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Monday 18 February 2019

Souness: Pool's pragmatism can end title wait

Graeme Souness
Graeme Souness

Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness believes manager Jurgen Klopp's pragmatism will end the club's 29-year wait for the title.

The Reds currently lead Manchester City by four points at the top of the Premier League and, despite their 4-3 aberration at home to Crystal Palace last weekend, have the best defensive record in the top flight.

That is a departure from last season, when a thrilling attacking approach also led to them leaking damaging goals.

This time around just 13 goals conceded in 23 matches has lifted Klopp's side into pole position to lift the title for the first time since 1990.

"As well as being a great watch, Liverpool are a pretty pragmatic team as well," Souness, who won five championships as a player for the club, told liverpoolfc.com.

"They are a pretty strong outfit when they're not dominant, they're still capable of winning games. That makes them a dangerous team.

"It makes you league champions when you can win games without being at your best.

"I've got a sneaky feeling Liverpool will win it this year because of the slightly pragmatic way they can play at times.

"I don't think they've been like that in the past; it was all about winning a game 3-0 instead of just 1-0.

"You wouldn't want to swap their place for anyone else, you'd far prefer to be four points ahead.

"If you can, keep that four-point advantage and it's first to blink really, in the long-term.

"It's not theirs to lose, there's a long way to go and City are a really good team.

"Just keep your nerve and treat the next game as the most important one, don't look too far ahead."

Meanwhile, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah appears to have deleted his social media accounts.

Viewers of the Egyptian star's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages yesterday were met with error messages saying the "page doesn't exist". The change comes after the 26-year-old posted a final message on Tuesday reading: "2019 Resolution: Time to get in touch, for real."

Some fans speculated Salah deleted the accounts to focus on his football, lauding him for his "winners mentality".

"Many people suggesting this could be to block things out for the title run in," tweeted @LFCTransferRoom "Sounds like a winners mentality from Mo."

Some fans speculated that Salah had deleted his social accounts for the title run-in, while others suggested the move was taken to avoid recent criticism for alleged diving.

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