Evans: Shankly would be saying the same as Rodgers at Liverpool

Spirit Of Shankly

Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans compares current boss Brendan Rodgers with Reds legend Bill Shankly.

Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans is the latest Kop legend to compare current boss Brendan Rodgers with Reds icon Bill Shankly.

The 65-year-old former Liverpool player, who was the manager at Anfield from 1994 to 1998 before being replaced by Gerard Houllier, is the latest in a line of former Reds stars to come out in support of Rodgers, comparing the Northern Irishman with the late Shankly.

'Shanks would be saying now exactly the same as Brendan is. He’d be saying: let’s win our two games and put City under pressure', explained Evans.

Liverpool's disappointing 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Anfield last weekend now sees their title hopes hanging in the balance with just two games left to play in the Premier League. Rodgers’ side take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday with title rivals Manchester City facing Everton on Saturday evening. Should the Citizens win their game, then they will overtake the Reds at the summit on goal difference.

However, Rodgers will undoubtedly not be giving up on the title – there are still six points to play for and he will, as Evans suggests, be instilling that belief in his players that all they can do is focus on giving their best to take maximum points.

'(Manchester) City have not been perfect', he continued. 'They have to go to Everton and get a result and that’s not a foregone conclusion.

'Of course, some Everton fans will not want us (Liverpool) to win, as we probably wouldn’t want them in same situation'.

It’s a cruel twist of fate that Everton’s performance on Saturday could decide the title for their Merseyside rivals, but the Toffees are chasing a top-four spot and will give City a run for their money.

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