Former Liverpool 'keeper Chris Kirkland has announced that nerves are what is behind Liverpool's recent downturn in form
It is within touching distance.
As each game comes, Liverpool have an even firmer grasp on the Premier League title.
They may not be playing their best stuff, but Jürgen Klopp's side keep finding a way a way to win - in the league that is. Defeats to Chelsea in the FA Cup and Atlético Madrid in the Champions League means Liverpool's only chance to lift silverware again this campaign comes in the form of the league title.
A 3-2 loss at home to Madrid last night sent Klopp's side crashing out of the Champions League, something which seemed unimaginable whilst 2-0 up on the night.
Now all attention has turned to winning that first Premier League trophy. Many have questioned Liverpool's stuttering form of late; losing their 28-game unbeaten status against relegation threatened Watford, and overcoming West Ham and Bournemouth at Anfield by a single goal, Liverpool fans are being subjected to an agonising last few games of the season.
The Reds are highly likely to get themselves over the line in the coming weeks, but their struggles on field are not a surprise for one former Liverpool player. Having to get over the line and end their long-awaited league title trophy drought, Chris Kirkland understands why performances have fallen below what we have been accustomed to this season by this unbelievable Liverpool side.
"A lot has been made over the last few weeks. Obviously they've lost a few games but it's nerves you know. Even though the Premier League- listen the Premier League has been over for a couple of months but until you actually get over the line the players feel the pressure playing in front of the home fans.
"You know they [Liverpool] know what's at stake - the Premier League. They win that, they're going to be heroes and legends forever at the club.
"So you know your performances are going to dip slightly because of the pressure.
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"But last night they were totally dominant. Yeah, and we should be through but you know, this is football. This is why it drives you mad and why you love it at the same time."
Liverpool need just two more wins to be crowned Premier League champions- a trophy they have not yet won having last won the league title when it was named the First Division.
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