‘I’m going to say it… go out against Bayern Munich’: Gary Neville believes Liverpool should focus on Premier League over European football
- Gary Neville has controversially claimed Liverpool should go out of Europe
- The Reds travel to Bayern Munich with the aggregate score poised at 0-0
- A recent draw in the Merseyside derby saw Liverpool slip behind in the title race
- Neville points to Manchester City’s fixtures as to why Liverpool should prioritise
Manchester United legend Gary Neville feels his former foes Liverpool should forget about the Champions League and channel all their remaining energy into a final assault for the Premier League title.
Following the recent Merseyside derby stalemate at Goodison, Liverpool no longer held their destiny in their own hands as victory at Bournemouth saw Manchester City top the pile by a point.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have a testing away trip to Bayern Munich on the horizon, with the scoreline finely poised at 0-0. Neville, however, feels the focus should now no longer be on the prestigious competition.
Gary Neville feels his former foes Liverpool should forget about the Champions League
Getting points on the board is a big advantage. I always thought that if Liverpool could win the league this season then they’d need a clean fixture list.
Giving his opinion recent on the Gary Neville podcast, via Sky Sports, the former defender admitted his views were a touch on the wild side.
The pressure has mounted on Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool slipped a point behind rivals Man City
‘I’m going to say it: go out against Bayern Munich. That sounds like madness,’ Neville began.
‘Of course, you’d never play to lose a game but it will be in Liverpool’s favour if they have a clean run as they can get everyone fresh.
‘City have got a couple of FA Cup games, where Liverpool could go five or six points in front. That’s tough to pull back in the closing weeks
While City have some big games coming up – including a Manchester derby and the hosting of Tottenham – Liverpool have some remaining obstacles of their own.
The Reds have a 0-0 aggregate score with Bayern Munich, and face a tough trip to Bavaria
Klopp’s side are also due to play Spurs at the end of March and – should they progress to the Champions League quarter finals – the two legs of the inevitable tough European draw would fall either side of this fixture.
Tottenham, too, are competing on the elite European stage – and look set to go through having stacked up a 3-0 aggregate margin against Borussia Dortmund.
Liverpool return to Premier League action on Sunday when they host Burnley, while City welcome Watford to the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.