From the Back Pages, March 18: Liverpool plotting £25m swoop for Benfica striker Rodrigo

From the back pages
From the back pages

Liverpool are plotting a £25million summer swoop for Benfica striker Rodrigo. The forward, 23, has been in fine form this season with 10 goals so far. (Mirror)

To quote the phrase Gérard Houllier never lived down, Liverpool came to Old Trafford on Sunday 10 games from greatness and with their supporters carrying a banner that proclaimed: “Make Us Dream”. (The Independent)

Juan Mata says that Manchester United fans deserve better than to watch their team humbled at home by Liverpool. (The Times)

The Football Association looks set to reject the application by the Hull City owner, Assem Allam, to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers, after the FA’s membership committee unanimously voted against it. In response Allam reiterated that he would “walk away” from the club if the full FA council follows the committee’s recommendation at its meeting on 9 April. (The Guardian)

Jose Mourinho has claimed that Didier Drogba will eventually rejoin Chelsea and did not rule out the striker making a sensational return as a player. (The Telegraph)

Dnipro president Igor Kolomoyskyi says he’s in talks with Tottenham over deal for Yevhen Konoplyanka. The winger, who has 36 caps for Ukraine, was close to joining Liverpool on January transfer deadline day, but no deal took place. (Daily Mail)

ARSENAL have admitted defeat in their pursuit of Julian Draxler with Bayern Munich preparing a new bid for the talented youngster. (The Express)