Jamie Carragher has urged Jurgen Klopp to focus all his energies on winning the Premier League, saying ‘nothing can get in the way’.
Liverpool have given themselves an excellent chance of winning a maiden Premier League title, opening up an eight point lead to Leicester and Chelsea at the top of the English top-flight, with the reigning champions a point further back in fourth.
It has been a long agonising wait for the league title to return to Merseyside, the Reds last being crowned champions back in 1990, though the 3-1 win over Man City last time out has raised hopes among the Anfield Faithful that a 19th league crown could be edging closer.
However, Liverpool are facing the prospect of a horrific fixture list over the next few months, with Premier League, Champions League, League Cup and Club World Cup fixtures all to play before the turn of the year, with former defender Jamie Carragher urging Jurgen Klopp to focus everything on winning the title.
“I know a lot of Liverpool supporters wouldn’t say this, and certainly the club couldn’t, but nothing can get in the way of Liverpool winning the league. Nothing,” Carragher told the Liverpool Echo.
“What I mean by that is do not play anyone in your first XI in that Carabao Cup team. Not one.
“If Liverpool win the league this year and find themselves in the same position next year, I wouldn’t be saying that.
“I’d probably be saying ‘We are Liverpool Football Club. We should try and win the lot’, but because it has been so long nothing can be allowed to get in the way of Liverpool pushing on and winning the league.
“Klopp is already a legendary figure at Liverpool Football Club for delivering the European Cup but if he wins the league, you’re talking about (Bill) Shankly, (Bob) Paisley levels then.
“He would be the man who brings the league back to Anfield.”