Brendan Rodgers was left fuming at referee Phil Dowd yesterday, following the decision to dismiss Daniel Agger – as well as award two penalties in the space of minutes that ended any hope of a Liverpool comeback at the Hawthorns. The new Reds boss felt that Dowd was conned by Shane Long on two occasions and the soft red card knocked the stuffing out of the team – in a game that they were certainly in, before a mad five minutes in the second half. Rodgers believes that Liverpool will face more setbacks in the coming season, as he works on re-shaping the squad.
Elsewhere in the news Alan Pardew has apologised for shoving the linesman; Roberto Mancini thinks there are plenty of teams that could win the title, while Adebayor looks to have cleared the way for a permanent switch to Tottenham.
Man City manager Roberto Mancini feels ‘four or five’ sides could win the league this year – [Guardian]
Michael Carrick insists Manchester United will come back stronger than ever this season, given the events of last year – [Guardian]
Despite youngsters’ impressive display against Italy, England manager sees his senior citizens playing a key role on road to Brazil – [Daily Telegraph]
Alan Pardew has apologised for pushing a referee’s assistant Peter Kirkup that resulted in the Newcastle United manager being sent to the stands – [Sky Sports]
Frank Lampard enters the final year of his Chelsea contract with manager Roberto Di Matteo hoping player and club can agree a new deal – [Daily Mail]
Arsenal have confirmed the sale of midfielder Alex Song to Barcelona for £15m – [Guardian]
Brendan Rodgers endured horrendous start at Liverpool helm as club suffered heaviest opening day defeat in top flight since 1937 – [Daily Telegraph]
Emmanuel Adebayor is set to complete a permanent move to Tottenham before the end of the month – [Daily Mail]
Brendan Rodgers is ready to place a bid of £7.5 million for the highly-rated Birmingham goalkeeper – [Mirror]
Newcastle are braced for bids for Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye, with Chelsea and Manchester United keen on both midfielders – [Mirror]
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