On paper, the Hammers have little chance of upsetting the odds at the Etihad Stadium, where City have dropped just five points all season. However, this season’s title race has seen loads of twists and turns, and Lucas Leiva hopes that his West Ham friends can add one more.
The London club have no fewer than three-Liverpool affiliated players: Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing both played for the Merseyside outfit, while captain Kevin Nolan grew up supporting the five-time European champions. And now Lucas hopes that the trio can do Liverpool a favour on Sunday by bringing out their A game and taking all three points off City.
The Brazil international midfielder has admitted that he will text Carroll and will urge him to give his best against City.
‘Will I be texting Andy? Yeah’, the Daily Mail quotes the 27-year-old as saying. ‘They have been here with us, working with us and I’m sure they will do their best to get points for West Ham and help us. But it’s not in our hands’.
If Liverpool hadn’t dramatically collapsed against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday, then they could still have headed into Sunday’s round of fixtures with optimism. Now, there’s only hope.
However, could Carroll, the man who cost Liverpool £35 million in transfer fee, play a key role in winning them their first title in the Premier League era? The England international was a flop at Anfield and struggled for goals, but how ironic would it be if he were to score just the one against City that would prove to be a title-winner for Liverpool...