Gary Neville is worried Liverpool will finish in the top four of the Premier League ahead of Manchester United following their impressive 2-1 victory over Manchester City last weekend.
City’s Edin Dzeko cancelled out Jordan Henderson’s opener during an even first half between the two sides but Liverpool pulled away in the second period and eventually grabbed a winner through Philippe Coutinho.
The result left City five points behind Chelsea at the top of the league and kept Liverpool in the race for the top four.
It was an impressive performance from Liverpool and one that left Neville concerned over whether or not they will qualify for the Champions League ahead of United.
Speaking about the result, Neville said: “The biggest compliment I can give to Liverpool for the way they are currently playing is I left Anfield on Sunday a worried man.
“For the first time this season I am concerned as to whether Manchester United can fight them off in the scrap for the Champions League places.
“I’ve backed United all season, and I won’t be changing my mind at this stage, but it’s fair to say Liverpool have emerged as much more of a threat than I considered a few weeks ago.
“I arrived at Anfield expecting City to reassert themselves in the title race and make their extra few days preparation. It both impressed and concerned me to see Liverpool play as they did.
“Liverpool look as well equipped as any side to take that final Champions League spot now. They’ve stopped conceding goals, have found a system that works for their players and have their high intensity game back.”
In contrast to Liverpool’s fortunes, United have looked progressively worse in recent weeks.
A particularly abject first half from an attacking point of view saw chances few and far between in the 2-0 win against Sunderland on Saturday. Louis van Gaal has moved to allay fan concerns over United’s top four chances but they have every right to be worried due to the poor displays. They will have to play much better starting with Newcastle United on Wednesday night.