Liverpool remained a point behind league leaders Manchester City at the weekend, and Jurgen Klopp has been told the games to focus on if his side are to leapfrog the Etihad Stadium outfit
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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has told his former club that it is their away games that will determine who lifts the Premier League trophy at the end of the season.
The Reds drew 2-2 with Manchester City on Sunday evening which meant that Pep Guardiola’s side remained at the top of the table by just a point. With City taking the lead twice, through Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus, the draw will certainly be a pleasing one for Liverpool.
With seven games left of the season, neutrals are strapping themselves in for a grand slam end to the campaign. Carragher has highlighted that he thinks it will be the matches that both teams have to play away from home that’ll make the difference at the end of the campaign.
He tweeted: “Draw was a better point in the end for Liverpool as Man City should have won. I think the away games both teams have will decide the title as I can see a draw or two along the way!”
The Reds have away games against Newcastle, Aston Villa remaining, whereas City need to travel to Wolves, Leeds and West Ham. On paper, Manchester City have the easier run-ins of the two teams with several matches against those towards the bottom of the table. However, Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes that those games will be notably more difficult than the ‘harder’ games that Liverpool have coming up.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “In the cup competitions, anything could happen. In the Premier League, we’ve looked at City and thought that’s an easy run-in but actually, that’s because we’re looking at (Liverpool’s) Merseyside derby and Manchester United. In an ordinary season, (those games) would be tough, but those two teams are appalling. They could be easier than any of the teams than any of the teams Manchester City have got. Watford are fighting for their lives, Leeds have to win games, and Newcastle away (for Liverpool).
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“You look at Liverpool’s run-in, Merseyside derby, Tottenham – you think it’s a tough run-in but it’s not. I’d rather play Manchester United and Everton at home than West Ham away.” Both teams also have cup competitions to contend with, though one of the two teams will no longer have to worry about the FA Cup at the end of the week as the teams will meet in the competition’s semi-final.
However, both teams are still in the Champions League and look likely to progress into the semi-finals of the competition having won the first legs of their respective quarterfinal ties earlier this month. Those matches will certainly have an impact on the team’s preparation for league fixtures, though both teams have seemed unfazed, on the pitch, by cup competition matches previously this season.
Speaking about the remaining matches of the campaign, Guardiola said: “Seven games in the Premier League is a lot of points, we have to play away, they have to but I had a feeling we’ll behave. I don’t know what’s going to happen. The way we performed against a team that I admire a lot, that made me think a lot, offensively, defensively, make me think for so many years perform the way they perform, I want to win the Premier League but it doesn’t matter. We’re so good and I think all our fans enjoyed it.”