Rio Ferdinand sensed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pride was damaged as the full-back delivered an honest assessment of Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes. Heading into Thursday night’s clash with Leicester, the Reds found themselves 12 points adrift of their rivals, although they do boast two games in hand.
Liverpool are now set to welcome back Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane from their mid-season trip to the Africa Cup of Nations as they look to chase City down.
Before the small interval last month, City fell short at Southampton, where they were held to a 1-1 draw.
Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace enabled them to close the gap, offering hope that the title race may not be over just yet, as initially feared.
Ahead of the clash with the Foxes, Alexander-Arnold played down Liverpool’s chances of catching City, despite their recent incentive.
With a pause, he told BT Sport: “Erm, anything can happen, it’s the Premier League.
“Anyone can beat anyone, it’s not in our hands.
“All we have to do is keep winning and try and put a bit of pressure on them.
“Hopefully they lose a couple games here and there to make it exciting towards the end of the season.”
Six-time Premier League winner Ferdinand could sense the disappointment in Alexander-Arnold’s voice that Liverpool were not in total control of the race at this stage of the season.
He believes the Reds face an uphill battle to turn things around, despite City recently dropping points.
Ferdinand said: “That’s a little uncomfortable laugh, where his pride’s taking a little bit of a knock.
“It’s because you have egos, he’s had his hands on that trophy.
“He’s previously won the Champions League, he wants to feel that feeling again.
“Listen, they’re behind at the moment but they’re not going to say they’re never going to give up, technically.
“But they know it’s going to take a huge fall from grace from City to create an opening.
“I really just don’t envisage that happening.”
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