Manchester City’s 6-1 demolition of Southampton at the weekend coupled with Liverpool’s 1-1 draw away to Arsenal at the Emirates means that there is now ground to make up on the reigning champions who sit atop the Premier League table with 29 points from a possible 33.
Liverpool and City were neck and neck up until the weekend’s fixtures and Jamie Carragher, speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, believes that supporters of Jurgen Klopp’s side need to “relax” after dropping two points behind Pep Guardiola’s team.
“It will have been disappointing for Liverpool to concede that goal, but Liverpool supporters have got to just relax a little bit,” Carragher said tonight.
“You’d think Liverpool had just lost the league with the reaction after the game, that it was two points dropped, Man City are two points clear – there’s a long way to go.
“Man City are better than Liverpool, everyone knows that, that’s no problem. That doesn’t mean Liverpool can’t win the league.
“The fact Arsenal are so delighted with a 1-1 draw at home shows the respect everyone has for them. Relax, it’s been a brilliant start, and I think everyone expects it to continue – but it will be tough against Manchester City.”
Carragher believes that Liverpool’s chance of winning the title rests in the second half of the season where City could be potentially be distracted by a long run in this season’s Champions League.
“I think Liverpool’s hope of winning the league is in the second half of the season if City go far in the Champions League, and hope that their focus is on that, taking their eye off the ball slightly.
“That’s the only chance Liverpool have got, because City are better than them. But I think for the supporters and everyone around the club, Jurgen Klopp speaks very well and so do the players about the situation – Liverpool have made a brilliant start.”