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Whelan backs Liverpool charge

Former captain Ronnie Whelan expects Liverpool to continue their good form and win all their remaining fixtures as they look to secure a first league title in 24 years.

Last Updated: 08/04/14 at 12:38 Post Comment

Ronnie Whelan (left): Backs Liverpool for title

Ronnie Whelan (left): Backs Liverpool for title

Liverpool face Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday knowing a win would put them firmly in the driving seat towards their first Premier League crown.

Brendan Rodgers' side currently lead the table by two points from Chelsea, with City - who have two games in hand - a further two points adrift.

Whelan, who scored 46 goals in 362 appearances for the Reds between 1979-1994, said: "Nine games ago we wouldn't have said we would win nine games on the trot but now there are only five more to go.

"I know it will be a record, winning 14 in a row, but the team are playing well enough at the moment to do it."

Rodgers has overseen a huge change in fortunes for the club from their lowly seventh-placed finish last season.

Whelan believes Liverpool's irresistible form of late gives them the best chance of any of their rivals to claim their 19th league crown - their first since he was part of the team which last lifted the title back in 1990.

"You cannot fault anything they are doing, they are going out and winning game after game and doing it well," he said.

"The energy they are showing at the end of the season always gives you a chance in the last five games. The energy seems to be more than Chelsea and Manchester City and the other teams."

The Anfield legend was speaking ahead of the Celebration Of The 96 Charity Match due to take place on April 21 in aid of the Hillsborough Family Support Group and Liverpool FC Foundation.

Whelan will be representing the UK & Ireland team, managed by fellow Anfield great Kenny Dalglish, while the Rest of the World will be coached by former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier.

"There is so much excitement among the players. To get all these players back together should be a great occasion," he added.

"It will get serious - Kenny always get serious. He'll be on the touchline shouting and I'll be thinking 'I'm 52 years of age, leave me alone!"

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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