Wayne Rooney has predicted the outcome of this year’s Premier League title race and it involves a dramatic late twist in the pecking order.
With just six games to play, Manchester City are currently top of the tree on 77 points, with Liverpool just a point further back on 76. After the two sides drew at the Etihad stadium on April 10, the title is in the Sky Blues’ hands, but former Manchester United and Everton star, Rooney, believes there will be a twist in proceedings and is tipping Liverpool to ‘nick’ the silverware from under their rivals’ noses.
Speaking on Beanyman Sports, he said: “I’d prefer none of them but obviously one of them is. I think Liverpool might nick it. I think they’ve really looked strong over the last few months and I think winning the FA Cup semi-final could have an impact on that. So I’ve just got a feeling that Liverpool might nick it. I hope not – I’d rather City win it.”
Away from the league, the Reds were able to get one over their title rivals in the FA Cup last weekend, beating Pep Guardiola’s side 3-2 in an enthralling semi-final at Wembley
It means that Jurgen Klopp’s side could still finish the season with four major honours, while City could still end their campaign with both the Premier League and Champions League trophies. The latter competition could even see a City v Liverpool final in Paris and it is that type of high-level competition that leads Rooney, now manager of Derby County, to believe that the two Premier League clubs currently have the biggest rivalry in England.
He added: “I think when two teams are fighting against each other to win the league that rivalry is there. Obviously Liverpool and Manchester United, the history of that rivalry has been there for a long time. But you see now the rivalry between City and Liverpool purely because they are the two best teams. So, for now it’s probably a bigger rivalry than what United-City is for instance but if you are successful that rivalry comes.”
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