Liverpool’s players plead with Gerrard not to leave Anfield

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.

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A round up of sporting headlines including news from Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, QPR, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Tottenham.

DAILY MAIL: Champions City fire statement of intent to Chelsea as Aguero inspires emphatic comeback at Sunderland. Also: Unbeaten Chelsea hit top gear again as Hazard, Drogba and Remy ensure 24-year hoodoo at Bridge goes on for Spurs.

TELEGRAPH: Arsene Wenger says he has never known a player to settle into a new club as quickly as his match-winning Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez.

GUARDIAN: Liverpool’s players have joined forces to plead with captain Steven Gerrard, 34, not to leave at the end of this season.

DAILY MIRROR: Liverpool to start Anfield stadium expansion on Monday after resolving outstanding planning issues.

DAILY EXPRESS: Manchester United’s injury worries look set to be allayed with the return of Wayne Rooney. Also: Chris Smalling says Manchester United players are beginning to re-assess their targets for the season - in the belief they can actually challenge for the Premier League title.

DAILY MIRROR: Sevilla are monitoring Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata with a view to a January move for the 26-year-old. Also: AC Milan striker Giampaolo Pazzini, 30, is being offered to Premier League clubs - with Queens Park Rangers, Sunderland and Aston Villa all interested.

TALKSPORT: QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, 33, could join his brother Bradley in America’s Major League Soccer when his contract ends.

METRO: Tottenham are set to beat Liverpool to the signing of Porto’s Colombian striker Jackson Martinez, 28, by offering Spanish forward Roberto Soldado, 29, in part-exchange.

SUN: AC Milan’s French forward M’Baye Niang, 19, has revealed how a dream move to Arsenal fell apart in 2012.