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Jamie Carragher claims top four spot would be success for Liverpool with Gary Neville dig

Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool’s season can be a relative success if they snatch a top four spot.

The Anfield legend was speaking at a launch event where he announced his academy, in conjunction with Robbie Fowler, was opening at college at the iconic Melwood training ground.

But he couldn’t resist talking about his former club – and taking what seemed a dig at his tv sparring partner Gary Neville – with a poke at Manchester United.

“With the injuries they’ve had, if they were to finish top four this season I think the manager and the players in some ways can be proud of what they have done,” he said.

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Carragher's former side surged to a 4-2 victory at Old Trafford on Thursday night
Carragher’s former side surged to a 4-2 victory at Old Trafford on Thursday night

“Put it this way, Manchester United massively missed Harry Maguire on Thursday night.

“But what Liverpool have had, would be like them missing Maguire, Lindelof and Bailly for basically six months, and then missing the players they have as back up too.

“You see the effect it had on Manchester United with just one player out for just one game, so take the other centre backs out as well for six months, and where would they be?”

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Carragher appeared to take a dig at his fellow pundit
Carragher appeared to take a dig at his fellow pundit

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Liverpool have been without their three senior centre halves for most of the season, and all of their back up defenders have been injured at various times too.

Neville had excused United’s performance because of the absence of Maguire, but Carragher said that made Liverpool’s achievement, in still having Champions League qualification in their own hands, impressive.

“Anyone who has seen Liverpool week in week out this season, you know at times it’s been really tough. Results, performances, and injuries,” he said.

“So if they get top four, it will be a success in some ways. They’ve had so many questions this season, and at times rightly so because they are the champions, they are Liverpool.

“But come out with a Champions League position, and they can be quite pleased with that from where they were. They can take something from that.”

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