Mark Lawrenson: How Liverpool FC’s Champions League run will affect title bid
Liverpool FC legend Mark Lawrenson is worried about how their Champions League exploits could have a detrimental effect on their title challenge
Mark Lawrenson believes Liverpool FC’s impressive Champions League run will have a negative effect on their Premier League title challenge.
The Merseyside outfit were 3-1 winners against Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday night.
Goals from Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk sealed Liverpool FC’s first-ever win at the Allianz Arena to secure a quarter-final place.
Liverpool FC reached the Champions League final last season before Jurgen Klopp’s side slumped to a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid.
The Merseyside outfit have the chance to hoist themselves above Premier League leaders Manchester City with a victory over Fulham on Sunday.
The Reds are in second place and a point ahead of Pep Guardiola’s side with eight games to play in the title race.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is worried that their Champions League run could deplete the squad’s energy levels for their title challenge.
“The one down side of Liverpool’s progress in Europe is that I do think it will affect their Premier League title bid,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“A lot of the same players have already played a lot of games, and when you get to the last month or two of the season then tiredness does become a factor.
“But Klopp will not be complaining because they are going to get to the end of March in an absolutely fabulous position in the two most important competitions. That is the situation he would have wanted at the start of the season.
“Now they just have to keep on winning, because that is what City are doing.
“Liverpool’s next test is to go and win at Fulham on Sunday, which might sound easy after what they have done in Munich, but won’t be.
“They cannot afford to let their levels dip at all but then Klopp is in charge, so there is no way he will let that happen.”
Liverpool FC have finished in fourth place in the Premier League table in the last two seasons under Klopp.
The Merseyside outfit were 4-2 winners against Burnley last weekend to make a much-needed return to winning ways.
Manchester City are in FA Cup action this weekend with a clash against Championship side Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon.