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Gary Neville predicts who Liverpool are going to be facing in the Champions League final

Gary Neville thinks that both Liverpool and Manchester City will qualify to face off in next month’s Champions League final.

When asked on The Gary Neville Podcast who he thought would meet in Paris on May 28th, the pundit made it clear that he thought Liverpool were as good as through after beating Villarreal 2-0 in the first-leg.

“Liverpool – certainty. As much as I respect Villarreal,” he said. According to Neville, City will be joining them in the final – but only just.

“City, you just cannot write off Real Madrid, because of that historic resilience. They have something that club in this competition.

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“I still think they (City) are favourites, because I think they will score goals over there and City play really well, they pass the ball well. When you pass the ball well in an away stadium, particularly as Madrid will get drawn forward by the crowd, and they can cut them open. So I think City will go through but what an amazing game.”

Although we don’t quite share Neville’s bullishness about Liverpool’s chances, The Reds have given themselves a brilliant platform.

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You get who you get in a Champions League final. City and Liverpool are the best two teams around at the moment, so what a spectacle it would be.

Guarding against complacency

Neville won’t be the only one who has pencilled Liverpool in as finalists already. It wasn’t just the scoreline on Wednesday night, but the manner of the way in which The Reds completely dominated Villarreal.

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Their yellow-clad visitors only managed a single shot all night at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp’s players suffocated them in their own half.

But things will surely be different as Liverpool visit Spain next week. From Unai Emery’s point of view, they have to be.

Villarreal may have star striker Gerard Moreno back, and that should focus Liverpool minds before a ball is even kicked in Estadio de la Ceramica.

Full focus on Newcastle

Before any of that though, attention switches back to the battle for the Premier League title this weekend.

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Liverpool have an awkward looking Saturday lunchtime fixture away to a resurgent Newcastle United.

Klopp has been vocal about his annoyance at the scheduling of the fixture. Let’s hope that Liverpool can turn that energy into another dominant display on Tyneside.

Newcastle have won the last six games at St James’ Park though, and are unbeaten in eight at home. After a game in which Liverpool ran and ran and ran in midweek, hopefully they’ve got enough in the tank to collect another vital three points tomorrow.

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