On this day: Fergie helps Gazza in rehab and Premier League's richest player revealed

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We’ve taken a look back at the headlines on this day last year including news about Liverpool and a former Tottenham legend.

Arsenal and Manchester City are preparing to overturn two goal first leg deficits in their Champions League ties this week with several key stars under the microscope for both sides.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has returned to form while City will still be recovering from the shock of exiting the FA Cup at the hands of Wigan Athletic, but what were the stories that had the fans talking on this day last year.

‘Gazza: Fergie Helped to Save my Life’

Paul Gascoigne revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson had sent him video messages of support as he recovered from alcohol addiction in the United States.

Gascoigne’s decline in his battle against drink was widely reported last year with several fearing for his life at one stage had he not sought help.

“I was blown away watching people like Sir Alex telling me to stay strong and pull through. Sir Alex reminded me I’m a fighter. He said he was speaking on behalf of all United players and everyone was rooting for me,” said Gazza.

‘Liverpool Eye Former Midfielder’

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso was linked with a sensational return to Anfield by the Express.

Alonso was reportedly unhappy with life at the Bernabeu under Jose Mourinho and Spanish newspaper El Periodico linked him with a return to the Merseyside club, suggesting that he’d made the decision not to renew his contract with Los Blancos.

Chelsea’s Nightmare Schedule’

Chelsea faced a horrendous fixture schedule which saw them due to play three games within five days.

The fixtures fell in the FA Cup and the Europa League, as Rafael Benitez had to continuously contend with fixtures stacking up throughout last season while in temporary charge of the club.

‘The Richest Players in the Premier League

Wayne Rooney was announced as the richest player in the Premier League with a collective fortunate valued at £50 million. He’s now on £300,000 per week until his early 30s.

Rio Ferdinand was second in the list with a fortune of £42 million while Michael Owen came in at third with a fortune of £40.5 million, not bad for someone who spent the latter part of his career on the subs bench.

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