Liverpool won't receive title favours from Newcastle - Benitez

"You never see Man City cross the ball".

Liverpool must lift themselves after being floored by a Lionel Messi masterclass in Barcelona if they are to take the Premier League title race against a relentless Manchester City into the final weekend of the season.

Man City has dropped just 16 points all season, yet with two matches to play, they are still only one ahead of Jurgen Klopp's team, who lost 3-0 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday and face Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers either side of Tuesday's second leg with Barca at Anfield.

At the last count, the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has claimed about eight league titles in his managerial career so far, but insists Liverpool have been the most loyal and committed rival after playing the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid while at Bundesliga and La Liga.

"I can not imagine them not wanting to win the game, I don't have doubts the players and manager will want to win. They are favourites but, if we do everything right, we have a chance".

City lead by just a point with two games of 2018-19 remaining and anything but a Reds defeat at Newcastle United on Sunday (AEST) will ensure silverware is still on the line as the campaign concludes next week.

"I think Brendan has shown his quality as a manager. Everyone understands we are professionals - for everyone here, we want to win the game". They're exciting games to be involved in. The players know it will be an incredible task for us but of course, it's already a final for us.

"He came here in January because he wasn't getting game time", Rodgers added.

He said: "I can not imagine the Leicester players come here for their holidays".

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  • Jacqueline Ellis