Liverpool will become ‘scared’ in title race, warns Alan Hansen

Alan Hansen believes that Liverpool's players are likely to become "scared" in the Premier League title race

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: The Sport Review

Alan Hansen believes that Liverpool’s players are likely to become “scared” in the Premier League title race as the season reaches its conclusion.

The Reds moved top of the Premier League table on Sunday thanks to a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.

A setback here or there will inevitably spark negative thoughts

Alan Hansen

Brendan Rodgers’ men have their fate in their own hands, with title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City still due to travel to Merseyside before the season is out.

But former Liverpool defender Hansen has warned the Reds that they must stay mentally strong in the face of any setbacks.

“At some point, players will become scared because the title will feel so close that a setback here or there will inevitably spark negative thoughts,” Hansen told the Telegraph.

“After a 24-year wait to become league champions again, you can smell the excitement, belief and desire that is infusing the whole club.

“But Liverpool have not yet smelt fear and, having experienced countless title run-ins during my time at the club, the only certainty is that it will come sooner or later and how Brendan Rodgers’s players deal with that will decide the outcome of the title race.

“From this point on, it really does become a test of nerve for everybody involved – players, coaches and supporters.”

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