Gary Neville insists Liverpool owners FSG must back Jurgen Klopp in this summer’s transfer window, saying the club need to spend “serious money” to buy “one or two serious players” to help them return to the top.
It’s been a difficult season at Anfield so far, but a run of six consecutive league wins has brought Liverpool within a point of stuttering rivals, fourth-placed Manchester United, although Erik ten Hag’s side have played twice matches more.
Liverpool have taken 19 points from a possible 21 and now there is a glimmer of hope that they can salvage Champions League qualification.
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Yet less than 12 months away from approaching an unprecedented quadruple, Liverpool have fallen far short of the standards that have seen them win seven trophies, including the Premier League and Champions League title during the reign of Klopp.
And Neville, speaking in The Gary Neville PodcastHe believes that it is time for Liverpool to support Klopp “enormously” in the transfer market to continue fighting for the big titles.
“You have to support Jurgen Klopp,” he said. sky sports. “He was supported when they fell short in being able to push themselves on the transfer market, they will have to go there again this summer.
“Other teams are going to invest. Klopp’s strong point in the last six or seven years has been the quality of football but also the strength of the recruitment. He has known how to get the most out of the players, who in the end have not cost a lot stupid Van Dijk, Allison and Núñez aside.
“You look at those £20m, £30m signings, Jota, Salah, Mane, there’s more of them, Robertson at left-back, they’ve been outstanding. They have been wonderful for Liverpool.
“They’re going to have to do a bit of that, but also go and I think put in a lot of money and get one or two serious players for Klopp.”
Neville added: “He deserves it as manager at Liverpool. He has protected FSG in terms of net spending, yes they have been smart and it is what Sir Alex did to the Glazer family at Old Trafford where I would say there was no value in the market, and Klopp has been quite prudent and pragmatic, he has not panicked and has waited for players.
“That’s the right way to do it, I don’t think he’s going to go out and be careless and reckless all of a sudden, but there comes a point where he wants a player and they’re going to have to put up the money.” down and they are going to have a hard time getting Klopp to have the players he needs to get back to where he wants to be, right at the top, where he has been for the last few years.
“They can’t go back to him and say our goals are Champions League football. That might have been the case when he first came in, but he’s seen the glory: he’s seen Champions League finals, UEFA Champions League titles. Premier League, they can’t go.” come back and say the top four is a successful season for Liverpool.
“That’s not what his story is built on. Now it’s about them showing they have the funds to begin with, and then the courage to back him massively in the transfer market, against funds with huge resources and unlimited funds, it seems at times. .”
Neville’s praise for ‘reliable’ Salah
Meanwhile, Neville praised Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah after he brought down more records in his side’s 1-0 win over Brentford last weekend.
Salah became the first Liverpool player to score in nine consecutive home games. He is the last to reach 100 goals at Anfield. He has now scored 30 goals in all competitions for the third consecutive season.
Neville praised Salah’s consistency and reliability, particularly in a season that has not gone so well for Liverpool.
If you look at Liverpool’s home and away records, Anfield is the ultimate test overall because they are so good at home. Newcastle have been that sometimes, when you think of St James’ Park, but Salah scoring in nine home games in a row, 100 goals at Anfield, 30 in one season again, you have to say is a truly top performance.
He said: “30 for the season is a return to a difficult season for Liverpool.
“The most impressive thing is that he is always there. Consistently, reliably, always there. That may sound very basic, but my dad used to tell me: be on time, don’t let people down and be reliable. It’s a really basic thing going to work. People will ask why he wouldn’t show up, he makes £300,000 a week but he’s always there, he’s resilient, he plays every game. That’s a really important thing, consistency and reliability over a long period of time.
“You couple that with high performance and excellence, and then you have a world-class player. That’s what you’ve got in Mo Salah for the last five or six years.”
And he added: “The time has passed for me to think that he was a prodigy of a season, how was he going to repeat it. But he has repeated it, he has repeated it, he has done it, he is close to the Ballon d’Or”. And yes, he has suffered this season at times in games, as others in the Liverpool team have done because they have not been at their best collective moment.
“There were moments against Brentford where they had to suffer too, it was difficult for them. But he’s there, he scores, he’s hungry, he almost kicks the keeper over the line with the ball at the end. He was a tenacious goalkeeper for him. instead of one of the beauty we have seen of him.
“It hasn’t been his best season, but when you’re not at your best and your team isn’t either, and you can still score 30 goals, and play the amount of games you have, you can still give yourself a massive pat on the back, a huge “.
“Amazing what Salah is doing at Liverpool”
Paul Merson from Sky Sports:
“For Mohamed Salah to score 30 goals this season, given the season Liverpool have had, is ridiculous. How this guy doesn’t get the accolades is beyond me. What he does is amazing.
“He has to be one of the best players in the world, he has to be. He has 30 goals this season and plays on the wing.
“For context, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka have had incredible seasons, but they haven’t scored as many as Salah combined. It’s amazing what Salah is doing.”
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Liverpool’s remaining matches
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May 20th: astonville (H) – Premier League, start 15:00
May 28: southampton (A) – Premier League, start at 4:30 p.m.