Kop king asked if Everton will be weak vs City on purpose - his answer?

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If Everton get a positive result against Manchester City they may inadvertently guide the Premier League crown to local rivals Liverpool.

There has been a suggestion that, now that Arsenal have all-but tied up fourth place thanks to their victory over Newcastle United on Monday, taking them four points clear of Everton, the Toffees may not have much to play for in the remaining two fixtures in the Premier League calendar.

Roberto Martinez's side take on Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday, May 3 - a ground they have only lost twice in while returning a two goal per game average this season - but should they either draw or triumph against their visitors then the destination of the title will be back in the hands of their local rivals, Liverpool.

Would Everton players, the club, their fans want that - an open-top bus parade of the Premier League crown with red ticker tape driving up, down and all around Merseyside?

They could, after all, prevent it, so would they consider playing half-hearted at the weekend in order to deny Steven Gerrard et al from lifting this year's trophy?

One Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher, answered that very question on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports: "No," he said simply. "They won't. They'll play a proper game."

The former centre back then embellished on the one scenario that could see Everton get down-hearted, rather than half-hearted: "You play your normal game, you try to win. If City score the first goal then, if you have enough fire in the belly you can sometimes turn it around, but that might be a problem [at this stage of the season] if they go a goal down.

"But what would be interesting if they score first [for motivation reasons to hold out the result]."

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