Liverpool legend: '86 points will be enough to win the league'

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Ian Rush expects that Liverpool will win their two remaning fixtures, and Manchester City will slip-up, allowing The Reds to claim the Premier League title

Ian Rush believes that Liverpool will win the Premier League title for the first time in their history if they are victorious in their final two fixtures this campaign.

Liverpool had looked the favourites to take the Premier League crown, but their 2-0 defeat at home to Chelsea on Sunday has meant that Manchester City will come out on top, if they win all their remaining fixtures.

Rush, however, feels that City – who still have to travel to the Reds' Mersey rivals, Everton, and face Aston Villa and West Ham at home – will slip up.

He said to the Liverpool Echo: “It [the defeat to Chelsea] was a setback but there are still two games to go. We can get to 86 points and I believe 86 points will be enough to win the league.

“Being back in the Champions League next season is a big thing for Liverpool but I still believe we can win the title.”

Everyone Liverpool fan will be hoping that their former idol is correct in his hypothesis, too. Their remaining fixtures – away to Crystal Palace and at home to Newcastle United – appear winnable, but Brendan Rodgers’ side are no longer in control of their own destiny, after establishing themselves as favourites to take the title, and it remains to be seen how the squad will react to that.

The other team that could potentially end Liverpool’s title dreams are their weekend conquerors, Chelsea. Jose Mourinho’s men are now poised just two points behind the Reds, but will need them and City to slip-up once more if they are to take the crown.

The Stamford Bridge based outfit play host to Norwich at the weekend before travelling to relegation threatened Cardiff City on the final day of the season.

They are, of course, also having their attention turned by the prospect of a Champions League final. Atletico Madrid travel to London tonight to take on Chelsea in the crucial second leg of the tie, as The Blues look to secure a place in the final, where they will take on Real Madrid.

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