Mikel Arteta’s team leads the Premier League standings after 17 matches. However, they are gearing up for a challenging encounter against Liverpool at Anfield this weekend.
Jamie Carragher remains cautious about Liverpool’s title prospects. He isn’t entirely convinced that Jurgen Klopp’s side can be considered clear contenders, especially as they prepare to face Arsenal.
This weekend, Mikel Arteta’s squad is slated to challenge Liverpool at Anfield. So far in the Premier League, Arsenal have suffered only one defeat this season. Heading into Saturday’s match, Liverpool are just one point behind Arsenal. Meanwhile, Manchester City, the reigning champions, have been slightly off their usual form in recent games.
The upcoming clash promises to be a thrilling one. Should Arsenal emerge victorious, they could widen their lead over Liverpool to four points. However, the Gunners might once again find themselves missing the services of Fabio Vieira and Thomas Partey. Their absence could pose challenges for Arsenal as they navigate through the busy Christmas and New Year’s schedule.
Carragher, having played in 737 matches for his boyhood team, is of the opinion that Klopp’s team has not yet demonstrated their readiness to advance to the next crucial level.
“Throughout the season when you look at the points Liverpool have got, they are one of the top teams in the country,” began Carragher, speaking via Sky Sports on Wednesday evening.
“But, when you look at the performances, I am not so sure. I need convincing and there is no better way to do that then get a result against Arsenal at the weekend who are top of the table. I just think Liverpool might be a little bit short of the title – I hope I am wrong.
“It might be a season that will be different from the past when you almost had to win every week with the standards that Manchester City and Liverpool set for so long. If Liverpool are to win the league, it would have to be a season where it would be mid 80 points, rather than mid 90 points.”
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