Gary Neville talked down Liverpool's chances of winning the title, explaining ''I don't think they've progressed that much this season''. Stephen Pickering names five reasons why Gary Neville is wrong in his assessment.
First off, let me say that Gary Neville is an absolutely fantastic representative of Sky Television and his in depth and knowledgeable assessments of the game is a breath of fresh air.
With that being said, I would like to just like to say on this occasion he is wrong.
Former Manchester United man Gary Neville has never been Liverpool's biggest fan, and neither Liverpool of his. I think most of the Anfield faithful will take his comments with a pinch of salt, and won't sway their own judgement on their team.
Whilst acknowledging they're strong contenders for the top 4, he talked down their title chances, explaining:
''They're certainly top four contenders but I don't think they'll win the title. I don't think they've progressed that much this season but they have a got a fantastic chance of getting into that top four''
I guess it all depends on personal perceptions, but for me particularly this season I don't believe there will be a difference between top 4 contender and title contender, and I am willing to stick my neck on the line and say there will be less than 10 points between, whoever wins the league and who grabs that last Champions League place, therefore Top 4 contender = title contender.
That is my first reason to why Gary Neville is wrong in his assessment.
The second reason, and the most obvious one, they currently have the best player in the Premier League. The one man in the division showing enough capability and drive to single handed win games for them. Luis Suarez is the type of player that can win you trophies, and given enough time and the right service.. he will win you trophies.
Thirdly is their willingness to battle. The Premier League is renowned for it's competitive edge, and this season Liverpool have embodied that very nature. No-side in the Premier League has put in as many tackles as Liverpool, which underlines their willingness to get their hands dirty. When the games come thick and fast, and you're playing on half a tank - it's that fight and willingness that gets you them points, the desire to win the ball and use it is instrumental to Brendan Rodgers style.
The fourth is Brendan Rodgers, I believe at times he does get a rough deal by some people in the wider footballing world. He was seen as a tippy tappy merchant who had no real substance to his ideas, but I would argue strongly against that ideology. He has grown immensely since being installed as Liverpool manager, and isn't the 'yes' man everyone expected. He is very tactically aware, very player motivated and is one of the brightest managers in the Premier League. No team is 100% behind their manager, and everyone makes mistakes, but for me he makes far less than most.
And in five, although I've mentioned Suarez on his own - Liverpool aren't a one man team. They've got some extremely talented players in their line up, including some extremely talented youth prospects breaking through so everyone is fighting for their place and healthy competition is only good for the team. Mignolet, Sturridge, Coutinho, Gerrard...etc these are players at the very top end of the quality in the Premier League, don't think otherwise.
Every game starts off 0-0, and every game Liverpool will be more than capable of winning.
Therefore, I don't see why not. Right?
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