Luis Suarez tipped to leave Liverpool & Redknapp wants to take Scholes to Euro 2012

Comment & analysis round-up

Quote of the day: “He told us beforehand he would. He was wrong to mislead us and wrong not to offer his hand to Evra. We are extremely disappointed with Luis Suarez. He has not only let himself down but also Kenny Dalglish, his team-mates and the club. It has been made absolutely clear to Suarez that his behaviour was not acceptable. He has now apologised. However, all of us have a duty to behave in a responsible manner. We hope that he now understands what is expected of anyone representing Liverpool Football Club.” – Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre.

Runner-up: “Age does not matter. No. Look at Paul Scholes. Let’s be honest, you would love to have him at the European Championships. He’s that good. He plays like the Spaniards, like Xavi, or Iniesta — he does not give the ball away. Frank is still a top player. You write him off at your peril. Stevie Gerrard is still a top class player. We have got some good men in our midfield. You need characters like that in your side if you are going to win anything. And that’s what players like Scott Parker are as well… I felt in South Africa was the best chance we had had since 1966 to win the World Cup. That was my honest opinion. I really could see us winning it. I thought it was a fantastic squad of players. But we were disappointing. Yet there’s good players in England for sure, good young players. It’s not fair for me to even think about it. I know I am going to get these questions all the time until something is decided. But if anything ever comes, then it’s a different game. But at the moment there’s nothing happening.” – Harry Redknapp.

Thierry Henry: “Will I be emotional? When it comes to Arsenal I am always emotional. It was an amazing feeling on Saturday. When I was warming up the fans started clapping. Where does this goal rank? Of course, some are more special than others. I was just at the end of a great cross but it was me, it was the last minute and it is a great story. But the most important thing are the three points and we can go forward now, with me in the team or not. It was so special for me — to be able to celebrate with all the Arsenal fans, who had come such a long way — it really was magical. But now we look ahead to Milan. It’s never easy to win away in the Champions League and all we want is to get some momentum. I’m sure the lads want to go all the way.”

Today’s top stories

Luis Suarez heading for the Liverpool exit

Suarez lies could lead the way to Liverpool exit (David Maddock, Daily Mirror) Luis Suarez is heading for the Anfield exit after lying to his manager and undermining the club. Not even his belated apology for betraying Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish looks likely to stop the club’s owners from offloading him in the summer. Suarez was condemned yesterday by Dalglish and managing director Ian Ayre, who insisted he has let down the club, the manager and his team-mates for refusing to shake the hand of Manchester United’s Patrice Evra on Saturday.”

Luis Suárez future at Anfield in doubt as Liverpool owners step in to try and restore order (Chris Bascombe, Daily Telegraph)

Luis Suarez stupidity has wounded Kenny Dalglish but healing process is now beginning (Alan Hansen, Daily Telegraph) 

Why did it take so long for Kop to realise Suarez is a dodgy piece of work? (Steven Howard, The Sun)

Liverpool apologies seek to quell ugly echoes of Luis Suárez affair (Richard Williams, Guardian)

Luis Suárez must show Liverpool he is worth the trouble of keeping him (Andy Hunter, Guardian)

Apology is a good start, but there’s plenty more to do (Sam Wallace, Independent)

It’s just too late Kenny, you’ve left a stain on your club (Ian Ladyman, Daily Mail)

Evra suffered sick chants aged 17 (Charlie Wyett, The Sun)

Manchester United 2 – Liverpool 1

Utd ‘spit’ row sparked bust-up (Neil Custis, The Sun) “Manchester United’s tunnel bust-up with Liverpool on Saturday was sparked by a spitting storm. United keeper David De Gea was spat at as he walked to the Old Trafford dressing room at half-time. Players from both sides had to be parted by stewards as the explosive confrontation threatened to escalate into a full-on brawl.”

Manchester United’s old guard too slick for over-defensive Liverpool (David Pleat, Guardian) 

A sorry affair at Old Trafford (Jamie Redknapp, Daily Mail)

Managers must come together to drag game back from brink (James Lawton, Independent)

Redknapp for England

Harry jets out while Capello gets offer from rich Russians (Alan Nixon, Daily Mirror)

Harry’s the man but he can’t work miracles (Martin Samuel, Daily Mail)

More problems for AVB at Chelsea

Chelsea players furious after AVB cancels day off for Goodison losers (Neil Ashton, Daily Mail) “Andre Villas-Boas cancelled Chelsea’s day off and ordered his underperforming superstars in for training on Sunday. The furious Stamford Bridge manager told his players on the plane back from Merseyside that their scheduled break was cancelled and told them to report to Cobham at 10am. Villas-Boas admitted the 2-0 defeat at Everton was Chelsea’s worst of the season. And he is under massive pressure with owner Roman Abramovich believing the players are no longer responding to their Portuguese coach.”

Zambia win the African Cup of Nations

Zambia gain redemption to stun Ivory Coast in Africa Cup of Nations (Jonathan Wilson, Guardian) “Stopila Sunzu began Sunday as an unheralded centre-back for the Congolese side TP Mazembe. He ended it as the unlikely hero of one of the greatest stories of redemption football has ever known. As Kalusha Bwalya, the greatest Zambian footballer of all time, was engulfed by the Zambia players after their victory in a penalty shoot-out, there were tears of joy but also tears born of the knowledge that this should have been his team-mates celebrating with him. Herve Renard, the Zambia coach, had spoken of destiny in this most emotional of triumphs and Zambia played as though they believed it.”


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