Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has called on the club and its supporters to not be too downbeat after losing the momentum in the title race to Manchester City.

The Reds surrendered a 3-0 lead in the last 15 minutes to draw with Crystal Palace on Monday night, leaving them just a point ahead of their Premier League trophy rivals who have a game in hand.

Although not mathematically out of the equation, the Merseysiders need City to slip to one defeat in their remaining two fixtures or draw both to have any chance of claiming their first league championship in 24 years.

Liverpool had been favourites up until defeat at home to Chelsea ended their 11-match winning streak and turned the tide in favour of City.

Although there is a feeling of disappointment at Anfield, Aldridge says that this season – where finishing in the top four was the aim – has been a successful one:

“We’ve scored 99 goals this season, which is incredible. We seem to have been celebrating weekend after weekend. We’ve taken apart top teams and the feel-good factor has been put back into the city, into the club and into the fans.” He is quoted by the club’s official website.

“Let’s not forget that when we have beaten all these top sides, we’ve been able to come away and think, ‘how good was that?’ We won 11 games on the bounce – it’s been fantastic. It’s just a pity that it seems to have deteriorated a little over the last 10 days or so.”

Aldridge also believes that his old club’s title hopes are not quite gone:

“Anything can happen in football,

“We saw against Palace what can happen and I’ve seen it many times over my career – things happen when you least expect them to. So we’ll just have to wait and see.”

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