Friday’s Newspaper Review: Hyypia out of City clash?

We here at TIA towers are in a good mood this morning. After all, it is Friday and well, we can get away with pretending it’s still Christmas. So we thought we’d kick-off this morning’s newspaper review with a laugh at Newcastle Utd and Joey Barton’s expense. The Guardian reports:

Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton was last night in police custody in connection with an allegation of assault. The 25-year-old was one of three people arrested in Liverpool in the early hours of yesterday morning.

How many times, Mr Barton? It may also be worth pointing out this happened just hours after Barton’s ‘œinjured ankle’ kept him out of Newcastle‘s 1-0 defeat to Wigan on Saturday. Still, it’s good to see that the Merseyside police are keeping our streets in order. There are more important things in the papers this morning though, as we look ahead to our clash at the City of Manchester stadium on Sunday.

City were involved in a thriller at home last night as Blackburn twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Sven Goren Eriksson’s men. Henry Winter from The Telegraph reports:

‘œThe man with Santa in his name continues to love this time of year. Roque Santa Cruz’s double, making it seven goals in four games, ended Manchester City‘s perfect home record in a hugely entertaining Premier League game last night.’

As regards team news, The Daily Mail has the only piece:

‘œSami Hyypia is a major doubt for Liverpool’s match at Manchester City on Sunday because of an ankle problem sustained against Derby.

Liverpool expect to know the full extent of the injury today.’

Ryan Babel’s been pointing out the obvious, hailing Steven Gerrard, in this morning’s Daily Star:

The £11.5m summer signing from Ajax hadn’t seen Gerrard close-up but has been astonished by just how good the Liverpool skipper is.

After Gerrard’s last-gasp goal nicked the points at Derby on Boxing Day, Babel said: ‘œGerrard is in fantastic form.

‘œI already knew what a terrific player he was because of what I’d seen on TV, but when you play alongside him and see him in training, he’s just phenomenal.