From the Back Pages, April 28: Brendan Rodgers criticises Jose Mourinho tactics following devastating defeat at Anfield

From the back pages
From the back pages

Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, accused Chelsea of spoiling tactics during a damning assessment of Jose Mourinho’s football philosophy after the title pendulum swung from Anfield. (The Telegraph)

In the space of a couple of seconds at Anfield this afternoon, the ball slipped away from Steven Gerrard. Liverpool and their captain will spend the next week wondering if the Barclays Premier League title has done likewise after they were frustrated by a defensive and strategic masterclass from Chelsea. (The Times)

CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho has dismissed suggestions his side are back in the race for the title after beating Liverpool 2-0, insisting: “We’re back in nothing”. (The Express)

All the defiant chest-thumping in Chelsea celebration and gnashed frustration on the Kop had inevitably drawn the focus but, by the final whistle here, arguably the weekend’s most ominous statement of intent had been delivered in a corner of south London. Manchester City are still third in the table, peering up at the teams who collided at Anfield, but the title is theirs to lose. (The Guardian)

Manuel Pellegrini trusts Man City to go on and win the title after incredible twist. (Daily Mail)

Sunderland 4 Cardiff City 0 match report: Connor Wickham on the double to fire Black Cats out of the relegation zone. (The Independent)

Three Liverpool players were named in the PFA Team of the Year on Sunday evening. Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard were named in the XI, just hours after their side lost to Chelsea at Anfield in the Premier League. Manchester City have two representatives – Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany – in the XI, while there were also places for Seamus Coleman, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill. The line-up in full: Petr Cech, Coleman, Cahill, Kompany, Luke Shaw, Lallana, Toure, Gerrard, Eden Hazard, Sturridge, Suarez. (The Mirror)