Barclays Premiership Roundup

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard was overwhelmed by emotion after the final whistle on Sunday. The Reds had just beaten rivals Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield to consolidate their position at the top of the Barclays Premiership.

Skirtel and Gerrad celebrate Liverpool’s second goal against Manchester City.
Skirtel and Gerrad celebrate Liverpool’s second goal against Manchester City.

Now at the apex on 77 points with just four games to go, the Merseysiders have a first league title in 24 years within their sight. In fact, it is theirs to lose now, as not even City’s two straight wins in their two games in-hand cannot dislodge Brendan Rogers’ side.

All Liverpool need now is make sure that they do not chock in any of their remaining games they need is win all four games and the icing on a season that has literally belonged to the Brendan Rogers-coached side.

Losing or drawing any of the remaining games could prove fatal for the side more desperate for the league title than any of the other two in contention – City and Chelsea, who both have had league and cup glory to talk about during the days Liverpool have been struggling to even make the top four.

Gerrard and his team-mates felt the pain of letting it slip on Sunday, when they allowed City’s David Silva to pull a goal back and a Glen Johnson own-goal cancel their first half goals from Raheem Sterling and Martin Skirtel. So, when Brazilian Phillipe scored a 78th minute stunner that not only won the match, but also took The Reds into the driving seat, after they registered 10 straight wins in the league this season. With the win, Liverpool remained the only side that had not lost a game this year, underlining their championship pedigree.

“It’s emotional but we need to stay calm as we still have four big games to come – but that meant so much, especially when they came back,” said Liverpool soon after the pulsating game that his side rushed to take control of in the first half.

Liverpool head off next to Norwich on Sunday, knowing that another win will take them close to a record-equalling 19th English league title.

In between, City would have played Sunderland, who play another title hopeful, Chelsea this weekend. The Reds’ most difficult tie will be on April 27, when they host Chelsea, but on paper, Rogers’ side should be the fresher of the two sides.

Zimbabwean fans of the English league believe if Liverpool lose it this season, as they did in 2009, they must forget about winning it again in a very long time.

“The title is heading to Anfield baba. There is no other team out there that deserves to win on exciting football and Chelsea will face Liverpool after a tough Atletico Madrid (UEFA Champions League) double,” said Raymond Magaya Tshuma.

Mduduzi Khanye concurred. “Man City have to win all their games now, including the two games they have in hand and hope that Chelsea hold or win against Liverpool. And that is very difficult,” he said.

However Busani Moyo still believed that it was not a given honour for The Reds “Any of the top three sides still has a chance,” he said and mathematically, he was right.

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