Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has written off his side’s chances of winning the Premier League title this season.
The Northern Irishman made the comments following his side’s sensational capitulation against Crystal Palace on Monday.
The Reds were 3-0 up after 55 minutes at Selhurst Park, thanks to goals from Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.
However, the Merseyside outfit have looked vulnerable in defence all season and finally it came back to haunt them. In what could turn out to be the worst nine minutes of Liverpool’s season, they conceded three late goals to Palace and had to settle for a point against the Eagles.
As things stand, Liverpool are now a point clear of Manchester City. However, Manuel Pellegrini’s side have a game in hand and if they win it (against Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday), then they will be in pole position to clinch the championship for the second time in three years.
The Liverpool players were understandably downbeat after Monday night’s match, as striker Luis Suarez was caught crying, perhaps having realised that they have no chance of winning the title. Rodgers put his and his team’s emotions into words and admitted that City will become the 2013-14 Premier League champions.
‘Manchester City, they have got two home games now, two tough games, but we needed to win it’, he told Sky Sports. ‘I think Manchester City will go on and win their two games and they will be champions’.
There have been a number of twists and turns in the title race this season and there will be many Liverpool fans – and indeed neutrals – who would be hoping for one more. However, at this point in time, it appears that it’s all over. City are now the masters of their own destiny.