City will be ruined by Madrid nightmare – Liverpool’s quadruple is properly on

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The quadruple is well and truly on for Liverpool now because I don't know how Manchester City pick themselves up after this week's disaster.

What happened to City against Real Madrid, I've never seen anything like it. They were as comfortable as it gets and then… wow. Rattle someone sometimes and they break. That's what happened to City. They had the Champions League final in their hands and threw it away.

This affects them hugely now. I don't know how they recover against Newcastle this weekend. And Liverpool play first at home to Tottenham so they have the chance to crank up the pressure even more. Liverpool will beat Real Madrid. They won't mess about. They will have too much for them in the Champions League Final.

Chelsea in the FA Cup Final is the harder game for them in my opinion. The last three times they've played each other the game's ended in a draw. And let's face it, Chelsea should have won the Carabao Cup Final. They were the better team. But both those finals are winnable, and if City slip up this weekend the Premier League title is all but Liverpool's.

What happened in Madrid will hit City mentally. Not having a proper centre forward has come back to bite them. Phil Foden is a talented footballer but he's not a centre forward. And you can't play a false nine against world-class defenders in a game like that.

I feel sorry for Foden. He tried his best but it's just not his position. And why did Kevin De Bruyne come off? I found that strange. You've got to keep your most influential players on the pitch. City tried to keep playing their football but their game management was atrocious.

They will be kicking themselves. They won't be able to believe what's happened to them. And that's dangerous going into the Newcastle game. Liverpool can go above them if they beat Spurs. But that is a hard game for Liverpool. They have to be patient but Spurs like to play on the break and will test them.

Tottenham will cause them problems. And Liverpool can't afford to have a 45 minutes like they did against Villarreal in the Champions League. It's okay against them because half the Villarreal players are ex-Premier League players who couldn't get a game here. But you can't do that against Tottenham.

Winning the Champions League alone would be a brilliant feat for Liverpool. Winning three cups would be a phenomenal achievement. But to win four trophies would be absolutely sensational. Especially when you consider they don't have the biggest squad.

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You don't look at Liverpool's bench and go: "Wow!" do you? The way they have stayed in the hunt in every competition is incredible and Jurgen Klopp deserves all the credit. But all eyes will be on City this weekend. Newcastle have nothing to play for and it's not a bad game for City to have really.

The thing is, even if City win by three or four goals, everyone will still be thinking about how they melted in the semi final against Real.

They have done so well all season but lost in the biggest game of their season. And let's face it: Pep Guardiola is not here just to win league championships; he's here to win City the Champions League. Will they ever do it?

Man Utd need to ditch Cristiano Ronaldo

Erik ten Hag must bite the bullet and get rid of Cristiano Ronaldo or he'll waste his first year at Manchester United. If you're bringing in a manager who's going to be there for the next three or four years, you can't waste one on a striker who isn't.

Ronaldo has had a good season. But everyone else at the club has been atrocious. Why do you think that is? Some players bring out the best in those around them. Some players make them worse. That's what Ronaldo has done.

Look what Karim Benzema is doing for Real Madrid. He's scored 43 goals this season. I don't remember him doing that when Ronaldo was there. Look at the players Ronaldo is playing with now at United. He hasn't brought the best out of any of them.

He could score a hat-trick against Brighton and it wouldn't make any difference. United aren't winning the league with him in the team. So they should move on. And when he leaves, I'm intrigued to see what his team-mates say. Every other player at the club has failed miserably this season.

Pickford crucial to Everton's survival hopes

Jordan Pickford answered his critics with a big performance for Everton against Chelsea. He had the game of his life and I was pleased for him because he gets a lot of stick. If he was England's No10 we would be waxing lyrical about him.

But because he's England's No1 he just gets criticised all the time and sometimes that's unfair. He's very enthusiastic and gets the crowd going. He seems to love his football – and he showed against Chelsea he has a world-class save in his locker.

Everton were done if they didn't win that game but now they have dragged Leeds right back into it. Credit to Frank Lampard because he does go for it. It was 100 miles per hour with the crowd up for it, lifting the players.

I used to dread playing at Goodison Park. You knew it would be hostile and they would get in your faces. I haven't seen it like that for a long time. If they bring the same intensity for the rest of the season they will wipe the floor with lesser teams. But they do give up chances so Jordan Pickford's form could be crucial.

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