Despite their recent struggles for form, Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool are still well placed in the title race.
Jamie Carragher has backed Liverpool to rediscover their dominant form and return to winning ways in the Premier League.
The Reds are without a win in their last four league outings – a run that has seen them drop to fourth place after being leaders just weeks ago.
A recurring theme in Liverpool’s current struggles has been their inability to score goals of late.
Their latest outing was a goalless stalemate with Manchester United at Anfield. In fact, Jurgen Klopp’s men are yet to score a league goal in 2021 and it is over a decade since the Reds last went three league games without a goal.
Manchester City are now looking like the favorites for the title, but Carragher insists it is still too early to make a call in what has been an unpredictable season.
The former Liverpool man still sees the Reds in the title race and insists there is no need to push the panic button just yet.
“Panic is not a word I would use to describe where Liverpool are at this moment because as a team, they have proved themselves time and again in recent years, but they have some questions to answer now,” said Carragher as quoted by Goal.
“You can’t say Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane are not great players, of course not. They’ve had a dip in form, that is all they have had at this moment and also, teams are working out how to play against Liverpool.”
“I think when Jurgen Klopp initially came in there was a problem against teams who defended deep against them, certainly at Anfield. They would drop points in those games and that seemed to have gone away in the last couple of years.
“Now it looks like they are having problems breaking teams down. They have played their last three fixtures against teams where you would expect them to have maybe seven points out of nine in those games.”
Carragher is pleased to see a closely contested title race and says it is good for the Premier League as a whole.
“We wanted to see the other teams get closer to Liverpool because we need it to be more competitive than it was last season,” he continued.
“From a Liverpool perspective, it was great to win the league in the manner they did last season, but you want to see a competitive title race and we didn’t really get that last season.
“We don’t want any team to be 20 or 30 points ahead and while I want Liverpool to win the league, obviously, I’d like to see them in the tight title race and winning it on the last day of the season in exciting fashion, going down to the wire.
“If the top one or two teams are getting 99 and 100 points every season, it means there are less points to go around and the teams at the bottom are stranded with no points and the teams outside the title race are miles away from the contenders.
“I would like to see the total points needed to win the Premier League go down to less than 90 points this season as that would mean we have a more interesting title race and that’s what we are getting now.”