The race for the Premier League this season seems as though it will go all the way down to the last game, with Liverpool and Manchester City both in fine form.
The Anfield outfit are looking to win their first English league title since 1990, whilst the Citizens are trying to claim a back-to-back title victories.
Liverpool currently sit top of the table with 82 points, two points ahead of second placed City, although the Reds have played one match more than Pep Guardiola’s in-form side.
Liverpool legend Sami Hyypia, however, believes City’s relentless style of play could bring out the best in Liverpool’s players as they near the final part of the season.
Hyypia, who spent 10 years at Liverpool and won the Champions League in 2005, told Liverpool’s website:
“I think pressure is a good thing. When I played, I felt the pressure and I was nervous before games but that brought more out of me.
“When you are too nervous about something it can lock you up a little bit, you can’t perform at the level that you are able to. So I think pressure is good… with good training and good preparation you ease the pressure and you can cope with it.
“That’s the key. When you play a game, you enjoy it… when your team is playing well together, you enjoy it. From what I’ve seen in many of the games, it looks like the players are really enjoying it.”
Also, speaking ahead of the club’s league clash with top four hopefuls Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday, Hyypia said Liverpool would need to capitalise on any mistake made by City in the run for the Premier League title.
“I don’t think City will drop many points this season anymore and we have to do the same and just wait for their slip-up.
“But you need to concentrate game by game. It would be a big mistake to think ahead… Klopp is wise enough that he’s telling the players many times a day that the next game is the most important.”