From the Back Pages, September 17: Rio Ferdinand: Premier League clubs must raise game in Champions League

From the back pages
From the back pages

Rio Ferdinand has warned that English clubs need to raise their game in the Champions League this season and rise to the challenge set by their German and Spanish rivals. (The Times)

David Moyes confirms he has spoken to Manchester United winger Ashley Young over diving concerns ahead of Champions League clash with Bayer Leverkusen. (The Independent)

A crucial Jonjo Shelvey assist handed Swansea a draw against Liverpool after the former Reds midfielder’s two glaring errors had put the visitors in the lead at the Liberty Stadium. Shelvey had opened the scoring early doors but made a mistake moments later, allowing Daniel Sturridge to score before another blunder let in Victor Moses. Shelvey made amends though when he played in Michu to tie things up. (Daily Mail)

ARSENAL look set to rival Liverpool for Schalke’s Greek defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos in January. (The Express)

Vincent Kompany will undergo a fitness test on Tuesday before Manuel Pellegrini finalises a decision on whether to restore the captain to Manchester City’s defence against Viktoria Plzen. (The Telegraph)

Mark Halsey has warned that the pressure being placed on top flight referees could result in one committing suicide in the future. (The Mirror)

Shane Watson’s hundred and some tight bowling ensured Australia took victory at the Rose Bowl and a 2-1 series win. (The Guardian)