Alan Hansen: Liverpool will get "scared" in title run-in

Football pundit Alan Hansen waves to Ruud Gullit and Jamie Redknapp on the stands on the 17th green during the final round of The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course on October 7, 2012
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Liverpool legend Alan Hansen feels that the current squad will get "scared" as they enter the final six games of their season.

Liverpool legend Alan Hansen has claimed that the squad will become "scared" as the Premier League title race enters the home straight.

Six wins from their last half-dozen games will see the Reds crowned as champions, but the former centre-back believes that the team's relative lack of experience in a title run-in could be their undoing.

He told The Telegraph: "At some point, players will become scared because the title will feel so close that a setback here or there will inevitably spark negative thoughts.

"After a 24-year wait to become league champions again, you can smell the excitement, belief and desire that is infusing the whole club. But Liverpool have not yet smelt fear and, having experienced countless title run-ins during my time at the club, the only certainty is that it will come sooner or later and how (manager) Brendan Rodgers's players deal with that will decide the outcome of the title race.

"From this point on, it really does become a test of nerve for everybody involved – players, coaches and supporters."

The Reds travel to West Ham United on Sunday.

The Liverpool Football Club emblem is displayed on the gates of Anfield Stadium on September 17, 2012
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