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United Can't Expect Anything From Liverpool

OK, let's move the conspiracy theories out of the way: I do not believe for a minute that Liverpool will roll over for Chelsea on Sunday, even if some - although by no means all - of their fans demand precisely that. No, they will give Chelsea a proper game as it's their last home game of the season, they owe their pride to put up a fight and they have a very faint chance but a chance nonetheless to secure 4th place and Champions League qualification. And spare me the BS about history and their players wishing to avoid handing us the 19th title: players like Agger, Insua, Kyrgiakos, Babel, Benayoun - what the hell do they care about that? They'll play for their Liverpool careers.

Still, I don't think they will manage to avoid defeat. Not because they won't try but simply because they are not good enough. Liverpool will be tired after their exertions against Atlético Madrid in the Europa League, they do not have their only world-class player, Fernando Torres, available and their manager is Rafa Benitez which is a handicap in itself.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are fresh and flying, they are primed for this game, they are hungry, motivated and well-prepared. And of course they are better than Liverpool in just about every position on the pitch - right-back is open to debate and as Chelsea have no fit defensive midfielder available they edge that as well but apart from these... - so they should not have too much trouble with trundling in a couple of goals.

I fully expect them to go out there, take the game to Liverpool and record a comfortable victory, 2-0 or even 3-0. Our only hope is that Liverpool are actually pretty decent at home, they conceded only 13 goals in 18 games and won 13 of these matches.

Still, there's every chance that even if Liverpool do us a favour we will slip up at Sunderland a few hours later. Now that would be a really sickening end to our title challenge...

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 27 2010

Time: 3:57PM

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Let's hope the 'handicap in itself' rests a few of the players. Wouldn't want to do you any favours whatsoever.
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27/04/2010 16:26:00

if liverpool are a world class team then they have to play well,if this match came in february or march what would we say then???? i think they have to think like adults and not like childrens bcz if they beat chelsea and man u beats sund then man u deserves the league and deserves to be engand's senior
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27/04/2010 16:53:00

Not exactly "bated breath" stuff but whatever team is put out by the FSW, it's still a big game and I expect the Liverpool players to put in a performance. I am not conceding our chances till i hear the dulcet tones of the fat lady! Here's hoping to a Chelski slip up! Come On You Scousers :O
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27/04/2010 17:09:00

I agree, Liverpool will just about finish in the top 7 and their feint hopes of 4th wont be enough to make up for the huge gulf in class between the two. Chelsea put 7 past 3 teams this season including a good Villa side - so I dont hold much hope especially if Torres is out. Also, Sunderland are the kind of team that could do us. I think the title will be decided this weekend.
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27/04/2010 19:11:00

i guess we're both getting nervous :-)
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27/04/2010 20:56:00

The funny thing is I'm not even nervous about chelsea dropping points, Im more concerned that liverpool might do the unimaginable and Darren Bent will ruin it by banging in a hattrick.
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27/04/2010 22:29:00

after that 7-0 chelsea looks unstoppable. Its exactly the boost they needed after their shock by spurs.
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28/04/2010 11:33:00

I wish all of us were tht confident tuscan3000,alexpant...but experiences(especially in CL) has taught us dont believe victory is achieved until its actually achieved.....nervous couple of days ahead,dont know wht is it abt pool tht we are always on collision course at a crucial time year after year
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28/04/2010 11:43:00

It's tighter than a nun's ****!
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28/04/2010 12:37:00

Hopefully, the nervousness of chelseas fans will transmit to the players then!
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28/04/2010 12:46:00

:) lol@Topdrog!
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28/04/2010 20:25:00

not gonna happen tuscan3000, simply not gonna happen
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29/04/2010 15:59:00

Out of interest, Zae, if Torres is Liverpool's 'only' world class player, how many do Utd have?
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29/04/2010 23:30:00

Aamir. Rooney, Evra, VDS, Vidic and Ferdinand would definitely be on the "world class" roster.
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30/04/2010 05:26:00


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