Gary Neville has predicted which teams will be in the Premier League title race in 2022/23, and he has also shared his ‘little hope’ for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team this season.
Gary Neville shares ‘little hope’ with Liverpool in determining title race
Liverpool and Manchester City are the only two Premier League clubs that Gary Neville is expected to play in the title race this season. But the former England right-back told Sky Sports he hopes, more than expected, Jurgen Klopp’s side will fall behind Pep Guardiola by next summer.
Neville believes the Etihad Stadium Nationals are almost guaranteed to finish at least first and second this season. But he felt that Tottenham Hotspur could be the team that pushes to Anfield the most, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United trailing behind.
Liverpool missed Manchester City in the title race last season by just one point as Guardiola retained the Citizens title. The Reds have earned 92 points from 38 games and have lost only on two occasions. But a smaller win from City helped mitigate their further loss.
Manchester City also scored the most prolific attack in the league with 99 goals, while he and Liverpool scored the best joint defense with 26 goals conceded each. Since then, Guardiola has replaced Gabriel Jesus with Erling Haaland to lead the Al-Ittihad offensive line.
Liverpool also added a central attacking player with Klopp who signed Darwin Nunez from Benfica for £64m, up to £85m. The Uruguayan could become the record signing with the Reds if he plays all the additions clauses in his transfer terms over the course of a six-year contract.
Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola decline to compete for the title 2022/23
The successive confrontations between Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title will be the fourth confrontation between the two teams in five seasons. The Citizens outperformed the Reds in the 2018/19 season, before the Anfield residents won their first league title in 30 years.
Only one point separated the two clubs in 2018/19 as the title went to Manchester City on the final day. And while Neville expects they will be the same again at the end of 2022/23, he is more hopeful than he expects that Liverpool will fall far in the new title race.
“Liverpool and Man City,” Neville said. “City will definitely finish in the top two. Liverpool, I always have a little bit of hope instead of thinking that they might drop a bit and then maybe Spurs are the only team I can see who can get close to them.
“I don’t feel like Chelsea, [Manchester] United, Arsenal are in a position to approach the top two spots. The Champions League will be a problem for Tottenham, but they have some world-class strikers.”
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