Man City and Liverpool will both drop points from their last five matches, claims Jamie Carragher, as he says Pep Guardiola’s side could be caught in a goalless draw while his former club could be embroiled in a thriller four goals.
- Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher analyzed the Premier League title race
- The former Reds defender went in depth on Manchester City and Liverpool
- City have the advantage defensively, while Liverpool have stronger attacking stats
- He believes both clubs will drop points at some point towards the end of the term
Jamie Carragher has claimed Manchester City and Liverpool will slide before the end of the season as he analyzes their strengths and weaknesses with the Premier League title race hanging on the wire.
Pep Guardiola’s City remain just a point above Jurgen Klopp’s Reds as they head to the final five matches of the season.
Liverpool appear to be having the toughest run of fixtures, although former defender Carragher insists both sides will slip by the end of the season.
Jamie Carragher analyzed Manchester City and Liverpool in the title race
City remain a point ahead of the Reds with just five games remaining this season
“We are talking about two brilliant teams”, the sky sports said an expert on Monday Night Football.
“You can’t really separate them in one area of the game, but I can see them both dropping points, I believe that.
“If you look at attacking stats that’s when Liverpool have the slight advantage, you look at goals per game, they have the slight advantage.
“Liverpool have scored 85 goals, Man City 80, when you talk about not having a striker, the goals are still absolutely phenomenal from Man City.
Specialist Jamie Carragher thinks City and Liverpool will slide down the stretch
“The XG per game shows Liverpool have the advantage. Man City’s top scorer is De Bruyne with 11, and for Liverpool it’s Salah with 22. There’s a big difference.
“Man City have obviously spread the goals a bit more, but the top scorer figures show Liverpool have a big advantage in attack.”
He added: “If Man City are to drop points it would be because they might have games where they don’t score.”
“Man City have failed to score in four games this season – Liverpool just one – and they’ve only scored once in seven games as well, which makes 11 games where they have scored a goal or zero. .
“So you think if Man City are going to drop points it has to be from a 0-0, there’s been evidence of that this season in the games we’ve seen.”
Pep Guardiola’s City side have failed to score in four Premier League games this season
Carragher insisted that if Liverpool were to drop points it would be in a very different way as they seem to be scoring goals every game.
Although, defensively City seem to have the advantage, and the pundit thinks that could be down to not playing with a proper striker.
“We should add that a lot of those games where Liverpool lost points were at the start of the season and there was a change, defensively, in the second half of the season,” Carragher said.
“But, if Liverpool drop points, you feel like it wouldn’t be 0-0, it would be 2-2.
“The perceived weaknesses of both teams are City not having a striker and Liverpool’s high line. But I think in some ways those are strengths for them as well.
“The defensive stats show City have the advantage. Most people would say Liverpool have the best defender in the world in Virgil van Dijk, but as a team City are better defensively and that might have something to do with not having a striker.
Liverpool have arguably the best defender in the world in Virgil van Dijk (pictured above)
City have better defensive stats than Jurgen Klopp’s (pictured) Reds this campaign
“Maybe having more ball control in the game means people can’t attack them.” Again, the numbers are very close. Man City just have the edge.
“Where there is a big difference is the xG per game. It’s almost a third more for Liverpool.
“There is nothing in the clean sheets, but the most important thing is that Manchester City conceded only one goal from a free kick, Liverpool seven.”