Liverpool morning news, Skrtel ready for City showdown

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A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Monday morning.

The build-up has already begun ahead of next week’s massive game between Liverpool and Manchester City as the Reds sit top of the table with five games left to play after a 2-1 win against West Ham United.

Two penalties from Steven Gerrard gave the side their ninth consecutive Premier League victory with a potential title decider taking place at Anfield on Sunday.

Martin Skrtel has told the Liverpool Echo that the side is ready for the challenge of Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.

The defender said: “We will look forward to that challenge. We know the atmosphere created by our fans will be amazing.

“We played well at the Etihad earlier in the season and were very unlucky not to take something from that game.

“We are going into it in great form and we will be doing everything we can to keep this winning run going.”

Manager Brendan Rodgers has said that the current Liverpool side are fearless going into next week’s game, and also commented on the refereeing decisions in the 2-1 win at Upton Park yesterday.

He's quoted in the press, saying: "It doesn't matter who we play. We have to respect them as they have world-class players but it's about ourselves and the confidence we have to play and for the youngsters to enjoy it. There is no pressure on them. Just go and play and whatever pressure we will take.”

West Ham were awarded a controversial equaliser when it appeared that Andy Carroll had fouled Simon Mignolet, but then Liverpool were awarded a second penalty in the second half when Hammers’ goalkeeper Adrian appeared to take the ball, as well as bringing down Jon Flanagan.

"After the goal he gave for West Ham he was maybe chasing the game after that because it was clearly not a goal. We should have been 1-0 at half-time. But it is never easy for referees. It is easy to sit here and say they're weren't so good."

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