Neville ‘scared’ as he firmly backs Liverpool for ‘something special’, with Klopp ‘weakness’ rubbished

Neville ‘scared’ as he firmly backs Liverpool for ‘something special’, with Klopp ‘weakness’ rubbished

Gary Neville has firmly predicted that Liverpool will win the Premier League title – and that may not be the end of a “special” season.

The Reds have already won the first silverware on offer this season, lifting the Carabao Cup in February. Furthermore, they remain in the hunt for the league, the Champions League and the FA Cup.

Indeed, Liverpool’s last match saw them defeat Nottingham Forest in the latter competition to secure another trip to Wembley.

Manchester City are their opponents in that fixture and the two sides are also battling for the Premier League. Liverpool are a point behind City ahead of a clash between the teams in April.

Speaking in an Overlap live broadcast, Neville insisted that he thinks that Jurgen Klopp’s side will triumph over City.

He stressed that Liverpool “cannot be in good form” amid the pressure of each match. However, the pundit backed the likes of Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota to pull them through.

“I don’t think Liverpool are in bad form,” Neville said. “I don’t think you can be in good form if you’re in the FA Cup, the Champions League, the Premier League and the Carabao Cup.

“You’re going to just get through games through resilience, quality, spirit and energy. I think they are unbelievably dangerous, and I think they’re going to do something pretty special this season.

“When I watched them against Arsenal, there is nothing I saw that didn’t tell me they’re going to go and win the title. That is a title-winning performance.

“I’ve said Man City all season, but I think Liverpool will win the league. They’re dangerous in the other two competitions and I think they’ll do something special because of those five strikers they’ve got.”

Neville also hit back at criticism of Liverpool’s midfield. He concluded that, as a Manchester United fan, the progress of Klopp’s team is “scary”.

Gary Neville lauds Liverpool strength

Gary Neville in the stands during the Sky Bet League Two match at the Peninsula Stadium, Salford

“That midfield by the way, when people see the midfield at Liverpool as maybe their weakness – I think it’s their strength,” he said.

“The back and the front are so exceptional. The two full-backs [Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold] are forward all the time, the front three are up there.

“The three in midfield, because of their discipline – Fabinho, Thiago [Alcantara], [Jordan] Henderson – their subservient nature to the rest of the players means that they hold everything together.

“They’re going to do something dangerous this season, and it’s scary as a Man United fan to say that. I really do worry that they will go on and win three or four trophies, it would concern me.”

Liverpool have recovered significantly after their progress stalled last season.

While they won the Premier League title in 2019/20, major defensive injuries thereafter destabilised the ranks. Liverpool subsequently dropped to eighth, but pulled through to finish third and retain their Champions League status.

As well as a first Carabao Cup trophy in a decade, Liverpool are into their first FA Cup semi-final since 2015.

 

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