Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool would already be open to settling for a top four finish at the end of the season after the champions’ title defence was derailed.

Jurgen Klopp’s team are seven points adrift of Manchester City after shock home defeats to Burnley and Brighton – the former ending their formidable Anfield unbeaten record – left them in a fight to cling on to a Champions League place.

And club legend Carragher says the Premier League crown may already be out of Liverpool’s reach – especially if City were to win the crunch clash this weekend.

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool would already accept finishing in the top four this season

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool would already accept finishing in the top four this season

Club legend Carragher says the gap to Manchester City may already be 'too big' to catch up to

Club legend Carragher says the gap to Manchester City may already be ‘too big’ to catch up to

He told the Pitch to Post podcast: ‘Andy Robertson has come out and said Liverpool aren’t in the title race, and I think that is the right way to look at it at the moment.

‘Liverpool have to be looking at the top four positions, and to say the obvious, take each game as it comes because the form is so down.

‘There are so many changes to the team that you are never quite sure what it’s going to be. Alisson was out at the last minute against Brighton and Liverpool are still waiting for players to come back.

Jurgen Klopp's champions suffered another surprise setback in the home defeat by Brighton

Jurgen Klopp’s champions suffered another surprise setback in the home defeat by Brighton

‘So I think from now, if you were to offer Liverpool a top-four finish they would take that and shake on it.

‘That should be the mindset for Liverpool because that is what they are aiming for at the moment.’

Full back Robertson admitted Liverpool’s hopes of retaining the top flight trophy may be over despite just over half the season having been played so far.

The 1-0 loss by Brighton on Wednesday marked the first time the Merseyside giants have lost consecutive home games in the league since September 2012, however.

Steven Alzate struck the winner on Wednesday to leave Liverpool seven points off the summit

Steven Alzate struck the winner on Wednesday to leave Liverpool seven points off the summit

Steven Alzate struck in the second half to down the hosts and leave them in fourth place – while City extended their breathtaking form after easing beyond Burnley.

Pep Guardiola’s men also have a game in hand, giving them an extra advantage in the title tussle, and Carragher has pointed out the upcoming clash between the two clubs as a potentially decisive moment.       

‘If they could get back into the title race – and, to do that, they would have to beat City on Sunday – you could maybe see where they are with seven or eight games to go,’ he added.

Liverpool face City on Sunday and Carragher insists the clash is a must win for his former club

Liverpool face City on Sunday and Carragher insists the clash is a must win for his former club

‘Hopefully from Liverpool’s perspective, City could have some sort of drop.

‘The run City are on at the moment is out of this world. It’s impossible to keep that going, City cannot win every single game so I would expect them to drop points at some stage. 

‘But the problem for Liverpool is that the gap is too big – and it certainly will be if they fail to win at Anfield.’