Jamie Carragher has outlined what Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool must do to cement their position as favourites to retain their Premier League title.
The Reds currently sit third in the table having already dropped points in three of their eight encounters.
That feat took until their 30th league match last season. Their current injury crisis has undoubtedly been a key factor behind their slower start.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are both expected to be sidelined for the majority of the season at least. That leaves just Joel Matip as the club’s only recognised senior centre-half.
A such, the rumour mill has swung into overdrive regarding who Liverpool could target in the January window.
And it is the acquisition of a top class centre-half that Carragher believes will put Liverpool over the edge as it pertains to the current campaign.
“Defensively, they have injury problems in that position (centre-back). If they rectify that in January, I think Liverpool would be my favourites.
“But right now I think it’s 50/50 between them and Man City because of Liverpool’s injuries and the setback of Van Dijk.”
The points gap will disappear – Carragher
The past few seasons have thrown up two-horse title races between Liverpool and Man City.
The pair have raised the bar when it comes to points tallies. However, Carragher believes the chasing pack will fare much better this season.
He added: “I just don’t think there’ll be as big a gap between them (Liverpool and City) and the rest as we’ve seen in the last couple of years.”