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HindustanTimes Thu,31 Jul 2014

Football

Liverpool threatens to wash away Chelsea
AFP
Liverpool, April 27, 2014
First Published: 01:10 IST(27/4/2014)
Last Updated: 01:13 IST(27/4/2014)

Liverpool will attempt to surmount the last major obstacle barring their path to a first league title since 1990 when they welcome third-place Chelsea to Anfield on Sunday.

Victory for Brendan Rodgers's side would eliminate Chelsea from the title race and leave Liverpool needing just four points from their final two games against Crystal Palace and Newcastle United to claim the crown. Should Liverpool win and City lose their game at Palace later on Sunday, however, the Merseyside club could secure the Premier League trophy as early as next weekend.

With Liverpool on a run of 11 straight wins and the title now in sight, these are heady days at Anfield, and Rodgers has dismissed fears that his players might suddenly succumb to the pressure of expectation.

"I think everyone is talking about pressure, but that is Manchester City or Chelsea, when you spend that sort of money and expect to win the league," said the Liverpool manager.

"I don't think there is pressure on ourselves, only from what we have within. "We will do the best we possibly can. At this moment in time we have been absolutely outstanding."

Chelsea's 2-1 loss to Sunderland last weekend has left their title challenge hanging by a thread.


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