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Liverpool news: Current players face less pressure than previous generations, says Reds Legend

Uday Jaria
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470   //    15 Feb 2019, 00:32 IST

Liverpool are currently second in the Premier League
Liverpool are currently second in the Premier League

What's the news?

Liverpool legend, John Aldridge, believes his generation used to have more pressure to win silverware than the current one.

In case you didn't know...

Liverpool are among the most successful English clubs, as they have won the league title 18 times. However, none of their success came in the Premier League era and they were last crowned as the Champions of England way back in 1990.

Nevertheless, things might change under Jurgen Klopp this season and the Reds are currently second in the Premier League table with a game in hand. They boast the best defensive record in the league and have lost just one game all season.

The heart of the matter

The Reds are on a staggering 65 points from 26 matches, but regardless of their relentlessness, they are being chased down by Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, who have the same number of points in 27 fixtures.

Despite the fierce competition between the two and Spurs, who are five point worse off, Aldridge believes his generation inserted more pressure on the players, every single season.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said:

"There is ridiculous hype because it is Liverpool and it's all these years we haven't won the Premier League. There is a lot of interest worldwide, with the fan base Liverpool have, but I can't believe there is so much talk with January only just finished - it's crazy to be quite honest."

He continued:

"They are doing all right at the moment: they had a little bit of a blip and have a few injuries to contend with. You talk about pressure now, we had pressure every season - 60s, 70s, 80s - every season to win it. The pressure was on the team to do the business and we did an awful lot. Season-in, season-out. Retaining it. That was a different type of pressure."
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He further added:

"We have always had expectations, we expected it every single season: silverware, silverware, silverware. For us not to win a cup in a season was ridiculous because the standards were raised.
You have to keep on winning, although it's virtually impossible to win your last 12 games or so but it's not improbable where City are and where Liverpool have been this season."

What's next?

Liverpool will next host Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League round-of-16 before squaring off against Manchester United in the league on February 24.


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