Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti may have tempted fate after he revealed he pleaded for Liverpool not to win their first Premier League title at Goodison Park.
The Everton boss spoke to the media ahead of the Blues’ clash with Crystal Palace tomorrow but was also questioned on the prospect of Liverpool ending their 30-year title wait against their Merseyside rivals next month.
Ancelotti was full of praise for Jurgen Klopp’s English champions-elect following the Reds’ unprecedented dominance in the top-flight this campaign but joked there ‘are a lot of other stadiums’ where the Reds can seal the title.
Liverpool are going to win the Premier League,’ the Italian manager said on Friday.
‘I hope not at Goodison Park. There are a lot of other stadiums. Why Goodison Park?’
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CA: "Liverpool are going to win the league – I hope not in Goodison Park. There are a lot of other stadiums."
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The three-time Champions League-winning manager is yet to welcome Liverpool across Stanley Park and into Goodison since his appointment in December. The Reds are winless at the home of their greatest enemy with their previous victory taking place in December 2016.
Liverpool and Everton will meet at Goodison Park on March 16 and with the current points averages, the European champions could potentially wrap up their stunning title in the derby, much to the ire of Everton supporters.
Klopp’s unbeaten outfit are currently a gargantuan 22 points clear at the PL summit with the Reds without defeat in their previous 42 league matches emulating the achievement of Brian Clough’s European Cup-winning Nottingham Forest team.
Liverpool need just six wins to become Premier League immortals, if Manchester City are to drop points between now and March, it could present the opportunity for the leaders to claim the title at Goodison.