From the Back Pages, March 15: Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers says his team are challenging team at the top, not Man Utd

From the back pages
From the back pages

Brendan Rodgers says he can empathise with David Moyes’s struggles at Manchester United but that Liverpool are focussed on the top of the Premier League. (The Telegraph)

David Moyes is expecting the club to consider handing Robin Van Persie a new deal at Manchester United after the striker expressed a desire to remain there. (The Independent)

Nicolas Anelka has abruptly quit West Brom as the row over his ‘quenelle’ intensified with Albion branding him “highly unprofessional”. (The Mirror)

Paris Saint-Germain have sacked their two head chefs after star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic criticised the quality of the food at the French club’s training ground. (Daily Mail)

JOSE MOURINHO doubts that Chelsea have the depth and experience in their squad to win both the Premier League and the Champions League this season. (The Express)

Lord Windermere was a shock winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, delivering an Irish success for the first time in eight years as the old order was swept aside on a day of high drama. The winner had to survive a stewards’ inquiry after veering towards the runner-up, On His Own, in the closing stages, prevailing by a rapidly vanishing short-head. (The Guardian)

England’s preparations for the World Twenty20 took a blow yesterday when Ben Stokes was ruled out of the tournament with a fractured bone in his right hand. Stokes, the Durham all-rounder, suffered the injury punching a locker in the dressing room at the Kensington Oval after his first-ball dismissal in the final Twenty20 international against West Indies on Thursday, when he was bowled by a slower ball from Krishmar Santokie. (The Times)