With Liverpool pushing past Crystal Palace on the weekend to secure a win that maintains their lead at the top of the league table with the season now 60% of the way through, the pressure will have shifted ever so slightly to chasers Manchester City.
With each week, it will increase. For Liverpool, the goal remains about continuing to do what they have all along. But for City, there will be a growing fear that if they slip up, any chance of catching the Reds is gone. At least that’s how Luis Garcia sees it.
“The pressure is on the teams behind them because when you are up front it is important you continue winning the next game and you don’t think about it,” said the former Red, speaking to the press for March’s Liverpool Legends match against AC Milan.
City, on the other hand, now “have to think about what it will be like if they fail and that is a lot of pressure.” Not that Garcia thinks that means the title’s wrapped up just yet, but as of today, he does think City are the side with more pressure on them.
He’s also been impressed by the evolution of Mohamed Salah, who’s back to putting up the goals and assists like in his first year at Anfield after an adjustment period to a new role forced in part by opposition defences adjusting to those first season exploits.
“We all know what he is capable of and even though at the start of the season he maybe wasn’t getting as many goals as the year before,” Garcia noted. “His role has changed and now he plays in the middle as well as the right. It is not the same situation.
“Last year, people didn’t know what Salah could offer to the team. I think he is doing a great job, scoring goals with a lot of assists and he is very dangerous every game.”