Barnes tips Reds to conquer Premier League


John Barnes has backed Liverpool to break their Premier League duck and finally lift the coveted trophy this season.

Liverpool were the dominant force during the 70s and 80s, winning 11 of their 18 league titles during that period, but they were last crowned champions of England in the 1989-90 season.

Since the Premier League’s inception in 1992, the Reds have failed to win the division and, to make matters worse, rivals Manchester United have overtaken them in the all-time standings with the Red Devils now having 20 titles to their name.

However, it has not been all doom and gloom for the Merseyside outfit after they managed to win their sixth European crown last season when beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final.

That was the second time Liverpool have won the Champions League while it was the first trophy Jurgen Klopp has landed since taking charge at Anfield in 2015, having lost in three previous finals.

Only a sensational Manchester City stopped the Reds from winning the Premier League last season as the European champions finished second on 97 points – a record points-total for a team to get and not win the title.

Klopp’s men have started this campaign in perfect fashion, winning all four of their games so far, and they have eked out a two-point advantage over the Citizens heading into the international break already.

With Pep Guardiola facing a selection crisis at the heart of his defence after Aymeric Laporte joined John Stones on the injury list, everything is looking rosy for Liverpool at this early stage of the season.

Ex-England international Barnes won eight trophies during his time as a Reds player, which included two of those 18 league successes, and he believes his former employers will finally end their PL drought in 2019-20.

He told Sky Sports News: “Last season, as well as Liverpool were playing right to the end, I felt that Manchester City would win the league. This year I think Liverpool will win the league. They have this determination, this drive, this confidence now that they’ve won a trophy with Jurgen Klopp.”

Barnes also spoke about the on-field dispute between Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in the 3-0 victory at Burnley last weekend. For those that haven’t seen the incident, have a look at the video below.

The 55-year-old is adamant there will be no ongoing issues between the pair, saying: “The most important thing is there’s no hangover from it, and with Liverpool there won’t be. He’s human and Jurgen Klopp said himself ‘these things happen’, but there will be no spill-over from that.”