The FF Show: Liverpool in pole position but can they cope with the pressure?

Last Updated: 15/04/14 10:39am

The Footballers' Football Show panel discussed which team are favourites for this year's Premier League title.

Gaizka Mendieta, Niall Quinn and Steve Clarke analysed the championship race on this week's show, which you can see in the video above, or, listen to in full by downloading the podcast.

Steve Clarke believes that Liverpool, the club he was assistant manager at in the 2011-12 season, could start to feel the pressure as favourites for the title after 3-2 win over Man City on Sunday.

He said: "I think it's going to go right to the wire this year. Right to the last game. We could be looking at a repeat of a couple of years ago.

"Liverpool, in the next few games, could start to feel the pressure because now the expectation is that they will be champions and that's a different pressure," added the former West Brom manager.

"They've met their objective for the season, which was to qualify for the Champions League, and now they're getting close that's when the nerves can kick in."

Powerful

Gaizka Mendieta, twice Champions League runner-up with Valencia, added that you can't rule Chelsea out of the race with their experience and a trip to Anfield, on Sunday April 27, yet to come.

"You can never tick off a Mourinho team," said the former Barcelona midfielder. "His Chelsea side look very powerful and the midfield are always very solid and they'll want to go to Anfield and upset things."

While agreeing that Liverpool are favourites to win their first Premier League title in 24 years, former Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn reminded the panel that Manchester City are still in the thick of things.

But did add that Manuel Pellegrini's side have lost momentum since they were beaten 1-0 at home by Chelsea in February.

"Manchester City are well capable of winning all their remaining games," he said.

"They're the team I thought were the team to be there, until Jose Mourinho took his team to the Etihad and everything changed.

"That can happen again when he takes his team to Anfield."