From the Back Pages, January 2: Steven Gerrard to leave Liverpool: Anfield captain announces decision to leave club in the summer

From the back pages
From the back pages

Steven Gerrard will announce tomorrow that he will leave Liverpool for a new team at the end of the season, bringing to an end a 25-year association with the Merseyside club and most likely preface a move to the MLS in America. (The Independent)

MIKE JONES will worry about the prospect of being downgraded once again following his latest refereeing gaffe. Leicester, in contrast, left Anfield with confidence imbued by their own efforts to avoid demotion. (The Express)

José Mourinho blamed the referee last night for Chelsea’s shock 5-3 defeat away to Tottenham Hotspur, which eroded their advantage over Manchester City at the top of the Barclays Premier League. (The Times)

A truly miserable New Year’s Day for Arsenal was compounded when Arsene Wenger and his coaching staff were confronted by a fan during their limp 2-0 defeat against Southampton. (The Telegraph)

For a second successive game, Manchester City somehow contrived to lose a two-goal lead at home against a team they would normally expect to ease out of their way. This time, however, they spared themselves another ordeal and it was another moment to demonstrate why the Premier League champions have leant on their sister club, New York City FC, to keep Frank Lampard in Manchester rather than Manhattan. They may not like it in New York but when Lampard is making such a rich contribution for Manuel Pellegrini’s team the decision-makers in Abu Dhabi can hardly be blamed for deciding to extend his stay and abandon the initial plan of making him Major League Soccer’s new poster boy. (The Guardian)

Manchester United ushered in the New Year of Premier League football and gave another vivid ­illustration why top-flight honours are likely to elude them in 2015. (The Mirror)

Andy Carroll and Sam Allardyce are among a group of players and staff at West Ham to have lost £30,000 to fraudsters in a scam, it was claimed on Thursday. (Daily Mail)