From the Back Pages, December 12: Fernando Torres set to be offered up for FREE after Milan move to cancel Chelsea loan deal

From the back pages
From the back pages

Fernando Torres is to be offered for free around Premier League clubs this January - only four years after costing a British record £50m. (The Mirror)

Liverpool’s poor performance in this season’s Champions League has dealt the Anfield club a seedings blow for the Europa League last-32 draw. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea, owned by Roman Abramovich, have become the first fully professional football club in England to be accredited employers paying a living wage to all their staff. Supporter-owned FC United of Manchester became the first football club in Britain to be an accredited living wage employer in October and Hearts, in Scotland, signed up to the initiative this week. (The Guardian)

Besiktas vs Tottenham match report: Lights go out on Spurs’ hopes of finishing top of Group C. (The Independent)

In the wake of their Champions League exit, Liverpool need to make a statement of intent quickly about their ambitions and that means sorting out Raheem Sterling’s future. Liverpool and Sterling are “nowhere near any agreement” on a new contract, according to a source close to negotiations, although there are hopes of an eventual resolution. (The Telegraph)

The Toffees - already through as group winners to the knockout stage - rarely troubled the away goalkeeper as Arouna Kone made his first appearance in over a year. (The Express)

A man who strums tunes from the Arctic Monkeys on a ukulele is going to know a thing or two about fusing past and present. So it proved as Joe Root, who spoke of his new hobby this week, mixed classically correct batting with modern hitting to record his third one-day hundred this year and bring England back into the series. (The Times)