Gary Gillespie believes people aren’t looking at Liverpool’s form correctly after their back-to-back draws.
The former Liverpool defender has passionately defended Jurgen Klopp’s team in light of criticism from some.
The Reds followed a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City with the same result away at West Ham United. That led to accusations of Liverpool ‘bottling’ their title challenge.
Gillespie, however, takes issue with those critisising Liverpool’s form.
Gillespie defends Liverpool’s form
“Are we of the belief that the Premier League is the hardest league in the world?” he asked on the Snods and Diz show.
“So any time that you go away from home in the Premier League you are going to face a tough team. And it was a tough game last night [against West Ham].
“Liverpool got through it. Yes they were a little bit fortunate with the goal which was definitely offside but that’s going to happen.
“There are going to be ups and downs all the way to the end of the season. What you have to put into perspective is that we didn’t lose the game. Two games where we’ve not played well – Leicester and west Ham – we didn’t lose.
“Sometimes these points are good points. Especially the Leicester game I thought was a good point for us because we could easily have lost that.”
Gillespie certainly knows how to win a league title. The Scot won the First Division three times at Anfield, including a double-winning season and a European Cup.
And there’s no doubt that he’s right about the recent form. Liverpool are still on course for the third-highest points tally ever, despite the two draws.
If that’s not good enough for some people, then their standards are unreasonably high. No one wins every game in a season – even against ‘lesser’ sides – and very few go unbeaten.
Teams like Leicester, who have beaten both Manchester City & Chelsea within the last two months, and West Ham are capable of taking points from anyone.
The title is still in Liverpool’s hands, though, and there will be many ups and downs left for everyone involved.