In the Papers: 4th September

Following John W Henry’s remarkable open letter to supporters, it’s no surprise to see many of the big media outlets reporting on this story. However, there are also other headlines circulating about the Reds, as we take a look at the biggest paper reports for Tuesday.

With Liverpool clearly struggling in front of goal in the opening games, many won’t be surprised to see that most papers have picked up on the Michael Owen story. In fact, practically all of the daily newspapers are running a piece on the former striker, with the Daily Express, Daily Mail and Independent all running the same story.

They all claim that even though Rodgers had initially considered a move for the 32-year-old, such a deal is now off the agenda and Stoke are set to sign him on a two-year contract worth £30,000 per week. All of the outlets are claiming that similar reasons blocked the deal, including an unwillingness to invest in older players as well as the fact that the signing could split opinion considering the fact that Owen has only recently left bitter-rivals Manchester United.

Meanwhile, another paper are running a story on Andy Carroll. Considering Liverpool’s goal problems, there have been suggestions that Rodgers could recall Carroll in a bid to bolster his strike force. However, the newspaper claims that West Ham are now “locked in talks” with legal representatives to prevent this from happening. A source told the outlet that the deal does allow the Hammers to buy Carroll for £17-18m as early as tomorrow, while they are still convinced that Liverpool don’t have the right to sell the player to any other club.

In final news, the Australian Telegraph has claimed that reserve goalkeeper Brad Jones has been selected for Australia. It’s being reported that Jones has been brought into the reckoning following an injury to another of the Socceroos’ players, meaning that he is likely to be second choice ahead of the World Cup qualifying games this week.

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