Gary Neville says this season will be difficult for Liverpool to comprehend if they don’t win the league.
Speaking on Sky Sport’s Monday Night Football, the former Manchester United and England defender used the word ‘bittersweet’ to describe how Brendan Rodgers and the club’s fans would likely assess the campaign.
Liverpool have well and truly handed the initiative to Manchester City in the title race after letting a 3-0 lead slip away at Crystal Palace last night and Neville questioned how Liverpool might react ton the setback.
“This season will be bittersweet for Liverpool if they don’t win the league,” said the pundit.
Liverpool’s season will be considered a success because the main objective was always going to be a top four finish and securing Champions League football for next season.
While Neville’s Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carragher admitted it was impossible for Liverpool to predict things that have happened this season, like United’s decline, he’s revealed his worry that the Reds may not get back to a similar position.
“I was never in this position as a player – it could be a while before Liverpool have a better chance to win a title,” said Carragher.
It’s important to remember that Liverpool still have an outside chance of winning the league this season.
City still have to win their game in hand to go two points clear at the top of the table and things can change very quickly on the final day of the season.
Although this Manchester City side has experience of winning a title, they showed on the final day of the 2011/2012 season that they can be a very nervous team and West Ham are a side that can pounce all over that anxiety.
It’s difficult to judge how Liverpool will react next season if they don’t win the league this time round because Brendan Rodgers hasn’t had the chance to improve his squad yet.
However, Liverpool have won plenty of neutrals over this season with a brand of aggressive and entertaining football, which hasn’t been created through simply throwing money at the side.
Good luck to them.