Graeme Souness rates Liverpool’s chances of winning Premier League title

Graeme Souness rates Liverpool’s chances of winning Premier League title


Graeme Souness has rated Liverpool’s chances of winning the Premier League title (Picture: Sky Sports)

Liverpool are ‘definitely not out’ of the Premier League title race despite their deflating and record-ending defeat to Burnley, Graeme Souness has said.

Jurgen Klopp’s side stormed to the title last season but find themselves six points adrift of leaders Manchester United at the midway point of this campaign after they were beaten 1-0 at home by Burnley.

Burnley’s narrow win – sealed by Ashley Barnes’ late penalty – saw Liverpool’s 68-game unbeaten home run in the Premier League come to an abrupt end.

The Reds have now failed to win five consecutive league matches and ten of their 19 games overall this term but Souness says it would be foolish to write them off.

He told Sky Sports: ‘For all that doom and gloom I can still remember being at Liverpool when we lost to Man City on Boxing Day and went 12th in the league.

‘We still won it at the end of the year. Liverpool are six points adrift, they’re definitely not out of it.

‘They could put a run together against Leicester, Man City and Spurs and suddenly they’re back on the horse and they look like they can win it again.

Ashley Barnes’ late penalty stunned Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield (Picture: Getty)

‘But you have to say they have been way off it. You don’t need me to tell you they’re not the same team as they were last year.’

Liverpool dominated Burnley for large spells on Thursday evening without creating many clear-cut chances, although Divock Origi should have scored when he raced through on goal, only to hit the crossbar.

The hosts were made to pay for their wastefulness in the 83rd minute when Barnes scored from the spot, having been awarded a penalty after a collision with Alisson.

Klopp’s side face an uphill battle to defend their title (Picture: Getty)

Speaking after the Burnley loss, Reds boss Klopp said: ‘We lost the game which is pretty impossible but we did it. That is my fault.

‘It is my job to make sure the boys have the right feelings and confidence. That didn’t work out. We had the ball a lot and created some situations that are OK but our final decision is not right.

‘I said the same thing last week. When something doesn’t work you must try harder, longer and more often and make better decisions. It didn’t work tonight.’

Burnley’s shock win sees them climb to 16th in the table – seven points clear of the relegation zone – and Sean Dyche hailed the character of his side.

He said: ‘We had to work very hard, as you do in these places, be diligent and do your jobs – shape was good, energy was good.

‘It means nothing if you don’t get the result at the end of the season but the players are enjoying the moment, as they should do.’

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