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Jamie Carragher: Manuel Pellegrini not confident of catching Liverpool

Jamie Carragher - Jamie Carragher Posted 21st April 2014 view comments

Jamie Carragher says that even Manuel Pellegrini expects Liverpool to beat Manchester City to the Premier League title.

The City boss saw his side beat West Brom 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night to go within six points of the league leaders with a game in hand and said afterwards that his side have a duty to win their remaining four matches and make Liverpool "feel pressure".

Pellegrini: Carragher not convinced by his post-match interview

Pellegrini: Carragher not convinced by his post-match interview

But Sky Sports expert Carragher was not convinced the Chilean believes his players can close the gap on Brendan Rodgers' side, who will win the league if they beat Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Newcastle in their final three games.

"They can, but I don't think they will," replied the former Liverpool defender when asked if City could still win the title.

"I expected them to win tonight, which is what they've done, but if you listen to Pellegrini's interview afterwards I don't think he sounds too confident or too upbeat about it.

"I know that's normally his demeanour in interviews, but he's not exactly saying he's going to put massive pressure on Liverpool in his voice and the answers he's given. I think he expects Liverpool to go on and win the title, like we all do.

"The next two fixtures for Liverpool are the ones. You'd expect, with the situation with Chelsea are in with Champions League games either side and they probably can't win the league now, that will now be a lot easier on paper.

"Palace - with them playing City and Liverpool - could have a bearing on this title because they beat Chelsea as well."

Playmaker blow

City's title hopes were dealt a blow when playmaker David Silva went off injured in the second-half against West Brom following an innocuous challenge with Billy Jones.

Pellegrini confirmed the Spaniard has an ankle injury that would be assessed in midweek - and Carragher says he would be a huge loss if he misses the Super Sunday clash with Crystal Palace.

"You think of those tough arenas - Goodison and Palace away - and you think how tough Palace will be to break down," he added.

"That's when you probably need a David Silva to thread that ball through. That was the problem when Chelsea went there and lost that game 1-0; they just had no creativity.

"However good they are defensively, I think they are going to badly miss David Silva next week, no doubt about it."

Sergio Aguero, however, looks likely to play an important part in City's run-in after coming through 64 minutes against West Brom and scoring a goal in a man-of-the-match performance.

But Carragher is not convinced he has fully recovered from his hamstring injury and says he is not yet back to his explosive peak.

"I still don't think he's quite there," he said.

"He may get there in time for the World Cup. You know what players are like in big World Cup years. I'm sure he's doing everything he can to try and get City back into this title race, but it will be in the back of his mind.

"We saw when Silva went off and he is probably thinking 'World Cup'. In terms of getting back to his best we are talking five or six games before the end of the season and it may be the summer before we see him back to his best.

"That may not be a great thing for City, but even when he's not at his best we saw tonight he can still be man of the match.

"It's when you go to those tough arenas now, away at Goodison in a big game and even away at Palace next when and whether a 70% or 80% Aguero can do the damage."

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