Testing times: Hart believes Kompany's body is feeling the strain of his playing style

By Harvey Byrne

Phil Neville believes that Liverpool would have had a fantastic chance of winning the title if they signed goalkeeper Joe Hart in the summer.

The 29-year-old shot stopper was allowed to leave Manchester City in the summer with Pep Guardiola favouring the technically gifted Claudio Bravo.

He made the move to Serie A side Torino on a season-long loan deal, where the England international has played 15 times, conceding 18 goals since.

The Merseysiders were also in need of a goalkeeper in the summer to improve on former first choice Simon Mignolet.

Jurgen Klopp opted for Loris Karius from Mainz, who has so far failed to impress in his first 11 appearances for the club.

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Now, Match of the Day pundit Neville has stated that Liverpool should have purchased Hart in the summer in order to give them a chance of winning their first Premier League title.

“I don’t think there’s much to choose between Karius or Mignolet,” started Neville speaking in a Q&A session for Match of the Day’s Facebook page.

“I think they’re both pretty equal in terms of the qualities that they have, so it’s a real tough decision. I look back at the start of the season when Joe Hart went to Torino and I thought ‘if Liverpool sign Joe Hart then they probably have a fantastic chance of winning the league.’

“To win the Premier League you need a good goalkeeper. You need two good centre-backs. Unfortunately, I don’t think Liverpool have either.”

Liverpool have the second worst goals against tally in the top 10 and have conceded six goals in their last two Premier League matches.

However, despite their frailties at the back they boast the best goals for column in England’s top flight.

This has seen them occupy third place in the league, sitting three points behind second placed Arsenal and six from league leaders Chelsea.

It is a position that would have pleased most Liverpool fans before the season started after two disappointing eighth and sixth placed finishes in the last two years.

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