Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has claimed that Brendan Rodgers’ side will not get nervous heading into the final two months of the Premier League season.
The Reds are currently second in the league table with 68 points from 31 matches.
The Merseyside outfit have never won the championship in the Premier League era and there have been suggestions that they might struggle to retain their composure in the final stretch of the campaign.
However, Dalglish, who won the old First Division title with Liverpool six times as a player, insists that the players will not be fazed by the pressure on them to create history.
“I used to get nervous before games when I was player,” he wrote in The Mirror. “I got nervous before most games, actually. Particularly derbies and cup finals, although I didn’t keep a league table.
“I don’t see why getting nervous is a problem. I think that’s normal. It would have confused me if I hadn’t been nervous. So I don’t really buy into any of the talk about how Liverpool’s title challenge might be affected by nerves.
“The expectations around the club have been raised, certainly, but that’s only because the level of their performances has been raised. They’re only in the position they deserve to be in. It is about time people started taking them seriously.
“They’re title challengers now and they can’t run away from that but surely it’s better to be title challengers than fighting relegation or having nothing to play for. And anyway, the pressure isn’t solely on a team who hasn’t been in this position for a while. It’s on everybody.”
Liverpool will resume their challenge for the title on Sunday when they host struggling Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.
The Reds are currently on a five-game winning run and will be confident of picking up maximum points against Tim Sherwood’s side.
After this weekend, Liverpool will have two big games: against City and Chelsea, both in April and both at Anfield. Those two matches are likely to decide if Rodgers’s team will clinch the title or not, according to Dalglish.
“It feels like it’s going to be a grandstand finish to a great season,” wrote the 63-year-old. “Everton play both Arsenal and Manchester City at Goodison Park in the next few weeks. And Liverpool host Manchester City and Chelsea. There is still much to be decided in the title race but everything points to the fact that it will be decided on Merseyside.”
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