Raheem Sterling explains why Liverpool slipped up during the Premier League title race in 2014


Liverpool almost won the Premier League title in 2014 but lost out to Manchester City (Getty Images)

Raheem Sterling has suggested that the reason behind Liverpool’s failure to win the Premier League title in the 2013-14 season was because the players couldn’t handle the pressure put on them by the club’s supporters.

Liverpool’s last top-flight title win was back in 1990 and they came agonisingly close to ending that wait a few years ago when Brendan Rodgers’ side emerged as the favourites thanks to the goalscoring exploits of Sterling, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

However, in their penultimate home game of the season, Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea after Steven Gerrard’s slip allowed Demba Ba to run through on goal before they threw away a 3-0 lead against Crystal Palace to draw 3-3 in their next game.

Those results handed the initiative to Manchester City who went on to clinch their second Premier League title on the final day of the season. Now of City himself, Sterling reflected on Liverpool’s near miss and outlined why his current club can pip them to the title this year.

Sterling has been in sensational form for Manchester City this season (Getty Images)

Speaking to Sky Sports, Sterling said: ‘When I was there I did feel a lot more pressure than when I’m here, with matchdays and the fans. I think that they get to us a little bit. We were in control and we had the opportunity to see it through but we didn’t do that.

‘Here we’re completely focused on each game and trying to win each game as it comes. It’s a completely different scenario from last year – last year we were a bit more comfortable towards this point of the season.

‘They’ve been playing some good football at times but we’re confident in ourselves and we’ve got the belief.

‘This year it’s a complete turnaround and we’re the ones who are chasing. It’s really close at the moment but I have full belief in the squad.’

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool emerged as the favourites to win the title over the Christmas period before suffering a slight dip in form over the past few weeks by drawing three Premier League games out of four to Leicester City, West Ham and Manchester United.

Liverpool were criticised for failing to beat United after they were forced into making three substitutes in the first half of the game due to injury but they bounced back with an emphatic 5-0 win over Watford to maintain their one-point advantage over City.

Should City overtake Liverpool at the top, Sterling will have had a huge hand in their success having scored 12 goals and registered nine assists in 25 Premier League games so far this season.





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