Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has told his players to forget the 12-point gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Arsenal.
The Reds’ title challenge suffered another setback after being held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Wigan at Anfield.
But the Spaniard believes his players should ignore the gap between themselves and leaders Arsenal to avoid putting additional pressure on their shoulders.
Speaking after the Wigan game, Benitez said: “It’s clear the gap is bigger but I’ve said it before, it is a long race.
“You have to try to play one game at a time if you can, because if you think about the gap you will play with more pressure. We need to play well, create chances and score goals, then see every week what the situation is.
“For sure it’s more difficult now, especially when you know you are creating chances in all of the games but cannot score that second goal and kill the game.
“I can say a lot of things but at the end of the day you need to win if you are to reduce the gap. It’s not time for talking, it’s time to play well, score goals and win games.”
Liverpool still have to visit title rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United during the second half of the season.