Jamie Carragher says Man City v Liverpool is the GREATEST-EVER rivalry in English football, beating Man United’s battles with Arsenal and Chelsea in the 90s and 00s – because they are ‘the world’s two best teams’
- Jamie Carragher believes the current Liverpool vs Man City rivalry is the best English football has ever seen
- The two title-chasers meet in a crucial clash at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday
- City lead Liverpool by just a solitary point at the top of the Premier League
- Carragher argues that City and Liverpool are also the best teams in the world
- They will meet in the FA Cup and could also contest Champions League final
Jamie Carragher has argued that the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester City is the greatest in the history of English football.
Ahead of their meeting at the Etihad Stadium in a potential Premier League title-decider on Sunday, the former Liverpool defender hails City and Liverpool as ‘the two best teams in the world.’
While Manchester United’s rivalries with Arsenal and Chelsea have defined the Premier League era, Carragher points out that these great teams were only briefly superior in Europe.
Pep Guardiola (left) and Jurgen Klopp (right) will go head-to-head again this Sunday as Manchester City play Liverpool in a potential Premier League title-decider
Jamie Carragher has argued that the City vs Liverpool rivalry is now the best-ever in England
The former Liverpool defender points out that the two clubs are also the world’s best
Not only are City and Liverpool again fighting it out for the Premier League, with Pep Guardiola’s side just one point clear of Jurgen Klopp’s men at the summit, they meet in the FA Cup semi-finals next weekend and could potentially play one another again in the Champions League final in Paris.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Carragher said: ‘Liverpool versus Manchester City has become the greatest, most intense and highest quality rivalry in English football history.
‘There is a uniqueness to it. This is the first time the two best teams in England are the two best teams in the world, led by the two greatest coaches of their generation.
‘I can hear the dissent from Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea fans as I argue this. There are plenty of head-to-heads worthy of comparison.
The rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when Arsene Wenger (left) and Alex Ferguson (right) pitted their wits, was an intense one
The animosity between United captain Roy Keane (left) and his Arsenal counterpart Patrick Vieira (right) came to represent fierce battles on the pitch
‘Many will claim that the fixtures overseen by Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger at their peak were of similar quality and packed just as much of an emotional punch.
‘To me, the parallels run out of steam when applied to European competition.’
Carragher continues: ‘Even at the height of their Premier League power – when it was obvious if one club did not end the season champions, the other would – could it be argued that United and Arsenal were the two best teams in Europe?
‘Ahead of Real Madrid, Juventus and AC Milan? No, United versus Arsenal was generally a domestic squabble.’
The rivalry between Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea (left) and Ferguson’s United was another big one
Kevin De Bruyne’s goal ensured City got a share of the spoils in October’s 2-2 draw at Anfield
Carragher argues that probably the only English football rivalry worthy of comparison to the present day Liverpool versus City one is Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in the late 1970s and 1980s.
One or the other won the Division One title or the European Cup – or both – for five consecutive seasons between 1977 and 1981.
Both teams have the chance to enjoy a truly historic season. City are chasing a Treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, while Liverpool can win a Quadruple of those three trophies plus the already-claimed Carabao Cup.