LIVERPOOL should kick the Champions League into touch – so they can focus on winning the Premier League.
That’s the verdict of Manchester United legend Gary Neville who thinks the Reds have a real chance of finishing top of the league.
Jurgen Klopp led his side to the Champions League final in Kiev in May but they fell at the final hurdle.
Battling on two fronts took its toll, and a tiring run-in saw them nearly slip out of the top four.
And Neville thinks Klopp’s ‘gegenpressing’ tactic is exhausting for Liverpool’s front line.
Mohamed Salah was the crux of the Kop’s attack last season, ably supported by Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
And Neville says if they could focus purely on the Premier League they could finish above Manchester City,
“The Champions League — if I was Liverpool, I would kick it into touch,” he told The Times.
“I know that’s very hard to do but if they could go into February, March, April without it, I think they could have a real chance if they had free weeks.
“I think their method is exhausting for the front three”
“Why? I think their method is exhausting for the front three [Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino].
“The drop in quality below them, if there are injuries or playing Wednesday, Saturday, I think it will take its toll.
“But, as a United fan, I am very concerned about them.
“This front three have always been fantastic and now the midfield can run, it can pass, it has depth. And the back four looks a unit.
“The football they are playing under Jurgen Klopp, it’s fantastic.
“As a United fan, that’s a worry because it is still that mentality of ‘anyone but them’.”
Four wins from four games has Liverpool supporters dreaming about a first championship since 1990.
A trip to Tottenham on Saturday (12.30pm) is the next obstacle Klopp and his team must overcome.