Jamie Carragher predicts Liverpool v Middlesbrough
Jamie Carragher talks up the importance of Liverpool's clash with Middlesbrough in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday
Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool’s game with Middlesbrough on Sunday is one of the biggest in the club’s recent history.
The Reds head into the clash at Anfield knowing that a win over the relegated visitors would secure them a top-four finish and a place in next season’s Champions League.
The Merseyside outfit are currently in fourth place in the Premier League table but Arsenal are just a point behind the Reds ahead of the final round of games.
The Gunners play Everton at The Emirates on Sunday as they look to capitalise on any slip-up from Jurgen Klopp’s men at Anfield.
And former Liverpool defender Carragher has talked up the importance of Sunday’s game for his old club as they look to break back into the Champions League.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Carragher said: “The final game is actually a final. There is no other way to describe what is the most important Premier League fixture Liverpool have contested since challenging for the title in April 2014.
“This is a huge moment for my old club. Liverpool have only been in the Champions League once since 2009 and that particular campaign passed in a flash, with just six group games and one solitary victory against the Bulgarian team Ludogorets.”
He added: “Getting into the Champions League is now what it is all about for the elite clubs – especially their owners.
“Klopp knows this, as does everyone at Liverpool. They have 90 minutes to secure a path into a competition that will give them an opportunity to dramatically improve the club.”
Liverpool finished in eighth place and without a trophy last season despite reaching the EFL Cup and Europa League finals.