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People don’t want Liverpool to be the Kings of football again - Phil Thompson


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Written by John Morley

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson spoke to OTB AM on Friday morning following his former club’s 1-1 draw to Leicester City on Wednesday night.

Responding to the controversial claims from John Giles that the club "should be up before the FA" for the ground-staff's treatment of the Anfield pitch, Thompson hinted at a greater concern at play. 

Disregarding Giles’ protestations, Thompson identified them as little more than a sign of a movement fearful of seeing Liverpool return to their glory days.

"People are fearful of Liverpool, and maybe Johnny Giles has got a little bit of that, because he played at a time when Liverpool were kings," said Thompson.

"The fear is that cycle that always comes round, and it could be Liverpool’s time again."

Thompson is hopeful that the Anfield men can end a 29-year wait for Premier League glory this year, adding that the attitude instilled in players in the coming weeks is key to victory in the competition.

"These players could do something special, 29 years, and that’s huge pressure for those lads," said Thompson.

"When you get in there, and you’re doing it, and you’re doing it right you have to have the good backroom staff to just get the right words in."

Thompson noted that to control hype and nerves in the players the right attitude and trust in the management would be paramount for the team.

"Trust in your players, get your players to trust in you," he said.

"This can help Liverpool in these last fourteen games. Last fourteen games? We’re talking like there’s five or six to go and there’s fourteen games."

Liverpool will hope to go one better on Monday evening away to West-ham United and extend their five-point lead on the top of the Premier League table.

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