Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has shot down any notion of his old side winning the Premier League title this year.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are already playing catch-up on the leaders this season, and could be even further behind if things don’t go their way against old rivals Manchester United on Saturday.
Question marks over the defence and inability to finish chances have plagued Klopp and Liverpool so far this season, with the manager looking to build on last season’s top-four finish.
Writing in his new column in the Telegraph, Carragher feels that the league title is way beyond their grasp this season – and isn’t sure when that long drought will come to an end:
“Liverpool will not win the title this season.
“I am not convinced Jürgen Klopp will ever be able to bring it back to Anfield. I am not sure when my old club will win it again. I certainly do not see it happening in the near future.
“There is no doubt the ultimate ambition remains the same as it has been since the last title in 1990 and the onus is on Klopp and Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group to banish such pessimism, but every season I find myself asking the same questions. How can Liverpool do it? How can they compete with three of the wealthiest clubs in the world?
“Given the history and expectations at Anfield, has Liverpool become English football’s impossible job?”
With just one win in their last seven in all competitions, Klopp needs a win to come from somewhere. With Man United visiting Anfield on Saturday and the Reds travelling to Webmbley to face Tottenham next weekend, the pressure will really be on to deliver three points in against Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday.
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