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Liverpool's Steven Gerrard
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard
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All the stories making the national newspaper headlines today, including Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Debrecen

THE SUN: Liverpool played a Champions League game unaware the opposing goalkeeper was caught up in a match-fixing plot. Also: Phil Jones is a serious doubt for Manchester United’s Euro showdown with Real Madrid - after being struck down with shingles.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Liverpool’s 2009 Champions League tie against Debrecen was last night alleged to be one of 380 European games under suspicion of match-fixing. Also: Steven Gerrard has called on England’s fans to respect Ashley Cole’s “phenomenal” contribution to the national side when he wins his 100th cap against Brazil.

DAILY MIRROR: Liverpool were last night caught up in the match-fixing probe which has shocked football. Also: Chelsea were dealt another blow last night when Petr Cech confirmed that he had broken a finger.

THE INDEPENDENT: The head of Europol has warned football authorities in Britain not to be “naive” or “complacent” enough to believe that the problem of match-fixing, which he exposed on a massive global scale yesterday, does not extend to matches in this country. Also: Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey suggested yesterday that he was made the scapegoat for his team’s poor performance in the 3-1 defeat at Stoke City on Boxing Day - since when he has been left out on the periphery of the first team.

THE GUARDIAN: FIFA has called for longer prison sentences for criminals involved in match-fixing after the EU intelligence-sharing agency Europol said more than 700 matches worldwide are suspected of having been manipulated. Also: Steven Gerrard has become the first player in Roy Hodgson’s England squad to publicly express concerns about England’s position in their World Cup qualifying group and the possibility that unless there is an improvement, they may end up in the play-offs.

DAILY MAIL: English football was stunned last night by claims that one of Liverpool’s Champions League games was fixed. Also: Theo Walcott last night vowed to prove to Roy Hodgson he can be an England centre-forward.

DAILY STAR: Steven Gerrard has told England to forget about beating Brazil and focus on getting there instead. Also: UEFA last night told Manchester City to prove they are not cheating the system with a controversial sponsorship deal... Peter Odemwingie was back in training at West Brom yesterday.

DAILY EXPRESS: Steven Gerrard has pleaded with the Wembley crowd not to ruin the big night of fans’ target Ashley Cole when he wins his 100th cap for England against Brazil tomorrow. Also: A Champions League game played in England is suspected of being fixed, according to European police.

THE TIMES: Steven Gerrard has admitted to looking beyond England’s prestigious friendly against Brazil tomorrow as he faces up to the concern that Montenegro could deny him the chance to play in one more World Cup before the end of his international career. Also: Stuart Pearce is not looking to hold talks over his future with the FA until after the European Under-21 Championship finals in Israel this summer.