Liverpool fullback Jon Flanagan believes that Liverpool can still challenge for the Barclays Premier League title, following a superb week for the Reds.
Liverpool won both their games this week, with a thumping 5-1 win over a surprisingly lacklustre Arsenal, and the Reds continued their fine form with a hard fought 3-2 win at Fulham.
Steven Gerrard’s last minute penalty was enough to see of the resilient Cottegers in a weather effected fixture in West London.
And Flanagan believes that the Reds can win their first League title for twenty four years.
The 21-year-old full-back told Sky Sports News: “We’ve given ourselves a great platform to work off now.
“For a local lad, not having a Premiership title for 18-20 years, it’s in my mind every day. We’re in that position now and it is doable with the games that they’ve got as well.
“All the lads are just looking for the top four and if we’re in and around there with five games to go, maybe.
“We’re just concentrating on trying to get top four, so anything above that would be great for us.
“No-one’s expecting us to go and win that title, so the pressure is less on us than the other big teams around us.”
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has started the mind games, and recently stated that the Merseysiders are the title favourites, as they are not currently in a European competition.
And captain Steven Gerrard has backed Mourinho’s statement.
The midfielder played the role as captain marvel as he smashed the penalty past substitute keeper Stockdale, and stated after the 3-2 win…
“We’re in the mix,” admitted Gerrard. “It’s still early days, there’s a lot of football to be played and we’re not going to get carried away. But we are in good form. We feel as if we’re dark horses.
We just carry on playing and trying to win as many games as we can. We have the advantage, in a funny way, of no European football, because we have just got the league and FA Cup to focus on.”
At Craven Cottage on Wednesday, Liverpool twice came from behind to win 3-2, adding to an impressive run in 2014 that has seen them take 16 points from seven matches.
“We showed we’ve got talent all over the pitch; at home, with the atmosphere behind us, you don’t have to motivate yourself – you just go out and perform, and more often than not you play well,” Gerrard told the club’s official website.
“But coming away on a Wednesday night, windy, on a difficult pitch, away to Fulham is a big test for the team.
“We’ve passed it but we still have to learn from our mistakes and defend better on the road if we’re to finish in the top four places.”
Gerrard went onto say.
Top sides, when they get beat 5-1, they are hurt,” he said. “They have just battled to a 0-0 draw against Manchester United so they have showed they have defended quite well in the game.
“We’re expecting a tight game at the Emirates and I think the 5-1 game will have no bearing on this game coming. We’re expecting a really tough game.
“It’s a break from the league and we’ll go there and give it everything we’ve got because we want a good cup run.
By Ben Reardon