Former Liverpool manager believes they can still win title, ex-striker says side should be ready

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Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans and ex-striker John Aldridge have been having their say on the Reds' title ambitions, after the results from the weekend means it's a little more difficult for Liverpool to become champions.

Former Liverpool boss Roy Evans has said that Liverpool are still not out of the title race despite Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

The result means that if all three title contenders now win their remaining games this season, the likelihood is that both Manchester City and Liverpool will finish on 86 points – with City taking the title on goal difference – and Chelsea finishing two points behind.

But Evans believes that if Liverpool win their remaining two games against Crystal Palace and Newcastle United, then they can end their 24 year wait for the title.

He told the Liverpool website: “We didn’t get the result we wanted but we still have a chance of winning the Premier League.

“You’ve got to be positive on all sides; there are still two games to go for us and three for Manchester City, but all of the teams have showed this season they are capable of dropping points.

“City have it in their own hands but we always knew they were lurking in that position. I’m confident we will win our next two games and I believe 86 points will win it for us.”

Former Reds’ striker John Aldridge spoke of how gutted he was after Sunday's defeat, saying it was the worst he felt after a game since losing to Arsenal in 1989, where a late Michael Thomas strike against Liverpool secured the title for the Gunners.

However, with some games still to play, there is time for more twists and turns in the title race, something which Aldridge believes will happen.

He wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: “It’s out of their hands now, if you like, but two wins from their last two games keeps them in the hunt. They have to dust themselves off and be ready to hit Crystal Palace hard on Monday night.

“As things stand, they’re still top of the league, and they need to make sure that if Manchester City are to pip them, they will have to win all three of their remaining games. Liverpool have to be there, waiting, if City do slip up.”

Some will look at the run-in and say all three sides have a difficult away fixture remaining. Everton host Manchester City this weekend where they have a poor record, whilst Liverpool travel to Crystal Palace who have caused the odd upset this season, and Chelsea visit a Cardiff City side on the final day of the season - a team that is fighting for Premier League survival.

Either way it is shaping up for an interesting finish, and despite Sunday’s results, Liverpool still have their best chance since 1990 to claim the league title.

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