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Carragher sets Liverpool target following Chelsea victory

By Dominic Toner

Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool can make the top four this season but ruled out a first Premier League title.

Jurgen Klopp’s side earned a 2-1 win over Chelsea on Friday night and moved up to fourth in the league table.

Liverpool players Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson netted the goals at Stamford Bridge and Diego Costa’s fifth goal of the season failed to spark a comeback for the hosts.

The Reds have begun the new season in good form, scoring 16 goals in the first six fixtures, and are beginning to develop the attacking traits of a typical Klopp side.

Ex-Liverpool defender Carragher has revealed that the club should be pushing for the top four this season and vying for a spot in the Champions League.

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“If you ask me if I think Liverpool can win the league, I would probably say no,” he told talkSPORT. “This season, having no European football [to contend with] will have a massive impact – and for Chelsea as well. The way Liverpool play with the high intensity, we’ve all questioned whether they can do that for the full season, but you certainly have a better chance of doing it if you haven’t got many midweek games.

“I still don’t think Liverpool will win the league but they have a great chance of finishing in the top four and who knows it could be easier with the extra rest the players will have.”

Carragher added that the extra European fixtures that most of their league rivals have to contend with can work in Liverpool’s favour.

After underwhelming league campaings last season it means that Liverpool and Chelsea will have no European distractions and are expected to mount a serious league challenge.

The closest the Merseyside club have ever come to lifting the Premier League trophy is the 2013/14 season, where they finished as runners up to champions Manchester City.

In other Liverpool team news, Steven Gerrard sent an Instagram message following the win over Chelsea.