Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have a chance to overtake Premier League leaders Manchester City by beating Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday night
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has cast doubt on his former side with their crucial clash with City of Manchester on the horizon.
Only one point separates the two at the top Premier League The table is as it is now, with Pep Guardiola’s army holding the advantage at the moment. But that could all change on Sunday afternoon when the two sides meet.
A win for either team would make them the favorites to lift the trophy at the end of the season. But despite the Red Devils having won the last 10 matches, Carragher is still worried about whether they can afford to face Man City.
Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: “I think both Alisson and Virgil Van Dijk have played great in the last few games because in that time Liverpool just finished the job. I went back to the 6-0 win over Leeds, and it was a classic Liverpool performance, but it hasn’t happened in the last couple of games. ”
City head into the match after a 2-0 win over Burnley, but they have struggled in the last few matches. However, Carragher still said of Liverpool: “I think they will have to improve if they want to get the results they want at Manchester City.”
Sunday’s game is seen by many as the title decider, although there are seven other games after the game where either side could slip up. Manchester United Derby County legend and boss Wayne Rooney also agree with the importance of this weekend’s clash.
He said: “The game on Sunday could decide the championship because of two teams, I don’t think any of them will drop points. Both are possibly the two best teams in Europe at the moment and I think City’s reaction to Liverpool’s early game win has been huge and that’s what champions do. When there’s a pressure game, they take that pressure off and now they have a very test game next Sunday. ”
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Of course, as a former Everton and the Red Devils player, it’s certainly hard for Rooney to pick whom he wants to win the league title. But when asked who will lift the trophy, he replied: “I wish none of them were honest. I think it could go either way. I think Liverpool are in great form just like Manchester City, but I think Liverpool can go to Manchester City and win.”
Both the Red Devils and the City have Champions League Tuesday night’s quarter-final first leg will certainly affect both teams’ preparations for the match. Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Portugal to take on Benfica in a match many would expect them to regularly beat the Primera Liga side, while City have a more competitive match against Atletico Madrid at the Etihad Stadium. before turning his attention to a rival with the same title.