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Babb: Merseyside Derby is a ‘must-win game’ for Liverpool

Former Liverpool defender Phil Babb said that his former club simply must come out of this weekend’s Merseyside Derby with a win in order to maintain their title challenge.

It is shaping up to be one of the tightest title races in years, with Liverpool going into this weekend’s game with a slender one-point lead over reigning Champions Man City.

The Anfield outfit dropped points last weekend against their great rivals Manchester United, and Everton fans are relishing the chance to try and scupper the Reds’ title hopes.

Liverpool know however that the Premier League title is firmly in their hands, and winning all 10 of their remaining league games will see them crowned champions for the first time in 29 years.

Speaking on Sky Sports The Debate, former Liverpool defender Phil Babb couldn’t stress highly enough the importance of Sunday’s game at Goodison Park:

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“If they win every game, they win the Premier League. Klopp will try his hardest to play it down and diffuse the idea that it might get into their heads with his charm and his charisma, but every single player knows all the talk is about the title.

“Everyone is talking about the confidence issues and how they’re feeling. They’ve only lost one game this season, which puts them in good stead for the last 10.

“If you look at it as a block, this is the title run-in now. This is where you earn your money, and this is where you can become immortal in Liverpool history by winning the title after such a long period of time, and they will know that.

“Sometimes, you find different elements of people’s characters in these situations. They’ve got the quality. It would be physiologically massive if they lose this weekend.

“Ultimately, it’s a must-win game.”

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