Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville believe Liverpool will win the Premier League for the first time – but Paul Merson is still backing Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp’s side ended Arsenal’s winning streak with a 2-0 win at Emirates Stadium to move in a point of the leader Manchester City.
The two teams still have to play each other at the Etihad home next month but after nine consecutive victories, Carragher believes momentum is on with the old team.
“It’s 50-50, if you like, because of the situation at the Etihad,” said Jamie Carragher Sports sky.
“But this is the first time I think Liverpool will win the title – and I’ve always talked about Man City before a ball has been kicked.
“That game Chelsea drew 2-2 and Liverpool were 11 points behind; to be fair, Graeme [Souness] was in the studio saying Liverpool were still in the race and I thought it was going well.
“Man City are in good form, losing a lot of games and losing a lot of points. But because these teams are so good right now, just drawing one game – feels like a defeat now. It feels like so.”
Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah came on from the bench to help Liverpool win on Wednesday and Carragher believes the signing of Luis Diaz in January means a lot.
“I just feel that for Liverpool, signing Diaz, not just as an individual, is what it did for their options. What Liverpool brought off the bench was good. much more than the year they won the Champions League, the year they won the Premier League.
“Now if someone has a bad game, you know someone is going to come on and improve Liverpool from the bench. That’s a big difference this team has never had.”
Speaking on Gary Neville Podcast, Sports sky pundit Neville said Liverpool’s win bore the mark of a title-winning performance, while a host of factors – including the power of depth Carragher mentioned – could now have given Liverpool the lead. prior to.
“A classic performance that won the title,” he said. “We knew Liverpool had a big fight in front of them with Manchester City and the other teams they had to play but if you ever think about a game that reminds me of the years gone by when you think ‘what that’s happening’…
“You get through that tough early part of a game when you’re not playing well, the other team is on top, the crowd is up and they’re in good form. And you get through it uncomfortable but you hold on. your stance You get a little bit of coaching from the coach during halftime and maybe even meet up Then you go out early and you ‘bop, bop’ and that’s what Liverpool did and not only do they then do it, they go and watch the game go great.
“Before they went and scored both goals, the goalkeeper made a world class save and the number of times I played in games where you rely on a Schmeichel or Van der Sar save and you think ‘how big is that moment?’ You don’t look back at them too much at the end of the season – they will be forgotten – but they are huge The players don’t forget them, the coach doesn’t forget them Alisson’s strong hands were there when Odegaard had his chance. that guild…
“It has everything about a championship team. Strength from the bench. Diaz has been outstanding. Jota, who we know has had a brilliant career at Liverpool over the past few seasons, they weren’t quite that, and then Salah came on from the bench, Firmino came on from the bench and they had a big impact in the game.
If you’re Liverpool, you’re really, really confident going into these last nine games.
“Now, they may not win it, because they are really playing against a great team in Manchester City, but the hallmarks are there, the form is there, the pattern is there, and if you’re Liverpool, you’re really, really confident going into these last nine games I’m not saying Man City aren’t, but if you’re Liverpool you’re confident.
“You’re in every competition, you’ve won the Carabao Cup, you’ve got five players up front who can win you any game, you’ve got four great defenders, you’ve got a great goalkeeper.” , The midfield experience of Thiago, Fabinho and Henderson is huge along with Milner and it’s clear that others will come on, so there’s a lot to be said for Liverpool being a contender for the first time. which I think for this title.
“And that’s a big statement on my part because I’ve been talking about Manchester City all along, but what I saw on Monday night has only happened a few times this season, not too many. Liverpool just didn’t. scored once, Manchester City have failed to score four times in games and that could only be the last minute difference Maybe not, because Pep Guardiola is a genius manager and he has I can’t see them home, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this Liverpool team won the title.”
Merson: ‘I want to be in Man City’s place’
Amid the excitement over Liverpool’s win, Merson is keen to stress that the defending champions will maintain an edge in the title race.
“You have to remember that they’re chasing one of the best teams in the world and they’re still a point behind,” Merson said. Sports sky.
“Get rid of Man City at your own risk.
“Nothing has really changed. Liverpool have to win every game. They still have to win every game this season. Man City still have a one-point lead and they take on Liverpool at home. If Man City wins every game and draws a draw. Liverpool, they will win the tournament.
“You’re talking about a Man City team that has won 14 sprints so many times over the last three or four years. Tonight everyone is celebrating as if they’ve won.
“You have to remember that Man City went to Selhurst Park and drew 0-0 but they had enough chances to win two games.
“It’s not like they look like they’re not going to score. It’s not like you’re watching it thinking they’re not going to score for a month on Sunday.
“This team can go through eight triumphs like that – and I mean it – and they can do it again. I want to be Man City right now, in my opinion. Liverpool still must go to Etihad and I know Man City, they are a true team.
“If Liverpool show up at the Etihad in a few weeks and play like they did in the first half, that will be the end.”