Liverpool have had an incredibly difficult start to the season. The Reds have faced up against refereeing howlers and an injury crisis and are still, somehow, top of the league. They’ve been grinding out wins. Gary Neville has said that Liverpool are playing like champions.
Liverpool have had a rollercoaster start to the Premier League season.
The Reds won each of their three opening games, brushing aside an optimistic Arsenal, expensive Chelsea and a ferocious Leeds United.
Then, with the club’s first choice goalkeeper sidelined, the Reds were thrashed 7-2 at Aston Villa in one of the most bizarre results of recent times.
We have also seen the club reduced to just one centre back after Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for the season and Joel Matip was sidelined with a muscle problem. Fabinho has also been ruled out.
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Despite these problems and more injuries we don’t have the strength to type out – Liverpool are top of the league.
Gary Neville on Liverpool
Speaking on his podcast, Gary Neville said Liverpool are playing like champions this season.
The Manchester United legend praised the club’s ability to grind out results in difficult circumstances, saying:
“Liverpool, at this moment in time, have an ability to play below their best. We know why. The blow of Van Dijk’s injury must be huge. I played in seasons with Manchester United where Cantona was taken off for the kung-fu kick and Roy Keane got injured at Leeds away and other seasons where you miss big players.
“The impact it has on the dressing room is something that’s significant. But, Liverpool find a way to win when they’re not at their best.
“That’s what champions teams do and they’re champions at this moment in time for a reason.”
What RTK has to say
Gary Neville has hit the nail on the head with Liverpool here.
The Reds are doing exactly what they did last season: they’re just about getting over the line every week.
Liverpool are grinding out results, they are winning games by one goal. Last season they won 14 games by one goal on their way to the title.
Fingers crossed we’ll see Jürgen’s determined Reds continue with their dogged attitude.