From the Back Pages, February 9: Sterling and Skrtel expose Gunners’ shortcomings

From the back pages
From the back pages

MARTIN SKRTEL and Raheem Sterling proved to be the thorn in Arsenal’s side as Liverpool ran riot at Anfield. (The Express)

Goalless draws are the flotsam of football; they drift by and are lost in the ocean of events. This one was greeted with a vast rolling cheer, the kind that comes with championship-deciding performances. It would be greeted by a thin smile in the manager’s office at Stamford Bridge. This has been quite a week for Jose Mourinho. (The Independent)

Garry Monk’s audition to become Swansea’s next manager got off to the perfect start with a handsome 3-0 victory over local rivals Cardiff in a frenetic south Wales derby. (Daily Mail)

A hat-trick from Chelsea’s in-form playmaker Eden Hazard helped the Blues to a 3-0 win over Newcastle as Jose Mourinho’s men stormed to the top of the Premier League. (Mirror)

The England and Wales Cricket Board is expected to clarify its position on Kevin Pietersen in a statement to be issued on Sunday about the breakdown of trust within the England team. (The Telegraph)

England retained the Calcutta Cup with a performance of controlled power and intensity at Murrayfield, squeezing the life out of Scotland to leave their sorry hosts pointless for the first time in this fixture since 1978. (The Times)

Forty-year-old Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen equalled the Winter Olympic record of 12 medals on a dramatic first day in Sochi. (The Guardian)