Although Liverpool have struggled with injury problems and controversial VAR decisions this season, former Liverpool midfielder believes the Reds can still overcome a Premier League “war of attrition”.
30-years wait for a league title last season by winning the Premier League title, and although they can feel
in the contention,
believes the Reds have guts to stay there and defend the title.
“I think Liverpool will be champions,”
told Sky Sports.
“Last year I said it with a lot of confidence, this year not as much because of the injuries and just what's going on in the world right now. This is going to be a year we'll never forget in so many aspects.
“Last year people were saying about there being an asterisk next to them but that's nothing compared to this year. No footballers have ever been asked to play under these circumstances.
“It isn't easy and we have to congratulate them to a certain extent because everything else has stopped and footballers have just got on with it. You have to be aware of the mental stress the players are going through.
“Liverpool deserved it last year, no one can ever deny that, but this year is going to be a war of attrition to say the least. You're going to have to really dig in, use your squad. There will be times when it will seem completely unfair, with players picking up this illness and it affecting them.
“Whoever wins it this year will probably deserve it more than any other year because you have to raise yourself. Football is so much about the fans. You need them there to give you a boost and to not have them has made it a different competition all together.
“It's amazing Liverpool are top of the league with the injuries they've had. They could have been even further ahead given the draws against West Brom and Newcastle - wins there would have given them a bit of daylight but now everyone else will still believe.
“Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Leicester, Everton, and Aston Villa have been success stories but consistency is what it's going to take.”
will kickstart 2021 year on Monday with a Premier League clash at