Jamie Carragher Positive Liverpool Can Overtake Manchester United

The Reds defender has responded in a defiant manner to the challenge issued earlier from the other end of the East Lancs Road.

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher seems to agree with the manager of Manchester United, Alex Ferguson, in thinking that the only serious rivals to United's title bid this season are the men from Merseyside.

Ferguson had earlier opined that he felt Liverpool were the only serious threat to the Red Devils as Chelsea had now slipped too far behind and Aston Villa were still something of an unknown quantity.

Carragher concurs with the Scot to an extent, but differs in that he sees Liverpool as favourites for the crown, but he isn't letting such thoughts obscure his focus.

"There are still a lot of games to go, so it's important everyone at the club remains calm," the former England defender told Liverpool's official website today.

"A lot of people said at the start of the season that we needed to be in the title race at the end and at least be in with a fighting chance.

"We finished fourth last season, but we have overtaken Chelsea and Arsenal and even though everyone at the club understands that it's not over yet by a long way, at the moment it looks like it is going to be us and Manchester United for the title."

The 31-year-old also feels that simply by overhauling Chelsea and Arsenal this season, the Reds have taken a massive step forward.

"Just by overtaking Chelsea and Arsenal in the challenge is an achievement in itself already so everyone should be proud of that," he added.

"Now hopefully we can go one step further and win this title."

With the game between the two teams on March 14 fast approaching, Carragher thinks that the Merseysiders have at least one key advantage going into the run-in: Fernando Torres.

"United have got a bit of a lead on us at the moment but if we can close that gap before we go to Old Trafford next month, that would put us in a great position - especially if we are in form at the time of that game," the Liverpool stalwart continued.

"Fernando has been scoring goals recently, but if we can get him back firing like he did at the end of last season it’s going to be a massive boost for us.

"Fernando is the best striker in the Premier League, if not the world, so to be where we are already after playing so much of the season without him is a great credit to the lads, staff and management.

"It would be interesting to see how other teams would cope with having such an important player on the sidelines for so long."

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