Liverpool can win the Premier League title on Sunday, but only if Manchester City suffer a defeat to West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium.
Heading into Sunday’s final round of fixtures, Brendan Rodgers’ side find themselves second in the league table with 81 points. City are two points ahead in pole position and will win their second championship in three years if they avoid defeat against the Hammers - provided the Reds do not register a massive win against Newcastle United.
Things are looking bleak for the Merseyside outfit in terms of clinching the title for the first time in the Premier League era, but Lucas Leiva is still not giving up hope of a final twist in what has been an engaging title race.
‘We all know it's quite hard for City to lose it from the position they're in, but we still have to believe that maybe something good will happen’, Liverpool’s official website quotes the Brazil international as saying. ‘It will only end at the end of the season and we still have Newcastle to play. We just have to keep going. It's not in our hands anymore’.
City could still slip up, but on paper it looks very, very unlikely. The Citizens have won their last four matches and eased past Aston Villa 4-0 in their penultimate game of the 2013-14 campaign on Wednesday.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have dropped just five points at the Etihad all season, while their visitors West Ham have won four and drawn as many in the Premier League away from home.
The signs do not look favourable for Liverpool. However, this season’s title race has taken loads of twists and turns; what’s to say that there won’t be one more.