What the papers say

  • Last Updated: February 15 2013, 7:12 GMT

A look at what is making the back-page headlines in today's national newspapers:

Brendan Rodgers: Still confident of progressing
Brendan Rodgers: Still confident of progressing

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DAILY TELEGRAPH: Dame Sarah Storey summed up the air of disbelief and shock across the world of sport on Thursday when she described Oscar Pistorius being charged with murder after the violent death of his girlfriend as "like one of those horrific made-up stories". ALSO: Liverpool are developing an unhealthy reputation for becoming one of Europe's most attractive losers. Zenit St Petersburg discovered, just like West Bromwich Albion on Monday night, that a brief surge of momentum is all it takes to expose the soft underbelly of an idealistic but defective opponent.

DAILY EXPRESS: Cristiano Ronaldo has warned Manchester United he will not allow sentiment to diminish his determination to knock them out of the Champions League. ALSO: Newcastle were left fuming about their 0-0 draw at home against Metalist Kharkiv last night after Papiss Cisse had two 'goals' ruled out for offside.

THE TIMES: A defiant Brendan Rodgers claimed that Liverpool's Europa League hopes remained alive last night despite a 2-0 away defeat to Zenit St Petersburg that left him bemoaning failings in defence and attack. ALSO: Rafael Benitez, the Chelsea interim manager, has admitted that John Terry's knee injury has locked the club in a "vicious circle" in which he is not sufficiently fit to play but cannot regain his sharpness without time on the pitch.

DAILY MIRROR: Brendan Rodgers defiantly insisted his side's European hopes are not dead despite a disastrous defeat in St Petersburg. ALSO: Paul Ince is ready to return to management as boss of Blackpool.

DAILY MAIL: Liverpool are on the brink of going out of the Europa League after losing to Zenit St Petersburg - on a night when Luis Suarez missed a series of chances. ALSO: The sporting world was stunned yesterday when iconic athlete Oscar Pistorius was charged with murdering his girlfriend.

THE INDEPENDENT: Manchester United's players have demanded that their young goalkeeper David de Gea be given the time and patience to succeed at their club after the 22-year-old's huge role in securing a draw in the Bernabeu left Spain salivating over the prospect of him returning to La Liga. ALSO: Chelsea began life in the Europa League with an unconvincing win in Prague, which did little to suggest that Rafael Benitez's love affair with the club has much time to run.

DAILY STAR: Ryan Giggs says England boss Roy Hodgson is making a massive mistake ignoring Rio Ferdinand. ALSO: Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool's Europa League dream is still alive despite his side crashing to a demoralising defeat.

THE SUN: Rafa Benitez has risked a big fall-out with John Terry by warning: You're not guaranteed a start. ALSO: Gareth Bale was again Spurs' match-winner last night.

THE GUARDIAN: Brendan Rodgers claimed Liverpool have "a fighting chance" of reaching the last 16 of the Europa League despite falling to a 2-0 defeat at Zenit St Petersburg on a night when fears of racist abuse from Russian fans proved unfounded. ALSO: André Villas-Boas hailed Gareth Bale as "incredible" after a stunning performance for Tottenham against Lyon in which two superb free-kicks earned his side a 2-1 lead going into the second leg of their Europa League knockout tie.


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