Gary Neville: 'Liverpool cannot win the league this year'

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has played down the chances of his old enemy Liverpool winning the Premier League title this year.

The former Red Devils' right-back, who has a less than rosy history regarding his dealings with the Merseyside club, believes that despite Liverpool's major improvements on last year's performances, they still don't have what it takes to sustain a full-scale title tilt.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the 38-year-old played down the Reds' title credentials but did state his belief that they would finish in a European spot.

Neville said: "They're certainly top four contenders. I don't think they'll win the title, I don't think they'll progress that much this season but I think they've got a fantastic chance of getting towards that top four.

"If you think about where they were last year and the fact that they struggled to compete for a Champions League space that would be progression this season.

"I think realistically he [Brendan Rodgers] will pragmatically feel as though the Champions League is really his target this year."

Liverpool currently sit second in the league, having enjoyed a brilliant start to the season which has seen them win seven of their opening 12 matches.

They face a battle to catch Arsenal, who are four points clear the top, but with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge having been in sensational form this term, Rodgers will be aiming for the very best his team can achieve.

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