Jamie Carragher thinks Manchester City can “bridge the gap” to Liverpool next season if they get their recruitment right.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side were crowned champions last week when City lost to Chelsea and Pep Guardiola’s men currently find themselves 23 points behind them.
The effect of the coronavirus outbreak is likely to have a significant impact on transfer activity for the majority of clubs this summer but Carragher reckons City will be more open to spending this summer than Liverpool.
“There’s 23 points between the teams but I don’t see the gap as being that big,” Carragher told the Sky Sports Football Midweek Preview Podcast.
“There’s no doubt that Liverpool have the edge, but I certainly don’t think there will be that much between the teams next season.
“I think City will want to put a marker down and win the game.
“When City are at their best, they’re almost unstoppable, but one of the few teams that can stop them are Liverpool, so I think it will be a brilliant game to watch.
“It would have been nice if there was a little bit more riding on it, for Liverpool to be able seal [the title] against City.
“But I don’t think there’s too much between the teams. We’ve seen it this season, but I don’t expect to see it next season because I think City are too good a team and Guardiola is too good a manager to have a gap like that between one of his teams and someone else’s.
“I think a lot of it will [come down to] who City recruit.
“There’s no doubt that City will do a lot more in the market than Liverpool will. I think if City recruit well, it will bridge that gap that we’ve seen this season and then it becomes about how Liverpool deal with that.”
Carragher added: “Man City are a better team than Liverpool with the ball. Your own eye tells you that, but you can also look at the stats in terms of goals scored.
“The big problem is how many goals City have conceded compared to Liverpool. That’s the big difference between the two teams.
“I think the centre-backs issue was a problem for City all season. They need to rectify having lost Kompany. If they add in that position, they could certainly bridge the gap and make it really tight next year.”