Sam Allardyce has launched an astonished blitz at Liverpool’s title ambitions – claiming Jurgen Klopp’s men “fear” winning the Premier League.
Klopp’s side now have to hope for City to slip up in the title run-in as their own destiny slipped through their own hands.
And former Everton chief Allardyce doesn’t think Liverpool have a strong enough mentality to step over the line for the first time since 1990.
“The pressure is enormous. Liverpool have only lost one game this season, and it looks to me like the fear of winning the league is as it was with Brendan [Rodgers] a few years ago,” Allardyce told talkSPORT.
“That is the big hurdle Klopp certainly faces – ‘how do I mentally get my team over the line to try and win the league’.
“We thought they’d overcome those jitters in midweek when they won 5-0 [against Watford ], but there were one or two moments yesterday where you thought they were going to win the game – but clinically they weren’t good enough.
“It looks like a little bit of fear to me.”
Everton ace Morgan Schneiderlin also reckons the Premier League trophy will remain in Manchester this year.
The France midfielder said: “The big difference between the two teams, between Liverpool and City, is the depth of the bench.
“Liverpool are still not capable of doing that.
“But the Premier League is very, very hard. Every match is very physical, and any team can beat anyone and every match is played till the end.
“City have the advantage because they have the confidence of winning the title from last year and have more experience.”