Manchester United legend Gary Neville has revealed that both Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Man City’s Pep Guardiola are under real pressure to win the Premier League title this season.
City have reduced the gap to four points after beating the Merseyside club 2-1 on Thursday night at the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola’s side have ended Liverpool’s unbeaten record, but Sky Sports pundit Neville believes it is a chance Jurgen Klopp’s side must take.
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“We’ve got two fantastic teams to watch, they are brilliant teams, absolutely brilliant. I think both are under real pressure for different reasons. A club like Liverpool, and the history it has got for winning titles, cannot go 25, 26, 27 years without winning, and this is an incredible chance.”
“It’s not a now-or-never moment, because Liverpool will always have chances in the future, but you don’t know when your next chance is going to come, you don’t know whether Chelsea or Manchester United or Manchester City are going to be better next year. But this is a moment where Liverpool have to take it.”
“For Pep Guardiola, he’s over here to dominate. He’s not over here to win one title in three. I think what you saw from him tonight was him demanding from his team: ‘Are you going to be a team that are a one-season wonder… the best team ever that can’t win back-to-back titles?’ He’s here to create a dynasty. So they are both under pressure for different reasons. We’ve got a title race to look forward to.”
“I don’t remember a league so tough, there are so many huge contenders fighting for the title. It is closer, every game is a final.”
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Asked if Tottenham, who are just two points behind City, will not challenge both Guardiola and Klopp, Neville said: “No, I don’t think so. That’s not being disrespectful to Tottenham, I don’t think they’ve got the depth and the quality of these two squads. They are a fantastic team, but they’re not at the level we’ve seen from these two tonight.”
Liverpool are back in action on Monday night as they visit Wolves in the FA Cup third round; while the Citizens will host Championship side Rotherham United on Sunday evening.