Are Liverpool truly playing without fear this season? Well that’s certainly the opinion according to The Redmen TV’s Paul Machin. The passionate Liverpool fans is anxiously awaiting the crescendo of the Premier League season, knowing his club are but four games from securing their first league title in 24 years.
A push that was aided by Tuesday’s 2-2 between Manchester City and Sunderland, attention now quickly turns to the Reds’ game against Norwich City at the weekend. Likened to a Champions League final by Steven Gerrard, talk has also focused on the club’s cavalier approach in front of goal, which Machin feels could be down to the influence of psychiatrist Steve Peters, who has spent the season working with the club.
“There’s talk of having Steve Peters involved behind the scenes and they’ve got the mental coaching behind it, I think the fans probably need it more than the players at the minute,” Machin told Ball Street’s 4-5-1 show. “There’s definitely nerves off the pitch and I think they’re playing without fear because they know they’ve got goals in them.”
The Reds currently top the Premier League’s goals scored column having netted an amazing 93 times this season — 27 more than second placed Chelsea. Yet although the title seems to be edging towards Anfield, Machin admitted he is refusing to believe it just yet, conceding the club have seen ‘so many false dawns’.
“Over the last 24 years, since we last won a league title, there has been so many false dawns. We’ve had so many times we thought: ‘this is it’. It’s our season every season, that’s what it’s like to be a Liverpool fan, we start every season with the thought we’re going to win it this year and it hasn’t come. We almost don’t want to get carried away too soon.”