Emmanuel Petit Exclusive: Liverpool Look Tired
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Emmanuel Petit Exclusive: Liverpool Look Tired

Former France midfielder Emmanuel Petit has hailed Liverpool’s “amazing” performances in recent years – but thinks the Reds look tired ahead of their FA Cup final clash with Chelsea. Jurgen Klopp’s men dropped crucial points in the title race as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Tottenham on Saturday, before earning a narrow 2-1 victory against Aston Villa just three days later. And Petit has highlighted the stalemate with Spurs as an example of the Merseysiders starting to run out of steam at a crucial point in the season, as they target more silverware against Thomas Tuchel’s Blues.


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Showing Fatigue

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “When I saw their game against Tottenham, I thought Liverpool were a little bit tired. 

“They were missing the last run, the vision, especially against a team that's very compact. 

“I'm pretty sure Chelsea have learned some lessons recently and I've seen how Liverpool play, they know it perfectly. 

“When it's the final, if you ask people, 'who do you think is going to win?' most people would say Liverpool, for the dynamic between the two clubs.

“But, this is a final, it's one single game, and everyone knows what Liverpool want to do – make history. 

“They are on a good run to do it but for me, Chelsea will be very hard to beat, because it's a trophy for the players. 

“Especially after everything that's gone on this season, after winning the Champions League, football goes so fast. 

“If I was a Chelsea player right now, I'd try to finish the season as well as possible by winning the FA Cup and maintaining the position in the table to finish in the Champions League. 

“For me, Liverpool are at an advantage for this final, in terms of team spirit and dynamic, but because it's the final, I will say be careful of Chelsea.”

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Liverpool Praise

However, Petit is mindful of Liverpool’s achievements under Klopp, hailing the Reds’ mentality and persistent hunger for success.

“Liverpool have been amazing for the last four or five seasons, at least,” he added. 

“I'm still wondering how they can do that, physically and mentally, it's a huge difference. 

“Doing that year after year, the same motivation, this is the perfect example of what you have to do in football, in terms of team spirit. 

“They want to win, they want to make history and this is what I like. It's a luxury for clubs to get these kinds of players who never get enough of winning games and trophies. 

“This team, this is what you need if you want to reach your objective, your targets. 

“To win trophies, you need to get those kinds of players who hate to lose games.”

 

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