After Liverpool drew with Aston Villa, Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions.
Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool’s formidable run that won the Premier League is worrying after Manchester City scooped another top-flight crown.
On Saturday, Arsenal lost to Nottingham Forest, suffering their second consecutive loss, thanks to a goal from ex-Reds forward Taiwo Awoniyi, who earned his third consecutive winners medal at the top of English football. Prior to Sunday’s match against Chelsea, City had already secured their good fortune.
In 2020, Liverpool broke the sway of the Etihad clubs and ended their wait to win the Premier League. To give themselves a sufficient cushion to keep Pep Guardiola’s team from catching up to them, Jurgen Klopp’s team had to go on a record-breaking run.
However, in other seasons, despite being at the height of their abilities, City managed to edge out the Reds in tense title battles. With the FA Cup and Champions League finals still to come, the Citizens have already won one trophy in their quest for the treble.
They have blown Arsenal away during their unbeaten run in the second half of the season, and Carragher thinks that this sets a worrying precedent because of how high Guardiola and his team have set the bar.
“I think they will, they’re going to be very big favorites going into that game against Inter Milan, and same with the FA Cup Final against Manchester United,” the former Liverpool defender said in a statement made at the City Ground.
“It remains to be seen if they can pull it off, but it feels like almost every season they’re in with a chance to win a treble by the time April or May rolls around. They have previously performed a domestic treble.
“You look at Manchester City, and the concern for the rest of the Premier League is the one season they didn’t win the Premier League and Liverpool won it. Liverpool had to win 26 and draw one of their first 27 games – and that’s what Liverpool did in that season, stopping Manchester City from winning another title.
“I would argue that Pep Guardiola has raised the bar for all teams, not just Manchester City. They have a great squad and resources, but I believe they could have achieved greater heights if they had a different manager.
“He’ll go down as one of the greatest managers of all time, and for Manchester City right now, in my opinion, he has the biggest impact.”