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The Reds boss has warned his side to be wary of shock upsets as the Premier League season draws to a close

Brendan Rodgers has urged his Liverpool players to treat Manchester City’s draw with Sunderland as a “warning sign”.

Liverpool’s bid for a first top-flight title in 24 years received a significant boost on Wednesday as City were held 2-2 at home by Gus Poyet’s struggling side.

Merseyside rivals Everton also slumped to a surprise 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace and Rodgers, whose side claimed a crucial win over City on Sunday, warned his charges not to consider themselves immune from the end-of-season shock treatment.

“Last night (Wednesday) was a warning sign for everyone that at this point of the season, nothing is guaranteed,” the 46-year-old, whose side are two points clear at the Premier League’s summit, told reporters.

“Our rivals may have dropped points but it’s irrelevant, you’ve got to win your own games.

“We can use the stress as an opportunity. I think for us, it won’t be the case of pressure, we may get a little bad luck or a genuine honest mistake.

“The finish is still a wee bit out, we just need to focus, show the character that we have.”

Next up for Liverpool is a trip to Carrow Road to face relegation-threatened Norwich City on Sunday.

Paddy Power are offering new customers the chance to back all four teams to collect three points this weekend at the price of 7/1 instead of 2/1

Accumulators form the basis of betting strategy for many punters and Paddy Power are offering new customers the chance to back a popular four fold at an enhanced price.

The Irish bookmaker have enhanced the price on Spurs, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City to 7/1 (8.0). That’s a huge enhancement from the 2/1 (3.0) available elsewhere.

Tottenham saw off Sunderland in a comprehensive 5-1 win in their last game at White Hart Lane and this weekend Tim Sherwood will expect his side to replicate that kind of form when they welcome another relegation-threatened team to North London.

Fulham are Saturday’s visitors to the Lane and although they have collected two consecutive wins recently, their away record makes for fairly dismal reading, collecting just five points from their previous 12 Premier League games away from Craven Cottage before their 2-1 win at Villa Park.

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side are the only English representatives left in the Champions League and the Blues are still in the running for the Premier League title, especially after Manchester City’s draw in midweek. Their home form is exceptional, having won 15 of their 17 league games in the campaign to date, drawing the other two, so they are likely to be included in plenty of multiples this weekend.

After holding Manuel Pellegrini’s men it’s Sunderland who visit Stamford Bridge this weekend and although a point is a good result in isolation, Gus Poyet will know his side need more than draws if they are to remain in the Premier League, especially after tasting defeat in their previous six matches prior to Wednesday’s trip to the Etihad.

Sunday sees a feast of football and Liverpool’s trip to Norwich is the first of three televised matches. Brendan Rodgers’ side are now heavily odds on to claim their first league title since 1990 and trips to Norwich have been particularly fruitful of late, particularly for this season’s top scorer.

Luis Suarez has a staggering 11 goals in his previous four games against the Canaries, and with the Reds on a run of 10 consecutive wins and facing a Norwich side who have lost four of the last five, Liverpool seem like the very definition of banker material for a potential multiple.

Manchester City will be hurting after back-to-back games without a victory and Manuel Pellegrini will be under no illusions about the task facing his side if they are to have any chance of regaining the Premier League crown.

West Brom are the visitors to the Etihad on Monday night and they face an uphill challenge to repeat recent victories on the road against Swansea and Norwich, especially against a side who have not only won the vast majority of their home games, but have also done so in impressive style, scoring 54 goals in the process, more than any other club in the divsion. City have won 14 of their 16 games on home soil this season and they will be expected to record a 15th win on Monday evening.

With the best price elsewhere for these four selections being around 2/1 (3.0) punters are getting a real value opportunity at 7/1 (8.0) when opening a new account.
 

Jim Knight is Chief Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast

The striker was forced to come off injured in the 3-2 victory over Manchester City but wants to play a part in the final few games of the season

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has revealed his frustration at being sidelined through injury but insists he is working hard to return to fitness as soon as possible.

The England international picked up a hamstring problem in the 3-2 win over Manchester City on Sunday with the Reds later confirming he had suffered a “small strain”.

Sturridge is now a doubt for Liverpool’s trip to face Norwich at Carrow Road but says he is working hard to return to fitness before the end of the season.

“Pushing myself to get back ASAP! Fuming I’m injured but it’s life. Everything for a reason. God has his plan,” he tweeted.

Brendan Rodgers admitted the striker “may struggle for the weekend” but revealed the striker’s hamstring problem is not as serious as first feared.

“It’s not too serious and won’t keep him out for too many weeks, but he may be out for the weekend,” he told reporters. “We’ll assess it more over the next couple of days, but that’s how we’re looking at it at the moment.

“He may well make a real good recovery over the next few days and be ready for the weekend.

“At this moment in time we’re just assessing him and seeing how he goes because he does recover very quickly. Before the first game of the season, he’d only played 45 minutes of football before he played and scored the winner [against Stoke].

“It’s certainly not as serious as what sometimes a hamstring injury can be.”

In light of the league leader’s involvement in controversial refereeing decisions during the season, their manager has urged his squad to finish first “the right way”

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has urged his team to maintain their “class” as they chase a first ever Premier League title.

The league leaders are two points clear at the top with four Premier League games remaining, but have been included in their fair share of controversial moments during the season.

Most recently, West Ham were awarded an equaliser despite an apparent foul by Andy Carroll on Simon Mignolet, while Luis Suarez was accused of cheating during Sunday;s crucial 3-2 victory over Manchester City.

“We will try to do it in the right way. I take great pride in winning in the most sporting way we can,” Rodgers told reporters.

“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.

“They are the values of this club. It’s a club that has won many trophies in the past but had the humility and the class.”

Rodgers said he believes no team can affect a referee’s decisions, despite a common trend of surrounding match officials, while decisions would even out over a campaign.

“I believe you can’t affect refereeing decisions,” Rodgers said.

“There will be little bits of luck that go for and against you but I like to think as a sporting team and a team that’s trying to work well we’ve got our rewards this year.

“At West Ham, I had a quiet word with the referee on the way out. [Be] calm, get his reasons behind it, and then move on.”

Many consider Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers a worthy favourite for the accolade but a number of bets have come in for Tony Pulis to scoop the prize

Liverpool’s fantastic run of form has not only put the Reds in pole position to claim the Premier League title but manager Brendan Rodgers is also the favourite to claim the Manager of the Year award.

Paddy Power have the former Swansea boss at just 4/11 (1.36) to be the man voted the best manager in the country at the LMA Awards, having offered the 41-year-old at 20/1 (21.0) when the market was first formulated earlier in the season.

Rodgers has named Manager of the month twice this season (August 2013 and March 2014) and if he can be the man to lead Liverpool to a historic victory, having been 33/1 (34.0) to win the title before the season began, it would be tough to see anyone else rivalling him for the prize.

Paddy Power spokesman Sebastian Bell said “The majority of betting has been on the favourite Rodgers after his superb job at Anfield whilst one potentially prophetic punter backing the Palace boss with a €70 bet at 12/1 (13.0)”.

There is one man who could lay claim to the award despite Liverpool’s success though, especially as he has had a shorter period of time in charge of his current club. That man is Tony Pulis.

The former Stoke boss left the Potters at the end of last season but returned to Premier League management following a length recruitment process – with Crystal Palace, who eventually appointed the 56-year-old in November 2013, to replace Ian Holloway who had resigned a month earlier.

Holloway’s side had lost seven of their first eight Premier League games and although Keith Millen’s tenure in temporary charge brought about four more points, Pulis had a mountain to climb if he was to keep Palace in the Premier League. The Eagles were 1/33 (1.04) to be relegated when Pulis took over.

Since then though, the team have gone from strength to strength, picking up enough points to not only stave off what seemed an inevitable relegation but to also put them on track for a potential top half finish. Palace now sit just three points behind Pulis’ former club Stoke who occupy 10th spot.

As well as some shrewd transfer business in January, Pulis has instilled a defensive solidity that has seen only Chelsea concede fewer goals than his side since he took over, and a recent 1-0 victory over Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea was the best of nine Premier League wins to nil.

Pulis is now 100/30 (4.33) to be named Manager of the Year at the LMA Awards, a price that has attracted plenty of attention in light of Palace’s 3-2 win over Everton on Wednesday. Jose Mourinho is a 9/1 (10.0) chance and Roberto Martinez is priced at 22/1 (23.0).

Despite his incredible job at Selhurst Park the bookmakers clearly believe Brendan Rodgers will garner enough of the votes to scoop the prize.

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