Tony Cascarino has sent Liverpool a warning that the Premier League title race is not over yet, comparing their current lead to Newcastle’s famous title implosion of 1996.
After a dream Christmas, Liverpool are now the overwhelming favourites to win their first league title for 30 years.
The Reds thumped second-place rivals Leicester City 4-0 on Boxing Day to go 13 points clear at the league summit, and with a game still in-hand, while Manchester City are 14 points behind in third place after their stunning 3-2 defeat to Wolves.
After Friday night’s clash at the Molineux, Pep Guardiola appeared to concede defeat in the title race, saying City have no chance of catching Liverpool and are instead now fighting for a top-four spot.
A host of pundits have also tipped the Reds to finally win their first ever Premier League trophy, including Gary Lineker and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
But Cascarino is trying to keep the Reds stars’ feet on the ground by giving them a timely reminder of when it has gone wrong for title leaders before.
They will probably need no reminder, having surrendered a healthy festive lead last season to lose the title by just one point.
The talkSPORT pundit says Liverpool’s current lead reminds him of when Kevin Keegan’s Magpies topped the table in 1995/96 after an explosive start, before a run of five defeats in eight games saw them end the campaign four points behind champions Manchester United.
On Saturday’s Weekend Sports Breakfast, Cascarino said: “I keep thinking, Newcastle were 10 points clear after 18 games in the 1995/96 season and it became 12 at the start of January.
“They had 42 points after 18 games, Liverpool now have 52 points after 18 games.
“There is only one way they will slip up this season, if they show relegation form.
“But they are a team on a winning run, they’ve won the Champions League and the Club World Cup, so I don’t think that’s going to happen.”