Date: 28th January 2009 at 10:23pm
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‘I was surprised by what has been said, but maybe they [Manchester United] are nervous because we are at the top of the table.’

The words of Rafa ‘Genius’ Benitez before Liverpool’s visit to Stoke, in response to Fergie’s little jibe about the Scousers’ nerves. Liverpool fans told us it was all brilliant and their team would be galvanised by it…

Well, since then they’ve failed to win a single league game, playing terribly and allowed us to overtake them at the top of the table. The nervous Champions just broke the record for most consecutive clean sheets – imagine if our nerves weren’t shot because of the immense threat of the Rafalution?

But Fergie’s still wrong. Pundits, many of them, will say that pressure and nerves got to Liverpool but it’s not about that. Quite simply, the dippers are not good enough and have now run out of luck it seems. It is boring but our main challengers are, once again, Chelsea.

So Liverpool are not nervous – they are simply not good enough. And they proved that, again, tonight at Wigan.