By Gabriel Agbonlahor

20th May, 2022 | 8:30am

Jurgen Klopp begging Steven Gerrard behind the scenes as new Liverpool claim issued - pundit

Jurgen Klopp will be “messaging” Steven Gerrard to beg him to do all he can to guide Aston Villa to victory over Man City on the final day of the season and hand Liverpool the Premier League title.

That is the view of Aston Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the title race.

City will win a fourth league title in five seasons if they beat Gerrard’s side when they visit the Etihad on Sunday (22 May).

Liverpool host Wolves at the same time knowing they will win the league if they win and Man City are held by Villa.

“Listen, if there was ever a team that Liverpool wanted Man City to be playing on the last day of the season when a lot of players are on the beach, it’s Villa because of the manager,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“I’m sure Jurgen Klopp will be messaging Gerrard, I’m sure Liverpool players who played with him will be messaging him saying ‘Please Stevie, please get a result for us’.

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“I’m sure Stevie himself, without anybody messaging him, will want to stop Man City from winning the league and help his team Liverpool win it. That’s natural, if I was in his situation I would feel the exact same.

“He’ll be pumping up his players making sure they are not on the beach and making them play their hardest game possible.

“As he did against Liverpool, Liverpool are his team but Aston Villa pushed them for 90 minutes.

“It’s going to be a tough game for Man City but they are going to beat Villa if they have to do that to win the title. As much as I love my club and Gerrard will have them motivated, this Man City side are not losing on the last day of the season if they need to win for the title.

“It will be a party atmosphere and that Man City pitch feels like it’s double the size of others. They’re in form and I don’t think Villa can hold them, to be honest.”

In other news, an ex-Uefa official has told the Premier League to hire Pierluigi Collina after a Liverpool controversy.