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Gary Neville and three other pundits give definitive Liverpool Premier League title verdicts

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Gary Neville and three other pundits give definitive Liverpool Premier League title verdicts

 

 

Liverpool are currently battling Arsenal and Man City for the Premier League title.

 

Liverpool will have strong ambitions of winning the Premier League title this season.

 

The Reds are currently enjoying the final international break of the season before resuming their campaign. Liverpool return to the pitch against Brighton on March 31, where they will be looking to return to winning ways after the defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup.

 

Jurgen Klopp’s team are currently second in the Premier League table, level on points with leaders Arsenal, who have a superior goal difference. Manchester City are one point behind in third place, with each of the three teams having 10 fixtures left to play.

 

With the title run-in set to ramp up over the next few weeks, pundits have made their predictions for the campaign over the past few months. When it comes to Liverpool, several pundits have previously predicted how they see the Reds’ season panning out.

 

Gary Neville

After Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Man City on March 10, Gary Neville provided his verdict on the title race. The former Manchester United defender explained why Klopp’s influence on the club gives Liverpool the best chance of success.

“If we just go back to the start of the season, look at what everybody said about Liverpool and what their chances were of winning the title this season,” he said on The Gary Neville podcast on March 10.

 

“The reason Liverpool are sat there in with a chance of winning the Premier League title is because of him [Klopp].

 

“Honestly, he has that capability to be able to drag that extra per cent, two per cent, three per cent that not many can, and that’s why he’s one of the great leaders.”

 

Steve McManaman

Former Liverpool star Steve McMamanan explained earlier this month why Liverpool may not have the easiest run-in compared to Man City and Arsenal. The former Reds star also listed the three games that will be the toughest for his old club in the final weeks of the campaign.

“Possibly. Their most notable hard games will be away to Manchester United and Everton and Tottenham at home,” McManaman told Betfred on March 12, when asked if Liverpool have the easiest remaining fixtures.

 

“In terms of the league position of their upcoming opponents, then you could say that Liverpool have an easier run-in than Manchester City and Arsenal, but going to Old Trafford is never easy and going away to Goodison Park will be difficult.

 

“Especially when you consider when it could be rearranged for and whether Everton are in desperate need of points. Their run-in may look best on paper but I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily the easiest.”

Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher spoke after Liverpool’s draw with Man Cty earlier this month about the title race and why Arsenal will be growing in confidence. The former England international pointed to the meeting between Pep Guardiola’s side and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on March 31 as a fixture the Reds will be keeping an eye on.

“It looks like it’s going to go to the wire alongside Arsenal now! If you’re Arsenal and you were watching today, you’re probably thinking that the best possible result for you is a draw,” Carragher told Sky Sports on March 10.

 

“They have to find the points to beat them but City’s next four or five games are tough – even though Arsenal are on top, I think Liverpool would still rather see them win over City because I think City’s last five or six games of the season will be ones they get maximum points in.

“If they don’t drop points in the next few weeks, I think they’ll be really tough to stop. I think if City beat Arsenal, they will be really strong favourites, I really do. I think if Arsenal go there and get something, I think we’ll have the same conversation, it’s up in the air.

 

“I do feel like Arsenal and Liverpool would need a three or four-point gap going into the last sort of five or six games of the season if they are to top City.”

 

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen explained why there is not much to separate Liverpool from Man City and Arsenal. Owen also claimed that whoever wins the title this season may not be the best team in the league.

 

“The old analogy that we’ve always been told is that the best team will win the Premier League,” said Owen on the Kelly and Wrighty Show on March 19. “We always get told it. Well, if somebody wins it this year on goal difference or by a point, are we saying they’re the best? I don’t necessarily think the best team are going to win it this year.”

 

“I think the best team are Manchester City,” Owen added. “I think the most exciting team to watch are probably Liverpool, but the best team they’ve proven it for years and years now are Manchester City. But it won’t necessarily be the best team who win the league. It might be Arsenal.”

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