Jamie Carragher confident Liverpool can still challenge for the Premier League title after slow start

    Sky Sports commentator Jamie Carragher
    Jamie Carragher isn’t ruling out a title challenge for Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)

    Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool can challenge for the Premier League title this season despite their poor start to the campaign.

    The Reds finished just a point behind reigning champions Manchester City last season and reached the Champions League final.

    However, they have started slowly this season, picking up nine points from their first six league matches.

    They also lost their opening Champions League group stage game against Napoli, but bounced back with a victory over Ajax in midweek.

    Reds legend Carragher feels his former club were ‘back to their best’ against Ajax and has backed them to challenge for the title.

    ‘They can still challenge for the Premier League, no doubt,’ Carragher told the Daily Mail.

    ‘But in terms of turning a corner it needs more than one game. There have been five or six games where Liverpool have been nowhere near their best.

    Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool FC coach
    Jurgen Klopp’s side are yet to get going this season (Picture: Getty Images)

    ‘[Against Ajax] there was a typical Jurgen Klopp Liverpool performance, but I think they will need more than one game. 

    ‘You need to see the next four or five games to see if Liverpool are back on track. But it was nice to see Liverpool back to their best.’

    ‘You have got a team who have been at the top of their game for five or six years and maybe they have come off that slightly in terms of intensity and that is what the team is built on. Intensity is the identity of that team,’ Carragher added.

    ‘They have had injuries and three of four players – who have been outstanding – have not been playing at their best.

    ‘Maybe Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, maybe Fabinho in midfield, Mo Salah, these players have been out of this world for four or five years and they haven’t been at their best at the start of this season, but that is allowed, it is normal. 

    ‘They are only human. We have all been there as players.

    ‘I think it is a combination of those three factors. Players off form off the back of five or six years being at 100 per cent intensity and injuries. They are just not quite there.’

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