Joleon Lescott and Peter Crouch were in agreement that Liverpool must beat Man City on Sunday or kiss goodbye to their hopes of a successive Premier League title.
The reigning champions went into Wednesday’s clash against Brighton off the back of two consecutive wins which suggested their were back to their effervescent.
But the dismal form which proceeded those results was back on show again at Anfield as Steven Alzate’s second half goal earned the Seagulls all three points.
It was the first time since 2012 that Liverpool had lost back to back home games in the Premier League, and now leaves their title defence hanging by a thread.
Man City’s comfortable win over Burnley earlier in the evening stretched their lead over their rivals to seven points with a game in hand still to come.
And anything other than a victory in Sunday’s showdown is likely to effectively knock Liverpool out of the race.
Asked if Liverpool need to win, Lescott told BT Sport: “I think so. With that and a game in hand, potentaily 13 points, I don’t think you expect to claw that back.
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“As good as Liverpool can be, Man City show no signs of losing that many games, potentially five games, between now at the end of the season.”
“It makes Sunday massive,” Crouch chimed in.
“If Liverpool have hopes of winning the league, they need to win that.”
The former Reds striker added: “Liverpool are capable of putting a real good run together, but whether you can see City losing four, five games, I’m not so sure.”