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Steven Gerrard believes Man City game holds key to title race

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes that a win over Manchester City next weekend will put the Reds on course for their first ever Premier League title.

Brendan Rodgers' side are currently top of the league with just six matches to go - and despite the fact that City have two games in hand, should they win all their games then they will be crowned champions.

That's because they take on both Manchester City and Chelsea in their run-in - and while Gerrard has urged his Liverpool team-mates to keep their cool, he believes that a victory over Manuel Pellegrini's side at Anfield on Sunday will put them on course for a 19th league title.

He said: ‘I’m not convinced we will win the title just yet - we’ve got a very hard game against Manchester City next. I think the message is to stay calm.

'We will give everything we can now and every time we go on the pitch we have to leave every ounce of energy and determination out there and that’s what we are planning on doing.

'We want this really bad I think we showed that against West Ham.

'If you said to me now, “Beat Manchester City and you will win the title”, I think the answer would be yes.'

Liverpool go into their showdown against Manchester City in the form of their lives having won their last nine games - a Premier League record this season.

Their last victory came against West Ham on Sunday, where two Gerrard penalties either side of a Guy Demel equaliser helped the Reds to a 2-1 win at Upton Park.

The Liverpool skipper believes their ability to go on and win the game despite throwing away the lead will stand them in good stead.

"I think if you go back a couple of years, you would have found a side that would have felt sorry for themselves and sulked and that would have affected them in the second half," he said afterwards.

"But the manager was fantastic – he told us to forget about it and that there was nothing we could change. He asked us all for 10% more."

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