Liverpool – City: who’s feeling the pressure?
It’s a real breath of fresh air to look forward to a potential title-decider that involves two northern teams not called United.
April 11th, 2014
But that’s what we’re looking at this Sunday at 1.37pm – with all the weekend’s English fixtures set to kick off late as a mark of respect for the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy – as Manchester City head to Merseyside to test their mettle against the league leaders.
It’s a pressure-filled affair to begin with, but it’ll be the Reds who feel it the most – having played two games more than City and with the next home game against fellow title contenders Chelsea, Liverpool need to win to be sure of taking their hopes up another notch.
With City’s first game in hand to be played at home to bottom side Sunderland on Wednesday, it’s the Blues who must look to conserve some energy after their congested fixture list starts to ease up.
However, the return of two baker’s-dozen scorer Sergio Aguero after five games out with injury – and still three ahead of Alvaro Negredo – should boost the Blues considerably.
Nothing says a boost quite like the monthly league award though – and three Liverpool men picked up two awards between them this week; with Brendan Rodgers being named Manager of the Month for March – not losing a league match in the calendar year so far will get you that – and Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard sharing the Player’s honour.
Not since the days of Dalglish, Aldridge and Rush have Liverpool fans dared to dream of a league title like they are now, and 25 years on from the most horrible day in the club’s history, they are out to properly mark the occasion and give Anfield plenty of sweet to go with the sour.