Brendan Rodgers avoided becoming the first Liverpool manager to lose consecutive European games at Anfield as the Reds beat Anzhi Makhachkala last night.

Stewart Downing netted the winner in a 1-0 win for Liverpool against the mega-rich Russian side.

Anzhi also make the headlines this morning for an apparent interest in signing Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

The club's team director, Roberto Carlos, has described Rooney as one of the 'best players in the world' and says Anzhi are not the only club who want to buy him.

Elsewhere in the Europa League, Tottenham drew 1-1 with Maribor on Thursday night - their third successive draw in the competition.

After the game, manager Andre Villas-Boas criticised his players for failing to learn from their mistakes.

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole is reportedly ready to end his feud with the Ferdinand family and shake hands with Rio in the clash with Manchester United this weekend.

Cole was ignored by Anton Ferdinand before the 0-0 draw with QPR at Loftus Road in September.

A rift is reportedly forming between Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and his assistant Steve Bould.

Bould succeeded Pat Rice as Wenger's No.2 in the summer, and had initially been praised for his work with the club's defence.

Finally, Newcastle legend Alan Shearer is being linked with the vacant Ipswich manager's job.

Paul Jewell was sacked by the Tractor Boys on Wednesday, and former West Ham boss Alan Curbishley is favourite for the position.

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