Gary Neville says that Liverpool’s fixtures before the end of the season are tougher than Manchester City’s for one reason.
The Reds were fortunate to beat Spurs at home on Sunday as they needed a stoppage-time own goal from Toby Alderweireld to scrape a 2-1 win.
“I don’t think today is the toughest game for Liverpool,” said Neville on the Gary Neville Podcast.
“I think Southampton away, Cardiff away, even Newcastle away, could provide tougher and sterner opposition.
“I don’t see Tottenham and Chelsea at home as the games that will catch Liverpool out. If they are going to have a problem I think it will be those away games.
“I also think City have an advantage in the next four games as they play in front of Liverpool. I think it’s always an advantage to play first so they can get the points on the board and put pressure on.”
I agree that City do have a considerable advantage in playing before Liverpool. That said, the champions still have Spurs, Manchester United and Crystal Palace to play and they could all be considered as potential banana skins.
Regardless of what happens, the Reds need to ensure they win their remaining six games to avoid allowing City the chance to open up a big gap.
One thing is clear: Liverpool need to improve big time. I can’t be the only fan who thinks that if the lads are to win their last six games that a big improvement is needed.
Southampton (A), Chelsea (H), Cardiff City (A), Huddersfield (H), Newcastle (A) and Wolves (H) are Liverpool’s remaining Premier League fixtures.
Given that Manchester City have won their last seven games in the Premier League, it’s fair to assume that Liverpool will need to win their next six on the trot to be named champions.