Jamie Carragher has said that a Liverpool victory away at Chelsea on Sunday would be vitally important for the club’s title ambitions, so much so that it might come as a “blow” to Manchester City.
The Reds, who have won all five games so far in the Premier League this season, go to Stamford Bridge five points clear at the top with City having drawn one and lost another of their matches.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side, however, had a worse record away against the top six last term than Pep Guardiola’s team and, speaking to Sky Sports, Carragher outlined the benefits a win would bring Sunday’s visitors.
Asked if Frank Lampard’s young Chelsea team can beat Klopp’s side on Sunday, Carragher replied: “Yes it can. I think that, no matter who you are, going there is a tough game. No matter who’s on the pitch, I always felt that last week when Manchester United played Leicester, people were talking Leicester.
“But it’s a big thing, no matter who’s playing for United, to go to Old Trafford and I think Stamford Bridge is the same. It’s one of those big stadiums where, no matter who’s on the pitch, it’s difficult to go there and win.
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“Liverpool’s record against the top six was really poor last year and that’s what cost them the title. [Manchester] City went to these clubs and won, not so much Chelsea, but I think Liverpool only won away at Tottenham last season.
“So if Liverpool can get three points I think it would, even at this early stage, be a little blow to City because it is one of those games you look at when your rivals are playing.
“You think even a draw’s a bad result for Liverpool and City, so if Chelsea can get something they’d be pleased but I don’t think it’s an easy game for Liverpool.”
Klopp spoke to the media on Friday ahead of Sunday’s clash in West London, and he explained how one Chelsea man can cause his side problems.