Liverpool failed to capitalize on Manchester city’s defeat at St. James’ Park as they were held at home by a determined Leicester City
Liverpool could have gone 7 clear off City had they managed to win against Leicester. As things stand, the Reds are just 5 points ahead of the defending champions. Sadio Mane handed the home side an early lead within 3 minutes of kickoff as he perfectly found the bottom corner from his effort. However, Harry Maguire equalized for the Foxes right on the cusp of half time. Thereafter, Liverpool were unable to find the decisive goal and the game ended with both sides sharing a point each.
Liverpool now have 61 points after 24 games, whereas Pep Guardiola’s men have 56. However, despite the slip up, former England international Phil Neville backs the Reds to go on and claim their first league title since 1990,
“I’d rather be in Liverpool’s position without a shadow of a doubt,” he told Premier League Today.
“I said at the start of the season that Jurgen Klopp would have to sacrifice a competition or two and he’s done that. Because the way they play, they have to be fresh and they’ll need to have that energy.
“City will just pass it around and play the same way they always do, so the extra games won’t affect their philosophy. I think for Liverpool having fewer competitions gives them a better opportunity of winning the league.
“I’ve been in both positions in terms of leading and chasing. From the outside, you’d look at their lead and think that’s a good gap to have. But Liverpool will be sat at the top thinking ‘this is City; they can go on a run and now they’ve got De Bruyne back too’.
Next up, the Reds take on West Ham United late on Monday night, whereas Manchester city host the Gunners at the Etihad in a game they simply cannot afford to lose.
Liverpool, at the moment need to take one game at a time and not get too ahead of themselves. One concern is that they looked very nervous after going into the lead against Leicester. They must solve that problem as soon as possible.