Paul Ince has suggested that Manchester City are panicking just as much as Liverpool are as the race for the Premier League title enters the final ten games.
The Reds, who are currently leading the table by one point, had been looking shaky as their main rival for the title closed the gap, but those fears were dispelled with 5-0 demolition of Watford on Wednesday.
The former Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder reckons that it is Man City who are feeling the nerves, however, as the pressure of defending their Premier League trophy is beginning to show in their performances.
‘People have been voicing their concerns about Liverpool over the last few weeks, with the draws they have had, but what they did to Watford proved they’re back on form and silenced their critics,’ Ince told Paddy Power.
‘They terrorised Watford. That’s the title-winning Liverpool we saw four or five weeks ago and for most of the season. I’d say Manchester City were nervous looking at that – knowing that the title is going to go right down to the wire.
‘You can sense the panic at City, and the West Ham result proved it. It wasn’t convincing at all, and with five minutes to go Kevin De Bruyne was running the ball into the corner flag. It’s not often you see a City team do that, and that shows to me that they’re panicking, you can see they’re feeling the pressure.
‘It’s not even about the performance at this stage of the season. It’s all about just getting the three points whatever happens.’