Jamie Carragher believes the title race is 50/50 but Liverpool can be favourites again. Here’s what they must do.
The title race is 50/50, says Jamie Carragher, but Liverpool can get back on top.
The Reds legend believes injuries have dragged the team down, allowing Manchester City to catch back up.
But January presents an opportunity for Liverpool to make themselves clear favourites once again.
“I think if Liverpool buy a centre back, and a good one, in January, I think they’ll take some stopping, I really do,” he told Punching.tv.
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“Defensively, they have injury problems and if they rectify that in January, I think Liverpool would be my favourites.
“But right now I think it’s 50/50 between them and Man City because of Liverpool’s injuries and the setback of Virgil Van Dijk.”
What RTK has to say
Carragher is right from front to back here. Liverpool are no longer clear title favourites as Joel Matip is now their only available, senior centre-half.
It naturally allows others to catch up, with City the most obvious challenger.
But again, if Liverpool can sign the right player in January, things can change. Getting that player right is so important, though.
Liverpool will want someone value for money but ready to play immediately. That’s not easy to find in the winter window.
So do Liverpool spend big on someone in their prime or someone who makes sense long-term?
Beyond that, do they want someone who fits their style or are they willing to adapt to the new player? We simply don’t know right now.
There is something else Liverpool need, however. Matip must stay fit. It isn’t as clear-cut as signing a new defender but they require their only senior one to remain an option.
If Matip, who started under 10 games last season, has a spell out, too, Liverpool are in a bad spot. A spot signing one defender won’t fix.