Ex-Liverpool striker John Aldridge has openly said he likes Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini ahead of their clash at Anfield on Sunday, and has said ‘where Jose Mourinho talks nonsense, Manuel Pellegrini speaks sense’.
It is though that the result of Sunday’s clash at Anfield could go a long way to deciding the destiny of this season’s Premier League title. A win for Liverpool would make them favourites to land their first title in 24 years, whilst a win for Manchester City would put them in command going into the latter stages of the season.
Chelsea – who play Swansea City in the game after Liverpool and City lock horns – will be hoping for a draw.
Aldridge has backed his old team to cause City problems, and wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: “City have some great players and I enjoy watching them. I like their manager. Where Jose Mourinho talks nonsense, Manuel Pellegrini speaks sense.
“He gets on with the job and they play really good football. They won’t sit back, they will come to Anfield and attack.
“With the quality they have got, I can see them scoring but I really fancy us to cause them problems at the other end.”
Aldridge also said that he thinks the atmosphere on Sunday lunchtime will be ‘electric’ and could rival the famous Champions League nights at Anfield.
“Anfield won’t have hosted a bigger league game for a quarter of a century.
“The atmosphere will be electric. Every Liverpool fan will be up for it and anyone with a ticket is very lucky because they could have sold out this fixture three times over.”
There is no hiding which of the two bosses of Liverpool’s title rivals Aldridge prefers, it would seem. Many are billing Sunday’s game as a potential title decider given the bookies odds have City odds on to win the league at 4/5. Liverpool are as long as 15/8 whilst some see Chelsea as the outsider at 15/2.