Former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher claims that the difference between Liverpool and Chelsea – besides ten points – is the depth of the Blues’ squad.
Chelsea brought Spanish internationals Pedro and Cesc Fabregas off the bench for their 1-1 Anfield clash on Tuesday night, before bringing on £30m striker Michy Batshuayi for the last few seconds.
“Squad-wise, Liverpool and Chelsea are the two sides who are not in Europe. Do Chelsea have the strongest squad?” asks Carragher.
“They bring on Fabregas last night, they have a £30m striker in Michy Batshuayi who never plays, John Terry, so they have got a very strong squad. That’s the difference certainly to Liverpool.”
Carragher has ruled Liverpool out of the title race, saying: “It hasn’t been a good January, and it leaves them with very little chance really. I think possibly they had to beat Chelsea to give them, and the rest of the league, an outside chance.
“But I think for Liverpool on Tuesday night it wasn’t just the fact they didn’t lose the game, there’s a feel-good factor this morning because of a better performance, they came back after struggling, and I think most people will see it as a good performance and a good lift, more for the top four than for the title.
“The title is maybe a distant dream if you like. You hope Arsenal can beat Chelsea at the weekend, and maybe we could talk about it a little bit more then, but I think at this moment the rest of the sides are more worried about the top four and being left out of the top four than the title.”