Liverpool are still battling for trophies on three fronts after being crowned Carabao Cup champions and former club captain Jamie Carragher believes they can complete the set
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Former Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher believes the Reds have a “great chance” to complete an historic treble after noticing a renewed energy in their squad in recent weeks.
The 44-year-old who won that Champions League with the Merseyside club in 2005, admitted he had some concerns about Jurgen Klopp’s side after some unconvincing performances in the league, although points continued to climb. However, he feels a corner has been turned.
Carragher spoke after Klopp suggested his team might not get the respect it deserves for an “outstanding” season if it doesn’t end with them winning the Champions League. Liverpool are face Villarreal in the European semifinalsand also have one FA Cup final against Chelsea on the horizon as well as an opportunity First League Fame.
“What really convinces me that Liverpool can do that is the energy in the last two or three appearances,” said Sky Sports pundit Carragher. “For six weeks I felt like Liverpool had gotten the job done, wasn’t their normal selves but were getting results.
“The performance against Man City in the first half at Wembley and here in the first half against Man United was like they were playing in September/October,” he added. The Cup win over City was brought about by three first-half goals, while Klopp’s men scored twice without reply in each half against United.
Alongside the seemingly revitalized roster, however, Carragher also pointed to the greater availability of players. After a defensive injury crisis last season threatened to keep Liverpool out of the top four, they enter the final months of the season with a fully fit squad.
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“The most important thing they have now is that everyone is fit,” Carragher continued. “What gives them a great chance is if everyone stays fit. The way Jurgen Klopp does it, he’s a top manager. He’ll have to make changes at different times.
“He can make four or five changes today [against Everton ]. If he can get through those final games of the season and keep everyone fit, Liverpool have a great chance to make history.”
Carragher spoke ahead of the Merseyside Derby, with Liverpool keen to win to keep up with the leaders Manchester City. The reigning champions avoided a possible banana peel against former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson. 5-1 against the experienced manager’s Watford side at Etihad Stadium.
Both title contenders could meet in a third different competition this season if they both win their Champions League semi-finals. Both play against Spanish opponents, with Liverpool taking on Villarreal and City real Madrid.
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