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Barnes rejects claims Reds are under pressure

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John Barnes claims he is not perturbed about Liverpool’s current form despite the team dropping crucial points in their last two games.

The 1-1 draw against the Hammers made it two draws on a spin which left Liverpool only three points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

And the Citizens can reclaim the top spot for the first time since December if they beat Everton on Wednesday.

But former Liverpool forward Barnes, who won two First Division titles in 1988 and 1990 during his time at Anfield, says there is no need to panic.

“I don’t think Liverpool are feeling the pressure at all,” he told Sky Sports News. “They have dropped points but so has everybody else in the Premier League.

“The league is tough, whereby you’re going to have ups and downs. Liverpool have lost one game all season and they are three points clear, so they just have to hold their nerve and not bother about outside influences.”

Barnes also believes City are the team who should be under the most scrutiny, with the upcoming fixtures appearing to favour Liverpool.

City face a trip to Everton on Wednesday before hosting Chelsea just four days later, while Liverpool face Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday.

“The pressure is more on Man City because they are catching up,” Barnes said. “There are going to be more missed opportunities for both teams and I think looking at City’s round of games coming up they are harder than Liverpool’s.

“Liverpool may have stuttered in the last two games but so have Man City, so I can see both teams dropping more points.”