Jamie Carragher has admitted he ‘hopes’ Liverpool can ‘close the gap’ with Manchester City despite the Reds’ slow start to the campaign.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have won two of their first six Premier League games and, although they have a game to play against City, the Anfield side are already eight points behind the Sky Blues.
Liverpool came awfully close to completing a historic quadruple last year, but Pep Guardiola’s side beat them to the title by a single point and then suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final. .
Former Reds defender Carragher remains optimistic about the possibility of Klopp’s side once again competing with City at the top of the table this term.
“It’s only been six weeks since the season started and last season they were two games away from doing something that had never been done in the history of our country,” the ex-Rojo told Sky Sports (via Liverpool Echo). “They came so close to winning four trophies.
“There has been a slight change in terms of new players coming in and some players leaving, but that is only natural at a club the size of Liverpool when they have been so successful over the last five years.
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“There is a bit of a gulf between them and Manchester City, but they closed that gulf last season and certainly from my point of view I hope they can do it again.”
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Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay arrived at the club earlier this summer, while Arthur Melo was loaned out by Juventus on deadline day.
Despite scoring twice and registering an assist in his first two competitive games for the club, our new Uruguayan striker has yet to fully settle on Merseyside and it is imperative that he has time before we can hope to see him at his best.
Meanwhile, City’s new star signing Erling Haaland has hit the ground running in the Premier League since his summer switch from Borussia Dortmund.
The Norwegian has 11 goals in seven league games and the 22-year-old is a big reason why the Citizens are just one point behind league leaders Arsenal.
However, it is still early days and this season will not be easy, especially considering that domestic football will be suspended during the months of November and December while the Qatar World Cup takes place.
We need to focus on ourselves for now and make sure we get as many points as possible before we even start considering reaching Guardiola’s side.
Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester United appear to be much stronger teams this time around and there is still a long way to go in the campaign.
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