Jamie Carragher says Liverpool’s work rate, coupled with their quality, makes them one of the Champions League favourites.
The former Reds defender argued that Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Bayern Munich are the favourites to lift the trophy this season but said PSG don’t stand a chance.
A bold claim.
Carragher says the lack of work ethic from Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar is a major problem for PSG as they don’t win the ball from the front.
Speaking on CBS Sports, he said: “I just don’t believe teams can carry anybody now. I think of the four teams who I think will win the Champions League: Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea or Bayern Munich. They do not carry one passenger.
“They [PSG] are carrying three. They’ve got absolutely no chance of winning the Champions League. Absolutely no chance. I get frustrated watching it – with Mbappe more than anybody.
“I can understand Messi to a certain extent. He’s 34 and he has to save himself for certain moments but I don’t think you can carry him. Let’s not forget Barcelona haven’t won the Champions League for a long time but Mbappe is 22.
“Look at Liverpool. When I see Salah and Mane sprinting everywhere. I see De Bruyne, Mahrez, Raheem Sterling. Thomas Muller for Bayern, Lewandowski.”
Liverpool are a top team. That’s no secret. The quality in the starting XI is there for all to see and, while injuries can seriously threaten the Reds’ ability to beat other sides, their pressing system and willingness to work hard is what sets them apart.
Just look at Manchester United under Solskjaer. Arguably a better squad than Liverpool have with Sancho, Ronaldo, Rashford, Bruno, Cavani and Greenwood to choose from.
Yet they lack a pressing system which holds them back, whereas Liverpool can press and win the ball back as well as resist the press from opposition sides, with the likes of Thiago effortless on the ball under pressure.