Jonathan Walters has lifted the lid on a conversation Phil Bardsley had with Sir Alex Ferguson in which the former Manchester United manager predicted Liverpool would win the Premier League title.
A 2-0 win over Chelsea restored the Reds’ two-point advantage at the top of the table after Manchester City, who have a match in hand, had briefly taken back first place with a win at Crystal Palace earlier in the day.
The Reds now have 85 points, five short of their previous league best of 90 from 40 matches in the 1987-88 campaign in which they were champions.
And former Republic of Ireland international Walters, has claimed that ex-United defender Bardsley was told by Ferguson that he thought Jurgen Klopp’s outfit would win the title.
“I was chatting with Phil Bardsley and I’m gonna drop a name here, he was sat with Sir Alex Ferguson,” Walters told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast.
“He sat with him and he thinks Liverpool are gonna win it. He thinks Liverpool because he thinks United will get something out of the City game.”
City won the league with 100 points last season but Klopp is targeting four more wins to push their rivals all the way over the closing few weeks.
“The biggest challenge for us is always facing the world outside, you (the media) and other people. We play our game,” Klopp said after the win over Chelsea.
“If City lost and we find out five minutes before the game that’s not a help. You lose your focus then.
“We only try to collect as many points as possible. What is it now, 85? Four games to play. 97 (possible). Let’s try.”