Gary Neville: Liverpool would perform better in the Premier League without European football

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Gary Neville believes that Liverpool should consider not putting their focus on the Champions League given the impact it could have on their Premier League form.

The Reds play an extremely exciting brand of football which requires the players on the pitch to work a lot harder than their opponents.

Jürgen Klopp employs a very high press and the likes of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané are all asked to continuously harry and press opposition backlines to win the ball back early to create goalscoring opportunities.

While this style of play is very effective, Gary Neville believes the toll that it takes on a player’s energy levels across the season could be damaging to Liverpool’s hopes of winning the Premier League for the first time if they are in the Champions League for as long as they were last season.

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“The Champions League — if I was Liverpool, I would kick it into touch,” Neville told The Times.

“I know that’s very hard to do but if they could go into February, March, April without it, I think they could have a real chance if they had free weeks.

“Why? I think their method is exhausting for the front three [Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino].

“The drop in quality below them, if there are injuries or playing Wednesday, Saturday, I think it will take its toll.”

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He added: “As a United fan, I am very concerned about them. This front three have always been fantastic and now the midfield can run, it can pass, it has depth. And the back four looks a unit.

“The football they are playing under Jurgen Klopp, it’s fantastic.

“As a United fan, that’s a worry because it is still that mentality of ‘anyone but them’.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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