Ed keep­ing en­e­mies close

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

CITY’S ri­valry with Liver­pool may have in­ten­si­fied in re­cent years but, as far as keeper Eder­son is con­cerned, it ex­ists only on the pitch.

Head­lines were made last month when City star Ra­heem Ster­ling and Liver­pool de­fender Joe Gomez clashed while on Eng­land duty as emo­tions from club foot­ball spilled over.

Games be­tween the two clubs have be­come feisty af­fairs – and their meet­ing at the Eti­had Sta­dium in April could be a crunch en­counter – but Eder­son has tried to re­move some of the emo­tion by high­light­ing his friend­ship with his fel­low Brazil­ians in the Liver­pool side.

The 26-year-old said: “I have a good re­la­tion­ship, not only with Alis­son (Becker) but also with (Roberto) Firmino and Fabinho.

“When we have a day off in the same day, we some­times gather, we have a bar­be­cue. It’s dif­fi­cult with our rou­tine and the amount of games to have the same day off, but we have done it a few times be­fore. Our ri­valry is only on the pitch.”

Liver­pool have a big lead at the top of the Premier League but

Eder­son in­sists City will not give up hope of chas­ing the Merseyside­rs down.

He said: “We know the gap is big, but we need to carry on with our job. We need to keep giv­ing our best on the pitch, try­ing to win game by game.

“We know it’s go­ing to be very dif­fi­cult – Liver­pool are hav­ing a great sea­son – but in foot­ball any­thing can hap­pen. We need to be ready for any out­come.

“I’m a player that will usu­ally fo­cus on my team, try to give the best for my team-mates, and I don’t look much at the oth­ers.”

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