Premier League title race: ‘Champions League is a welcome relief for Liverpool’ – McAteer glad of break
The European tie against Bayern Munich comes at exactly the right time for the Reds, according to their former winger
Former Liverpool winger Jason McAteer is pleased that the Reds have time off from the Premier League title race, believing that the lack of a game this weekend will help their players recover for key matches on the horizon.
Jurgen Klopp’s side
Title rivals Manchester City have played one more game than the Reds in the Premier League, but are only ahead on goal difference at the moment. They have a busy fixture list with additional games in the FA Cup against Newport County and the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea in the next fortnight, whereas Liverpool only
McAteer thinks this could benefit Liverpool, who are currently in the middle of a defensive
“We’ll get a bit of time now to get some players back,” McAteer told Goal. “I think it’d be more of a problem if it was this Wednesday. It’s a big, big game. To go on and beat Bayern would give us confidence.
“It’s also a welcome relief from the pressure of the Premier League because the microscope has been on them since the Manchester City game at the turn of the year, where performances probably haven’t been great.
“We’ve dropped points, we’ve given away a lead, but then I look at Saturday [against Bournemouth] and thought we were back to our best. It was a really, really good performance. It was a massive three points. The crowd played their part.
“But we’ve got a few days to get players off the treatment table and back into consideration.
Following that crunch encounter with the German champions, attention returns to the Premier League where Liverpool travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on February 24. Since replacing Jose Mourinho as manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has recorded nine wins in 10 league games and will be looking to improve that stat against the club’s bitter rivals.
McAteer is well aware of the challenge the Reds face in
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“It’s massive. Man Utd and Liverpool is arguably the biggest game of the season. It’s arguably one of the biggest games in the world,” he continued.
“It’ll be a tough ask because Manchester United in the form they’re in
McAteer will line out for the Liverpool Legends when they take on an Ireland XI in a special fundraiser in aid of the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust on April 12 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. For more information on Sean’s story or to donate to the campaign visit supportsean.com.