Gary Neville could be proven right once again after Liverpool title prediction

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Gary Neville’s prediction in the wake of Liverpool’s first Premier League title could be proven accurate again. The Sky Sports pundit’s previous warning over the Reds’ ‘superhuman’ standards applies once more following another impressive campaign.

Liverpool lifted their first top-flight title in three decades in 2020, with Jurgen Klopp ushering in a new era of success at Anfield. The Reds have made it to three Champions League finals in the last five years, and have won each trophy possible under the former Borussia Dortmund boss.

Klopp’s side came agonisingly close to achieving an unprecedented quadruple last season. Liverpool were pipped to the title by a single point by Manchester City, while they again came unstuck against Real Madrid in Europe with a narrow defeat in the Paris final.

Klopp’s side shrugged off a difficult 2020/21 campaign plagued by injuries to return to their best last season. The Reds edged Chelsea out on penalties in the finals of both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup, but were unable to prevent City lifting their fourth title in five seasons.

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Neville told the Guardian: “To get to a Champions League final, win it the following season, and then to go again to win the Premier League title is a huge emotional drain on that group of Liverpool players for three years.To ask them to go again and achieve that same standard would be a superhuman effort.

“It wouldn’t be ridiculous to suggest there will be a slight drop-off, if they don’t somehow stimulate that squad by doing something to give them that lift again. Thiago would be the big one. He is world class and would give them a world-class presence in an area of the field where they don’t have one.”

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It is a scenario which once again presents itself to Klopp and his Liverpool side. Having come so close to winning all four trophies, the Reds now face the almost impossible challenge of replicating the standards which took them to the brink of history.

Liverpool dropped just six points following the turn of the year, but even this sustained excellence was not enough to overhaul City at the summit. Further disappointment followed in the Champions League final, although the Reds could count themselves somewhat unfortunate to have lost on the night.

Klopp has moved quickly to bring Darwin Nunez in as Sadio Mane’s replacement, with Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay providing the squad with an injection of youth. However, the demands of another ‘superhuman’ season could prove Neville correct once more with a ‘drop-off’ almost impossible to avoid.

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