Manchester United legend Gary Neville has admitted that he hopes to watch Liverpool’s charge towards this season’s Premier League title go up in smoke.
Liverpool run riot
Jurgen Klopp’s men welcomed city rivals Everton to Anfield last night, for their latest league outing.
The Reds headed into proceedings sitting pretty atop the table, with a comfortable 8-point buffer over both Leicester City and Manchester City (the latter of whom had played a game more).
Everton, on the other hand, were teetering above the relegation zone ahead of kick-off, on the back of a dismal opening to the campaign.
As such, when all was said and done on Merseyside, it came as little surprise that Liverpool emerged comfortable victors.
A hectic 6-goal first-half saw the European champions head into the interval with a 2-goal advantage, courtesy of strikes from Divock Origi (2), Xherdan Shaqiri and Sadio Mane.
Gini Wijnaldum then put the finishing touches on a comprehensive derby victory for the hosts with a 90th-minute 5th.
Highlights: Liverpool 5-2 Everton
‘It would be the most incredible experience’
Their latest 3-point haul, meanwhile, means that Liverpool have now racked up a staggering 14 wins and 1 draw from their 15 Premier League fixtures to this point in the season.
This, needless to say, looks like title-winning form, with many of the opinion that the Merseysiders, despite the season being less than halfway through, already have one hand on the Premier League.
One individual, though, who maintains hope of a similar collapse to that of last season’s, when Liverpool held a 7-point lead atop the table in January only to miss out on the title to Manchester City, is Gary Neville.
Speaking on TalkSport, the Manchester United legend and Sky Sports pundit admitted that he would love nothing more than to watch Liverpool ‘fall to pieces’:
‘If they blow it now, it’s going to be one of the best years I’ve had on Sky!’
‘Honestly, it would be the most incredible experience to watch this unfold and for them have a 12-point lead and then it dissipate before my eyes.’
‘I actually hope they have a 12-point lead in March and then really late just fall to pieces!’
‘But I have to say, they’ve shown consistency now for two years, they’ve been playing title-winning football for two years and they’ve amassed points that in any other season would win a title.’
‘And Man City are well below where they should be.’
‘Liverpool will have to work hard not to win it now with where they are at. They must think it’s their year.’