Gary Neville has issued a warning to Newcastle and Manchester United and insists Liverpool’s form means both clubs ‘still have a job to do’ to secure Champions League football.
Liverpool recorded a seventh consecutive Premier League win after beating Leicester 3-0 on Monday evening, with the Reds having moved within a point of Newcastle and Manchester United in the race for the top four.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have played a game more than the two sides above them, but Neville has warned that neither side can afford to drop points given the form of the chasing Merseysiders.
“Manchester United and Newcastle still have a job to do,” Neville said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
“Jurgen Klopp’s fist-pump at the end is definitely something that, if you’re a Newcastle or a Manchester United player, you recognise as ‘he’s coming for you’. I think he’s sending them a message.
“They are going to have to make sure they do their job properly as Liverpool will win their two games. Manchester United and Newcastle have got to forget the idea that Liverpool are going to drop points, as if they don’t do their job they will slip out of the top four.”
Newcastle face fellow hopefuls Brighton in a huge fixture at St James’ Park on Thursday night, with the Seagulls retaining an outside chance of reaching the top four after a 3-0 win at Arsenal last weekend.
Jamie Carragher believes Newcastle are the likeliest team to drop out of the top four given their remaining fixtures and said there will be a ‘big worry’ on Tyneside if the club drop points against Brighton.
“I think that Brighton game is absolutely huge. I think if Newcastle drop points in that, I think there will be a big worry on for them.”
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