Gary Neville Manchester United Liverpool Analysis Essay

Gary Neville believes no other side could do what Liverpool did to beat Manchester City.

The Premier League leaders saw their unbeaten run come to an end in an incredible match at Anfield.

Liverpool emerged 4-3 winners after an enthralling contest and Neville has hailed Jurgen Klopp's approach.

And he doesn't think there is another side who could take Pep Guardiola's men like the Reds did.

"The reason it's difficult is that Liverpool have got the players who are wired to press, the manager who is wired to press and the ground that emotionally allows you to go and do it," he said on Monday Night Football.

"The front three were connected as a unit. You talk about back-four units, but they were a unit in their pressing yesterday. All three of them were connected all the time and so were the midfield three.

"There's not many teams in the Premier League who've got the energy of those six or the quality to do what they did with the finishes.

"Do the other teams have the energy, the quality or the intelligence? I'm not sure.

"Of course you've got to try and win the ball higher up the pitch against Manchester City, but I question whether the other teams have got the energy and the ability to finish like that to do what Liverpool did."

Jamie Carragher added: "The way to go after Man City is to go after them and press them. That has to be the way forward, it has to be.

"You can't do that for 90 minutes - and we saw at times that Liverpool couldn't get the ball of them - but in a spell you can win the ball and cause them problems."

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has criticised forward Romelu Lukaku for his display in Saturday's goalless draw at Anfield , claiming he failed his first big Red Devils test.

The Belgian had scored seven goals in seven Premier League appearances for his new club before the trip to Merseyside, but Liverpool snuffed out his threat fairly easily.

Lukaku struggled to get into the game, and as reported by our friends at the Manchester Evening News , pundit Neville didn't hold back in his analysis.

“I was disappointed with Lukaku,” he said on Sky Sports .

“But it’s a tough place to come, it’s a really tough place to come.

“It looked like he was distracted in the first half, he wasn’t himself, he was frustrated. He really didn’t get any impact in the game, no influence.

“It’s the big matches that will define him as a Manchester United striker, not the matches where he sort of bullies teams."

He’s done that already this season and he’s taken all the praise, he’s had a brilliant start to his Manchester United career.

“But, on a game like today, that’s a game where you really are judged.

"I didn’t think his influence was good enough.”

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