Mail: Liverpool star calls on Anfield old boys to beat City
- 09 May 2014 07:23
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Two days to go… just over 48 hours until we find out if City can become Barclays Premier League and Capital One Cup double winners.
In this morning’s newspapers, the ice-cool display against Aston Villa continues to draw praise from all quarters - some more unexpected than others... but we’ll come back to that and start with Sunday’s game against West Ham.
In an intriguing subplot to an already fascinating encounter, there’s a strong contingent of ex-Liverpool stars plying their trade under Sam Allardyce, including Andy Carroll, Joe Cole and Stewart Downing.
Reds midfielder Lucas Leiva admits that he will be getting in touch with Liverpool’s record signing Carroll before the game.
“Will I be texting Andy? Yeah,” Lucas revealed.
“They have been here with us, working with us and I’m sure they will do their best to get points for West Ham and help us. But it’s not in our hands. For eight or nine minutes we just switched off and paid the price.
“It was very quiet in the dressing room after Palace, the quietest I have seen since I came here (in 2007) and it was hard to explain. But we still have Newcastle to play and we still have to believe something good is coming.”
Speaking of West Ham, rumours are rife that Sunday’s game could be Allardyce’s last in charge of West Ham.
The Mail’s David Kent has written on the subject and points out that “Big Sam” could indirectly make himself a Liverpool hero if he pulls off a shock result at the weekend to deny the home side a second title in three years.
“He’s not even loved by his own fans, but Sam Allardyce has the Premier League title in his hands… and how Liverpool would fall in love with him if he can pull of the impossible mission,” Kent writes.
"An unlikely win for West Ham at Manchester City on Sunday would allow Liverpool to win the title if they beat Newcastle."
“Allardyce, who is expected to take charge of West Ham for the last time on Sunday before being sacked, always seems like a manager who thinks he should be at one of the top clubs, wrestling for the top honours.
“West Ham have been thrashed three times this season by Manchester City, including a humiliating 6-0 defeat in the Capital One Cup (they lost the other games, both at home, 3-1 and 3-0).
“Winning at Manchester City could be among the best results of his career and, if it is to be his final act as West Ham manager, he could at least swagger out of Upton Park as a winner.”
...What the Media Says...
Speaking of Premier League managers, after Manuel Pellegrini’s men beat Arsenal 6-3 at the Etihad in December, Arsene Wenger had claimed that City had posed his side no more problems than Everton or Southampton.
However, the Frenchman appears to have adapted his stance, judging by quotes from his press conference yesterday.
"It would need really a miracle now for them not to win it," Wenger is quoted as saying on the BBC website.
“Congratulations to them, they won a marathon and they turned up in the last 100 yards. But they turned up when it mattered.
"Liverpool had an outstanding second part of the season and are maybe the most unlucky team of the season because they were nearly there as well."
"To be completely honest as well, a team like City scored 100 goals, so you have to say that their offensive potential has been absolutely brutal and fantastic.
"We have scored 66 at the moment and that's certainly where we have room for improvement."
There’s a couple of transfer stories out there too if all of this title talk is leaving you feeling as anxious as it is me…
Try this one from The Mirror’s John Cross for size.
“Ashley Cole is a shock transfer target for Manchester City,” the story reads.
“The Premier League's champions-elect are the latest club to make an enquiry for the England veteran, who is set to quit Chelsea this summer as a free agent.
"Cole, 33, been offered a new one-year deal by the west Londoners, but it would mean accepting reduced terms, and he has had no shortage of offers from elsewhere."
...What the Media Says...
"Cole would fit the bill for City as he would not only not command a transfer fee but would also boost their quota of Englishmen as they look to fall into line with UEFA rules for next season.”
Remember all transfer stories will appear first here on mcfc.co.uk this summer – when the deals are done.