John Barnes insists Liverpool’s Premier League title defence is still on after bouncing back from their ‘blip’ with a fine win over Tottenham on Thursday night.
In fact, the Anfield legend told talkSPORT said he never thought it was over to begin with.
The Reds returned to winning ways with an impressive 3-1 victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as Jurgen Klopp’s men claimed their first league win of 2021 and ended a run of four straight games without scoring.
The champions have slipped down to fourth place after their poor mid-season run, where a lack of confidence up front and defensive frailties saw them go five games without a win in the top flight.
In the meantime, Manchester United have been flying, Manchester City look back to their best and Leicester have also looked strong as the title race was thrown wide open, and Pep Guardiola’s City declared the new favourites.
But Liverpool’s win in north London means they are now just four points off the top spot, although City do have a game in hand.
And Barnes says the Reds are still top contenders to defend their crown and defended their performances during their poor run, insisting they didn’t play badly and only struggled to find the net.
“It was more like it against Tottenham, but only more like it in terms of scoring goals,” the Anfield icon said on the talkSPORT Breakfast.
“As you saw against Burnley, even when we lost to Manchester United 3-2 we had been getting forward, creating chances and playing in the same way.
“When you analyse the game if you take the goals out, you’d say we were creating chances, we’re playing well and we’re defending well, but we’re not winning.
“Then you can say as long as we are doing the same thing, we will come good.
“Of course with Mane, Salah and Firmino they went through a blip but they haven’t all of a sudden become bad players.
“The only difference between the win over Tottenham and the games against Burnley and Man United is that they actually scored.
“It was a good game for us and hopefully now people will say… I never thought we were out of the title race and I never thought we would have a problem.
“It was a bit of a blip and now we’re still four points off the top.”