Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher reckons that the Reds can use Man City’s involvement in the FA Cup as a way to put pressure on Pep Guardiola’s side.
Jurgen Klopp’s side fell a point behind City in the Premier League table after yesterday’s 0-0 draw in the Merseyside Derby.
However, Liverpool are currently out of the FA Cup and will play Fulham in the league on the same weekend as Man City face Swansea in the sixth round, giving the Reds the chance to regain top spot in the league. If Guardiola’s side progress to the semi-finals, which they are widely expected to do, it would provide Jurgen Klopp’s side opportunity to move further ahead in the title race, albeit having played more games.
Carragher reckons his former side can use this to their advantage and heap the pressure back on City, forcing them to have to win their games in hand, one of which is a trip to Old Trafford to face bitter rivals Manchester United.
“Liverpool have to stay with Manchester City until there are four or five games to go. Manchester City’s last six fixtures include Tottenham, Manchester United and away to Burnley – they also will have Champions League fixtures in between, although we don’t know how far both teams will go,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“When City play in the FA Cup, Liverpool play on those days too. If Liverpool can win on those days it puts the pressure on City to win a game in hand. One of those games in hand is Manchester United in midweek. If Liverpool can get results on the board in FA Cup weekends, that could put pressure on City.”