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Jamie Carragher says Man City v Liverpool is the GREATEST-EVER rivalry in English football

Jamie Carragher says Man City v Liverpool is the BIGGEST rivalry EVER in English football, beating Man United’s battles with Arsenal and Chelsea in the 90s and 00s – because they are ‘the two best teams in the world’

  • Jamie Carragher believes the current rivalry between Liverpool and Man City is the best English football has ever seen
  • The two title fighters meet on Sunday in a crucial game at the Etihad Stadium
  • City lead Liverpool to the top of the Premier League by just one point
  • Carragher says City and Liverpool are also the best teams in the world
  • They meet in the FA Cup and can also participate in the Champions League final

Jamie Carragher has argued that the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester City is the biggest in the history of English football.

Ahead of their meeting at the Etihad Stadium in a potential Premier League title-decider on Sunday, the former Liverpool defender calls City and Liverpool “the two best teams in the world”.

While Manchester United’s rivalry with Arsenal and Chelsea has defined the Premier League era, Carragher points out that these great teams were only briefly superior in Europe.

Pep Guardiola celebrates Manchester City's victory over Atlético Madrid

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp greets the fans

Pep Guardiola (left) and Jurgen Klopp (right) face each other again this Sunday as Manchester City face Liverpool in a potential Premier League title decider

Jamie Carragher has argued that the rivalry between City and Liverpool is now the best ever in England

Jamie Carragher has argued that the rivalry between City and Liverpool is now the best ever in England

The former Liverpool defender points out that the two clubs are also the best in the world

The former Liverpool defender points out that the two clubs are also the best in the world

Not only are City and Liverpool battling for the Premier League again, just one point ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s men on top of Pep Guardiola, they will meet next weekend in the FA Cup semi-finals and could potentially face each other again in the Champions League final in Paris.

Writing in the Daily Telegramsaid Carragher: ‘Liverpool versus Manchester City has become the biggest, most intense and high-quality rivalry in English football history.

‘There’s something unique about it. This is the first time that the two best teams in England have been the two best teams in the world, led by the two best coaches of their generation.

“I hear the disagreement from fans of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea as I argue this. There are plenty of head-to-heads worth comparing.

The rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when Arsene Wenger (left) and Alex Ferguson (right) showed their wits, was intense.

The rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when Arsene Wenger (left) and Alex Ferguson (right) showed their wits, was intense.

The animosity between United captain Roy Keane (left) and his Arsenal counterpart Patrick Vieira (right) symbolized fierce fighting on the pitch

The animosity between United captain Roy Keane (left) and his Arsenal counterpart Patrick Vieira (right) symbolized fierce fighting on the pitch

“Many will argue that the matches overseen by Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger at their peak were of comparable quality and dealt just such an emotional blow.

‘For me the parallels run high when applied to European competition.’

Carragher continued: “Even at the height of their Premier League strength – when it was clear that if one club didn’t end the season champion the other would – it can be argued that United and Arsenal are the two best teams in Europe goods?

‘Ahead of Real Madrid, Juventus and AC Milan? No, United vs Arsenal was generally a domestic feud.”

The rivalry between Jose Mourinho's Chelsea (left) and Ferguson's United was another big one

The rivalry between Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea (left) and Ferguson’s United was another big one

Kevin De Bruyne's goal saw City get their share of the spoils in October's 2-2 draw at Anfield

Kevin De Bruyne’s goal saw City get their share of the spoils in October’s 2-2 draw at Anfield

Carragher argues that Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in the late 1970s and 1980s are probably the only English football rivalry worth comparing to today’s Liverpool vs City.

One or the other won the Division One title or the European Cup – or both – for five consecutive seasons between 1977 and 1981.

Both teams have the chance to enjoy a truly historic season. City are chasing a Treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, while Liverpool can win four times those three trophies plus the already claimed Carabao Cup.

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