Liverpool are now a point behind Manchester City in the table but Mason believes this could play into the Reds’ hands
Liverpool relinquishing top spot in the Premier League to Manchester City could actually play into the Merseyside club’s hands, according to talkSPORT’s Ryan Mason.
Jurgen Klopp’s side slipped a point behind the reigning champions in the table over the weekend after only managing a goalless draw away to neighbours Everton.
The visitors were left to rue a number of missed opportunities after Fabinho missed from six yards out, while star man from last season Mohamed Salah squandered two big chances.
The result means Liverpool have only won one of their last four matches in all competitions, sparking fears among Kopites that the players are cracking under the pressure.
However, former Premier League midfielder Mason claimed that the fact the Reds have lost top spot could help them as the pressure is now on leaders City to keep coming up with the goods.
Mason said on The Final Word: “I actually don’t think today [draw to Everton] is a bad point.
“They’ve dropped points recently which probably makes the result worse than it actually is but to go to Everton and the big derby that it is, I don’t think it’s actually a bad point.
“There are still twists and turns in the Premier League. I don’t believe Manchester City are going to win their final nine games, Liverpool are going to drop points and it’s all to play for.
“I don’t think Liverpool have been that convincing this season.
“If you look at Salah’s performance – last season he would have taken the opportunities.
“There was a real lack of quality in a few instances and it is a bit nervy as they want it so bad but the fact that Manchester City are in front might actually play into Liverpool’s hands because the pressure isn’t on them now.
“They’re the chasers and they don’t have to deal with the pressure. I don’t think they’ve dealt with the pressure very well at all.
“It’s just about who drops the least points now.”