Brendan Rodgers talks about Man City's 'tough ask' of winning title

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The Liverpool boss is refusing to give up on his team’s chances of being crowned England’s top dogs.

Liverpool take on Crystal Palace tonight knowing that they simply must record three points against Tony Pulis’ charges to retain their hopes of winning the Premier League title.

Manchester City are in the driving seat to finish first and know that if they beat both Aston Villa and West Ham at home in their remaining fixtures they will win the title.

Despite this, Brendan Rodgers is talking up his team’s chances and feels that City still have a tough run-in.

"It is a tough ask for City," the Liverpool manager told reporters, published in The Guardian.

"To play three games at this stage of the season that really, really matter is a real tough ask. Aston Villa are an incredible team on the counterattack and better away from home, and West Ham on their day can be a really difficult opponent.

"Manchester City need to win all their games which means they will have won five games in a row and they have done that only once this season, so it will be a wee bit new for them. It is certainly not over by a long way. If we can win our two games then it could go a long way to deciding whether we finish top or not. But it is about concentrating on our game against Crystal Palace.

"City's result [at Everton] won't deflate us because we know we have to win against Palace no matter what. We know we have to win at Palace and win against Newcastle. That hasn't changed and that is our focus."

Liverpool fans hoped that cross-town rivals Everton would do them a favour at the weekend, but City won 3-2 at Goodison Park.

The Reds face Palace tonight before facing Newcastle on the final day of the season.

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