Former Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher has written off the current team’s chances of winning the title this season.
The Sky Sports pundit has taken up a position as writer for the Telegraph, and in his first article for the newspaper he has taken a look at the issues facing the club and the playing squad.
And the ex-England international defender has said that he isn’t sure whether the club are capable of competing with Premier League rivals with FSG as owners.
“Liverpool will not win the title this season.” he said.
“I am not convinced Jürgen Klopp will ever be able to bring it back to Anfield. I am not sure when my old club will win it again.
“I certainly do not see it happening in the near future.” he continued.
He went on to explain why the Boston based group cannot expect to compete with the financial powerhouses of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.
“Manchester United, City and Chelsea are formidable on and off the park.” he said.
“They have financial strength and a winning culture Liverpool do not currently possess. For the last seven years FSG has tried to approach transfers in a studious way. It has yielded one League Cup.
“I think FSG are good owners, but to win the league their approach in the transfer market must be as robust as the big three, and I am not convinced they have the capacity to match them.” he added.
Carragher feels that the club have yet again failed to seize the opportunity to move up the pecking order after a top four finish, and Champions League qualification, was followed by a disappointing Summer in the transfer market.
“When opportunities come along to push on in order to remain truly competitive at the top of the league – which tends to happen at Anfield once every five years – you have to grasp the nettle. Liverpool have not done so.” he said.
Former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah has been a positive addition to the squad, but Klopp failed to bring in key defensive target Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton and has been made to pay for it with some awful defending so far this season.
“Liverpool conceded too many goals so wanted Virgil Van Dijk.” Carragher continued.
“They put themselves into a position where he was ready to join but messed up. Instead of lining up alternatives they spent the summer hoping Southampton would change their mind.
“It was Van Dijk or no one, which led to the season starting with Liverpool continuing to concede soft goals, failing to win games they dominate, dropping points to teams in the bottom half.
“Liverpool cannot afford these mistakes on and off the pitch – not only to challenge for the Premier League but to remain in the top four.
“You cannot win the title defending like Liverpool.” he stated.
And who could argue with him?