By Harvey Byrne
Gary Neville has revealed that he thought Liverpool were “one or two signings” away from winning the Premier League during the 2008-09 campaign.
The former Manchester United right-back turned Sky Sports pundit highlighted the Reds’ strength in midfield with Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano and Steven Gerrard, with Fernando Torres leading the line, Jamie Carragher and Sami Hyypia in defence and Pep Reina in goal.
The Merseysiders finished in second place during the campaign led by Spaniard Rafa Benitez, but Neville has stated he looked at the team and shared that was the one time in his career he thought “they’re actually good here.”
“With Mascherano and Alonso in midfield, it’s the only time in my career where I thought ‘they’re actually good here’,” told Neville to the Sky Sports website. “Gerrard was a number 10 and Torres was up front, with Carragher and Hypia in the centre of defence and with Reina in goal, I thought ‘another signing or two here, and they’re going to win the league or they’re close’.”
Liverpool have never won the Premier League with their last league title coming before it’s formation in 1990.
They have finished second three times and they will be keen to go all the way under Jurgen Klopp in the new campaign.
The Merseysiders have started well under the German with 16 points from their opening seven fixtures and sit in fourth place.
They will host their fierce rivals Manchester United on Monday evening at Anfield, which will see a clash between fourth and sixth.