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Gerrard admits he is “feeling the pressure” of Liverpool’s title bid from afar

By William Eldridge

Published: 19:02, 24 March 2019

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has admitted that he is “feeling the pressure” as the club try and get their hands on the Premier League title this season.

The Reds are battling for top-spot with reigning champions Manchester City, with Jurgen Klopp’s side hoping to end a 29-year drought without winning the league.

Can Liverpool do it? Five things you need to know…

  1. Liverpool are currently top of the Premier League, two points ahead of Manchester City.
  2. City have a game in hand on Liverpool and a win would send them back to the top of the table.
  3. The Reds have lost just once in the Premier League this season, a 2-1 away defeat to Pep Guardiola’s City.
  4. Klopp’s side have just seven games remaining to secure their first top-flight title since 1990.
  5. Gerrard came close to lifting the trophy in 2014 but the Reds lost out to Manchester City – and the Merseysiders will face huge pressure during the run-in.

Speaking to reporters about Liverpool’s title chances this season, Gerrard admitted that although he is occupied with his managerial duties at Rangers, he is feeling the heat as the Reds edge closer to an elusive trophy.

“Believe me, I’m still feeling the pressure,” the former England midfielder told the BBC.

“It’s in the back of my mind. I’ve got a day job now and all my focus is obviously on Rangers, but I’ve got one eye on Anfield and I just hope the lads can go and get us over the line because I’d be the happiest man in the world.”

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Gerrard’s Premier League heartache

Back in April 2014, Liverpool had just beaten Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield – with current City star Raheem Sterling scoring for the Reds in the opening stages of the match – and it looked as though former manager Brendan Rodgers would lead Liverpool to the Premier League title.

A 3-2 win away at Norwich City followed before Liverpool hosted a Jose Mourinho inspired Chelsea, who turned up and spoiled the party.

An infamous slip by Gerrard allowed Blues forward Demba Ba through on goal, who buried his chance and dented Liverpool’s hopes in the process.

What followed was a classic match at Selhurst Park – a game later branded ‘Crystanbul’ – where Liverpool, having gone 3-0 up, let in three late goals to draw the match and all-but end their chances of Premier League glory.