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Mo Salah in action during Liverpool's Premier League clash with Leicester.
Mo Salah in action during Liverpool's Premier League clash with Leicester.
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Liverpool looked nervous and were 'passing the buck at times' - Ferdinand questions title chasers

The ex-Manchester United defender suspects that the pressure is getting to the Reds.
Jan 31st 2019, 10:42 AM 6,030 25

LIVERPOOL ALLOWED NERVES to get the better of them during Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City at Anfield, according to Rio Ferdinand.

The Reds missed a glorious opportunity to move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table after Sadio Mane’s early goal was cancelled out by a Harry Maguire strike .

Manchester City succumbed to a shock 2-1 defeat against Newcastle on Tuesday, but Klopp’s men failed to fully capitalise, dropping two points themselves in testing weather conditions on Merseyside.

Liverpool are now five points clear of the defending champions with 14 games to go, but Ferdinand suggested that the title pressure is already getting to them at this early stage.

The only slight worry I would have is I sense nervousness and a team sitting there passing the buck at times,” the former Manchester United and England defender told BT Sport.

“That is something Klopp will have to address. You don’t want to see nerves at this stage, this is early.

“I think they looked nervous, the crowd were nervous and it fed into the players.”

Next up for Klopp’s side is a trip to West Ham on Monday, before a home clash against Bournemouth five days later.

The Reds will then turn their attention to the Champions League knockout phases, with a last-16 first-leg showdown at Anfield against Bayern Munich to negotiate.

Manchester United await thereafter on 24 February at Old Trafford,  as the tough fixtures begin to pile up for Liverpool at the business end of the season.

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