JAMIE CARRAGHER’S popularity with Liverpool fans must have taken a sharp downturn this week.
He wrote that his beloved club have no chance of winning the Premier League this year. Or probably ever.
The way Manchester City are motoring there is every likelihood the man with the thickest Scouse accent this side of Reds fanatic John Bishop will prove correct in his forecast.
Carragher may be right speculating Liverpool will always be outspent by City, United and Chelsea.
But he is rather a comedian when he suggests Liverpool cannot secure the players, the consistency or, by implication, the manager to repeat the league triumph they last achieved 27 years ago — when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister.
They don’t have much time for Mrs Thatcher on Merseyside and nor will they for Carragher if he goes on like this.
There are many objections to be made, the obvious one is nothing is set in stone, as Leicester proved so satisfyingly only 18 months ago.
Their’s was not a fairy-tale. It was a true story, the product of each player perfectly fitting the role for which he was selected — of strength, pace, buoyant confidence and of brilliant buying.
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Carragher tried to shrug off Leicester’s win as a freak but it was no more so than the marvellous Liverpool campaign that brought the European Cup back to Anfield in 2005.
That victory established him as a Liverpool star — the brave, centre-back who supporters voted Player of the Year.
You need know no more to see why his verbal attack will hurt so many of them.
I understand very well Carragher’s view that money talks in football. Don’t we all.
But it doesn’t rule. Surely, the finest thing in our game is that the little ’un is all too likely to give the big ’un a bloody nose.
Chelsea had to use the ice pack only last weekend after getting beaten by Crystal Palace.
Not that Liverpool are exactly beggars at the league table.
Indeed in Fenway Sports Group, the eighth richest club in the world has wealthy US owners who appointed Klopp in the belief that he had the personality and insight to rebuild his side into champions.
Undoubtedly, the German will be exasperated that a man he will have expected to appreciate the patience needed for such a task has turned on him.
It says much about Klopp’s exciting assembly of players that Jose Mourinho chose last Saturday to defend United’s way to one point — a policy that I suspect Klopp would never have employed.
Mourinho, like Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, is a pragmatist. Klopp and Pep Guardiola are perfectionists.
Maybe Klopp isn’t Bill Shankly but he deserves much better than Carragher’s long sigh of despair.
It would be nothing less than a football tragedy if the Premier League became fixated on the wealth of three clubs.
Where does that place Tottenham, Arsenal, West Ham and perhaps three or four more clubs who might be acquired by billionaires or, better, find inspirational leaders?
The appeal of our league is its diversity of styles and intense competitiveness.
The world of football rates it the most watchable exactly because of its unpredictability rather than the certainties of other leagues.
We don’t need Carragher’s gloomy predictions and neither do Liverpool.
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