Liverpool could’ve pulled five points clear at the top of the Premier League table this weekend. The Reds took on a West Brom side boosted by a new manager. The visitors did precisely what we expected them to do and we couldn’t beat it. The dropped points weren’t the only bad news with Joel Matip limping off. Jamie Carragher believes injuries are the only thing which can stop Liverpool winning the Premier League.
Lacklustre Anfield draw
Maybe they were all knackered from a Boxing Day boxset.
Maybe they were still hungover from Christmas Day.
Maybe they just came up against a brick wall and couldn’t find a way through this time.
The Reds faced a classic Sam Allardyce 6-4-0 formation this weekend.
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It’s grim to watch but it gets results. A point away at the champions is a result.
Sadio Mane put us ahead early on with a superlative display of control and finishing.
Thereafter it was a case of West Brom digging in and hoping to win a set piece on the counter.
Eventually the Baggies’ plan came good and they nodded past Alisson with less than 10 minutes remaining.
Jamie Carragher on Liverpool hopes
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Jamie Carragher said Liverpool are still the best team in the league but they could be hamstrung by injuries.
The ex-Anfield defender told the show:
“It’s a massive worry but it’s not a new worry. Joel Matip will not play every game between now and the end of the season.
“I still believe Liverpool are the best team in this league, even without Van Dijk, and I think most people would say they’re favourites to win the league.
“I think the only way they don’t win it is if they have problems at centre-back where Rhys Williams or Nat Phillips have to play for a prolonged period of time.”
What RTK has to say
This has been the case for months now.
Jamie Carragher the Liverpool ordeal spot on. With players fit we are firm favourites.
However, our luck this year has hampered these hopes.
We have been constantly without players in key positions.
The latest blow for Joel Matip should surely motivate the powers that be to move for a defender in January, we risk writing this season off if we don’t.