Would Prem title surpass Istanbul? Liverpool legend has his say

Carragher Defends

Jamie Carragher believes a long desired Premier League crown would be looked upon as a greater achievement than Champions League.

Champions League finals can oft be an anti-climactic affair, even if the game features one - or even two - of the sport's more aesthetically-pleasing purveyors of football.

However, the 2005 tussle competed between a long-standing lion of the game in AC Milan and a slumbering giant Liverpool will live long in memory as the former stormed to a three goal first half lead, only to capitulate as Steven Gerrard inspired the Reds to a seemingly Hollywood-written come-from-behind victory via penalty shoot-out.

The match even gave way to a phrase that swiftly became part of the everyday footballing lexicon - the spirit of Istanbul - which, when invoked, would conjure up a never-say-die attitude and a triumph against what would have been seen as impossible odds.

Should Liverpool, under the guidance and tactical mastery of current managerial incumbent Brendan Rodgers, win the Premier League title it will no doubt be heralded as a: as unlikely an achievement as when Liverpool secured the European cup nine years ago and b: one of the club's greatest successes in the modern era.

But could a Premier League title, a first for 24 years, ever be greater than the ultimate success in club football - a Champions League trophy?

On his Sky Sports column, Jamie Carragher asserted: "I think this Liverpool team is better than the side that won the Champions League in 2005, but you could argue that winning the Premier League this season would be a bigger achievement, considering the hoodoo it would break and the fact it is decided over 38 games."

For the club's fanbase it would certainly be seen as a long overdue prize and a victory all the more sweeter due to the bitter failings experienced by their regional rivals Manchester United.

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