Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has said that he hopes Liverpool do not clinch the Premier League at Goodison Park next month.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side are closing in on the club’s first league triumph in 30 years and need only six wins from their final 13 games to be crowned champions.
Should Liverpool and nearest challengers Manchester City – who are albeit 22 points behind – continue to win their remaining games, the Reds will win the title against Crystal Palace at Anfield on March 21.
However, City have shown weakness this season and should more dropped points be met with continued Liverpool wins, Klopp’s men can win it on March 16 at Goodison.
Speaking at his latest press conference, Ancelotti was quick with his response when asked about the possibility of Liverpool winning the league at the home of their bitter rivals.
“Liverpool are going to win the Premier League. I hope not at Goodison Park,” the Italian joked.
“There are a lot of other stadiums. Why Goodison Park?”
Meanwhile, Everton midfielder Andre Gomes could make a remarkable comeback from a fracture dislocation of his ankle in the match against Arsenal later this month.
The Portugal international sustained an horrific injury against Tottenham on November 3 but has made such rapid progress there are plans in place for him to feature in a friendly to test his fitness ahead of the Toffees’ return to action after the mid-season break.
“We are going to organise a friendly game for us when we come back from the holidays and everything is OK with him,” said Ancelotti.
The Toffees boss also hopes to have fellow midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin back before the end of the season after his second operation on a thigh problem which has sidelined him since August.
“The surgery went well and now he is doing individual treatment,” added Ancelotti.
“He needs weeks but with him we have to go slowly because the injury was big. Step-by-step we will see but we hope to have him (back) before the end of the season.”
Everton face Palace at Goodison Park on Saturday.