Jamie Carragher doesn’t believe Liverpool can win the Premier League this season following the injury of Virgil van Dijk.
The Dutchman suffered a nasty anterior cruciate ligament injury following Jordan Pickford’s reckless challenge in the Merseyside Derby on Saturday.
Van Dijk will need to undergo surgery on his knee and could miss most of the season in what is a hammer blow to Jurgen Klopp.
“History says no,” responded Carragher when asked if Liverpool can still win the league.
“When I started watching football it was the mid-80s and I went through teams, champions, who tried to retain the title next season. And I looked at huge players like Van Dijk.
“There’s three or four players who feel like you can’t be without for a serious long period of time. Everton in 1986 lost Neville Southall to a broken ankle. Liverpool won the double in 85, Everton were champions in 86.
“One of Liverpool’s greatest ever teams was 1988. The next pre-season Alan Hansen who was the Virgil Van Dijk of that team got injured and didn’t play until the FA Cup semi fine. Arsenal won the league.
“I went back to Cantona. It wasn’t an injury but he missed half a season with the incident at Crystal Palace. Blackburn win the title.
“Roy Keane does his cruciate at Leeds. Arsenal win the title. Even last season, Laporte was out for half the season and they were champions.
“Who knows what would have happened but the players I’ve mentioned there if they stay fit or play their teams win the league. I think if Van Dijk stays fit Liverpool win the league.
“This massively opens it up.”
He added: “I can’t see anyone else winning the title except Liverpool and Manchester City. On the back of Van Dijk, I’d now say Manchester City are favourites.”