Jamie Carragher feels Liverpool would take a top-four finish if it was offered to them now, but is hopeful that some key changes to Jurgen Klopp’s side will make the difference against Manchester City.
The Reds’ 1-0 defeat at home to Brighton on Wednesday has seen their hopes of defending their Premier League title fall flat, with a City win at Anfield on Sunday taking them 10 points clear of the champions.
Carragher feels all isn’t lost for Liverpool, even though their injury issues have caught up with them.
” Liverpool have to be looking at the top four positions, and to say the obvious, take each game as it comes because the form is so down.
“There are so many changes to the team that you are never quite sure what it’s going to be. Alisson was out at the last minute against Brighton and Liverpool are still waiting for players to come back.
“So I think from now, if you were to offer Liverpool a top-four finish they would take that and shake on it.”
Alisson was one of the major absentees that Liverpool were forced to do without against Brighton, but Carragher is hopeful that his return at the weekend as well as some other key changes will reap some rewards against Pep Guardiola’s men.
“There are no secrets with how Liverpool play, they have caused City huge problems before,” he added.
“Guardiola has said this Liverpool team is the toughest he’s played against maybe in his managerial career.
“It’s not the Liverpool team we’ve seen in the last couple of years, but it will be different to what we saw against Brighton.
“I expect Alisson to be back, Fabinho could be back at centre-back, maybe the new centre-back Ozan Kabak plays with Jordan Henderson playing in midfield, and I think Sadio Mane will be back.
“If that is the case, it would feel like Liverpool had half of their team back, so that would be a lot stronger proposition and I think Liverpool will give City a really good game, I really do.
“Let’s not forget, this is a different City with no Sergio Aguero or Kevin De Bruyne, and this season has been all about keeping clean sheets.
“Liverpool have been struggling to score goals against certain types of teams, but I wouldn’t class City as one of them. City aren’t a defensive team, they are very good defensively, that’s a big difference.”