Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool’s Premier League title bid may have come at the wrong time for them.
He thinks that the Reds are rather unlucky to be competing for such an honour alongside the likes of Manchester City and their manager Pep Guardiola, as they are only going to “dominate” over the next few years.
Carragher reckons that City could go on to win three titles – and said that his only worry for Jurgen Klopp is that Guardiola’s men have something “special” that will prevent Liverpool from usurping them as league champions this season.
“I just wonder if it’s come at the wrong time, with City and Guardiola. Because I think they’re going to dominate. I think in the next four years, City could win three titles,” Carragher told This is Anfield.
“But, they might have a year when they don’t and I just think we’ve got to be that team. I think if [Roberto] Mancini or [Manuel] Pellegrini were managing Manchester City, we’d win the league (under Klopp). I really do.
“City have got something special, and a special manager, that could stop us. Even though we’ve got a special manager, it might just stop us getting over the line. That’s my only worry for Klopp.”
Even though Liverpool fans would hate to admit it, it is hard not to agree with Carragher on this one. Yes, Liverpool have an incredibly talented squad, but there are reasons why City are favourites for the title and not the Reds. They have shown a far greater consistency already and that is why they will dominate for the next few years, just as Carragher pointed out. It does not help that they also have a world-class manager in the shape of Guardiola – any other boss, and the Reds would have stood more of a chance this year. However, the odds are stacked against them this year, no matter how optimistic everyone involved with Liverpool may be. Yes, anything can happen in this league, but it would be hard for City not to win the title this term with the amount of quality that they have. Nevertheless, it would not do Liverpool any harm to give a title run a go – and you never know, it just may pay off for them.