Man United legend announces Liverpool double threat to Man City boss Guardiola
Manchester United legend Gary Neville says Liverpool are both a direct and indirect threat to Premier League Champions Manchester City.
Liverpool were only a handful of teams last season to beat Pep Guardiola’s side and stop City from going through the Premier League season unbeaten.
Their style of play, exciting players and a manager that is starting to build a side that is capable of winning the Premier League all means one thing, they will be the biggest challenge to City this season.
Klopp delved into the transfer market and brought in some real quality signings, as Alisson is world class, both Naby Keita and Fabinho will do the dirty work and Xherdan Shaqiri will bring in a bit of pace and power on the wings.
The Reds started the season with a 4-0 win over West Ham at Anfield on Super Sunday, Neville feels they pose a threat both in playing style on the pitch, and the feeling around the club off the pitch.
He said on the Gary Neville Podcast: “I think Liverpool are the side [City] will feel threatened by directly. Certainly in terms of the style of play, Liverpool have certainly got the measure of Manchester City. You can see that.
“City like to push up the pitch, the centre-backs play high and even push in when they’re attacking. The likes of Mane, Salah, Firmino, if you leave space in-behind, they just cut right through you.
“I think directly there is a threat, and I think indirectly in terms of the bigger picture in the league, certainly with the signings they have made, the good feeling of getting into a Champions League final and finishing in the top four consecutive seasons is something where City will feel a threat.
“People are not feeling that way about Manchester United or Tottenham or Chelsea at this moment in time, because of what has happened in pre-season. So those teams will have work their way into City’s thought
“But there does seem to be a definite threat from Liverpool at this moment in time, but Liverpool will have to prove that.”
Here is what we think,
Liverpool may not have the depth of City and the money to go out and just buy a player when they feel like it, but they beat the Champions three times last season with a team that is far less superior to the one they have this season.
Klopp has always stated he would buy quality over quantity and to be honest, he has done the best transfer business of the summer as the signings he has brought in have improved the squad immensely.
So we agree with Neville as Liverpool will challenge City and keep the pressure on Guardiola throughout the whole season, they just need to keep their star men as fit as possible.