After seven matches, the teams that are going to be playing Champions League football next season are Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Hull City. While it’s unlikely that the latter team will finish in the top half of the table, let alone in a European place, the Tigers are third on merit, having beaten Newcastle, Tottenham, Arsenal and Fulham already this season. Nevertheless, there’s one Pool player who doesn’t want to be compared with the Premier League new boys.
For Jamie Carragher, it’s annoying when people comment on the Reds’ decent start to the season, with the central defender stating that it should be no surprise to see his team leading the way in the Premier League. Nevertheless Carra, it’s not as if your team have demonstrated that they can last the pace for quite some time, so you can understand why some might be surprised by the consistency of your results! The official Liverpool website reports that the vice-captain and his team-mates knows what is required this term.
“We scored the winning goal after Martin Skrtel went off and it was 10 v 10,” said the vice-captain. “We had no centre-back, it was just me.
“We could easily have dropped Xabi Alonso back but a few lads said, ‘No, we’ll keep men forward and go for it. We’re aware, now, you’ve got to go for wins in this league. Draws kill you.
“People should stop saying we’ve made a great start, though. I’m thinking, ‘We’ve only played seven games and we’re Liverpool. Shouldn’t we be up there? Am I missing something?’ We’re not Hull. If we’re still up there in March we can talk about it, until then focus on doing our best in every game. Actions speak louder than words.”
Liverpool fans, is this really the season where everything clicks into place and you become a genuine Premier League contender? Is it not concerning that an injury to Carragher / Gerrard / Torres could potentially ruin your chances of success, such is the dependence on these players for good results? Or is the squad strong enough to cope with any of these players being absent?