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Haaland ‘won’t make a difference’ in title race, but will in Champions League, claims pundit

Manchester City are so good in the Premier League that the signing of Erling Haaland ‘won’t make a difference’ in the title race, according to Jamie Carragher.

The Citizens won the league last term after a dramatic comeback victory against Aston Villa on the final day.


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They claimed their fourth title in the last five years to once again leave Jurgen Klopp’s side empty-handed in the league.

After their triumph, City have improved further in the summer transfer window by bringing in Haaland and Kalvin Phillips.

Haaland has been terrific everywhere he has played and scored on his Citizens debut against Bayern Munich in a pre-season friendly.

After scoring 85 in 88 for Borussia Dortmund and 29 in 27 for Red Bull Salzburg, the Leeds-born striker will hope to take the Premier League by storm in his maiden campaign in England.

However, former Liverpool defender Carragher insists he won’t improve City’s chances of winning the league as they are already getting “95 to 100 points” per season.

Furthermore, the Sky Sports pundit believes he will make a difference in Europe, insisting that City would have overcame Real Madrid in last season’s semi-finals if they had Haaland.

On if the signing of the Norway international will help Pep Guardiola’s side win the league more convincingly, Carragher told talkSPORT: “No, I don’t think so.

“I still think City are favourites, but I don’t think Haaland is a game changer for them in terms of winning the league.

“They win the league now and they already get 95 to 100 points – are they going to get 110?! There are only so many points you can win in a season.

“I think Haaland is almost the icing on the cake for the Champions League. If he’s playing away in Madrid, they don’t lose that game. I think that’s the difference he’ll make.

“I don’t think it’ll make a huge difference to the league because City are that good anyway.

“I think when you look at what Liverpool did to City and get to that level of 90-plus points, they bought Allison and van Dijk. They were game changers.

“They took Liverpool from a team who were getting 75 points, to a team looking to get 95 points.

“I think City are already at that level, so I don’t think it’s going to be like that for Haaland.

“But you’d think that with a great striker like him and the players he’s got around him, it gives them a great opportunity in the Champions League.”

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