EXIT EUROPE ‘Go out against Bayern’ – Gary Neville on what Liverpool must do to win title

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Liverpool should forget about progressing in the Champions League and focus on winning their first Premier League title, according to Gary Neville.

The weekend stalemate with neighbours Everton meant Jurgen Klopp’s side slipped back to second, a point behind Manchester City.

EXIT EUROPE 'Go out against Bayern' - Gary Neville on what Liverpool must do to win title

It was the first time they had relinquished top spot since December 7 having played the same number of matches as City, while their goalless draw at Goodison Park represents a fourth draw in six league matches.

As well as battling for the title, Liverpool also harbour hopes of glory in Europe, with their last 16 leg tie against Bayern Munich finely poised after a goalless draw in the first leg.

However, ahead of next week’s return fixture at the Allianz Arena, Manchester United legend Neville has told the Reds they should not be bothered about advancing in the competition.

“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,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“I’m going to say it: go out against Bayern Munich. That sounds like madness.

EXIT EUROPE 'Go out against Bayern' - Gary Neville on what Liverpool must do to win title

“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.

“This title race is still 50-50.”

Neville’s views echo those of fellow pundit Paul Merson, who earlier this month had said:  “Get out of that, get out of it…get out, make history,” he remarked.

“This club hasn’t won the league in 29 years, get out of it, win the league…”

If Liverpool progress to the quarter-finals, a two-legged tie would be played either side of a meeting with Chelsea, while they also host Tottenham at the end of March.


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