Jamie Carragher says Liverpool must learn from Chelsea's winning mentality
Jamie Carragher has urged Liverpool to learn from Chelsea’s success under Roman Abramovich amid fierce competition for the Premier League title.
Ahead of Sunday’s clash at Stamford Bridge, Manchester City are 11 points ahead of Chelsea and 12 points ahead of Liverpool, who also have another game in hand.
Both Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp have admitted how difficult it will be to catch up to the current leaders given how consistent Pep Guardiola’s men have been this season.
While Carragher does not think either Chelsea or Liverpool will give up, he seems to think that his former club is more likely to finish the season without a trophy if Manchester City end up winning the league.
“To put it simply, Liverpool need to become more like Chelsea,” Carragher wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
“In the past eleven seasons, Chelsea have won the Premier League twice (2015 and 2017).
“A good return, but a reflection of how the balance of power changed after the [Manchester] City Abu Dhabi takeover — In the previous six years, Chelsea were Premier League champions three times (2005, 2006 and 2010).
“What they have done so well during the Roman Abramovich era is to become serial trophy collectors: five FA Cups, three league cups, two Europa League titles. That’s in addition to being Champions League winners twice.
“The ambition has not changed at Stamford Bridge since they were the side everyone else was trying to catch in the mid-2000s.
“Chelsea will go into every season intending to compete for the Premier League and Champions League.
“But they have proven adept at lowering their sights to ensure different eras have maximum reward for the football produced.
“That is an area where Liverpool can and must improve. Since winning the FA Cup in 2006, Liverpool have won only one domestic cup competition: the 2012 League Cup.
“That’s a poor return for a club of such stature.
“When the Premier League is a step too far, Chelsea have shown there is nothing wrong with occasionally redefining themselves as a cup team.
“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.”
Carragher certainly made a very good point. Unless Manchester City start dropping points, which seems unlikely the way it is, both Chelsea and Liverpool might have to turn their attention to cup competitions very soon.
The fact that the Blues competed in four of the last five FA Cup finals further proved Carragher’s argument.