Jamie Redknapp believes Liverpool are coping well with the pressure of the Premier League title race but the former captain knows from experience how difficult the run-in will be for Jurgen Klopp’s men.The Reds are chasing a first top-flight championship since 1989-90 and, with 12 matches of the season left, sit level on points with leaders Manchester City with a game in hand.However, Liverpool have passed up opportunities to pull clear of City in recent weeks, failing to capitalise on the champions’ defeat at Newcastle United as they drew at home to Leicester City, before Jurgen Klopp’s men were also held at West Ham. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Consecutive draws were followed by a win at home to Bournemouth, though, and Redknapp expects further twists and turns.”I think they’re coping well. Their record has been good as well,” Redknapp told Omnisport . “I’ll be amazed if Liverpool don’t lose the odd game here or there in the title run-in and it’s the same with Man City. It’s impossible. These teams have got so many games ahead of them and the pressure’s on all the teams.”I think it’s just important how you react after [losing]. Even if Liverpool lose this game on Sunday [against Manchester United], it doesn’t mean they’re not going to win the title still, it’s how you react after and make sure you pick up three points and you don’t get affected by the pressure you get put under.”Of course there’s more pressure on Liverpool than there is on City. I don’t care what anyone says.”I’ve been there, a captain trying to win the title for Liverpool, and it weighs heavily on your shoulders because of all the history and all the greats that have won the league title.”It’s 29 years since they last won it and it’s very hard to take. I’m not trying to add to the pressure but that’s what it is. You’re going to have to get used to it and, if they win it once, they’ll probably do what happened with United, they’ll go and win it again.”Redknapp does not believe it is a straight shoot-out between Liverpool and City, though, with Tottenham just five points behind the two frontrunners.”You have to put [Spurs] in it,” he said. “If they win that game on Saturday, they’re then putting pressure on a City side that have a cup game. The games are coming thick and fast for the other teams.”Tottenham haven’t got the FA Cup. I know they’ve got the Champions League – 3-0 up already [against Borussia Dortmund], they should be fine in that situation – and they’ve got Harry Kane coming back, Dele Alli’s not going to be far away, so you have to put them in the equation.”There is a situation that could arise where Liverpool and Man City fight it out and put themselves under pressure and Tottenham make a late run. It’s happened before.”But they’re obviously third favourites, the bookies will tell you that. I do think the title will be won by either City or Liverpool but if Tottenham did it wouldn’t surprise me.”Redknapp was speaking on behalf of TAG Heuer, Official Timekeeping Partner of the Premier League to promote the TAG Heuer Premier League Pressure Test. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The Government has officially recognised the Church of Haile Selassie I as part of the religious expression of the Rastafarian movement in Jamaica.This follows the passage of the Church of Haile Selassie I (Incorporation and Vesting) Act, 2013 in the Senate on Friday, October 25, after it was approved by the House of Representatives on October 8.Piloting the Bill in the Upper House, Justice Minister, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, noted that the legislative establishment of the Church of Haile Selassie I will further legitimise the faith and religious practices of Rastafarians and their families.Noting that this signals a historic moment in Jamaica, Senator Golding said he is particularly pleased that after spending several years before the Private Bill Committee of Parliament, the legislation “has finally successfully emerged from that process”.The Bill seeks to make provision for the incorporation of the Church of Haile Selassie I and to vest certain assets in the church and to allow it to hold property.Supporting the Bill, Opposition Senator, Robert Montague, said he is pleased that a “home grown” religion, has finally received legal status and state recognition in Jamaica.“The Rastafarian movement has contributed significantly and positively to our history. There have been incidences in the past that would need, maybe, some investigation, and lessons can be learned from that…and to encourage the Minister to reach out to the other sector groups so that they too can be legitimate,” he said.Government Senator, Lambert Brown also gave his support for the Bill, contending that it “has been a long road for the Rastafarians” who have been setting positive examples and have been preaching self-reliance as part of the way forward for the country.“I’m happy to associate with all of the progressive and positive contributions that the Rastafarians (have made to the country). Despite oppression, despite brutality, despite all the negative things said about them by high society, they have led the way. I’m very happy that today, I can participate where we recognise the religious practices of a group of Rastafarians….I’m happy that we are recognising them today and allowing them to be part of the system, because they have been positive,” he said.Among the aims and objectives of the church are to develop the social and administrative mechanisms to organise and centralise the Rastafarian movement according to the operational guidelines, which the federation and the movement see fit; to achieve official recognition for the federation and Rastafarians, leading towards democratic representation; and to provide cultural and political education for members of the federation, Rastafarians and for others, who conscientiously wish to become informed about the movement.The Church of Haile Selassie I was formed in 1987, by Brother Emmanuel Fox, a Rastafarian activist along with other brethrens.