Gary Neville isn’t convinced that Liverpool will mount a serious title challenge. The former Manchester United man needs more convincing.
The Premier League title race seems more open than it has done for some time. Manchester City and Liverpool have been the only real competitors over the last few years – and not even necessarily at the same time.
But Chelsea’s form under Thomas Tuchel thrusts them into the race. Manchester United’s interesting summer arguably makes them contenders, too.
Gary Neville, though, sees the Blues as favourites right now. Liverpool – and the others – might not quite be at the necessary level to win it all.
Gary Neville on Liverpool title challenge
“This Chelsea team will challenge for the title. – I can’t see any way they won’t,” he said on his podcast. “Of course, they can get injuries but look at the bench and forget the first team. They seem to have everything.
“At this moment in time, I do believe Liverpool aren’t the team of a few years ago, even though they’re very good.
“City just haven’t got that striker, Manchester United are doing OK but they’re not the team of Chelsea.”
Honestly, it’s fair enough if Neville isn’t convinced that Liverpool are ‘back’. We haven’t seen them at their overwhelming, consistent best in over a year, after all.
The Reds have started well – very well, in fact – but they’re still relying on players remaining fit all season. They’re actually relying on players staying fit consistently just to find their proper rhythm. We’d argue that they’re not at that point yet.
So five Premier League games were never going to be enough to convince everyone that Liverpool have recovered from last year. Injuries could still tear things apart.
But we’ll back players to stay fit and what we’ve seen from the likes of Virgil van Dijk so far has been excellent. Assuming this isn’t a flash in the pan, Liverpool should have everyone convinced in a month or two.
This is still the same team as two years ago, just with a little more squad depth. Liverpool fans will seem them as contenders and we’re confident they’ll be proven right down the road.