Carra - Title up for grabs

22 August 2009 12:06
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes that any one of a number of clubs could end up lifting the Premier League title this year. The Reds started their campaign with a disappointing defeat by Tottenham but recovered in midweek to comfortably beat Stoke at home. With reigning champions Manchester United losing at Burnley and Chelsea looking shaky against Hull, the current campaign promises unpredictability throughout. "The title race will be open. Manchester United have lost Cristiano Ronaldo and hopefully Fernando Torres will be fit all season for us," Carragher told the Daily Express. The Anfield veteran also thinks that Arsenal could mount a serious championship challenge this season and is wary of big-spending Manchester City, who he claims are not finished in the transfer market yet. Quality"You never write off someone as good as Arsene Wenger. Cesc Fabregas was injured a bit last season, but Andrey Arshavin looks a top player and Theo Walcott will benefit from another year's experience," Carragher added. "There are a few clubs who have got more money than us. Real Madrid, United, Chelsea and obviously Manchester City have come on the scene. "I still think City would like a lot more of our players." Carragher took to training in a boxing gym before the official pre-season period had begun at Liverpool in order to keep his fitness levels up and his sharpness intact. Although he has been a mainstay of the side in recent years, the 32-year-old says he never takes his place in the starting line-up for granted and so always tries to stay one step ahead. Fear "The reason I am that type of player is fear really. It's fear of losing my place," Carragher added. "I know it sounds stupid to some people but I never feel like I have cemented my place, that it can all be taken away from me very quickly. "I always try to do something different each summer to try to get that extra couple of per cent. I went boxing, I've always eaten well and now I eat to the absolute maximum. "We are all getting older, but another way of looking at it is Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel are getting more experienced, which is going to help them. "They are coming into the prime of their careers. I am not stupid. I am 32 in January. It will happen one day."

Source: SKY_Sports