Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is steadfastly refusing to get carried away with his team's Premier League hopes, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
The Reds are top of the table after the 2-1 win at West Ham, which was earned with two penalties from the Anfield captain.
But victory over Manchester City on Sunday will put Liverpool in pole position for their first title in 24 years, and Gerrard is quoted as saying:
If you say to me now, 'Beat Man City and you will win the title,' I think the answer would be 'Yes.'
But all it will give us is three more points and that is what we plan to do. There will be four huge games after that.
I'm not convinced just yet; we've got a very hard game next week. 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. The team keeps on showing our character and determination and how much we want it.
Meanwhile, Everton defender Sylvain Distin admits some Goodison Park fans will gladly lose the penultimate game of the season against Manchester City to deny Liverpool the title, reports Andy Hunter of The Guardian.
Distin is quoted as saying:
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 as long as they 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.