Gary Neville is happy to admit he was wrong about Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side last season before they went on to win the Champions League.
The former Manchester United defender was forced to eat his words when the Reds went onto win last season’s Champions League title against Tottenham in Madrid.
A few months earlier in March ahead of the Champions League round of 16 second leg with Bayern Munich, Neville urged Liverpool to go out of the competition in order to focus on the title race.
The Sky Sports pundit will now be cautious to admit that the Reds should focus on the Premier League over their European ventures, but has insisted that this side need to ensure they deliver the title.
“I mentioned the Champions League with Liverpool last season and got it wrong in the sense that I didn’t think Liverpool could compete in two competitions right until the very end and they proved me horribly wrong,” Neville said on Sky Sports’ Friday Night Football.
“I still think Liverpool still need to win a Premier League title.
“It’s absolutely essential they do that particularly with this team they’ve got now.”
Jamie Carragher kindly reminded his colleague Neville of his previous comments as the Reds lifted their sixth European Cup at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Neville had said: “Getting points on the board is a big advantage. I always thought that if Liverpool could win the league this season then they’d need a clean fixture list.
“I’m going to say it: Go out against Bayern Munich. That sounds like madness.
“Of course, you’d never play to lose a game but it will be in Liverpool’s favour if they have a clean run as they can get everyone fresh. City have got a couple of FA Cup games, where Liverpool could go five or six points in front. That’s tough to pull back in the closing weeks.