Liverpool’s Premier League title challenge received a series of boosts this week, with their win at home to Manchester City – and the visitors’ subsequent draw against Sunderland – leaving the Reds as clear 8/15 favourites to finish top for the first time since 1990.
The general consensus is that Brendan Rodgers will strengthen his squad significantly over the summer, which has seen one of the top flight’s more ‘enigmatic’ stars resort to the adult equivalent of hoisting his hand in the air, yelling ‘Pick me! Pick me! Me, me, me!’
Here’s that and the rest of the quotes of the week:
“Liverpool? I can’t tell you if I will be a Liverpool player next season. But I think my name is still on their wanted list. I don’t hide it, I’m ambitious and I want to join a top-six side. I am 26-years-old and it’s time to take that step”
Mohamed Diame, who often plays as an attacking midfielder, has scored 15 goals in 160 Premier League appearances for West Ham and Wigan, just one more than Reds defender Martin Skrtel. Liverpool may wish to look elsewhere.
“What, (Diame) going to a top-six club? Well, he’ll have to perform better then, won’t he?”
And that’s from his manager Sam Allardyce.
“After 38 games you finish where you deserve to be…Whoever is in the bottom three deserves to go down and whoever wins the league deserves it.”
It wouldn’t be quotes of the week without the banal musings of excitable Spurs boss Tim Sherwood.
“If you look at us, we are top of the Premier League and we are top of the Fair Play League. We don’t surround referees. We want to win, but it shows you a mark of our behaviour.”
No wonder Brendan Rodgers is proud – it’s been almost a year since any of his Liverpool players bit anyone.
“No. First of all it is important to know what UEFA will have to say and then we can have an opinion. It is important for the club but I am not the person in charge of those kinds of things.”
Manuel Pellegrini after being asked whether he was worried that Manchester City would be sanctioned for breach of financial fair play rules. There may be trouble ahead…
“I wish him the best. He’s a great coach and has another year of his contract. We’d die for him and him for us.”
Now that Tata Martino’s Barcelona are out of the Champions League, seemingly down and out in the three-way race for La Liga and lost the Copa del Rey final to Real Madrid, could somebody check captain Carlos Puyol’s pulse?