Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has heaped the pressure on Liverpool by insisting that there will be legitimate questions to be asked about their title credentials if they fail to beat Tottenham tomorrow afternoon.
Liverpool ‘s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last weekend have been the only two points which Jurgen Klopp’s side have dropped in the Premier League campaign so far.
However, Neville insisted that there were worrying signs with the European champions’ performance last week and that they need to put all doubt to rest with a comprehensive win over Spurs.
Speaking to Sky Sports during the live broadcast of Southhampton vs Leicester on Sky Sports Main Event from 7:30pm on 25/10/19, the former England defender said: “I think Sunday is a big game in the sense of Liverpool, they certainly didn’t fall off the bike last weekend at Old Trafford but they displayed a little bit of anxiety.
“They weren’t at their best and I think if they weren’t to win this weekend you could say was it a blip or is there something beginning to creep in.”
While the 44-year-old backed Liverpool to bag all three points, he said that there will be no better opportunity for Spurs to silence their critics than with a victory at Anfield on Sunday.
Neville added: “I think for Tottenham if they ever wanted to announce themselves as being out of the rocky period then Anfield is the toughest place to play football. It’s a really big game for both teams, I think Tottenham will struggle to deal with the intensity Liverpool play at but it was a strange performance.”
“I know historically Liverpool struggle at Old Trafford and but it was a strange performance for 70 minutes. I just thought they were… I said it last year, I was sat thinking ‘go on’, you’re a Championship winning team in the sense of what you were but I’m not sure if they can make that extra jump.
“Last year they were outstanding towards the end but Manchester United were far better than them last week for large portions of the game which surprised me.”
Both teams come into the game on the back of resounding wins in the Champions League this week.
Spurs Web Opinion
While this game is arguably the toughest of the whole season, the one good thing at the moment seems to be that there is very little expectation on Spurs. Liverpool are huge favourites to win this game and thus in many respects, this match represents a free hit for Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino.
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