Jamie Carragher has claimed that Liverpool should never be far away from a title challenge, despite their current malaise.
Writing in his column for The Telegraph today, the Liverpool legend took a look at the state of affairs at the top of the Premier League. And although his old team currently look miles off another tilt at the crown, Carragher said their resources mean improvement is always just around the corner.
“During the worst moments under Ralf Rangnick, particularly when United were ripped apart by Manchester City and Liverpool last season, the popular accusation was how ‘they were years behind the leaders’,” wrote the pundit.
“The same was often said of Arsenal in the last few years, repeated when they struggled and fell below Tottenham Hotspur in the race for fourth in May. I am not being wise after the event calling that nonsense out. Clubs of Arsenal and United’s size should never be ‘years behind’. The same applies to Chelsea and Liverpool as they look to recover next season.
“Their resources are too vast to keep them down too long and history shows that the combination of the right managerial appointment and just two or three top level players is transformative. With respect, any decent manager spending over £200 million in the transfer window – including a midfielder of Casemiro’s class – is always going to see some sort of improvement.”
It’s a fair point from Carragher. But given that Liverpool are far less likely to spend huge sums in the transfer market, it also feels rather moot.
Liverpool in the land of giants
Carragher’s statement here is based upon the believe that greater resources equal greater success in football.
By and large, we know that to be true. But when you’ve got some of the wealthiest clubs in the world all battling for the same prize, most of them are going to come out as losers.
As a result, perhaps Liverpool fans should start to evaluate what is a success for them. We’ve been spoiled in recent years with Jurgen Klopp working wonders to awake a sleeping behemoth. But Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all want the same thing, too.
After such a good four or five years, there was always a chance that these big players came roaring back. There’s no shame in losing out against clubs with equally deep resources.
Unfortunately, football doesn’t work that way. And neither does fandom. Unless you win, you’re nothing. If you stumble for a season after winning big titles over the years, you’re nothing. Liverpool’s form this season is obviously more than just a blip, too.
But the good thing about football is that there’s always next season. As Carragher says, Liverpool are still in a really good position. In theory they have the resources to put things right in this summer’s transfer market. With Klopp not going anywhere, they know two or three expert signings should put them right back in the mix.