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Oct 27, 2012

Paper round-up: Reds snoop Drog

It's Super Sunday and the papers are buzzing ahead of today's big games, so keeping with the theme this round up is strictly coloured red and blue.

Just when we thought we had seen the back of him, the Mail on Sunday reports that the red side of Liverpool may be making a move for former Chelsea star Didier Drogba on a short-term loan. Drogba has finished this season's commitments with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, but it seems red tape may get in the way of a move to Anfield - with Liverpool needing permission from the Premier League board for the deal to go through.

Also in the Mail on Sunday, Sir Alex Ferguson has stoked the fires ahead of today’s big clash with Chelsea, saying that Roberto Di Matteo's current side is not as good as the one that swept all before it under Jose Mourinho. "I wouldn’t say this is the strongest Chelsea team," Sir Alex said. "If you go back a few years to that period of Drogba they were really formidable, difficult to play against."

Back to Merseyside and the Sunday Telegraph reports that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers won't recall fit again Pepe Reina for today's Merseyside derby against Everton. Apparently Rodgers will instead stick with Australian Brad Jones and should he do so, questions about Reina’s long-term future at Anfield will only intensify.

The Sun on Sunday reports that former Everton player Andy van der Meyde battled drug and alcohol problems while at the club. The Dutch midfielder also describes his fall out with Everton manager David Moyes as well as club captain Phil Neville.

Finally, some more transfer news as the Sunday Mirror reports that Daniel Sturridge will hold out for a permanent transfer rather than go out on loan in January. Liverpool have long been mooted as his most likely destination and Sturridge is thought to hope a new home can see him recapture his form and aid his quest for international recognition.