Liverpool handling pressure well

Liverpool fans in the Cayman Islands are getting increasingly excited as the thought of their first league title in 24 years becomes more of a possibility.

They are now in a three-club race with Chelsea and Manchester City, but can secure their first Premier League title if they win their four remaining matches. 

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool can cope with the pressure of the Premier League run-in after their 3-2 defeat of City on Sunday. 

“We’ve been put under pressure in a very big game against a big opponent, but you can see from our football that we are coping,” said Rodgers. “My message to the players is to continue. We don’t need to change.”

Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel put Liverpool 2-0 up against City before David Silva hit back and a Glen Johnson own goal pulled City back. 

But Philippe Coutinho’s late winner secured the Reds their 10th league victory in succession, on the day Anfield marked the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

It left Liverpool two points clear of second-place Chelsea, who visit Anfield on April 27, with City another five points adrift but with two games in hand.

Chelsea went to Swansea and won 1-0 on Sunday thanks to a Demba Ba strike. It was the second time inside a week that the striker was the Blues’ match-winner, having scored the decisive goal against Paris-St Germain on Tuesday.

Watching the Liverpool-City game on TV at Fidel Murphy’s were Ryan Hennessy and his fiancee Shawna Ferguson, both wearing Liverpool jerseys with immense pride.

Dublin-born Hennessy comes from a long line of Liverpool supporters and was even christened in one of their jerseys. 

Hennessy has lived in Cayman for three years and works as a bartender. He supports the Reds because of family influence “and because we’re the best team on the planet!” He added: “Talking about winning the Premiership is the unspeakable. I’ll only talk about it if and when it happens. Beating City was unbelievable and I’m still shaking. 

“I think Brendan Rodgers is going to take Liverpool back to where we belong, there’s no doubt in my mind.”

Ferguson, a Jamaican who has lived here for eight years, has only been supporting Liverpool since dating Hennessy, but she is almost as passionate about the Merseysiders. 

“I wasn’t into football until we got engaged. Now I’m here every Sunday to see it. I’m into now. I used to watch only World Cup teams. My daughter is half-Brazilian, but I’m in the Premier League now that we’re engaged.”

Does she think Liverpool can relieve the misery of so many die-hard fans and finally secure that elusive Premier League title?

“I’m not supposed to talk about it,” she smiled. “But if it’s supposed to happen, it will happen.

“City are a good team but in my mind the team to watch is Chelsea. They look like they’re creeping up with some plans for us. City, I’m not too worried about.”

Unlike Chelsea who is in the Champions League semifinals, Liverpool and City are not distracted by European competition. 

In the Premier League, Liverpool plays Norwich away on Sunday, then meets Chelsea before traveling to Crystal Palace on May 4 and winding up their season at Newcastle a week later. 

Chelsea hosts Sunderland at home on Sunday, and after the Liverpool match plays Norwich at home on May 4 and finally Cardiff away on May 11. 

City has home matches against Sunderland on Wednesday and West Brom on Monday, then goes to Crystal Palace on April 27 and faces Everton away on May 3. They have home games against Aston Villa on May 7 and West Ham on May 11. 

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool can cope with the pressure of the Premier League run-in after their 3-2 defeat of City on Sunday.

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