Gary Neville has predicted Liverpool to finish in the top-four in the Premier League next season, though admits that the Reds are far from challenging for the title.
Speaking on the Overlap, the Sky Sports pundit claimed that Liverpool could finish in the top-four ahead of the likes of Newcastle United, Chelsea and Tottenham, but the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City will be too much to take on.
Neville said when asked about Liverpool’s chances next season in the Premier League: “I don’t look at Liverpool at the moment and think ‘wow’ they are going to be challenging Arsenal or City for the league.”
When pushed to give his top-eight Premier League prediction, Neville said: “I think Arsenal, City, Man United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Villa, Newcastle and Tottenham.”
Whilst Liverpool have spent well this summer, many fans would agree that more business needs to be done before the Reds are ready to challenge for the Premier League title again next season.
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And having missed out on a UEFA Champions League spot last season, a return to Europe’s elite club competition should be the main priority for Liverpool in the new campaign.
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It’ll always be hard for Liverpool fans to agree on Neville, yet the former Manchester United captain has hit the nail on the head in his assessment with the Anfield side.
Arsenal and City are far and away the best two sides in the Premier League heading into the new season, and whilst Liverpool could challenge depending on who they bring in, the Reds simply have to focus on the top-four battle.
Indeed, Liverpool are good enough to beat anyone on their day in the league, and regaining that spark and that fear will be key in Jurgen Klopp pushing his side back to the top-four come the end of next season.