Jamie Carragher has urged Liverpool to capitalise on Manchester City’s injury problems to press home their advantage at the top of the Premier League.
The Reds extended their advantage at the top of the table to eight points after a 95th minute winning penalty secured all three points against Leicester City.
The champions were unable to response and, just 24 hours later, slipped to a shock 2-0 loss at home to Wolves.
City have been blighted by injuries this season, with their defence taking the biggest hit. Aymeric Laporte was one of the stars of last season, but is set to miss around six months after a nasty knee injury.
Conversely, Liverpool have remained largely injury-free and face a woefully out of form Manchester United side after the break. Mohamed Salah appeared to pick up a knock against the Foxes but has since been cleared.
And Carragher, who was involved in several title chases with the Reds, believes his former side must show no mercy in their quest to win the league for the first time in 30 years.
“I think what we are seeing with Man City now is they are being affected by injuries now in the same position and that’s a problem for them,” he told Jason Cundy and Andy Goldstein on Drive.
“That’s a problem for anyone even though they have got a better squad than Liverpool and you see how much it is hurting them.
“You may actually think it would hurt Liverpool more if they injuries because, as I said, they don’t quite the squad City have.
“But to be fair, Man City have problems where they are weakest, at centre-back, in terms of numbers and quality.
“But there is no doubt a big injury to a big Liverpool player will severely hamper them. So that’s why I don’t think anyone really at Liverpool is getting too carried away.
MAN CITY INJURY LIST
The Citizens are currently missing four key first-team players
- Leroy Sane – Knee Ligaments (February 2020)
- Aymeric Laporte – Knee Ligaments (Unknown)
- John Stones – Muscle injury (October 2019)
- Ilkay Gundogan – Strain (October 2019)
“It is a great position to be in, there’s no doubt, and if you didn’t say that you would be a liar. And what Liverpool have to do is capitalise as much.
“And not just not think eight points is a great lead; try and make it 10, make it 12, if possible. Especially while City have problems at the back, like having Laporte out.
“Because there is no doubt that when Laporte is back and City back on their feet, they’re a team capable of doing exactly what Liverpool are doing and going and winning 17, 18 games.”