Jamie Carragher has revealed that he thinks the Reds will find it tough to win the Premier League this season, simply because of how good and how consistent Manchester City are under Pep Guardiola.
City have averaged 99 points per season over the last two years, and now have Kevin de Bruyne back as well after the Belgian star missed most of the last campaign through injury.
Speaking to Off The Ball, Carragher said: “I think it will be very difficult. I think City are a special team. I think City have proven that when they’re at their best they get 90-odd points, 98, 100.
“Liverpool have done it once, City have done it twice. That tells me that’s what City do. I think this season we’ve got to see if Liverpool’s season in getting 97 was a freak. And it probably could be because it was.
“It’s probably only happened three or four times in history and Man City have done it twice. That could be a problem not just for Liverpool but for the rest of the top six as long as Man City and Pep Guardiola are about.”
The Reds will do their utmost, as always, to keep pace with City. There is no reason why the quality of the players available for Jurgen Klopp to use is not good enough to win the title, even against Guardiola’s men, but the Reds will need to be fortunate with injuries again.
Every single point – starting against Norwich City next Friday – will be absolutely crucial. Every draw is going to feel like a defeat this year, but the Reds are going to be right up there in the mix once again.