal, Liverpool are ready to open talks on an improved contract. Also: Manchester United have agreed personal terms for a permanent transfer for 28-year-old striker Radamel Falcao, who is currently on loan from Monaco.

THE GUARDIAN: Roy Hodgson has described as “dangerous” the complaint from Brendan Rodgers that England’s training routines were to blame for Daniel Sturridge’s thigh injury, describing it as untrue and also reminding the Liverpool manager that he has no right to think he can unduly influence his selections for the national team.

THE INDEPENDENT: As pressure mounted on Mario Balotelli to produce a performance worthy of his reputation, Brendan Rodgers has admitted that when it came to replacing Luis Suarez, he had few if any candidates to choose from.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has been criticised for his lack of goals, most notably by Louis van Gaal, but insists he will continue to flourish through the middle.

DAILY STAR: Samuel Eto’o proved his European credentials with a late equaliser for Everton in Russia. Also: Barcelona full-back Dani Alves, 31, is looking to move to the Premier League next summer, with both Manchester United and Liverpool interested in the Brazil international.

DAILY EXPRESS: Mauricio Pochettino was “disappointed, angry and frustrated” after Demba Ba’s late penalty saw Besiktas rescue the point at Tottenham they fully deserved. Also: Manchester City midfielder James Milner, 28, believes his club can win four trophies this season.

DAILY MIRROR: Lukas Podolski ready to depart Arsenal after struggling for playing time.

THE TIMES: Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, 23, says accusations that he is a poor finisher are unfair because he has so often been played out of position.

THE SUN: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is worried the criticism he is currently experiencing is affecting his friends and family.