Will Everton help Liverpool to the Premier League title?
Some Toffees fans would sacrifice Champions League football if it means their arch-rivals miss out
April 8th, 2014
Everton are bang in the race for fourth place after Sunday’s 3-0 win against Arsenal, with the Merseyside club now a point behind the Gunners with a game in hand.
However, qualifying for the Champions League could come at a particular cost, with title favourites Manchester City still to visit Goodison Park. Victory for Roberto Martinez’s team could ultimately help Liverpool to their first league title since 1990.
It appears that a section of supporters would actually forsake Champions League football if it meant Liverpool missed out, although Sylvain Distin thinks such a notion is crazy and the Frenchman hopes that there can be two Merseyside teams dining at Europe’s top table next term.
He said: “We’ve spoken about it with some of the staff and said ‘What if we have to beat City to be in the Champions League but by doing that Liverpool win the league?’ The funny thing is some people would rather we don’t get Champions League as long as they don’t win the league. It’s mad! Personally I’d rather be in the Champions League. You can’t miss a chance for that. It would be amazing for the city if both clubs made it. I think deep down both sets of fans would like it if both clubs were in it.
“There’s so much pressure on Arsenal now because things are in our hands. They are almost obliged to be in the Champions League, that’s what they do. They’ve qualified for years, but we are breathing down their necks and we can go fourth if we win our game in hand.
“It would be great to make the Champions League, for everyone here. Each and every one of us. But we need to keep going and hope it can happen. I have played in that competition at two of my previous clubs and when I signed for Everton my ambition was to achieve it again in my career. That’s what I’m dreaming of now.”