Everything was going to plan on Monday night, when after 75 minutes at Selhurst Park Liverpool were easily winning 3-0 against Crystal Palace, and going for more goals to improve their goal difference, since Manchester City’s is better.
Alan Pardew – may need a win on Sunday
But then the unbelievable happened – something that certainly wasn’t in the script – and Crystal Palace (to their great credit) scored three goals in the last 11 minutes to draw the game, and now Liverpool have dropped 5 of the last 6 points, following their 2-0 defeat at home to Chelsea – they have choked.
Of course Liverpool will still be trying to win the game on Sunday against Newcastle, and our defense is so porous these days, that it will be difficult to keep a clean sheet against the likes of Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
And if Manchester City beat Aston Villa at home tonight, they will be two points ahead of Liverpool and will need only a draw in their last home game at home to West Ham on Sunday.
That’s because even if Liverpool beat us then superior goal difference will see City take the Premier League title with a draw, for the second time in three seasons, and that will show that it really does pay to spend £1B gross on your players over the last five years.
But you don’t need to spend that much to win the Premier League these days – maybe as little as half a billion would do it? 😀
City are in trouble with UEFA because they have flaunted the Financial Fair Play rules over the last three years – so we wonder if they will also be in trouble with the Premier League?
That’s a reasonable question to ask.
This is what the Newcastle manager has told the Shields Gazette today:
“It’s a tough call,” “We need to make sure we stay in the game and try and get a lead like Chelsea did, and see it through.”
“It’s a big game for the Premier League, and it’s a big game for us,” “We need to be right. As much as we’re pleased, we’ve got a week’s work left.”
“It’s an important week.”
And one motivation for our players is that the last league win at Anfield was back in April 1994, when Kevin Keegan’s team simply took them apart and there was only one team in it from the very first whistle.
We won 2-0. 😀
But we have beaten Manchester United and Tottenham on the road this season, and certainly a win or even a draw would be a great finish to what has become an extremely disappointing season, given where we were on Boxing Day.
The key on Sunday is staying in the game and not conceding, and Liverpool have shown this season that their defense is not strong, and that they can have mini-collapses when things are not going their way.
Maybe that will happen on Sunday, when millions and millions of TV viewers will be watching the game beamed live around the world.
It would be a be shock if we can get a draw and simply amazing if we can get a win, but if we can get a result, it would help raise the image of Newcastle United around the world – and that would be great, after such a terrible year.
And for Alan Pardew it could be that he needs to get a good result on Sunday at Anfield to keep his job?
What do you think?