Liverpool legend Ian Rush insists the Reds must maintain pressure on Manchester City, while Pep Guardiola's men inspire the Champions League
- Ian Rush believes Liverpool must maintain pressure on Manchester City
- The Legend of Liverpool says Pep Guardiola's team is focused on European fame
- Thus, the men of Jürgen Klopp can perform a serious title challenge in February
Alex Miller for Mail on Sunday
Ian Rush believes that Manchester City's desire to win the Champions League offers its former club Liverpool a chance to win the English championship for the first time since 1990.
Rush, 57, Liverpool's record scorer of all time and a member of the last Liverpool team to win the league, hopes City will focus on the Champions League after the first knockout round in February.
"They want the Champions League, so hopefully they'll focus a little more on that," he said.
Ian Rush believes Liverpool must maintain pressure on Manchester City
The Legend of Liverpool says Pep Guardiola's side are focused on winning the Champions League
The city can return to the top of the table on Sunday with a victory over Southampton in the Etihad. But Rush believes that it is crucial that Liverpool's pressure on City is exercised until the final stages of the European top tournament begin.
"In the Premier League City was not really put under pressure last season. Liverpool and the other leaders want to keep up this season. You have a chance. It is important to keep the city under pressure and to see how they react.
"Liverpool are able to finish a top two season, which is realistic."
Guardiola has recently reduced the City's chances of winning the Champions League
City manager Pep Guardiola has recently lowered his chances of winning the Champions League for the first time. On Wednesday they return to Europe, to Shaktar Donesk. City is currently the first group with six points from three games.
The city's followers have an unusual affinity for competition, the Uefa anthem is hollowed out and empty seats are left for home games.
City fans believe that Uefa and Financial Fair Play have worked against the club and kept it from benefiting from the investments of its wealthy owners. The city violated the FFP rules in 2014 and was fined £ 49m as well as restrictions on transfer expenditures and team size.
Ian Rush spoke as ambassador to Liverpool announcing Lavazza as the club's official coffee partner.