Carragher insists Liverpool have title edge for one huge reason

Date published: Tuesday 12th February 2019 9:27

Mo Salah; Virgil Van Dijk

Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool have the advantage over Manchester City in the title race because they have Virgil van Dijk in their side.

City went back to the top of the table on Sunday following their 6-0 hammering of Chelsea, but the Reds are only behind due to their inferior goal difference and have a game in hand on Pep Guardiola’s men.

While former Liverpool defender Carragher recognises that City play the football, he claims that style of play does not always win out.

And he believes that with van Dijk in their side, Liverpool have shown they can grind out results when not being at their very best.

He said: “What Man City do – blowing teams away, scoring so early, the football that they play – you could argue that is the best football to watch.

“You want to go and watch that, you’re excited by watching City more than any other team in the Premier League, I get that.

“But winning the Premier League is about who gets the most points and there’s different ways of getting points.

“Liverpool still play fantastic football, probably not as eye-catching and blistering and goals galore as Manchester City do.

during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on February 9, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

“But Liverpool have relied a lot this season on what they’ve done defensively, the two Dutch players were outstanding at the weekend, [Georginio] Wijnaldum was back and certainly that man Van Dijk at the back what he’s done. He’s the best defender in the league.

“So we talk about the attacking players City have at the other end, Liverpool can almost match them I would say, but in terms of Van Dijk, Liverpool have the best defender.

“So Liverpool could actually win the league that way.

“It’s not so much about how well you play, it’s getting the three points.

“More often than not this season Liverpool have done that.”

 

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