Manchester City do not have to beat Liverpool to stay in the Premier League title race, believes Reds legend Jamie Carragher

LONG WAY TO GO

The reigning champions are seven points behind leaders Liverpool going into the game but Carragher claims a failure for Pep Guardiola’s side to win would not spell the end of their title challenge

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher claims it is not essential for Manchester City to beat his former club in order to stay in the Premier League title race.

Reigning champions City go into the game seven points behind leaders Liverpool and even Citizens boss Pep Guardiola says his side must win to stay in contention.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have the initiative in the title race

Jurgen Klopp’s men have the initiative in the title race

However, this is not the view of Carragher, who claimed that both sides will still have to play 17 matches after the conclusion of this contest so there’s plenty of time for the table to change.

But the former Reds defender admitted that a win for Liverpool would see them hold a huge advantage going into the second half of the season.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Carragher said: “Graeme [Souness] mentioned in the studio that Man City had to win, I wouldn’t go that far.

“I still feel that a seven-point lead over the next 17 games can be turned around.

“If you go back to November when Liverpool drew to Arsenal they fell two points behind and I think they feeling among Liverpool fans was ‘can we get to this game still in the same position if you win, you go above them?’”

“So to get in this position now and if that can happen to this Man City side who won the Premier League last season then it can certainly happen to this Liverpool side.

“I don’t think it would be over if it were to remain seven points but if Liverpool were to win tonight then it’s a massive advantage.”

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