Gary Neville admits he has changed his mind about Liverpool this season
Published 17/10/2016 | 19:44
Manchester United legend Gary Neville made a surprising confession as he assessed Liverpool’s hopes of success in the Premier League this season.
Neville has rarely been keen to promote Liverpool’s hopes of success, but he has clearly been impressed by the efforts of Jurgen Klopp’s team in the opening weeks of this campaign.
“I hate to admit it, but I have been more impressed by Liverpool so far,” stated Neville on Sky Sports.
“Liverpool scare me a little bit. I never thought at the start of the season I'd even be thinking about them as title contenders, but watching them at Arsenal and Chelsea, when you win away at those two grounds you become potential title contenders or even favourites for the title.
“If they can win tonight they'll have so much confidence, they've got free runs week in week out without Europe. They are a far bigger threat than they were at the start of the season and Jose Mourinho and United have to dent that tonight.
“United are still trying to find a balance in their team and it will take time, but Liverpool look like they are ready to challenge now.”
Neville also offered his views on why United manager Jose Mourinho made the somewhat surprising call to play with both Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young in midfield, while also offering a view on Wayne Rooney’s continued absence from the starting line-up.
“He trusts Young more than others and clearly this is a night where he wants players to do their job properly,” he added.
“As for Fellaini, he has had some success against Liverpool in recent years. That may be why he is in the team.
“With Wayne Rooney, everyone has been waiting for him to be left out of the team. It has happened now and it is happened for an extended period and he needs to get himself back into the team.”