Gareth Bale: Adam Lallana said Liverpool players 'struggled to sleep' before CL final

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

Liverpool are starting to show signs of nervousness in the Premier League title race.

Draws against Leicester City last week and West Ham on Monday have allowed Manchester City to close the gap on the Reds, who are now top by just three points.

And City have the chance to overtake them on goal difference on Wednesday night when they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton.

Liverpool then host Bournemouth on Saturday in a must-win game - although it has to be said, every game is a must-win for Jurgen Klopp's side now.

What doesn't help Liverpool is the way Premier League fixtures have been organised between now and the end of March.

City play each of their games before Liverpool over the next six gameweeks, meaning the pressure is all on Liverpool to restore their lead at the top of the table.

Klopp, however, recently insisted the fixtures list doesn't give City an advantage and that it won't impact his players.

“For me, it doesn't change anything," the German said. "If we win the game, we are not interested in other results. How can we change the approach?

"I expect City to win every game. I really believe that you have to do your own work, your own job if you want to have something. Don't be concentrated on other teams, it doesn't help."

West Ham United v Liverpool FC - Premier League

Klopp has also denied suggestions that he or his players are nervous, but that might not be entirely true judging by Gareth Bale's latest comments about last year's Champions League final.

In an interview with FourFourTwo, Bale has revealed Adam Lallana told him after the game that Liverpool players had been "struggling to sleep" the night before.

Lallana's comments were in response to the Real Madrid winger asking if they had been nervous and they really don't bode well for Liverpool's title challenge.

"I was speaking to Adam Lallana after the Liverpool final and I asked him whether they'd been nervous the night before," Bale said.

"He told me they'd all been struggling to sleep. We'd all been really relaxed because we were so used to being in that situation.

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

"That gave us a big advantage as we knew how to deal with the emotions of everything surrounding a big final. Maybe Liverpool didn't."

Somewhat worrying.

Challenging for the Premier League title is new territory for the vast majority of Liverpool's players, whereas Pep Guardiola and City are serial winners.

So it's up to Klopp - who won two Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund - to keep the squad calm and focused as the business end of the season draws closer.

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