Sven hopes for positive finish

Last updated : 04 May 2008 By Ben Collins
Despite the speculation surrounding his future after last week's 3-2 home defeat by Fulham, Eriksson returned to Carrington this week to take the Blues for training and has been impressed by the players' application.

City round off the season with a visit to Liverpool on Sunday (ko 4pm, Sky Sports 1) before travelling to Middlesbrough next week.

"The boys have worked very hard this week, I'm very pleased with them," he told the City website.

"It was important that they did that in training, otherwise we would be a bit flat in the remaining games, so I hope we get the opposite of course.

"I'm looking for us to play some good football. We want to finish the season as well as possible, and try to put in two good performances as well - that's important for us as professionals.

"It's what we have been talking about all week and what we will try to do."

City skipper Richard Dunne will be a welcome addition to a depleted Blues defence at Anfield after recovering from a hamstring problem.

Valeri Bojinov may not play again this season after all following his lengthy injury lay-off, but Eriksson is confident the Bulgarian striker will be raring to go next term.

"Nedum Onuoha and Micah Richards are still out of course, but we have the captain back, which is really good news for us," Sven added.

"He's a very important player for us, and a real leader so it's great that he is available.

"Valeri Bojinov is not 100% match fit yet, but he's been getting better and better. The important thing for Valeri is that he will be ready for the start of next season."