Neville: Liverpool were as bad as Tottenham Hotspur

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Gary Neville has praised Manchester United's performance against Liverpool, but compared the Reds to Tottenham Hotspur.

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has told SkySports that the Red Devils made Liverpool look as bad as Tottenham Hotspur the previous weekend.

Spurs lost 3-0 at Old Trafford a week earlier, and their limp performance was widely panned, never really getting into the game which United dominated from start to finish.

United followed that up with a 2-1 win away to rivals Liverpool, and the manner of their victory surprised Neville.

He said: "I didn’t think they were capable of coming here today and performing like they did against Tottenham last week.

"Tottenham were desperately poor in that match – we were there – and I didn’t think Liverpool could be made to look so poor in that first half an hour."

While in Neville's view Liverpool improved beyond that point, only losing by a single goal thanks to a late Wayne Rooney penalty miss, the comparison is credit to how well United played.

Here is a look at how Liverpool and Spurs fared in their matches against the Red Devils:

  GoalsShots On TargetChances CreatedPassing AccuracyPossession PercentageDuels Won
Liverpool 1 1 5 75% 41% 45%
Tottenham 0 1 2 83% 48% 46%

While Liverpool scored through a soft attempt from Daniel Sturridge, had it not been for rare poor goalkeeping from David de Gea, neither side would have scored.

Both teams only had one shot on goal against United, this despite Liverpool creating three more opportunities. 

Tottenham recorded a greater share of possession, completed a higher percentage of their passes, and the players marginally won a higher rate of their personal duels.

It must be noted that Liverpool played the second half with 10 men, although Steven Gerrard only has himself to blame, but that disadvantage in comparison should also be counter-acted by the fact they were playing at home.

Neither team will reflect positively on the matches against Louis van Gaal's side, and given the way both underperformed, United must take huge credit for making it so difficult for either side.

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