Title rivals may question Liverpool's bottle - but it's one quality they have plenty of

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Martin Demichelis said Liverpool can still make mistakes, Petr Cech thinks Chelsea are better equipped because they have been there before.

It was the weekend when Liverpool took control of the title race, the first time in the Premier League era that bookies had to price them up as odds on to lift the trophy that has eluded them for so long.

What has followed Liverpool’s 3-2 win over Manchester City has been talk from their two main title rivals.

Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has said Liverpool can still make mistakes in the title run-in, whilst Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is on a couple of back pages this morning questioning whether Liverpool have the bottle to finish the job and become champions for the first time in 24 years.

So far, when the pressure has been on, Liverpool have passed every test. You don’t win 10 games on the bounce in the Premier League without a degree of character, bottle or belief.

Also if you look at those games individually, there are plenty which show character.

The 3-2 win against Fulham was a game where Liverpool had to come from behind twice – and back up their sensational 5-1 triumph over Arsenal a few days earlier. Similarly their win over Cardiff City where they fell behind twice and managed to win 6-3. Though the margin of victory was a little on the handsome side in the end, it still took a lot of effort for Liverpool to turn their game in their favour.

Add in their 4-3 win over Swansea City. Though there was some questionable defending on display that day, Liverpool ended up getting the job done after being pegged back to 2-2, then 3-3.

In the pressure games when they have the opportunity, Liverpool have come up trumps. Ahead of a difficult fixture at Southampton, Arsenal dropped points and the Reds had the chance to move above them – they won 3-0.

Ahead of their trip to Manchester United, Chelsea lost at Aston Villa – Liverpool again won 3-0 at a ground where their record had been retched previously.

Ahead of their game against Tottenham, Chelsea lost to Crystal Palace, Manchester City dropped points against Arsenal, and Liverpool had the chance to put the title race in their hands. They won 4-0.

And the latest example came this weekend. Against a side with as much formidable talent as Manchester City, when you have surrendered a 2-0 lead, it could be so easy for a side to fold – their title hopes could have been practically over had they conceded again a 2-2.

But no, Liverpool came back and won the game and made themselves favourites to lift the title.

If Liverpool don’t win the title from here on, it won’t be because of a lack of bottle – because they have already shown so far, they have it in abundance.

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