Liverpool morning news, ex-boss says 'cards in their hands', Johnson says Reds deserve to be top

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Monday morning.

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has said his old club have ‘the cards in their hands’ as they enter the final six games of the season in the title race.

Liverpool leapfrogged Chelsea into top spot this weekend after a 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur – and are four points clear of Manchester City having played two games more.

Houllier told TalkSport: “"They are six wins away from winning the league. The cards are in their hands, fortunately they play Chelsea and Manchester City at home and also Newcastle.

"That means three games they could win and also the venues away from home are winnable games, there’s a good chance. I said that about a month-and-a-half ago, I said they’ve got a good chance to win it."

Glen Johnson has told the Liverpool Echo that the side deserves to be top of the league after yesterday’s win and insists the team have to remain professional.

He said: “Any team who is top of the league at this stage deserves to be there.

“This is a difficult league with a lot of tough games but I think we can stay there.

“I’m sure everyone is looking forward to those big home games against City and Chelsea but we have to take care of West Ham first otherwise those games might not be as relevant. We have to make sure we win our next game.”

Manager Brendan Rodgers has said that Manchester City and Chelsea will be in for a difficult game when they arrive at Anfield in April and has said his side have a lot of ‘hunger and confidence.’

He’s quoted, saying: “There is no doubt they understand this is going to be a real tough place to come. We love playing here and the support [against Spurs] was incredible – that’s as good as I’ve heard at Anfield since I’ve been here – and it’s only going to intensify.”

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