Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher fears that his old club would struggle to cope with injuries like those suffered by title rivals Manchester City.
As per TalkSport, Carragher spoke about how the Reds would cope with being hit by injuries, after they raced into an eight point lead atop the Premier League with City missing Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.
He said: “Man City now… they are being affected by injuries now. That’s a problem for anyone even though they have got a better squad than Liverpool and you see how much it is hurting them. It would hurt Liverpool more if they had injuries because they don’t quite the squad City have.
“There is no doubt a big injury to a big Liverpool player will severely hamper them. That’s why I don’t think anyone really at Liverpool is getting too carried away. When Laporte is back, they’re a team capable of doing exactly what Liverpool are doing, winning 17, 18 games.”
TBR’s View – Liverpool would struggle as much as City without first-choice centre halves
Any claims of an injury ‘crisis’ will not garner much sympathy when they affect the back-to-back mega-rich reigning champions and largely consist of injuries to just two central defenders.
But if Liverpool lost Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk for any length of time, panic would set in at Liverpool. That’s the point Carragher is trying to make.
What the Reds need to do now is make the most of it and get the gap as wide as possible so that Laporte’s return can only make so much difference to the title race.