Manchester City’s chances of winning the quadruple have now been put to bed after they were knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday night by Tottenham, a game I watched with my great friend and Liverpool fan Raj Dharampuriya. There was much debate about whether this loss for City would help or hinder them to win the league, raising questions about whether they would now lose confidence or whether they will now have the bit between their teeth. What this now means for Liverpool is that the double could be on more than ever and if they can manage to win the league and the Champions League, it would go down as one of the greatest doubles of all time. Raj Dharampuriya looks into why he believes that it will happen.
Raj very much believes that Manchester United have a surprise in store for Manchester City when they arrive at Old Trafford on Wednesday night and that it will be the game where City will lose points. I have reminded Raj of the horrific form which United have at the moment, winning just 1 in their last 8 games all competitions. As Raj rightly points out however the form book very much goes out of the window when there is a derby like this. It would be a strange set of events if Manchester United could hand Liverpool the title by beating or drawing with City but for me there is no chance it will happen, Raj believes otherwise.
Raj Dharampuriya very much believes that Liverpool will win their final games at a canter and may even be able to utilize squad players like Sturridge, Shaqiri and Origi to give the starting 11 a rest. I tend to agree and cannot see any of their remaining opponents causing them many problems at all.
Raj believes that because of the ease with which they will win their games in the league that there will indeed be plenty of chances to rest players ahead of their semi final against Barcelona. There is a huge benefit here which is that Liverpool play the first leg in the Nou Camp, giving them a chance to take the game back to Anfield for one of those famous European nights. Raj is right in that this plays into Liverpool’s hands although they do need to avoid a big loss away, and make sure that they get the away goal, something which Barcelona surely will. Raj believes that if they can make the final that the trophy will be theirs, citing Ajax or Spurs as ‘training fixtures’ for this Liverpool side.
And so there we have it Raj Dharampuriya has spoken and he has Liverpool winning the double with ease, City draw at United, Liverpool get a draw away from home, smash them at Anfield and then waltz through the final in Madrid. If only things were that easy!