One of the best and worst things about football is that everyone has an opinion. Pundits get paid to have an exaggerated view and generate debate amongst fans, certain ones tend to do it more than others.
Manchester City and Liverpool have created a competitive rivalry in the past five years as they have been the only two teams competing over the course of previous Premier League seasons.
One of Liverpool’s favourite sons appears to have taken a dig at City signing Erling Haaland ahead of the season’s opener, Community Shield, on Sunday.
"Jamie Carragher was speaking on talkSPORT when he said: “I don’t think Haaland is a game-changer for City in terms of winning the league.”"
Now when you have a striker capable of scoring 25-30 goals with ease if remaining injury-free, that form will be a league-winning return and will go certainly a long in defending the title.
The full context of the comment needs to be given when reacting to the statement, given the man from Bootle is right. The scouse centre back claimed their star summer signing won’t tip the balance in terms of the Premier League as the club has shown and is very capable of winning the league without him, and a natural centre-forward.
Not wrong but his impact could be more significant in the quest for an elusive trophy City are hunting.
It is the Champions League where he will elevate City to a new level. The former professional claims Haaland would have made a significant difference in Madrid last season.
Many fans will agree, especially given the level of chances missed on the night, or even over the two legs. The big difference between holding the ball up and relieving pressure on the defence, is to not allow it to bounce back and Rodrygo to……
We won’t go there as we all know how it ended. It is now time to look forward.
Despite being in the infancy of his career, the Norwegian has already established himself as one of the best players in the world. His stats of 86 goals in 89 games for his former club, Borussia Dortmund, and 20 goals in 21 appearances on the international stage are scary. The stats certainly likely to continue in all competitions.
The respected rivalry between the clubs comes out the indifference in Premier League and Champions League trophies in the last decade.
Carragher’s comments follow a little jibe from Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, earlier in the week as he is not one to speak fondly of City’s spending power.
When speaking about his club’s transfer business, the German said: “”I cannot say the others have so far made a massive mistake in the transfer market… City haven’t just brought in players, they’ve given two to Arsenal and one to Chelsea.”
All these thinly veiled comments can keep on coming if it goes anyway to fuelling our trophy hunt for Haaland and co next season.