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 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp bumps fists with Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp bumps fists with Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp bumps fists with Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool should embrace the challenge being served up to them by Manchester's big two this season, as he backed Jurgen Klopp's champions to bound back into winning form against Burnley on Thursday night.

Liverpool head into the game at Anfield four points behind Manchester City and six points adrift of Manchester United after both of their title rivals won on Wednesday night.

With Liverpool failing to win in their last four league games and unable to score in their last three, manager Jurgen Klopp must find a way to get his front three firing again if they're to retain their Premier League crown.

Now club legend Jamie Carragher has given his verdict on this unusual season, as he highlighted why the title race remains wide open despite Liverpool's slip-ups in the last month.

"This season is unbelievable, in a good way," Carragher stated at a Sky Sports event. "I think the big thing this season is, that so many teams, you tend to write them off after a couple of defeats on the bounce and then they win a couple of games and they're back up there.

"We always start the season hoping that there will be three or four teams challenging for the title and it never seems to happen. Someone runs away with it or two teams are competing, but this time it's different.

"I think the big thing this season is, that so many teams, you tend to write them off after a couple of defeats on the bounce and then they win a couple of games and they're back up there.

"It's brilliant for the league it's just how long it's going to say like that. I hope it does stay like that for a while. Obviously, I hope Liverpool come out on top. But I think it has the making of an unbelievable second half of the season if it stays this tight. I don't think we've had anything like this before and I don't think we've had anything like this before at the half way stage."

Carragher suggested Liverpool and Manchester City have allowed their high standards to slip at various points of this campaign, opening the door for their rivals to challenge them.

"Liverpool and City have dropped off," he continued. "Whether that's Liverpool's centre backs, City being without Aguero or the situation that we're in – I think this stage last season Liverpool had late 40s points and we're in mid-30s now.

"I think United, Chelsea, Tottenham, whoever else might be in the title race, there's no way they could have got to 98, 100 points, they couldn't do it. No chance. So, they needed City and Liverpool to drop off.

"With United, there's no doubt they're improved and I think Bruno Fernandes has been a massive change for them but I don't think they've massively improved. I think of course United have a chance of winning the league, no doubt, but they are not favourites for me.

"If Liverpool and City get to anywhere near the type of form we have seen from them over the last couple of years in the second half of the season I think that will make it difficult for United. But as I said it's down to City and Liverpool to get back to somewhere where they've been in the last couple of years."

Carragher also played up the rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool as they prepare to face each other again in the FA Cup this Sunday after their 0-0 draw in the Premier League last Sunday

"Of course, it's a massive rivalry and if anyone was going to win the league and it wasn't Liverpool you'd rather it was City," he added.

"I think United would rather it was City as well and not Liverpool. I don't think worried is the right word I would use about at team at this stage. I think there's so long to go."

Liverpool v Burnley is live on Sky Sports on Thursday night at 8pm.

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