Gary Neville rates Liverpool FC title hopes after Southampton win

Gary Neville gives his assessment of the Premier League title race after Liverpool FC's 3-1 win at Southampton

Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp (Photo: New Balance)

Gary Neville believes that Liverpool FC are in a good position in the Premier League title race after their 3-1 win over Southampton on Friday night.

The Reds looks as though they may have to settle for a point on the south coast after Naby Keita cancelled out Shane Long’s opener at St Mary’s.

However, two late goals from Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson made the points secure and lifted Liverpool FC back above Manchester City in the Premier League table, with the Reds top again.

Liverpool FC are now two points clear of Manchester City with five games left to play, but they have played a game more than the Merseyside outfit.

The stage is set for an enthralling conclusion to the Premier League title race this season as Liverpool FC aim to try and win their first major trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

And former Manchester United defender Neville has now given his take on how the title race will unfold after Friday night’s dramatic win over Southampton.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: “It wouldn’t surprise me if City dropped points in two games, and Liverpool dropped points in two games.

“But I never felt so sure that Liverpool were going to win a game as I was tonight.

“It is an outstanding level of performance from both teams this season. We have got great games to watch. Next Sunday is huge. Crystal Palace, next Sunday, is equally as tough for City.

“If City do go and win that match and the Liverpool players know they have to go and win against Chelsea the legs start to get that little bit heavier.

“If City drop points, then Liverpool will bounce onto that pitch. We are going to witness it first hand all the way to the end of the season.

“Liverpool are in a good moment. They look less emotional than last season the way they have played. There was a level of desperation, a level of frantic-ness in the way they played [last season].

“Against Southampton in the first part of the game they struggled, I thought Southampton played really well, but then they got control of the game, and control is important.

“Composure is important, Mohamed Salah [who scored Liverpool’s second] was clinical in a crucial moment. He will need to be cold towards the end of the season.

“Liverpool are in a far better position than they were a few years ago when they were going for the title, because at that time, it was a bit more desperate that time, a bit more frantic.”

Liverpool FC will host FC Porto in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash at Anfield on Tuesday night.

They will then return to Premier League action on Sunday 14 April when they host Chelsea FC at Anfield.

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