Manchester United legend Gary Neville has admitted that he has had a bit of fun with Liverpool ’s drop in form, but can no longer deny that they are firmly back in the title race.
The Reds clawed themselves back into the top four with a 3-1 win over West Ham on Sunday, following up the victory at Tottenham of the same scoreline just a few days before.
Liverpool were on a run of five league games without a win, including defeats to Southampton and Burnley before travelling to Spurs.
And Neville has joked that he enjoyed his “party” while Jurgen Klopp’s men slid down the table, but admits that it was never more than a bit of fun as he knew Liverpool would be back with a vengeance.
"I don't think any of us ever thought Liverpool were out of the title race in the last few weeks,” Neville said on his self-titled podcast.
“I may have had a bit of fun, let's be clear, watching them drop points in those midweek games and seeing United go top of the league. It's been a two or three-week party but that's what I felt it was.
"I felt it was just a two or three-week party. I thought it would come to an end at some point and that Liverpool would resume their form.
"I don't think United necessarily had to fall away but I thought Liverpool would come back and that they would get over this blip. They have got too good a coach and they have got too good a squad."
Liverpool host Manchester City this weekend in a huge clash at the top of the table.
And Neville admits that while the Reds are still struggling with injuries, they will definitely be up for the fight against Pep Guardiola’s title chasers.
"Well done to Liverpool because whereby they have got different personnel in those positions, their structure is still the same. They are still pushing up the pitch, they are still playing that high line, pressing the game, they are still compact from back to front and they are still sustaining attacks.
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"They are doing the same things even though they have different personnel, and that's credit to the players, credit to the coach and I have to say, they have been decimated with injuries to some of their best players.
"Diogo Jota, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Mane, who didn't play today. They have had big problems and yet they are overcoming it. If they can beat Brighton in midweek, which, no disrespect to Brighton, they should do at home, then we have got a real cracker next Sunday against Manchester City.
"This Liverpool team will be right up for it now."
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