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Liverpool have emphatically proved Gary Neville’s early assessment of their season ahead wrong at the start of the Premier League campaign. On Saturday, the Reds’ 3-0 win over Crystal Palace took them to the table’s summit as one of four unbeaten teams left in the top-flight.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have started the campaign with comfortable wins over Norwich City, Burnley, Leeds United and Palace, and a draw against title rivals Chelsea at Anfield.
After backup centre-back Ibrahima Konate was Liverpool’s only summer signing, Neville was sceptical about the club’s title hopes.
And following the stalemate with Chelsea, the ex-Manchester United defender claimed ‘something’s not right’ at Anfield.
“I was at the game on Saturday, Liverpool v Chelsea, and I said after the game – sometimes you can’t put your finger on it [but] something’s not right”, Neville told the Webby and O’Neill YouTube channel.
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“Not bad. There’s no massive spirit issue or the manager falling out with players. Nothing like that. But there is something just missing.
“[Jurgen Klopp’s] not got that money [to improve the side]. He’s having to deal with a team who are a good team but look like the team that needed a boost.
“There are no massive problems at Liverpool. I’m not saying it is broken. Not by any stretch of the imagination.
“But I don’t think they have got the momentum with them at this moment. They are just plateauting. I’m not sure Liverpool can get to first. I don’t think they will get above [United] this year.”
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Liverpool have proven could be more than capable of lifting a second Premier League title this season.
The Reds have scored 12 goals – the most – and conceded just one – the joint-least – in the opening five games of the league campaign.
Questions have rightfully been asked over how Klopp’s men will fare in the bigger games, having enjoyed a favourable run of fixtures so far.
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In their biggest test against Chelsea, Liverpool failed to break down the visitors despite facing 10 men for the entirety of the second half.
The 2019/20 champions have looked excellent so far, though, in contrast to Neville’s early-season expectations.
Manchester City’s dismal display in their 0-0 draw at home to Southampton on Saturday will have only handed Liverpool further belief.
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