Gary Neville: 'I hope Liverpool have a 12-point lead and then just fall to pieces'


It really *is* going to be their year, isn't it? 

Liverpool's position at the top of the Premier League table looks virtually unassailable right now. 

The Reds have won 14 of their 15 games and established an eight-point lead over Leicester in the process. 

Last night's 5-2 thrashing of Everton in the Merseyside derby means the club are on the longest unbeaten run in their history. 

League title number 19 is surely just six months away. 

The only consolation for Manchester United fans is that everyone was saying the same thing this time last year. 

By January 12 in the 2018/19 campaign, Liverpool had a seven-point lead going into their clash with Manchester City. 

Pep Guardiola's side beat them 2-1 - courtesy of Sadio Mane's shot not crossing the line by 1.12cm - and never looked back. 

It would arguably take an even more remarkable turnaround for City to retain their title, or for Leicester or even Chelsea to close the gap. 

That's the only hope for United fans, though. It's not like they can expect their own club to be up there any time soon - so Gary Neville, for one, is relying on a Liverpool collapse. 

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“If they blow it now, it’s going to be one of the best years I’ve had on Sky!" he told talkSPORT. 

“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.”


It's not unthinkable - remember how Newcastle threw it away when they were 12 points clear with just 15 games left in 1995/96?

That would certainly bring much joy to Old Trafford in the midst of what has largely been a season of disappointment, albeit one which took a surprising upturn with a 2-1 win over Jose Mourinho's Tottenham. 

On present form, it's hard to see where that collapse is going to come from. Liverpool simply look unstoppable. 

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