This weekend was another extraordinary show of strength from Liverpool. The Reds trounced North West rivals Manchester United at Anfield, running out comfortable 2-0 winners. Speaking after the game Gary Neville insisted that Liverpool are “the best team in the world”.
It was a routine victory for Jürgen Klopp over the old enemy.
Virgil van Dijk nodded home after 13 minutes to put the hosts ahead, taking advantage of Joe Gomez’s blocking of Harry Maguire.
Roberto Firmino netted a second shortly after but the goal was controversially chalked out for a foul on David de Gea, even Peter Walton thought United got “incredibly fortunate” with that one.
Gini Wijnaldum also had a goal disallowed but rightly so, the Dutchman was offside by a hair before slotting past a helpless De Gea.
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Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast after the game, the eponymous host admitted:
“This is the best team in the world, I say that with real pain – they can withstand pressure, they can counter attack, they can keep possession, they can defend set pieces, they score from set pieces, they win games when they aren’t playing well…and they are entertaining; all the things you want from a football team they’ve got here.”
What RTK has to say
The pain in his voice, the helplessness – poetry.
Gary Neville admitting Liverpool are the best team in the world can’t have been easy but he is spot on with his comments.
For a while we have seen football dominated by teams that can do something really well. Barcelona conquered all before them because they kept the ball better than any other side.
This Liverpool team are dominating because they can do absolutely everything better than anybody else.
As Neville pointed out, they can adapt to the scenario and do what they need to do. Need to counter today? Sure. Going to control the ball? No problem.
This is an era defining football team, we are lucky to watch them.