Manchester City midfielder James Milner has labelled Liverpool as his side’s main challengers for the Premier League title this season.
Heading into this weekend’s round of matches, Manuel Pellegrini’s team find themselves third in the league table with 67 points from 30 matches with two games in hand.
Liverpool are currently two points clear at the top, with Chelsea second and Arsenal seven points off the pace in fourth.
The championship has seen a number of twists and turns so far and with less than two months remaining, there are bound to be more. Some may even come this weekend, especially with City hosting a confident Southampton side at the Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s early kickoff and Arsenal travelling to Merseyside to take on Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Many, including Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, have tagged City as the favourites given that they have played two fewer matches than their challengers, and that they have the experience and the strongest squad in the whole of England.
Milner joined the Manchester outfit from Aston Villa in 2010 and played important roles in them winning the FA Cup in 2011, the Premier League in 2012 and the League Cup earlier this year. He is now hopeful that his and his teammates’ experience of enduring enormous pressure in the final months of the season will come in handy against a Liverpool squad lacking in that department.
“Yeah, it looks like Liverpool are our main contenders,” The Mirror quotes the 28-year-old midfielder as saying. “Chelsea are still in there as well. Hopefully we can rely on the experience which we’ve got.
“We’ve been there, we’ve won it before. Liverpool haven’t in recent times, so hopefully that could help us. They are playing so well and we just have to concentrate on our games.
“It’s tight. There are not many games left. We’ve got to take it a game at a time. We know if we play our best football, we know we can get the points required to win the league.”
The title race has already swung in different directions,and there could be more drama on Sunday 13.
That’s the day when Liverpool host City at Anfield. The Reds have a formidable record at home, having dropped just five points all campaign there, while the Citizens have recovered from an early season struggles on the road and have yet to lose away from the Etihad in the league since early November.
“Liverpool is never an easy place to go, but especially this season,” admitted Milner. “They are on fire, playing well and deserve to be up there.
“It’s three points, just like all the other games, and we can’t overlook any of our games. We just need to try and finish with maximum points from now until the end and that will be enough.”
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