On this day: Liverpool refuse to sanction defender bid, Lewandowski offered to Chelsea

Stories from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all feature.

They key piece of Premier League news that everyone is talking about this morning relates to how Liverpool have just handed the initiative to Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

Brendan Rodgers’ side went into last night’s game against Crystal Palace needing a big win to put the pressure back on City and at 3-0 up, things looked good. However, the defence folded and let Palace back into the game to earn a point.

We’ve decided to take a look back on the stories grabbing the back pages on this day last year.

‘Liverpool refuse to sanction Williams bid’

Liverpool owners refused to sanction a bid for Swansea City centre back Ashley Williams.

Brendan Rodgers worked with him during his time at the Welsh club but he was deemed too expensive and too old.

The £12 million fee demanded by the Swans wasn’t considered good potential business by the Liverpool board.

‘Dortmund to offer Chelsea striker?’

The Express reported that Chelsea were keen on offering up Robert Lewandowski to Chelsea.

It was around this time last year that rumours the Pole could join BVB’s arch rivals Bayern Munich started to develop and keen to avoid that, Chelsea were identified as a possible destination.

Lewandowski subsequently went on to agree a move to Bayern at the end of this current season.

‘Szczesny questions Spurs’

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny questioned Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of finishing in the top four.

The Gunners were locked in a battle against their local rivals last season to see who would qualify for the Champions League and with Spurs due to play Chelsea, the Pole piled on the pressure.

“If we win our next two games it will be enough as either Chelsea or Spurs will drop points as they play each other. Tottenham do not have enough quality,” said the ‘keeper.

‘Van Persie to frame trophy picture’

Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie admitted that he was going to frame the picture of himself lifting the Premier League trophy.

The Dutchman was integral to United’s title winning campaign last season but his form dipped dramatically under former boss David Moyes this season.

“That’s the picture that will be framed in my house; me, lifting the Barclays Premier League trophy. I can’t wait for that moment,” he told United Review.

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