From the Back Pages, December 26: We don’t fear trip to Manchester City, says Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has said the Boxing Day visit to Manchester City holds no fear for Liverpool despite his belief that the Premier League title is City’s to lose. (The Guardian)

From the back pages
From the back pages

Liverpool are ready to reward Brendan Rodgers for his stunning success this season with a massive new contract. (The Mirror)

Rio Ferdinand is giving serious consideration to retiring from football at the end of the season as he faces up to the final six months of his career at Manchester United. (The Times)

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Alan Curbishley has been appointed first-team technical director at Fulham as he returns to club football more than five years after leaving West Ham. (The Independent)

TIM SHERWOOD has revealed his pride at being named as Tottenham head coach - claiming he bleeds “the colour of the club”. (Express)

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will drop his big name stars if they fail to perform over the busy Christmas period. (The Telegraph)

Michael Clarke has won a fourth consecutive toss for Australia in this Ashes series and has opted to bowl. He has named an unchanged team for this one. Two changes for England from Perth: Jonny Bairstow comes in for Matt Prior and Monty Panesar returns for the retired Graeme Swann. Stuart Broad has shaken off injury concerns over his foot. (Daily Mail)