Liverpool not biggest bottle jobs in football, weekend opponents are

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When it comes to Premier League football, it takes some doing to muck up more than Newcastle United did…

Liverpool supporters would have no doubt loved it if they had resoundingly beaten Crystal Palace on Monday evening, yet even after surrendering a three nil lead over the South Londoners and only taking one point from a possible six in their last two games, they are still nowhere near the bottle job status of their weekend opponents - Newcastle United.

Liverpool, an unlikely addition into this season's climactic title race considering their pre-season status as a club potentially close to selling their top asset, put together an exemplary winning run last month - 11 on the trot, or undefeated in 16.

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Even if the Magpies smash them up on Sunday, May 11, they will still have only lost out on the Premier League title by a maximum of five points.

Rewind back to the infamous Kevin Keegan speech from the 1995-96 season: "I've kept really quiet, but I'll tell you something, [Sir Alex Ferguson] went down in my estimation when he said that - we're still fighting for this title and I tell you honestly, I will love it if we beat them, love it!"

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During that campaign, a former Reds legend Keegan had helped Newcastle to the top of the league table with a 12-point cushion - but that advantage evaporated as United ended up claiming the crown, with a four point hold over the Tyneside outfit.

A 16-point swing is far more disastrous than even the worst Liverpool capitulation from now.

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