Carra explains Man Utd caveat after ‘major Liverpool message’
Jamie Carragher claims Liverpool have sent a “major message” to their title rivals with victories over Chelsea and Arsenal.
The Reds have made a perfect start to their Premier League title defence, following up a scratchy 4-3 win over Leeds on the opening day with impressive wins over Chelsea and Arsenal.
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And Carragher claims it is the manner of the two Liverpool performances which suggest Jurgen Klopp’s side will once again be major title contenders, though he admits the German’s side have benefitted from not playing in the latter stages of European competition last season, unlike the two Manchester clubs.
“It’s difficult to judge teams [this early in the season],” Carragher said on Sky Sports. “We looked at Manchester United on the first game of the season [a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace] and didn’t go too strong on them. Even Man City on Sunday [in their 5-2 defeat to Leicester], you’re still a little bit, ‘where’s the team at?’.
“I think Liverpool have had an advantage in that the two teams I’ve mentioned were in Europe. I always felt Liverpool would have an advantage in that they knew when their season was finished. The teams in Europe could go out the next day, or stay for another week to get to a semi-final or final.
“The first game, they didn’t quite look at it, but to respond with the performances they have done against two of their top-six rivals, I just think it sends out a major message these last two games that Liverpool are going to take some stopping.”
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