Giggs: Handling pressure key to Liverpool hopes

18 Dec 2018

Man Utd legend likens Merseysiders' title challenge to when he lifted the inaugural PL Trophy in 1993

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Ryan Giggs says Liverpool's Premier League title challenge reminds him of when his Manchester United were on course to become the competition's inaugural winners, and that handling the mounting pressure will be key.

A 3-1 win over Man Utd on Sunday returned Liverpool to the top of the table, a point ahead of Manchester City.

Giggs believes the biggest challenge to Liverpool's hopes is their lack of experience in a title race so late into a season.

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He and his team-mates faced a similar obstacle early in his career at United, who had not won the league for 26 years before lifting the inaugural Premier League Trophy in 1993.

"The only thing that may be a problem, I experienced it, is [Liverpool] haven’t won the league for 28 years," he said. "That pressure, when it comes to the run-in, when everyone’s talking about it.

"You have to have luck, you have to have things that go for you and you just have to keep your concentration.

"Keep remembering what got you there, what got you challenging for the Premier League, and the big players need to turn up.

"There’s a long way to go and the closer it gets to the end the further away it is, strangely,” Giggs said.

"It won’t be easy, against a very good City team; but this Liverpool team, with [Virgil] Van Dijk, the front players they’ve got, the midfielders, they’ve got a way of playing.

"It doesn’t matter if they change a couple of players, they all know their jobs; they do look the real deal."

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