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‘Liverpool have arrogance in a nice way’ – Carragher expects Champions League win to serve Reds well

16:11 GMT+3 13/08/2019
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The former Reds defender sees nothing wrong with feeling slightly superior on the back of a European Cup success which has raised morale at Anfield

Jamie Carragher considers Liverpool to have “arrogance in a nice way”, with the Reds believing in themselves again on the back of a Champions League triumph.

The Reds had gone seven years without securing major silverware prior to a European victory over Tottenham in Madrid.

Finals had been made, but trophies remained agonisingly out of reach.

That barren run has now been brought to a close and Jurgen Klopp’s side are playing with the swagger that confidence brings.

Carragher sees that as a good thing, with the Liverpool legend aware of how important it is to feel that you can compete with the very best in the business.

A man who claimed an enviable collection of honours during his time at Anfield told Stan Collymore’s ‘The Last Word’ podcast when asked if Liverpool will need to be perfect in order to lift the Premier League title in 2019-20: "I think that’s how the players will feel.

"But also, remember they are on the back of their Champions League win. I can only use my own experience on what that does to you as a player, it gives you a bit of arrogance in a nice way - football arrogance I’d say.

"They should believe [they can win]. When we won in 2005, I never believed I was good enough to play at that level or to win that competition. But once you’ve done it, you think ‘well I am now’.

"Before, the current players were probably watching BarcelonaReal Madrid and all these teams and maybe they thought ‘am I as good as them?’ But now they've done it, it should give them that little bit extra this season."

Manchester City are once again expected to be the side to beat in a bid to secure domestic dominance in England, and Carragher believes Liverpool can trouble the reigning champions.

He added, with Klopp’s side having come close to toppling Pep Guardiola’s side in the Community Shield before suffering a penalty shootout defeat: "I think they will be well aware that they will have to go near to perfection this season. The second half in the Community Shield sort of gave everyone lift.

"The pre-season didn’t go great for Liverpool. But that’s no big deal. The way they should have won the game against Manchester City has given them a bit of added belief.

"In terms of that they can run them close again. Beforehand, I think people thought they got so close but will they get that close again?

"If Liverpool got 90 points the season, it’s still an amazing total. It’s just that you’re coming up against one of the greatest sides - and I think we will be saying when Pep Guardiola leaves that it's the best of all time."

Both Liverpool and City have opened their 2019-20 campaigns in style, with the Reds breezing past Norwich 4-1 while the Blues crushed West Ham 5-0.

Klopp’s men are now back on the trophy trail, with a UEFA Super Cup clash with Chelsea to come on Wednesday, and will return to Premier League action on Saturday with a trip to Southampton.