Carragher hails Chelsea giving Liverpool a title boost

Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea qualifying for the Champions League semi-finals can't hurt Liverpool's Premier League prospects.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea's progression to the Champions League semi-finals is good for the Reds.

The Merseyside giants sit top of the Premier League with five games remaining, but still must welcome title rivals Chelsea to Anfield at the end of the month.

Yet Chelsea's win against PSG in the Champions League means the fixture will now be sandwiched between both legs of their semi-finals.

It's a huge distraction ahead of the game, whereas Liverpool can afford to focus solely on the fixture against Jose Mourinho's side.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is confident the result earlier this week can only be good news for the Reds, telling SkySports:

"It's a slight advantage for Liverpool, as they play Chelsea in between the two Champions League games.

"They could pick up an injury, and may go to Anfield after of a Champions League away game. I don't think it harms Liverpool's chances at all."

It means Liverpool will have increased preparation time ahead of the game to devote to the clash, while Chelsea may even have to rotate their squad, and deal with tiredness. All selections will also have to take into account that they have a match just days afterwards.

With key player Eden Hazard already struggling with injury, what are the chances he will start three games in succession within a week. If Liverpool are lucky, they may just be the beneficiaries who see him sit out.

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