Jamie Carragher has revealed his ‘worry’ for Liverpool and suggests winning the Premier League may not be ‘enough’ for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season.
The Merseyside club are currently 22-points clear at the top of the division following a record-breaking start to the season, though suffered their first defeat of the season at Watford on Saturday.
Liverpool remain firmly on course to end their long wait for a league title, though Carragher believes even that achievement may not be enough ahead of a defining period in the club’s season.
The Reds head to Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round on Tuesday evening, whilst they will also attempt to overcome a first-leg deficit when they host Atletico Madrid the last-16 of the Champions League next week.
Carragher admits his former side’s results in those two fixtures could go a long way to defining their campaign, admitting even a long-awaited league title may not be deemed a success given their level of performance so far this season.
“I think there’s a bit of a worry – not for the league, the league’s won – it’s actually is the league enough for Liverpool this season?” Carragher said to Sky Sports.
“The league feels like it’s been won for two or three months. I know Jurgen Klopp wouldn’t say that but it almost feels when you’ve had a season like that it doesn’t feel enough, you still want one of the cups, whether that be the FA Cup or the Champions League.
“The worry is now Chelsea midweek and the following midweek is Atletico Madrid. If Liverpool go out of both cup competitions there’s no way it will be a damp squib, because they’ve waited so long to win the title, but there will be a little tinge of how good this team is, the results they’ve had, they probably should win more this season.”
Liverpool’s shock defeat at Watford was their latest worrying performance in recent weeks, the Premier League leaders having struggled to break down Atletico during a defeat in the Spanish capital before emerging victorious from a topsy-turvy encounter with struggling West Ham.
Carragher admits the club are ‘not quite firing on all cylinders’ following the mid-season break, but has urged Klopp to take the cup competitions seriously in the coming weeks as Liverpool bid to make history this season.
“The worry is after the break they’ve had, they’re not quite firing on all cylinders, and these cup competitions come when they’re not quite at 100 per cent,” added Carragher.
“My feeling was I’d like to see changes in the Watford game, and go with the strongest team against Chelsea. That was my feeling. I didn’t think Jurgen Klopp would do that. But if I was the manager of Liverpool that’s what I would have done.
“I’m not just saying this because Liverpool lost at Watford but I’d rather Liverpool won the double than go unbeaten or get more points than Man City. What Arsenal did as the Invincibles was special and I know they were all delighted yesterday and understandably so but if you said to me would you rather win the FA Cup or go unbeaten, my answer would be win the FA Cup.
“I think this won’t make Jurgen Klopp change now – I think it might actually make him think ‘I need to win at Bournemouth next week more than Chelsea midweek because I just want to get this league won and out the way’.”
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