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Thiago claims Liverpool have ‘another final’ as Premier League title hopes rest in the balance

Thiago Alcantara, Liverpool v Atletico Madrid November 2021

Liverpool take on Southampton away from home on Tuesday and Reds star Thiago Alcantara claims that the team “have another final” to play.

The Reds have been in stellar form throughout the season with the quadruple still a major possibility. They currently sit on 86 points in the Premier League, four behind title rivals Manchester City. At one point in the season, Jurgen Klopp’s men were as far as 14 points off the top.

They have managed to pull it back within touching distance, however, and the title looks like it will be decided on the final day.

Liverpool will be in good spirits for Tuesday’s match as they triumphed over Chelsea after penalties in the FA Cup final last weekend.

And fan-favourite Thiago has had his say on the battle and how the team see the upcoming games.

“We have another final tomorrow,” Thiago told Liverpool’s official club website. “And if we do our stuff tomorrow, we have another final on Sunday.

“That’s it for us. It’s game by game, all the players be available for the manager and it’s about finals now.

“What I’ve learned with all those years is the hate of losing is the worst feeling we can have, so you have to avoid that feeling.”

Thiago talks Liverpool title ‘hunger’

Liverpool stars Thiago and Luis Diaz

“You don’t play to lose but when you have the focus that you have to score goals, the win comes,” Thiago added. “You are just saying, ‘In the game I have to dominate them and I have to score all the goals that are possible for our team’ and then comes a win.

“This hunger, it remains inside us the whole season and we keep having this run.”

This showcases the mindset Klopp’s camp has around the upcoming games. But there is a lot of expectation resting on the shoulders of the players. The team have shown in previous matches that they don’t crumble under pressure.

If Liverpool lose on Tuesday, they will be four points off the Cityzens and will lose out on the league title yet again.

And Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has said that his team won’t go down without a fight, even claiming it is the Saints’ “Champions League final”.

“We have shown against the top teams that we can achieve something very big – and this is what we will need on Tuesday evening. It’s our Champions League final, if you want,” he said, during his pre-match press conference.

“We are going for this with everything we have and the team that is on the pitch is the team that will do everything to make them proud.”

Southampton have already heavily impacted the title race by taking four points off of City. They have, however, had a drop in form recently which bodes well for Klopp’s men.

The Saints have lost three of their last five Premier League games, including losses to the likes of Burnley and Brentford.

Klopp or Guardiola will prevail

With both Liverpool and Man City dropping points in recent weeks, it shows the title race is still anyone’s game.

On the final day of the campaign, the Reds take on Wolves, whereas Pep Guardiola’s team take on Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.

It’s as if it’s written in the stars for Liverpool legend Gerrard to take points off the league leaders and hand his old club the title.

Wolves, however, will not be an easy team for Liverpool to overcome as they only scraped a 1-0 win at Molineux in December.

It is hard to see the Cityzens dropping further points against Villa despite their recent upturn in form. Guardiola’s men have scored 21 goals in their last five Premier League games.

This showcases the quality City possess and the number of goals they can rack up against weaker opposition.

It is unlikely that we will see any changes in the domestic table. Nevertheless, Liverpool could still secure their seventh Champions League trophy at the end of May, a title which Man City are yet to win.