Jamie Carragher has refuted the suggestion Liverpool’s clash with Man United was do-or-die, explaining that results in the next two games will define the draw.
United arguably had the better chances of the game though largely sitting deep, and Joel Matip even put the ball into his own net, only for the goal to be ruled out due to Chris Smalling’s offside.
“With Liverpool I think we keep building this game up, and they should have gone and won it, but it’s the week,” he argued.
“It’s not Man United, it’s the week, and I said before this game, if Liverpool get out of the end of this week, and they’re still top of the league—whether it’s a point [or more]—it’s a good week.
“Because this was the week, where [like] a couple of weeks ago where City had that big week and Liverpool were looking, thinking ‘points could be dropped’.
“If Liverpool are top of the league then, you look at the next two fixtures (Burnley at home, Fulham away), and then there’s the big international break, and then it really kicks in.
“But if on March 4, the day after the Everton game, they are top of the league, they are in a great position to go and win it.”
Carragher talks sense, providing the context perhaps needed in an emotional response to that stalemate, as it was certainly far from a disastrous afternoon for Liverpool.
The same can be said of this game than of the same result against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, with the approach of those two high-profile sides testament to Liverpool’s quality.