Man City will slip up at Goodison Park, says former Liverpool defender

EXCLUSIVE: Former Liverpool defender Rob Jones believes Manchester City will falter in the Premier League title race

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: Back Page Images

Rob Jones has tipped Manchester City to slip up at Everton in the Premier League title race.

The Citizens are in control of their title destiny after a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace ensured the 2012 champions capitalised on Liverpool’s demoralising 2-0 reversal against Chelsea at Anfield last weekend.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men will be crowned champions if the Eastlands outfit win their remaining three Premier League games, but face a daunting trip to Goodison Park this Saturday.

We’ve had such a good run and played such exciting football under Brendan Rodgers

Rob Jones

City have lost their last four games at Everton, and former Liverpool defender Jones believes Roberto Martinez’s side could do their Merseyside rivals a big favour in the title race.

“I think Manchester City will [slip up],” Jones told The Sport Review.

“I reckon they’ll get a draw at Everton. It is still wide open and it is so hard to predict the way it will go. This is what I like, it is close.”

Regardless of whether Liverpool win the title or City claim their second Premier League crown, Jones feels Brendan Rodgers’s men can reflect on a positive season after securing their return to the Champions League group stage.

“People were expecting us to be fighting Arsenal or Chelsea for fourth place at this stage,” Jones continued.

“But we’ve had such a good run and played such exciting football under Brendan Rodgers.

“I’ve been going to the majority of home games and I’ve enjoyed it. The attacking play that Liverpool have been doing is great.”

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is unlikely to be satisfied with a Champions League spot, though, with time running out for the 33-year-old to lift the Premier League crown for his boyhood club.

You can’t be thinking, ‘What if’. Chelsea is finished now. We have to move onto the next game

Rob Jones

The England skipper’s slip led to Demba Ba’s opener in Chelsea’s 2-0 win at Anfield, but Jones reckons Gerrard will have forgotten the mistake and will be rallying his troops for Monday’s trip to Crystal Palace.

“He has a great staff behind him, especially Brendan Rodgers. Steven Gerrard is very, very experienced,” Jones added.

“It was a slip and everyone makes mistakes and he is going to be more upset than anyone. Brendan would have sat him down and had a chat with him anyway.

“He has to get it out of his mind and I am sure he will do. He will be getting the lads ready for the Palace game and move onto that.

“You can’t be thinking, ‘What if?’. Chelsea is finished now. We have to move onto the next game.”

Rob Jones was widely regarded as one of England’s finest full-backs before his career was cut short due to injury. Check out the Liverpool legend’s story at www.robjonesbook.co.uk

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