What the back pages say: January 26

DAILY MAIL: Robbie Keane's Liverpool future was in doubt again last night, after he responded to being axed by staying away from their 1-1 FA Cup fourth-round draw with Everton.

Keane in Cup snub: Future of £20million Liverpool striker in doubt again as he stays away after Rafa axe

Also: Kevin Pietersen, still angry at his acrimonious departure as captain, hit a spectacular century on the first day of England's Caribbean tour; then demanded a proper explanation for the messy way he was forced out of office.

Pietersen makes his point with ton and admits he is still hurt at losing captaincy

THE SUN: Robbie Keane's Liverpool future hangs on a knife-edge after he boycotted the clash with Everton.

Also: Pascal Chimbonda will complete a stunning £3million return from Sunderland to Tottenham ... Mark Hughes will have showdown talks with Robinho today.

DAILY MIRROR: Steven Gerrard had the last laugh on his tormentors at the Merseyside derby - by ramming their chants back down their throats.

Also: Tom Hicks yesterday flew in to sort out Liverpool's future.

THE GUARDIAN: Giles Clarke's case in his attempt to be re-elected chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board has been strengthened, it was claimed last night, after yesterday's comments by his rival Lord Marland.

THE TIMES: Relations between the Merseyside neighbours were further strained last night as Rafael Benitez accused Everton of not trying to win yesterday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Anfield - while police investigated claims that a visiting fan threw a seat at Fernando Torres, the Liverpool forward.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Lord Marland, the man hoping to unseat Giles Clarke as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, stepped up his criticism of the board yesterday - claiming that the game had "missed out" on £116million by not being involved at the start of the Twenty20 Champions League.

DAILY STAR: Angry David Moyes last night snapped back at Rafa Benitez's claims that Everton had gone to Anfield looking for a draw.

THE INDEPENDENT: Rafael Benitez guaranteed that the FA Cup fourth-round replay between Liverpool and Everton on February 4 would have an even greater edge by claiming that Everton had been negative in their approach yesterday and played for a draw.

DAILY EXPRESS: David Beckham scored his first goal for AC Milan in a 4-1 Serie A win at Bologna yesterday, but coach Carlo Ancelotti played down speculation the England midfielder could stay at the club.

Also: Kevin Pietersen took out his pent-up frustration on the club bowlers of St Kitts & Nevis as he marked his return to the ranks with a century.

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