Neville insists Liverpool ‘mess’ could just be a ‘dip’ like Man Utd had under Ferguson

Gary Neville speaks about Liverpool Credit: Alamy
Gary Neville speaks about Liverpool Credit: Alamy

Gary Neville thinks Jurgen Klopp will “regroup” and see the challenge of rebuilding his Liverpool side as a “new beginning” for the club.

The Reds have had a terrible season so far with their 3-0 loss to Brighton on Saturday leaving them in ninth place in the Premier League table.

Klopp has had a number of years of success at Anfield with the German leading Liverpool to Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup triumphs during his time at the club.

After the loss against the Seagulls, Klopp insisted that he could not “remember a worse game” in his career as a manager and took full responsibility for Liverpool’s poor performance.

Asked about Klopp’s post-match comments, Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast: “It is really odd and strange. We couldn’t speak any more highly about Jurgen Klopp and what he’s done at Liverpool, the effort he’s extracted from his team.”

When asked if Klopp has taken too much effort out of players, Neville added: “I don’t know about that. Manchester United, I was there for 20 years under a manager who demanded that effort every day and there was a group of players that were there for ten or 15 years.

“Yeah there was the odd season of a dip and that could be this but it’s stark sometimes to see it because you watch them and they’re a mess at the back, they’re all over the place.

” You look like you can score a goal against them on every attack. They are going to have to regroup, I think Jurgen Klopp will regroup. He’s not the type to shirk it, Jurgen Klopp, he’s a massive character.

“I think he’s put in an unbelievable managerial performance, equal or better than Pep Guardiola has in these five, six, seven years, I really do. And they’ve got new owners coming in, they have spent money but the new owners coming in you would imagine, if Jurgen Klopp is given the money that Chelsea have given their manager [he would use it well].

“If Jurgen Klopp can get that level of money that 200 to 250 million from new owners, who would probably have to promise that to come in anyway, and if he spends it as wisely as he has done in the last six or seven years then he’s going to be empowered next season to go and transform that team.

“I don’t see him thinking this will be the end, I think he will be seeing this as a new beginning. I think because of the credit he’s built up, you aren’t going to stick the boot into Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool players. Yeah you are going to be critical of them, they are defending really poorly, they are too easy to play against, they’re poor in midfield.”

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