Mark Lawrenson has warned Manchester City that it is easier to chase than to lead in the Premier League title race, with second-placed Liverpool just six points behind the league leaders while enjoying one game less .
The Citizens suffered a narrow 3-2 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend which reduced their lead at the top of the table to just six points.
Manchester City face stiff competition for the English crown from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who also have a game in hand and are currently flying with five league wins on the trot, the latest coming against Norwich City at the weekend.
Liverpool legend Lawrenson has warned Manchester City that it is always easier to chase the league leaders in a title chase, which the Reds are doing this season.
Lawrenson explained that when a team is at the top of the table, they are more likely to lose form if one or two results do not go their way, due to immense pressure from their closest rivals.
When asked if he thinks the Premier League title race is in Liverpool’s hands to some degree, Lawrenson said Off The Ball: “Yes, we have to beat City, that’s what we all think.
“But I think the point is that it’s always easier to hunt, always, always easier.
“It’s when you’re actually leading that it’s a tough thing because you just need one or two to start thinking, ‘oh they might catch us’, that kind of stuff and then the performance drops.
“And basically we expect Liverpool and City to win every game, right?”
Manchester City and Liverpool are penciled in to lock horns in the top flight on April 9 at the Etihad Stadium and both teams will be determined to avoid any mistakes before they come face to face.