Jamie Carragher says Liverpool must capitalise on Manchester City’s injury list and try to extend their lead over the champions.
Liverpool are eight points clear of City after their late win over Leicester last weekend and City’s shock home defeat to Wolves.
That lead with just eight games gone has led many pundits to suggest that the title is Liverpool’s to lose, but Carragher says they must focus on extending that lead because when City get their injured players back they will be a force once again.
“I think what we are seeing with Man City now is they are being affected by injuries now in the same position and that’s a problem for them,” he told talkSPORT.
“That’s a problem for anyone even though they have got a better squad than Liverpool and you see how much it is hurting them.
“You may actually think it would hurt Liverpool more if they injuries because, as I said, they don’t quite have the squad City have.
“But to be fair, Man City have problems where they are weakest, at centre-back, in terms of numbers and quality.”
Carragher, 41, who played over 500 games for Liverpool says the Reds are keeping grounded and there are no thoughts of winning their first league title since 1990.
Carragher added: “But there is no doubt a big injury to a big Liverpool player will severely hamper them.
“So that’s why I don’t think anyone really at Liverpool is getting too carried away.
“It is a great position to be in, there’s no doubt, and if you didn’t say that you would be a liar. And what Liverpool have to do is capitalise as much.
“And not just not think eight points is a great lead; try and make it 10, make it 12, if possible.
“Especially while City have problems at the back, like having Laporte out.
“Because there is no doubt that when Laporte is back and City are back on their feet, they’re a team capable of doing exactly what Liverpool are doing and going and winning 17, 18 games.”