Carragher says Liverpool’s title hopes could be as good as over on Sunday

Jamie Carragher says Liverpool simply can’t afford to lose to Manchester City on Sunday if they want to mount a challenge for the Premier League title.

The Reds are level on points with the reigning champions going into Sunday’s titanic battle at Anfield, with City only ahead on goal difference after both have won six of their seven league matches and drawn the other.

Liverpool have won their last three meetings with City: a thrilling 4-3 Premier League victory at Anfield in January and then wins in both legs of the pair’s Champions League quarter-final .

And former Liverpool defender Carragher says that the Reds will need to stop City taking at least four points from the six available in the matches between the pair this season if they are to end their long wait for league title.

"If City took four points out of six against Liverpool I don’t think there’s any chance that Liverpool win the league," he said on Sky Sports’ Friday Night Football coverage of Brighton versus West Ham .

"It is a vital game for Liverpool. I think the top six head-to-heads are vital in terms of the title and top four, but in terms of these two I think it’s going to be tight, and that means Liverpool have to do well in the two league games against City."

Carragher’s fellow pundit Gary Neville added that he thought Jurgen Klopp’s decision to pick his preferred front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in the Champions League at Napoli was a mistake ahead of the game.

"I thought Liverpool were very good against Chelsea ," he said. "Even if they’d lost I’d say it was a good performance, but Napoli worries me.

"I was surprised the front three were playing.

"I do genuinely believe Liverpool have a chance to win the league, but the biggest obstacle is the potential tiredness of that front three."

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