Wayne Rooney has nailed his colours to the mast and perhaps unsurprisingly, wants Manchester City to win the Premier League title ahead of Liverpool.
After all, the scouser is one of all the all-time pantomime villains for Reds, growing up a boyhood Toffee before transferring to our other most bitter rivals Manchester United and becoming their all-time record goalscorer.
Liverpool are two points clear in the race, but Pep Guardiola‘s City have a game in hand – which considering their current form – they’ll likely win!
As a result, we need City to slip up in at least one match before the end of the season to finish as champions.
“It’s a great reason to be out the country when those two are going head-to-head for the title,” Rooney told talkSPORT, cited by Sky Sports.
“I hope Man City get over the line before Liverpool. I couldn’t bear to see them win it, it would be a nightmare for any Evertonian.
“I remember in 2005 (Liverpool) won the Champions League and they’re still talking about it now so it would be another 10 or 15 years of that.”
If you think Liverpool can win their first title since 1990, check out the betting bonus codes listing. At the moment, City are favourites, but they have a nightmarish April fixture list with games against Spurs in the Premier League and Champions League to contend with.
We also have the benefit of an easier Champions League draw, with two games against FC Porto – and the potential advantage of being out of the FA Cup against Brighton.
Liverpool’s last seven games include four Anfield clashes and three on the road. Spurs, Chelsea, Huddersfield and Wolves must play us at home, while we have to travel to Southampton, Newcastle and Cardiff. As a seven game domestic stretch goes, that’s pretty decent. Spurs always struggle at Anfield, while Chelsea have been playing horribly for months.
Guardiola’s side have an extra game to contend with, of course. They face Fulham, Spurs, Crystal Palace, United and Burnley on the road – which is significantly harder than ours. Palace is never easy; Burnley may be fighting for survival… At home, we expect them to roll over Cardiff, Brighton and Leicester.
So what do Liverpool need to do in order to thwart Rooney, the rest of the country and every idiot who truly believes that corrupt, oil billionaires City securing the title is a victory for football?
Keep doing what we’re doing, in short.
Since our 0-0 draw with Everton, we’ve won three games on the bounce, against Burnley, Bayern Munich and Fulham – getting the job done all occasions.
What’s key is that in tight games, we must take our chances when they’re presented. Mo Salah missed one against Everton, for example, while Divock Origi messed up in the final minute of the draw with West Ham a few weeks earlier.
But overall, there really isn’t much to worry about in terms of their productivity:
- Mo Salah: 20 goals, eight assists
- Sadio Mane: 20 goals, one assist
- Roberto Firmino: 13 goals, five assists
On top of these guys, we’ve got the two most creative fullbacks in the country by an absolute country mile:
- Andy Robertson: 0 goals, 10 assists
- Trent Alexander-Arnold: 1 goal, six assists
And it wouldn’t be right to discuss our chances without mentioning the world’s best defender, Virgil van Dijk.
The Dutchman has been sensational this campaign and is head and shoulders above anybody else on the planet.
If he can continue marshalling our backline, and perhaps pop up with a few more key headed goals before the season is up, Jordan Henderson will be lifting trophies come May!