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Neville: Liverpool must ‘stay on the shoulder’ of Man City in title race

Gary Neville says Liverpool must “stay really close” to Manchester City if they are to put pressure on the champions in this season’s title race.

Both sides remain unbeaten so far this campaign following the weekend’s action, with Liverpool sitting two points behind Pep Guardiola’s side after Saturday’s win at Watford.

“Liverpool are hanging on in there, and they have just got to stay really close [to Man City],” Neville said on his weekly podcast.

“There have been times when I was part of teams where we were chasing and hunting down. Stay on the shoulder, stay close – it unnerves teams when you don’t go away and you think about expecting them to drop points.

“There’s that feeling that you’re busting a gut – particularly when you’re in front. I’ve had it the other way when we’ve been hunted down, where you expected a team to drop points somewhere and they didn’t, and I expected us to be a few points in front and we’re not.

“I don’t think it’s the point of the season where Man City will feel that, but Liverpool have to go into February or March on the coat-tails of Man City. That is a difficult ask. Man City just amass points, goals and possession – everything is impressive.”

Man City host Bournemouth this coming weekend whilst Liverpool are at home to neighbours Everton in the Merseyside derby.

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