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Liverpool win would be huge for the club and city on a day we should never forget
Victory would also make Reds favourites in the title race, says Jamie Carragher.
Last Updated: 11/04/14 9:33am
The 96 Liverpool fans that lost their lives will be commemorated across the country this weekend, with every Premier League, Football League, Conference and FA Cup semi-final match kicking-off seven minutes later than usual.
Liverpool won their 18th and last league title in 1990, a year after the disaster, and Carragher says Premier League glory this season could be the catalyst for the club to return to the heights of their past success.
The former Reds defender joined Ed Chamberlin to chat exclusively to skysports.com. You can watch the full interview in the video above.
"If Liverpool get the result it will be a great day for the club and the city and also the 96 and their families," said the Sky Sports pundit. "It's a big day for them as well and we should never forget that.
"A couple of days after it will be the 25 year Hillsborough memorial service and there would be no better way than for the club and the players to say their thank you - that would give everyone a massive lift.
"If Liverpool went on to win this title it would be huge because we've waited so long.
"When I was a player the talk was always about the title. We won the Champions League and got to another final but you still always felt that if you gave the supporters the option they'd probably take the league, even though the Champions League is a bigger trophy to win.
"From the supporters view of the club it's always been about the title. They were brought up on winning it year-in, year-out.
"Man United went a long time without winning it, won one and it just went on from there to 20 years of domination.
"If Liverpool can just get that one hopefully we can get back to the days of the 1970s and 80s."
Liverpool go into the City game four points ahead of their visitors but their title rivals have two games in hand. Chelsea - who visit Swansea live on Sky Sports - sit in second place just two points off the top but with a trip to Anfield yet to come.
Carragher believes that while this weekend's result will give us a title favourite, Chelsea still have a say in who is crowned 2013/14 Premier League winners.
He said: "I think this game could settle the title race but Chelsea do have a little say in it with them coming to Anfield.
"If City win it's going to be difficult for anyone else. If Liverpool win, Chelsea have still got to come to Anfield and if City beat Liverpool and Chelsea win later on Sunday against Swansea they'd be right back in it as well.
"Chelsea have got a big say in the title because they play Liverpool.
"Jose Mourinho doesn't lose many big games so that game between Chelsea and Liverpool is going to be difficult for both sides.
"I do think that if City win it's going to be difficult for Liverpool to catch them but whoever wins this game will become favourites for the title."
If Brendan Rodgers can mastermind his Liverpool side to victory it will be their 10th consecutive league win. But even Carragher, who made 500 appearances for the club and played under Rodgers, can't predict which game plan they'll use this weekend.
"I don't think there's anything unsure about City's tactics; we know what they'll do," he added.
"Aguero is supposed to be back for the game but whether Manuel Pellegrini goes with two up front or plays David Silva in the hole is always the big decision for Man City at the moment.
"But with Liverpool I don't think anyone knows.
"I think at times the players don't even know or aren't quite sure until a few days before the game.
"I'm sure they work on things in training but as we've seen in the West Ham game, he changed things at half-time when Lucas came on and he changed the system.
"You're never quite sure what Rodgers is going to do; whether he'll play that diamond formation, go 4-3-3, at times he's played three at the back this season; it's very difficult for the opposition to try and work out what Liverpool are going to do."