Carragher explains Liverpool ‘difference’ in ’50-50′ title race

Will Ford
Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher has explained the “massive difference” in this Liverpool team compared to previous Jurgen Klopp sides at Anfield in what he now believes is a 50-50 title race.

Goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino secured a vital 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday to ramp up the pressure on league leaders Manchester City.

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The Reds are now just one point behind Pep Guardiola’s side, with a clash between the two sides in April a potential title decider.

And Carragher says this is the first time this season he believes his former side can win the title.

“I think everyone connected with Liverpool Football Club will believe they will go on and win the title,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“It is 50-50 if you like because of the situation with the game at the Etihad.

“But I feel this is the first time Liverpool can win the league at any time this season. I said City before a ball was kicked. I thought it was well gone after Liverpool drew 2-2 at Chelsea. There’s still a point in it. But I think the momentum Liverpool have, the game they have coming up next, they could go top of the league.

“You can see the reaction from the supporters and the players now. Man City are still in great form, they’re just dropping points a little bit.

“You can imagine what Anfield is going to be like. As I said, I think everyone in that away end believes Liverpool are going to win the league.”

Liverpool were expected to drop off the pace as they lost Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to the Africa Cup of Nations in January, but Carragher believes the fine form of Jota and the arrival of Luis Diaz has elevated this side to a level above anything we’ve seen since Klopp joined the club.

“I just feel the signing of (Luis) Diaz, not just him as an individual but what it has done to Liverpool. What Liverpool brought off the bench is better than the year they won the Champions League or the Premier League. That’s a massive difference that this team has never had.”