Pablo Zabaleta has pointed to Manchester City’s recent history of winning the Premier League as an important advantage in the title race with Liverpool.
The Argentine full-back was a key component of the club’s first two Premier League victories in 2012 and 2014, ending the fans’ long wait for the title in the process.
On both occasions Manchester City were the chasing side, catching Manchester United and Liverpool to win the trophy in dramatic circumstances.
With the Reds leading the league table by a solitary point, the 34-year-old West Ham defender believes his old side can take advantage of their past experiences to win another medal.
“Everybody around Liverpool and the fans are just waiting for that Premier League medal,” Zabaleta told mancity.com.
“City have won it three times in the last few years. The pressure is there for Liverpool as well.
“It’s important to have won the Premier League previously because City have been in this situation before. Both times I won the league [with City], we were behind the leaders at this point. There is a long way to go.
“Some players in the dressing room now have experience of that. It’ll help for the rest of the players. They can talk to them, keep everyone focused and tell them their experiences from before.
“Not the third one last season, but the first two when City were behind United and then Liverpool. That’s going to be key.
“I hope City can keep winning games and retain the title.”