Jamie Carragher lauds Arsenal’s summer transfer business

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has lauded Arsenal’s business during the summer transfer window and believes the north London side can have a genuine crack at the top four this season. The Capital outfit suffered a disappointing end to the previous campaign as they finished one point behind the Champions League places while suffering an embarrassing 4-1 loss to Chelsea in the Europa League final.

Thereafter, they were fears that the Gunners may not strengthen the squad sufficiently with just a £40m budget on the table but the club have certainly surprised many with as many as six purchases including the club-record £72m arrival of Nicolas Pepe from Lille. Speaking to Sky Sports, Carragher said that the Gunners will certainly not compete for the league title this term but they have the credentials to make another strong push for the top four positions.

Jurgen Klopp confirms calf injury for Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Xherdan Shaqiri is likely to be out for the next few weeks through a calf problem. The Switzerland international sustained the damage during the Nations League third-place play-off against England last month and it appears that he has not completely recovered from the setback.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Klopp acknowledged that Shaqiri is still in the treatment room as a result of the calf tear and he could be out for a while, he said: “Shaq is still injured from the national team and it will take a while until he is in again. He has a tear in his calf, so he will not be involved for a while.”

Jamie Carragher drools over the possibility of Liverpool signing Dutch defender

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Jamie Carragher has praised the qualities of Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt after watching the Dutchman in action during the recent Champions League campaign. The 19-year-old skippered Ajax up to the semi-final stage of the elite competition where they suffered a shock late defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.

Speaking to The Star, Carragher was asked about a potential target for the Reds this summer and he happened to mention De Ligt, who recently celebrated a domestic double with Ajax. He added to laud the centre-back’s development at such a young age and believes the teenager is destined to make the top, he said: “You look at De Ligt and, for me, it’s almost a guarantee he’s going to be a top player. He’s a man. It’s unbelievable what De Ligt is doing at 19-years-old. The performances we saw him give in the Champions League were outstanding.”

Jamie Carragher urges Callum Hudson-Odoi to decline new Chelsea contract

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Jamie Carragher has urged Callum Hudson-Odoi to turn down a new Chelsea contract at the current point of time. The England international will be entering the final year of his deal during the summer, and Carragher believes the same should be used as a leverage to secure more gametime with the Blues.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Carragher said that Hudson-Odoi should not rush to commit his future to the west London giants, considering he has recently earned a regular role in the Premier League. He added that the Blues graduate should extend the contract standoff until the forthcoming season to find out whether he remains an important figure at the club.

Jamie Carragher sends warning to Manchester City ahead of season run-in

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has said that Manchester City may have to overcome concerns related to fatigue as they seek to secure a historic quadruple this term. The Citizens have been flawless with their performances for most of the season and they are currently favourites to retain the Premier League title despite the strong challenge from Liverpool.

In a report covered by The Irish Independent, Carragher said that the Citizens have not had to guard against complacency over the course of the season and that could become a factor in the final months of the campaign. He added that the players will be tested on the mental and physical sides of their game in the forthcoming weeks and this could make or break their dream of sealing an unprecedented quadruple.

Jamie Carragher urges Mohamed Salah to re-focus amid slump in form

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Jamie Carragher has urged Mohamed Salah to re-focus on the job in hand after experiencing one of the most frustrating periods of his Reds career. The Egypt international has already notched 64 goals and 25 assists for the Reds in the space of 21 months but he has recently struggled for form with no goals or assists from the past five league games.

As such, there have been many who have sympathised with the attacker’s bad run of luck but Carragher had no positive feelings after the Reds scrapped through a close 2-1 triumph over Fulham at the weekend. Speaking on Sky Sports News, Carragher insisted that Salah has been selfish and greedy with his chances over the course of the season but that has eventually come to haunt him.

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool can make huge statement at Old Trafford

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Jamie Carragher believes his former team can make a huge statement by getting a positive result against arch-rivals Manchester United this month. The Reds are currently equal on points with league leaders Manchester City at the top but they are trailing them on virtue of goal difference.

Still, they can catch up during the forthcoming gameweek where they have a game in hand versus Manchester United. Speaking to Sky Sports, the ex-Reds captain stated that every fixture remains crucial for the rest of the campaign, although the game at Old Trafford could prove crucial to their quest of securing a maiden Premier League crown.

Jamie Carragher says Manchester United have a better squad than Liverpool

Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United have a better squad than title-chasing Liverpool, given the variation in squad depth between the sides. The Reds have been hampered with key injuries in the defensive department and this has recently affected their league form with successive draws.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher reiterated that United may have a better squad at their disposal than Liverpool at the current point of time. He added that Jurgen Klopp made a big mistake by loaning out Nathaniel Clyne, given the club are now having to adjust with James Milner in a makeshift role following injuries to Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool have minor advantage in Premier League title hunt

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Jamie Carragher believes his former club have a minor advantage over Manchester City in the Premier League title race, given the latter are likely to prioritise success in both the domestic and European competitions. The Reds suffered their first league defeat of the season against City earlier this month but they still have a handy four-point gap over the holders at the top of the table.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Carragher highlighted that the current season could be the Reds’ best chance yet to end the wait for the maiden Premier League crown. He added that the Citizens could be at a minor disadvantage during the backend of the season, given their hierarchy would expect Pep Guardiola to guide the club to Champions League success as well.

Jamie Carragher compares Virgil van Dijk with Tony Adams

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has compared Virgil van Dijk with former Arsenal superstar Tony Adams based on the defender’s ability to make the players tick around him. The Netherlands international only joined the Reds from Southampton during the previous winter transfer window but he has since proved a huge hit while cementing his position at the heart of the club’s defence.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Carragher hailed the qualities of the Netherlands international and suggested that the centre-back has the aura to make the players around him perform better. He added to praise the Dutchman’s goalscoring potential after scoring the Reds’ second goal with his foot during the 2-0 triumph at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He said:“He makes other people play better around him. Tony Adams made the rest of that Arsenal back four better. He does the same. He scored a great goal for Holland a few weeks ago. His goal record isn’t great considering his size but the type of goal he got there, how many centre backs would put that over the bar?”


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