Title rivals Liverpool will struggle to catch up with them, Jamie Carragher said – even though the Premier League season has only three games.
The expert was hugely impressed with the way the Reds started their Premier League title defense, with a win over lively Leeds United followed by compelling wins over top four challengers Chelsea and Arsenal.
By comparison, last year’s runner-up Manchester City have already dropped points as their defense was dismantled by Jamie Vardy in a 5-2 loss to Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium.
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Liverpool dominated a much improved Arsenal side at Anfield, sending a message to their rivals
But it was Liverpool’s 2-0 away win over Chelsea and last night’s comfortable 3-1 home triumph over the Gunners that made the ex-Liverpool defender think the title could be aimed at. return to Anfield this season.
‘The first match [a 4-3 win at home to Leeds], they didn’t really watch it, ”Carragher told Sky Sports.
“But to respond with their performances against two of their top six rivals, I just think it sends a major message these past two games that Liverpool are going to take a few saves. “
An improving Arsenal side fought at Anfield on Tuesday, but Liverpool were better all over the pitch – with and without the ball – and have shown a desire which suggests they want to turn title success of the year last in a period of dominance of English football. .
It was a similar story at Stamford Bridge. Even before Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was sent off at the end of the first half, Liverpool dominated their opponents and in the second half they simply took the game away from the opposition at 10.
Jamie Carragher says Liverpool sent a strong message in the first three games
Carragher believes the Reds have had an advantage over some of their rivals as their early Champions League exit last year has allowed them to prepare well for this campaign.
Manchester City and Chelsea were involved in the Champions League long before the summer and Manchester United made it to the Europa League, losing 2-1 in the semi-finals to Sevilla on August 16.
“I always thought Liverpool would have an advantage in that they knew when their season was over,” Carragher said. “The European teams could go out the next day or stay another week to reach the semi-finals or the final. “
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