Atsu warns Liverpool that Newcastle won’t roll over

It is advantage City in arguably the greatest Premier League title race in history with neither side having dropped points for two months. But we are going to make it tough, we are going to go for the win, and we want to keep going until the very last game of the season.

The Reds' love of attacking and occasional lapses in defence makes me think that for them a 5-0 win and 2-1 loss is possible and City have struggled to score big on occasions so a couple of 0-0s aren't out of the question.

"That [switching off] is not going to happen", he said.

Should second-placed Liverpool lose at Rafael Benitez's Newcastle United on Saturday, victory for City at the Etihad Stadium will see them achieve what no team has managed since 2008-09 and successfully retain the title.

"I don't think it will affect them".

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Liverpool are aiming to be crowned league champions for the first time in 29 years and remain locked in a thrilling title battle with Manchester City.

Man City have won eight of their last 10 Premier League home games in May (D2), scoring 29 goals and conceding just five in that run.

AFP Sports looks at the state of play in the Premier League ahead of the penultimate weekend of the competition. The two teams have incredibly similar points totals, goal difference and number of goals scored, meaning there is a real possibility that the two teams could finish the season level on all fronts. City have scored 90 goals, which is six higher than Liverpool's tally of 84. I can not imagine being at former clubs and not wanting to win.

"I think it will be not easy at Newcastle-like Leicester will not be-but they will be well prepared to win there". Manchester City will have a go, and they've got the ammunition to hurt them on the break with Vardy's pace. "They're a good side, a really good team".

  • Lawrence Cooper