‘It looks like we have a title race on!’: Jamie Carragher relishes shrinking gap between Liverpool and Manchester City after Tottenham win but insists he ‘still favours’ Pep Guardiola’s side to defend their crown
Jamie Carragher believes that Manchester City’s defeat to Tottenham has blown the Premier League title race wide open.
Harry Kane scored a 94th-minute winner in a 3-2 victory for Spurs at the Etihad Stadium, condemning Pep Guardiola’s side to just a third league defeat of the season.
It means that league leaders City only have a six-point gap between them and second-place Liverpool, who have a game in hand.
Jamie Carragher declared the title race is back on following Manchester City’s defeat today
Speaking after the game, Carragher said: ‘It’s a massive day not just for the top four but the title race. It’s a tantalising prospect with Liverpool still to come to the Etihad.
‘I’d still favour Man City and Liverpool’s fixtures may be a little bit tougher. For Liverpool in the next few days, it may feel like the league game against Leeds is more important than the [Carabao] cup final against Chelsea.
‘It’s a great thing not just for Liverpool fans but for people in the country, it looks like we have a title race on when four to six weeks ago we felt that wasn’t going to be the case.’
Manchester City lost for just the third time in the league this season against Tottenham
Pep Guardiola’s side are six points ahead of Liverpool, who have a game in hand over City
Earlier in the day, Liverpool won for the fifth consecutive league game as they came from behind to beat struggling Norwich 3-1. The Reds go to the Etihad on April 9.
In contrast to Carragher, fellow pundit Micah Richards felt that Jurgen Klopp’s side could have the upper hand following City’s defeat.
‘It’s in Liverpool’s favour,’ he said. ‘If they come here and do the business. This is why we love the Premier League, outstanding.
Earlier in the day, Liverpool came from a goal down to win 3-1 against struggling Norwich City
‘I said before the game don’t be complacent. I just thought City knew that Spurs were gonna drop deep but they played into Spurs’ hands.’
There was also praise for match-winner Kane, who had also scored earlier in the game to put Tottenham 2-1 up in the 59th minute.
‘He [Kane] put himself in the shop window,’ Graeme Souness said. ‘He was fantastic. Not just goals but general play.
Harry Kane scored twice at the Etihad Stadium, including in the 94th minute to win the game
‘He’s got the technique and vision to see things. It was a remarkable performance by Spurs. I didn’t see that coming.’
‘It’s performances like today that show he is still one of the best around,’ Richards added. ‘He looks back to the Kane of old.’
‘One of the best performances of the season,’ Carragher agreed. ‘A privilege to watch.’