Mark Lawrenson believes that his former club Liverpool will not win the Premier League this season.
The 56-year-old, who currently works as a pundit for the BBC’s Match of the Day, won five old First Division titles with the Reds during his time at Anfield between 1981 and 1988.
“They (Manchester City) have got the best squad,” predicted Lawrenson.
“When you have top players and they can see another trophy within sight, it focuses them. World-class players are the difference in the last few games. It's only injury to key personnel that will stop them.”
It's a fair point, and City will hope the injury to Sergio Aguero which keeps him out of the clash with Arsenal tomorrow, will be one they can continue to minimise the impact of.
Liverpool boss Rodgers may publicly agree with Lawrenson, but privately the Northern Irishman will know that his team have a realistic chance of winning the club’s first championship in the Premier League era.
Heading into this weekend’s round of matches, the Merseyside outfit find themselves second in the table with 68 points from 31 matches, a point off leaders Chelsea.
Manchester City are two points behind Liverpool, but they have two games in hand. However, Manuel Pellegrini’s side are at fellow title challengers Arsenal on Saturday, so a defeat for them will make the race that much tighter.
However, Liverpool do have some really tough games in the final stretch of the campaign. Winning against Tottenham Hotspur even at Anfield on Sunday will not be as easy as it might appear to some, while next month they will host both Man City and Chelsea.
Nevertheless, the 2005 Champions League winners will feel confident heading into the final two or so months of the season. That Liverpool are still in genuine contention of winning the title is a testament to how much they have improved under Rodgers, and clinching the Premier League will be the icing on the cake.
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