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Thursday 8 December 2016

lallana wants to spoil blues' title knees-up

Midfielder has eyes on fourth spot as United begin to falter

Adam Lallana wants Liverpool to spoil Chelsea's title celebrations and dent Manchester United's Champions League aspirations this weekend.

United's shock defeat to West Brom on Saturday left them just four points ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool in the Premier League.

Although there are just three matches of the season left, Lallana is convinced Liverpool can catch Louis van Gaal's men, but he admits the Reds will have to win all three of their remaining games to do so.

Liverpool end the campaign with games against Crystal Palace and Hull, but their first port of call on Sunday is Stamford Bridge, where they will take on the newly crowned champions.

Chelsea have been celebrating their title triumph this week and they will be given a guard of honour from the visiting team in west London. But after that, Lallana wants Liverpool to take on the role of party-poopers.

"Chelsea deserve to be champions. The table doesn't lie. They have been the best team throughout the season. You have to respect that," said the midfielder, who turns 27 on Sunday.

"All I know is we want to go there and spoil the party. We're looking to go there and cause an upset and put a dent in their celebrations."

United travel to Palace this Saturday and end the season at Hull after hosting Arsenal at Old Trafford. Van Gaal won all three reverse fixtures, but his team go into the home straight in their worst form of the season.

United have lost three league matches in a row for the first time in 14 years. That has given Lallana hope that Liverpool can catch their old rivals.

"It's not over yet," the England midfielder said.

"We can still finish in the top four but we need to take maximum points now. We'll keep fighting right to the end. We all know what can happen.

"United have some tough games to play and I am sure they will drop more points. We have to put pressure on United by going to Stamford Bridge and getting three points. Pressure is a tough thing to deal with.

"We need to beat Chelsea and Palace and hope it all comes down to the final weekend. We all knew that last week was a big week and it was disappointing to only get four points out of the games against West Brom, Hull and QPR."

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