Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes his former club ‘have not won enough’ under Jurgen Klopp – despite a Premier League and Champions League trophy in the last three years.
The Reds were unable to defend their league title last season and their chances of reclaiming it this term are quickly slipping away as Manchester City sit nine points clear of them in the table.
Sunday’s clash with Chelsea will be a sucker punch to either side in the title race and City could extend their lead further should they beat Arsenal on Saturday.
With the Champions League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup all still to play for, Carragher believes Liverpool need to be ‘realistic’ in their expectations.
“Jurgen Klopp is heading towards his seventh year as Liverpool manager amid a sobering reality. His team have not won enough,” he wrote in his column for The Telegraph .
“In terms of collecting multiple Premier League titles, Klopp may have built one of the finest Liverpool teams in the wrong era.
“When the margin for error in a title bid is so small, the club have to maximise their chances of winning all four competitions they enter every season, recognising the League Cup and the FA Cup as worthy prizes.
“To put it simply, Liverpool need to become more like Chelsea.
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“They have imminent opportunities to redress the balance and collect more trophies. It’s not about being defeatist with City already forging ahead; it’s about being realistic.
“Liverpool need to get on board that Wembley bus to ensure the promise of another campaign packed with brilliant collective and individual performances does not go unfulfilled.”
The Reds secured their spot in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup with a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Leicester City at Anfield last week.
They now face Arsenal in the two-legged tie in the new year and will also welcome Shrewsbury Town in the third round of the FA Cup on January 9.