A man who captured the English top-flight
crown with Manchester United has told the
Reds that the pressure mounts the longer
you go without success
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes
Liverpool can win the Premier League, but
warned it will only get tougher the longer
their title drought goes on.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are third in the table,
nine points behind Chelsea but with a
game in hand, ahead of hosting Stoke on
The club are without a league title since
1990, the year they won the last of their
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Hughes, who won two Premier League
crowns as a player with Manchester
United, says it will only become harder to
end the wait.
“Every year it’s more difficult. Every year it
keeps perpetuating it becomes more
difficult,” he said.
“Certainly when I was at United it was
talked about before the season, during the
season and at the end.
“And if you hadn’t done it then it was
debated again in a negative way. It was
“That’s maybe why, being part of that
team [in 1992-93] and being able to do
that [win United’s first title since ’67’], that
team is remembered and revered a little bit
because we were able to break that long
line of difficulty of winning the league
Liverpool have lost just two league games
this season and a win over Stoke would
see them return to second in the table.
Hughes feels the club have regained belief,
and a league title could follow.
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“Do I think Liverpool can do it? Yes,
they’re capable without a doubt and they
have the potential to win it,” he said.
“Liverpool will feel this is a good
opportunity to get rid of that weight and
have a period of success like they had in
the ’80s and early ’90s.
“They seem to have the belief they can and
it seems a really positive club again.”