Allardyce wants to beat Man City and see Liverpool star lift Premier League trophy

12:11 09 May 2014

West Ham United Manager Sam Allardyce. Picture: Stephen Pond/PA Wire.

West Ham United Manager Sam Allardyce. Picture: Stephen Pond/PA Wire.

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Sam Allardyce feels Steven Gerrard and Liverpool deserve to win the title – and the West Ham boss will do his best to make it happen by beating Manchester City.

The Hammers could hand Liverpool the title if they upset the odds and win at the Etihad Stadium on the final day of the season on Sunday.

Allardyce insists he’s focused on his own side, but the Irons boss admits he would not begrudge Liverpool and one-club man Gerrard their first title in 24 years.

“From a neutral point of view, everybody would like to see Liverpool win it,” he said.

“From a personal point of view I’d like to see Steven Gerrard win it.

“It’s the last thing for him which he hasn’t quite achieved at Liverpool. He’s been a one-club man all his life.

“Obviously they’ve let it slip out of their hands. They had it to take, but they’ve now left it in the hands of Manchester City.

“On form and the position they’re in, you’d have to say Manchester City are the favourites.”

Allardyce admits City are a daunting proposition, but the Hammers boss is desperate for his side to produce a performance worthy of the occasion.

“I watched the game against Aston Villa the other night and we all know that Manchester City in full flow are very difficult to play against,” he said.

“We’ve got to go out there and give a fantastic performance to stop them trying to grasp the title.

“It will be hugely difficult because they’re the best team at home in the league, they’ve only lost once against Chelsea. Their goal record is fantastic and they have great players.

“But with every [West Ham] player on top of his form, we can go out and give everything we’ve got on the basis that they know we’re in the Premier League next year. Let’s try and spoil Manchester City’s party.”

Liverpool fans will be desperate for former Kop striker Andy Carroll to do them one last favour.

“I’m not so sure he’s thinking about that,” Allardyce said with a smile. “I think he’d like to score the goals for West Ham.”

He added: “All we can do is concentrate on ourselves and concentrate on getting our tactics and performance right.

“The team will probably be at full strength. I think we have some very good players and we have to make sure that we cope as a team.

“Individually they’re better than us, but as a team we can build a resilience, a frustration and then maybe create a chance or two when we have possession which is going to be critical for us on the day.”

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