Paul Ince believes Manchester City are ‘panicking’ as Liverpool continue to lead the way in the Premier League title race.
After an inconsistent run of form, Liverpool got back on track with a 5-0 thrashing of Watford on Wednesday.
How tight is the Premier League title race? Five key things to know…
- Liverpool are currently one point clear at the top of the Premier League.
- Man City currently occupy second spot with 10 games to go.
- Liverpool face Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday, with City travelling to Bournemouth a day before.
- The Reds are in search of their first league title in 29 years.
- However, Paul Ince believes it is the reigning champions who are panicking.
And while City managed a 1-0 victory over West Ham United to remain just a point behind the Reds, Ince believes their performance in that game shows just how ‘nervous’ they are in trying to retain their domestic crown.
“People have been voicing their concerns about Liverpool over the last few weeks, with the draws they have had, but what they did to Watford proved they’re back on form and silenced their critics,” the former Man Utd midfielder told Paddy Power News.
“They terrorised Watford. That’s the title-winning Liverpool we saw four or five weeks ago and for most of the season.
“I’d say Manchester City were nervous looking at that – knowing that the title is going to go right down to the wire.
“You can sense the panic at City, and the West Ham result proved it. It wasn’t convincing at all, and with five minutes to go Kevin De Bruyne was running the ball into the corner flag.
“It’s not often you see a City team do that, and that shows to me that they’re panicking, you can see they’re feeling the pressure.
“It’s not even about the performance at this stage of the season. It’s all about just getting the three points whatever happens.”
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Ince: Liverpool will find it tough at Goodison Park
While Liverpool’s mauling of Watford undoubtedly brought an air of positivity back to Anfield, Ince believes they will find it much tougher during their Merseyside derby clash with Everton on Sunday.
Despite the Toffees being on a run of just four wins in 14 Premier League games since their last meeting in December, Ince has experienced enough Merseyside clashes to know just how difficult Liverpool’s task will be at Goodison Park.
“Liverpool’s result at least sets them up nicely for what will be a tough game against Everton,” Ince added.
“I’ve played in enough Merseyside derbies to know that it’ll be difficult going to Goodison Park.
“There’s been a lot of negativity amongst Everton fans recently, but the supporters will be desperate to try and derail their title run.
“The derby will be a huge test, because City will be looking at it and hoping that they can capitalise on the result.”
The Merseyside derby kicks off at 4.15 PM GMT on Sunday.