Liverpool legend John Barnes confident the Reds will win the Premier League title this season
John Barnes is confident Liverpool will end their long wait for a Premier League title this season.
The Anfield legend believes Jurgen Klopp’s men have handled the pressure better than defending champions Manchester City this season and are in a great position heading into the second-half of the campaign.
The Reds, who are still unbeaten in the league, currently sit six points clear at the top of the table.
City have slipped to third and are seven points adrift of Liverpool after a blip in form, losing back-to-back games against Crystal Palace and Leicester.
Barnes was part of the Reds side which last won a league championship in 1990.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the former England international hailed the change of mentality at Anfield under Klopp and believes they will lift the trophy if they continue their good record against their top rivals.
Ahead of Saturday’s home clash against Arsenal, and with an away trip to Man City on the horizon, Barnes told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Liverpool have handled the pressure and Man City probably haven’t.
“Last season we remember how fantastic Man City were and I always thought, ‘how would they cope when the pressure was on?’
“The two times you can say a bit of pressure was on was against Manchester United at home to win the league, which they didn’t win, and of course in the Champions League against Liverpool.
“When everything is going well for Manchester City, when they’re top of the league comfortably with no pressure, I think they’re the best team in the world.
“But from a character point of view they have struggled in their last two games.
“I think the opposite of Liverpool. With Jurgen Klopp and the demands he puts on those players, regardless of it’s a big game or a smaller game, they perform.
“Over the last couple of years I never felt the games against Man City, Man United, Chelsea and Tottenham were important because we always did well against them, it was against the smaller teams where we fell down.
“Whereas now, we don’t lose those smaller games.
“So I believe if we can do well in the big games against the likes of Man City and Tottenham, I think we will win the league.
“Very much like Man City last year, I just can’t see us going down against the smaller teams.”
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