Former Liverpool star sold by Klopp locks up bold title claim; unloved Anfield colleague now “incredible”
Lucas Leiva has said Liverpool will win the Premier League title – and not drop another point – if they get a step ahead of Manchester City.
The two sides face off again to win the English top flight crown. In fact, this is the third edition of this particular title race in four years. City edged Liverpool out by 98 points in their first real fight to 97 in 2019.
But Liverpool triumphed in 2019/20, reaching 99 points. man city dropped out this season at 81 but bounced back last season to reclaim the title.
Liverpool suffered the same fate last season due to a series of key injuries suffered by the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson.
However, both teams are back in top form and only six points separate them at the end of the season. Liverpool need to keep winning to keep the pressure on City, who know a slip of their own could prove costly.
Speak with the athleteBrazilian midfielder Luke offered his bold prediction of how the title race will end. The 34-year-old joined Liverpool in 2007 under Rafael Benitez but moved to Italy in 2017 under Jurgen Klopp’s management.
“No one expected Liverpool to be in that position by March,” Lucas said.
“City was miles ahead. But it shows the mentality of Liverpool and how difficult the Premier League is.
“Now the league is open, completely open and I have a feeling that if Liverpool come forward they will not lose any more points.”
Liverpool have a particularly crucial game to go to City in April. However, both teams still play in the FA Cup and Champions League. Therefore, they could still face off in more high-profile encounters before the end of the season.
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Lucas spent nearly two seasons at Klopp and praised the German as a “very honest” and “fantastic” person.
He added that the Liverpool camp could “smell” that “things were changing” under Klopp and that the club’s “big moments” would return.
Lucas Leiva praises Luis Alberto for Liverpool
Elsewhere in his interview with the athleteLucas insisted ex-Reds team-mate Luis Alberto was unlucky not to play in his own time at Anfield.
The Spaniard signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2013. He played a small role as the Reds came close to winning the Premier League title in his debut season.
From there, however, Alberto went on two consecutive loans to Spain and was eventually sold to Lazio Rome in 2016.
Lucas said of a man with whom he has spent much of his career: “He was very young when he came to Liverpool, as I was when I arrived.
“He probably wasn’t as lucky as I was to have a manager who might have been a little more patient with him
“The quality was always there and he had to go to Spain to get more experience.
“Then he moved to Lazio and his first year was not easy. But after that he just found himself. He was able to show his qualities and has been one of the best players in the league in recent years. His quality in the last third is unbelievable.”
Klopp has transformed Liverpool’s fortunes
Another player who was in the spotlight during Alberto’s time at Liverpool was Jordan Henderson.
The midfielder almost left Liverpool for Fulham in 2013 but persuaded Brendan Rodgers to keep him at the club.
From then on he became a driving force in the team. In fact, he has won five major trophies under Klopp.
And Klopp has transformed Liverpool’s fortunes en route to potentially more silverware this season.