"It's when they win it now, not if", States Former Liverpool Goalkeeper

Thursday, January 30th, 2020 11:33am

Ex-Liverpool and England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland believes his former side will win the title this season.

Liverpool can't stop winning. A 15th consecutive league win extended the Reds' lead at the top of the summit to 19-points.

Jürgen Klopp's men bounced back from their minor slip up against Shrewsbury Town on Sunday when they gave up a 2-0 lead, to comfortably see-off relegation threatened West Ham last night in London.

Strikes from Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain either side of the break meant Moyes' men were unable to stop Liverpool's march towards a first Premier League title. 

With most fans and pundits writing off any title charge from another side and announcing Liverpool as Champions-elect, ex-Liverpool 'keeper Chris Kirkland just wants to take each game as it comes but believes his former team won't be caught.

"It's just about ticking the games off now. They're going to win the league so it's just about ticking the games off. They've got a break now after they play Southampton at home- there's been a lot of controversy about that with the game next week against Shrewsbury. 

"But it's just a matter of time now when they league the win. It's when they win it now, not if. 

Speaking about Klopp's recent comments regarding the replay against Shrewsbury Town and how his players and himself will be missing the game, Kirkland backed the German's stance. 

"It was spot on. The FA arranged for this to happen, the clubs knew it was going to happen for months. They knew this was going to be the break. The players are getting time off, I think a week, which they need. 

"It's been a busy period, especially over Christmas- it's been relentless. You go back to last season as well- Champions League final finished late, a lot of them were away with their national teams. Some didn't come back until a week before the season started. So this break is needed for a lot of the players. 

"I think it's far from ideal but I totally get what he says about the Under-23s playing. Their manager Neil Critchely has done a brilliant job with them.

"Would Jürgen like to be there? Of course he would but I think what he's doing is right. He's saying to the authorities you got this wrong, you messed this up, you're trying to force our hand here because you messed it up and I totally don't blame him at all.

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