Gary Neville has compared Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp’s title chase to his time with Manchester United.
“We used to have this saying at United: ‘Something’s just happening’,” he told Sky Sports. “You can’t explain it.
“Tottenham looked the most dangerous. Liverpool had some threat from set-pieces but not really from open play. But if you can grab those late goals when the other team look most likely to score, you have that feeling.
“Liverpool haven’t been at their best – they weren’t against Fulham but they have got the result and they’re in a good position.”
Liverpool’s win over Spurs was undeniably fortunate. Their opponents had rallied in the second half, finding an equaliser and nearly a winner.
But then, as things entered stoppage time, Hugo Lloris failed to handle Mo Salah’s header, bounced the ball off Toby Alderweireld, and Liverpool had their win.
That comes after other late drama this season. There was the late penalty against Fulham last month, as well as Divock Origi’s wonder-goal against Everton, of course.
But Neville is only half-right when he compares this Liverpool title challenge to United. That’s because it also feels like Liverpool’s previous two title challenges.
There was 08/09, of course. That too had late wins over Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth, and Wigan Athletic. But the Reds fell just short.
Then there was 13/14. We had late wins over City, West Ham United, and Fulham, obviously – always Fulham.
It wasn’t enough in the end, of course. Both times felt as thought Liverpool were going to be champions, both times ended in dismay.
And that’s why comments like Neville’s should be ignored this time. There shouldn’t be any feeling of ‘this is our year’ as it has felt that way before.
This isn’t ‘something happening’ but Liverpool putting up a serious title fight. Keep it up for six more games and they may be writing history.