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Heskey: Liverpool have the upper hand

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Emile Heskey believes Liverpool have the upper hand over Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

The Reds went back to the summit of the Premier League on Sunday when they beat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage, with City two points adrift with a game in hand.

Both City and Liverpool have been consistent in the battle for the title this season, and with the campaign gradually coming to an end, Heskey feels his former side will be happy to be at the top.

“A lot of teams are expecting Liverpool to go and score five or six goals, but Fulham are fighting for their lives as well,” Heskey told Sky Sports News.

“I’m guessing they’re already gone, but it’s about pride; to play against Liverpool and to get a result would be good, especially for Scott Parker.

“Within football, you have games where you’re not going to be playing the best, but it’s about winning ugly. This was one of those games.”

Heskey further claimed City’s game in hand doesn’t count for much suggesting Klopp’s men have the edge considering their lead.

“Psychologically it’s very important,” Heskey said of Liverpool’s lead. “As you saw before, they were always having to chase Manchester City, they were always trying to stay ahead. Now they’ve got the upper hand.

“It’s better to have the points in hand rather than having to go out there and fight for it.

“Manchester City have got to go into the next game knowing that they need to win that game, putting the pressure back on them and seeing how they fare with that pressure.”