Former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville has built up a reputation over the last two seasons as one of the most insightful pundits in the game.
Following on from Tottenham Hotspur’s 5-1 victory over Sunderland, Gary Neville alongside Jamie Carragher was asked who deserved to win this season Manager of the Year if asked to choose between Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers – with both opting for the Liverpool boss.
The Reds under Brendan Rodgers have gone from Champions League contenders to Premier League title-challengers and now to being within five victories of lifting the title for the first time in 24 years.
Liverpool currently top the Premier League, two points ahead of Chelsea in second and four clear of Manchester City in third – though Manuel Pellegrini’s men have two games in hand.
Fortunately for the red half of Merseyside, Manchester City visit Anfield next weekend where a victory would put the hosts firmly in the driving seat for the title.
On the Monday Night Football show, Gary Neville indicated it’s just how much Liverpool have transformed over the last 12 months which is why Rodgers deserves to win MOTY ahead of Everton boss Roberto Martinez – even if his side don’t win the title.
“To get them [Liverpool] top of the league to where they were last season is an incredible achievement.”
“Martinez had a good base to build on to get into fourth place because Everton were always around fifth or sixth.”
“To get from where Liverpool were last season to even second would be a massive jump.”
If Liverpool had been offered second place and Champions League football at the beginning of the season they would have grabbed it with both hands.
Now, however, Brendan Rodgers and his impressive side have their eyes firmly fixed on the ultimate prize.