Jamie Carragher thinks Liverpool would “shake on it” if they were guaranteed a top-four finish this season after their 1-0 loss to Brighton on Wednesday night.
Having gone unbeaten for almost four years at home in the league, Jurgen Klopp’s side have now lost back-to-back matches at Anfield after Brighton repeated Burnley’s 1-0 victory of a fortnight ago.
It left them seven points behind Manchester City, who also have a match in hand, and makes Sunday’s visit of the Premier League leaders a must-win match for the Reds, who have failed to score in three consecutive home league games for the first time since October 1984.
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And Carragher thinks Liverpool would take a top-four finish if they were offered it now, especially considering all the injury disruption they have faced this season.
“Andy Robertson has come out and said Liverpool aren’t in the title race and I think that’s the right way to be looking at it at this moment,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“I think Liverpool have got to be looking at top four positions and saying the obvious: take each game as it comes. Because at this moment the form is so up and down, there’s so many changes to the team, you’re never quite sure what the team is going to be.
“Last night against Brighton, Alisson was out which was a last-minute thing, still waiting for players to come back so I think from now, if you offered Liverpool top four, I think they’d take that and shake on it really.
“That should be the mindset for Liverpool and what they’re aiming for at the moment and if they could get back into the title race – and they have to beat City to do that – then maybe with seven or eight games to go you could maybe see where they are and hopefully, from Liverpool’s point of view, City could have some sort of drop off.
“The run City are on at the moment is out of this world. It’s impossible to keep that going, they can’t win every single game, although I think both teams virtually did that two years ago.
“I’d expect some points dropped from City at some stage but the problem for Liverpool at the moment is that gap and it’s too big certainly if they don’t beat them on Sunday.”