Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes his former team are not getting carried away by their start to the Premier League season – and has warned that one big injury could ‘severely hamper’ their quest for the Premier League title.
Liverpool, without a top-flight championship since 1990, have made a perfect start to the new season with eight wins from as many games, and have opened up an eight-point lead over reigning champions Manchester City.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Carragher appeared cautious when speaking of the Reds’ latest title bid, highlighting City’s problems with injuries in defence – and warned that a similar story at Anfield could hurt Liverpool’s chances of ending what would be a 30-year hoodoo.
He said: “I think what we’re seeing with Manchester City now is they’ve been affected by injuries in the same position – that’s a problem for them, that’s a problem for anyone.
“And they’ve got a better squad than Liverpool’s, so you see how much it’s hurting them, so you’d actually think it may hurt Liverpool more if they had injuries because I don’t think they quite have the squad that Manchester City have.
“There’s no doubt a big injury to a big Liverpool player would severely hamper them, so that’s why I don’t think anyone in Liverpool is getting too carried away.
“There’s no doubt when Laporte’s back and City get back on their feet, they’re the team capable of doing exactly what Liverpool are doing right now in terms of [winning] 17, 18 games.”
There is no need to justify Carragher’s comments – City are fully capable of going on the record run which Liverpool are poised to equal ahead of their match against Manchester United next weekend, having only achieved it themselves when they romped to the title in 2017/18.
City’s lack of depth in defence may be being exposed given their uncharacteristic run of results, with their defeat against Norwich – just two weeks after losing Aymeric Laporte to injury – being their first in the league since January.
Though perhaps Carragher and Liverpool can rest a little easier in the sense that they dealt with the long-term blow to Joe Gomez last season by going toe-to-toe with City in his absence, and have since juggled their defensive lineups in recent weeks to stay perfect.
That, along with their existing lead over the champions, suggests the initial signs may well be positive for Liverpool.
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