Ludicrous to say Liverpool bottling Premier League title race, says Chris Sutton

Divock Origi celebrates scoring his 96th-minute winner in December

The race for Premier League glory likely will go down to May 12, the last day of the season.

'Of course, you'd never play to lose a game but it will be in Liverpool's favour if they have a clean run as they can get everyone fresh.

"We become the chasers now and all the pressure is on Manchester City", he told the BBC.

The ability to sustain a domestic and European charge only further elevates the greatness of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Having lost just one match at the Allianz Arena all season, it would be no failure for Liverpool, and certainly no throwing in of the towel, if they exited the tournament at the last-16 stage. They are absolutely not.

"Their goalkeeper made a good save and the other ones were just not being clinical enough, so today was a completely different game to last week". Five of Liverpool's remaining nine games are against the worst five teams in the league according to the current table: Huddersfield, Fulham, Cardiff, Southampton and Burnley.

"The word "bottle" is probably very harsh when it comes to Liverpool", he said.

"The idea that Liverpool's hopes of winning the Premier League title race will be helped if they are not distracted by Champions League matches is nonsense", said Lineker.

"Fergie would say don't read the papers, but you can't get away from it and the closer it gets towards the end of the season, it's only going to get bigger and bigger and bigger".

"You've got Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri on the bench".

Liverpool created enough chances to beat Everton, but could not take them and had to settle for another goalless draw, their third in four games in all competitions. But when that doesn't happen it's important you don't concede and come away with nothing. "I've been a manager myself and sometimes you sit there after a game and think "I shouldn't have done that".

"This is your defining moment, this is where the big players have to stand up and be counted".

"They looked nervous", he added.

Marco Silva chose to make a few surprising changes to his Everton side for the contest, with Richarlison and Andre Gomes left on the bench, with the Portuguese boss choosing to go with strength through the spine of his team.

"The biggest disappointment is how quickly they've nearly written themselves off in the race".

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