Rush - Liverpool going out of Cup could be blessing in disguise

Liverpool's record goalscorer believes the side just focussing on the Premier League could work in their favour.

Ian Rush believes that Liverpool have one thing in their favour if they are to lift their first top flight crown in 24 years, and it’s that the Premier League is all they have to focus on.

Liverpool currently sit in fourth, four points behind Chelsea who are top of the table with 12 games remaining this season and has said the pressure is firmly on that of Chelsea and Manchester City to be crowned champions come May.

Despite the heartache of losing to Arsenal in the FA Cup at the weekend, Liverpool's record goalscorer told the Liverpool Echo that it could work in Liverpool's favour.

‘We all wanted to do well in the Cup but that’s gone now and we need to concentrate on the league. Hopefully losing in the Cup will prove to be a blessing in disguise.

‘All our focus is on the 12 league games. Others have bigger squads than Liverpool but they also have the Champions League to concentrate on and that will take it out of them.’

Liverpool’s aim for much of the season has been getting back into the Champions League for the first time since the 2009/10 season when they were knocked out at the group stages and dropped down into the Europa League.

Rush said: ‘We are still the outsiders to win the title but the fact we’re still in the race at this stage of the season shows how far we’ve come under Brendan.

‘You have to start believing that winning is possible. We have to be looking up rather than down.’

There has been a sense of cautious optimism around Liverpool this season. As Rush alluded to in his interview, Brendan Rodgers seems to be managing expectations well and not getting involved in any of the mind games or spats with rival managers - despite Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's best efforts in trying to heap pressure on Liverpool saying they are favourites for the title given their lack of European football this campaign.

Spurs are only three points behind Liverpool in fifth and have their sights set on the final Champions League spot, but with them lurking behind it could act as the incentive Liverpool need to keep winning and in turn keep up the pressure on the sides above them.

With all their more high profile fixtures to come at Anfield, excluding reigning Champions Manchester United, Liverpool have cause to believe they have massive say in the race this season and pick up an improbable league title.

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