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Emile Heskey says that Liverpool has the upper hand over Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title, but says the reigning champions have the advantage of the experience on their side.
Liverpool went on to lead the Premier League on Sunday when they beat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage, and now have two points ahead of Manchester City, which has one game less.
Liverpool and Manchester City have been head to head all season, and with only seven games remaining for Jurgen Klopp's team and eight for City, Heskey says the Reds will be relieved to have left south-west London with three points .
"Many teams expect Liverpool to score five or six goals, but Fulham is also fighting for their lives," Heskey said. Sky Sports News.
"I suppose they are already gone, but it is a pride: playing against Liverpool and getting a result would be positive, especially for Scott Parker.
"In football you have games in which you won't play better, but it's about winning bad, this was one of those games."
Heskey says that despite the City game in hand, Liverpool has the advantage of going into the international break.
"Psychologically it is very important," Heskey said of the Liverpool command. "As you saw before, they always had to chase Manchester City, they always tried to stay ahead, now they have the upper hand.
"It's better to have the points in hand rather than having to go out there and fight for it.
"Manchester City must go to the next game knowing they need to win that game, putting pressure on them and seeing how they are doing with that pressure."
The former England national says that some teams love to chase the league leaders and believe that the City is one of those teams.
"Manchester City seems to be prospering in this regard – they did anyway," he added. "They have players who really want to fight for it, but they still have to go out there and do it."
The 41-year-old says that Pep Guardiola's team is familiar with the pressure of a title, having succeeded in their research last season.
"You saw him with Manchester United in the years I played, I did it year after year, knowing what it takes when you arrive at a certain point in the season, knowing what it takes to stay in and keep pumping those results out."
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Liverpool, on the other hand, is chasing a victory for the title that has eluded them for almost 30 years. Heskey says there is pressure on this Liverpool team to deliver, but that is no different from the pressure felt elsewhere.
"There will be an expectation – it's an expectation when you're in all the big clubs," Heskey said. "C & # 39; is an expectation that all of them really go out there and win every week, and the players understand it: the players know it, the players are aware of it and this pressure brings the best of you sometimes.
"It's a great chance for them to be labeled as legends, it's a great moment for the club."
One of the stars for Liverpool last season was Mo Salah, who this season is fighting for the same goal-goal form, and Heskey says the Egyptian international is guilty of having forced things into his efforts.
"He still has 17 goals, so he is not experiencing a bad season, but he is probably just trying a little too much.
"He's looking at the season before when he was scoring all these goals, confidence was high, things were bouncing and then they came in.
"He is not getting that luck now, but he still wants to get the goals and everyone still looks at him as that guy to do for goals.
"There are times when he should pass the ball but he wants to score himself, this is the danger.
"When you cross that stretch you need to balance, you need to know when to pass the ball, when to pull the shot.
"You must remember that we were talking about him last season in the same vein as [Lionel] Messi e [Cristiano] Ronaldo, so he probably understood it in his head too, so he wants to set goals as they are ".
Sadio Mane continued his impressive performance for Klopp's team by scoring the opening goal against Fulham.
"It's a blessing for Liverpool, it's not like they have someone of his stature – any of his abilities – to get into the pot Salah couldn't produce," Heskey said. "He is such a dynamic and fast player.
"If you look at the previous season, you went through small spells in which you scored three goals, four goals, but now it seems to make it more consistent."
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