Ox: Liverpool ‘can’t afford to lose’ to keep pressure on Man City

Dan Butterfield
Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is aware Liverpool can’t afford to drop points as they look to keep the pressure on Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

Jurgen Klopp’ side gained two point on City last weekend when they beat Crystal Place after Pep Guardiola’s outfit had drawn with Southampton.

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However, the gap is still at nine points but Liverpool do have a game in hand as well as a trip to City to contend with as they look to drag themselves back into the title race.

Chamberlain, who scored in the win over Palace, has admitted they can’t afford anymore slip ups.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, the midfielder said: “That’s the position we find ourselves in now: we are chasing and we know we can’t afford to lose points and drop points.

“We just have to keep winning and [if] you keep winning games, you put pressure on the teams ahead of you.

“I think when we won the Premier League a couple of years ago, even though we had a big gap you still feel that little bit of pressure when teams are chasing you. You maybe have a bit of a dip in performance and drop a couple of points.

“You never know, those things can affect teams. We’ve just got to keep winning games, keep putting pressure on and whatever will be will be in the end.”

Liverpool will welcome back Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita from AFCON in the coming weeks as well as the likes of Thiago and Harvey Elliott from injury and Chamberlain is hoping that having everyone back fit and available will help them kick on.

“Whilst the team are winning games you want to keep playing games and keep winning games.

“But at the same time there are a lot of games, a lot of fixtures and we are going to have an important run-in, and we need everyone as fit and as rested as possible.

“So when you get these opportunities and with the busy schedule, especially just after Christmas in January, it’s good for the lads, so we’ve got to make sure we rest up and keep doing a bit of work whilst we are off and we’ll be ready for when we come back.”