Round-up of football headlines including from clubs Liverpool, Arsenal, QPR and Newcastle
THE GUARDIAN: Jose Mourinho has accused Luis Suarez of reverting to “wild” natural instincts by performing “an acrobatic swimming pool jump” in an attempt to win a late penalty, as Liverpool surrendered momentum in the title race to Chelsea. Also: Nicolas Anelka has refused to apologise for his controversial quenelle gesture and denied any anti-Semitic intent behind the celebration.
THE SUN: Jose Mourinho went to war with old mate Brendan Rodgers over “wild” Luis Suarez. Also: Arsene Wenger hailed his Gunners as the new ‘Special Ones’. QPR manager Harry Redknapp wants to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 20, on loan. Blackburn want to sign Bradford striker Nahki Wells, 23, with QPR and Wigan also interested in the £3m rated forward.
DAILY MAIL: Nicolas Anelka faces a minimum five-match ban from the FA after producing a goal celebration branded ‘disgusting’ and ‘clearly anti-Semitic’. Also: Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers were locked in a war of words last night after Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 to stay in the thick of the Barclays Premier League title race. Ray Wilkins, 57, is to return to Fulham as part of Rene Meulensteen’s coaching staff. Wilkins was manager at Craven Cottage in 1997 prior to taking up coaching roles at Chelsea, Watford and Millwall. Gabriel Obertan’s days at Newcastle United may be numbered after the French winger stormed out of St James’ Park when he was told he would not be involved in the clash against Arsenal.
DAILY MIRROR: Manchester United are preparing to send 19-year-old playmaker Nick Powell to Hull City on loan after his success at Championship side Wigan. Stoke boss Mark Hughes wants to bring former Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne, 25, back to the Premier League - in a loan deal from Hamburg.
DAILY EXPRESS: Chelsea want to bring former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, 32, back to the Premier League after the Spain international snubbed new contract talks at Real Madrid.
DAILY STAR: Arsene Wenger claims something special is happening at Arsenal. Tottenham are keeping tabs on Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone despite appointing Tim Sherwood as their head coach on an 18-month contract.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Once again, Chelsea and Liverpool took a walk on the wild side. Once again, the rivalry spilt over. Samuel Eto’o, Oscar and Lucas could easily have been dismissed. But once again, there was some breathtaking football, much of it flowing from the marvellous Eden Hazard, vibrant in possession, diligent in tracking back and deservedly man of a thrilling match. Also: There is a peculiar beauty in 1-0 away wins at the end of ugly games in bleak midwinter played a long way from home, so Arsenal should be proud of this. West Ham United expect striker Andy Carroll to be playing within “two to three weeks” according to owner David Gold, which means manager Sam Allardyce can shift his focus to defensive reinforcements once the transfer window opens. Cardiff City remain determined to appoint Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their manager but have ruled out a move for ex-England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.
THE TIMES: Jose Mourinho continues to talk up Manchester City as champions elect, but no-one in the Barclays Premier League will rest easy with Chelsea two points off the top at the halfway stage.
THE INDEPENDENT: Jose Mourinho last night claimed that Luis Suarez dived to try to win a penalty against Samuel Eto’o and that it was in the Liverpool striker’s “cultural nature” to do anything to win games. Also: Arsenal have resolve. Newcastle are not a Champions League team. It was hardly an afternoon of revelations at St James’ Park yesterday.