Brendan Rodgers still hopes Liverpool can pip Man City to title

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes the Reds can still pip Manchester City to the title

Brendan Rodgers is still optimistic that Liverpool can catch Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

The Citizens moved to the top of the table on goal difference after a 3-2 victory over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Rodgers’s side can temporarily reclaim top spot with a win against Crystal Palace on Monday night, and Rodgers is hoping that City will slip up.

“It is a tough ask for City,” Rodgers said. “To play three games at this stage of the season that really, really matter is a real tough ask. Aston Villa are an incredible team on the counterattack and better away from home, and West Ham on their day can be a really difficult opponent.

“Manchester City need to win all their games which means they will have won five games in a row and they have done that only once this season, so it will be a wee bit new for them. It is certainly not over by a long way.

“If we can win our two games then it could go a long way to deciding whether we finish top or not. But it is about concentrating on our game against Crystal Palace.

“City’s result [at Everton] won’t deflate us because we know we have to win against Palace no matter what. We know we have to win at Palace and win against Newcastle. That hasn’t changed and that is our focus.”

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