Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool are not good enough to make the Champions League this year and should focus on winning a trophy this year.
Talking ahead of Liverpool’s crunch match against arch-rivals Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday, Carragher said Jurgen Klopp’s side should focus on the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final against Stoke on January 26.
He also think a defeat to Man United on Sunday may hinder any chance of them finishing inside the top four this season.
“I don’t think Liverpool are good enough to make the Champions League this year and a loss to United could potentially mean they come out of the weekend eight points behind fourth place with five or six clubs ahead of them.”
“They would virtually have no chance of qualifying from that position”, Carragher told the Daily Mail.
Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side brought Liverpool fans to their feets with a stunning perfomance against Arsenal in the mid week and the Kopties are not expecting noting less when Manchester United comes to town.
“A frenzy will engulf Anfield on Sunday, It’s always the way when United come to town and Klopp, given how animated he gets on the touchline will certainly pump up Liverpool’s fans.”
“Some of the fans will think that beating their most bitter rivals will spark an assault on the top four.”
“Yes, Liverpool showed great desire to come back against Arsenal on Wednesday but, as good as that was, you can’t forget the way they performed in the 2-0 defeat at West Ham a fortnight ago” he added.
“There is a reason they are in ninth place. But I’m not worried where they finish this season, whether it is fifth or eighth.”
“What I am bothered about are trophies and that’s why Stoke City on January 26 is much bigger for Klopp and Liverpool than a visit from Manchester United.”
Considering the stature of Jurgen Klopp and his past achievements, Carragher might have got it all wrong this time as Liverpool are just lying 5 points behind fourth placed Tottenham.
The league is shaping up in pretty different to previous seasons and they still have a good chance to upset the odds if they can string together a series of good results.
There is every reason for the Red’s fans to be optimistic as Klopp is the kind of manager who won’t give it up that easy.