Jamie Carragher believes next week could be crucial in the Premier League title race with challengers Manchester City and Liverpool, both to play away in the league after the first match in their Champions League semi-finals.
The Merseyside club meet Villarreal on Wednesday, a day after the Blues play against Real Madrid. They are both at home in the first part of their respective bands, but Jurgen Klopp has expressed concern over traveling to Tyneside for a kick-off at 12:30 days after the clash with Villarreal.
Carragher believes the matches City and Liverpool will play between the two legs in their Champions League semi-final could be huge. He told Sky Sports: “I think for both teams, the match between the Champions League semi-finals (will be crucial), the Champions League semi-final will take so much out of you, physically and mentally.
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“Who knows how you will feel in between, whether you have won the first match or not. I think there will be a lot of danger that something can happen in the next league match, I do not say, who it will be.
“A few weeks ago I would have said that Liverpool (would have had a tougher match) on their way to Newcastle, fantastic form. But if Leeds win tomorrow (Monday), they will definitely fight for their lives in that match, a really intense game.
“I think with Liverpool Jurgen Klopp was not happy to play at 12:30, but I think in some ways you will play at 12:30 instead of 5:30 at Newcastle – with the atmosphere they has created on an evening that may be something in it.
“I’m looking at the next few games, it’s harder for Liverpool when you think of Tottenham at home. [Aston] Villa away. Like I said with Everton, if they could stay in the same position as Burnley with a few games left, if Liverpool can stay in the same position as they are now and get into West Ham away, Wolves away for Man City, think “Then it looks more favorable for Liverpool, the match list.”
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