Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted it would be nice if the club’s fans could forget the last 29 years as they wait to end their long title drought.
The Reds currently have a slender lead at the top of the Premier League table, though they can extend that to five points if they beat West Ham in their game this evening.
That said, Liverpool could have been enjoying a more secure seven-point lead in first place if they’d managed to get over the line against Leicester City in their last match.
Manchester City lost to Newcastle before that game, but Liverpool let a 1-0 lead slip as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield.
There seemed a slightly nervous atmosphere around the ground that day, as there was when Liverpool last came close to winning the league in 2013/14.
That year, LFC also succumbed to the pressure late on as City were able to overtake them in the final few games of the season.
And Klopp has been open about the fact that the club’s long wait to win the title again is something hanging over his team that he would rather live without.
‘Of course it would be cool if we could get rid of all the things from outside and forget they have waited for 29 years,’ the German tactician is quoted in the Liverpool Echo.
‘You can not forget it, so how will they forget it? It is such a new situation. Let’s go for it with no pressure on anybody?
‘Create that with the things you write but I don’t think it would be possible. I am happy with the crowd and what they did. They can do better and we can do better, but they helped us to 61 points.’