Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool’s best chance of beating Manchester City to the Premier League title is through their attacking superiority.
Not only have the Reds (85) scored more goals this season than the Blues (80), but they also have a better goal difference although I don’t see a scenario where that will come into play.
However, with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi to choose from, it’s quite obvious that Jurgen Klopp is not short on options.
Jamie Carragher explains why Liverpool “have the edge” over Manchester City
“We’re talking about two brilliant teams,” Carragher on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football. “You can’t really split them in an area of the game, but I can see both of them dropping points, I do believe that.
“If you look at the attacking stats, this is when Liverpool have the slight edge, you look at the goals per game they have the slight edge.
“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.
“The XG per game shows that Liverpool have the edge. Man City’s top scorer is De Bruyne with 11, and for Liverpool it’s Salah with 22. There’s a big difference.
"Liverpool have the slight edge in attack!" 🎯@Carra23 looks at the attacking stats of title contenders Man City and Liverpool and believes it could highlight where #MCFC may drop points in the final few games… 🏆 pic.twitter.com/Qp9NEHHELE
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 26, 2022
“Man City obviously spread the goals out a bit more, but the numbers in terms of their top scorers show in attack.”
Liverpool need to make attacking depth count to win the Premier League title
Unfortunately, Liverpool have to rely on Manchester City dropping points to win the title this season but they need to focus on themselves to be in a position to capitalise.
The Reds are just one point behind Pep Guardiola’s men and the only sign they have shown of slipping up came against Everton and even then, their attacking quality shone through.
Klopp made two proactive substitutes by bringing on Luis Diaz and Divock Origi. The former’s first touch was audacious, as he plucked the ball out of the Merseyside sky with class before driving beyond Seamus Coleman and testing Jordan Pickford.
Luis Díaz strolls up to the derby and just attacks it. The guy plays without nerves. No fear at all.
On a day where so little was working for Liverpool's attackers, Díaz made it work. Time and time again. He's fantastic.pic.twitter.com/qji4GgR9Us
— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) April 25, 2022
Origi, meanwhile, helped set up the opening goal and scored the second to hand Liverpool three of the most important points of the season.
In the remaining games of the season, Klopp needs to get his rotation of the front three spot on to make sure they’re all fresh and raring to go.