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 By Mike Whalley

Everton face Liverpool dilemma

Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool can go into next weekend's Premier League title clash against Manchester City with no fear.

Sylvain Distin has admitted his surprise that some Everton followers would give up a Champions League place to stop city rivals Liverpool from winning the title. Everton’s push for a top-four Premier League finish has set up the possibility of a dilemma for the club’s fans in the closing weeks of the season.

Roberto Martinez’s side host Manchester City in their penultimate match on May 3 -- knowing that a home win could enhance Liverpool’s chances of a first league title since 1990. City and Chelsea are the only two sides with a realistic chance of overtaking the Reds, who secured a ninth successive Premier League win on Sunday by beating West Ham 2-1 to go back to the top of the table.

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Everton, meanwhile, are just one point outside the Champions League qualification spot after beating Arsenal 3-0 on Sunday. They also have a game in hand on the fourth-placed Gunners.

Centre-back Distin, 36, is dreaming of a place in next season’s Champions League but has been astonished to find that not everyone at Goodison Park feels the same way. He told British national newspapers: "We’ve spoken about it with some of the staff and said: ‘What if we have to beat City to be in the Champions League, but by doing that Liverpool win the league?’

"The funny thing is, some people would rather we don’t get Champions League [football] as long as (Liverpool) don’t win the league. It’s mad.

"Personally, I’d rather be in the Champions League. You can’t miss a chance for that. It would be amazing for the city if both clubs made it. I think deep down both sets of fans would like it if both clubs were in it."


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