Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be nervous ahead of this weekend’s clash with Manchester City. The defending champions are the early pacesetters in the Premier League this season with 16 points from their opening seven matches but their defensive frailties have been exposed. Liverpool are facing the prospect of being without star man Virgil van Dijk for the remainder of the season due to injury and, in his absence, hold the second-worst defensive record in the top-flight. While City have not been firing on all cylinders so far this season, Neville believes that there is enough in Pep Guardiola’s squad to leave Klopp sweating due to the absence of Van Dijk.
Gary Neville said “I thought the signings of Diogo Jota and Thiago were clever, they (Liverpool) supplemented what they already had, It wouldn’t surprise me if in a few weeks time they go and deal with that issue of Van Dijk and maybe bring in a centre-back just to get them through, whether it’s on loan until the end of the season or a more permanent solution. I think Jurgen Klopp will be nervous of what could happen, they will be more exposed. I’m looking forward to seeing Manchester City vs Liverpool this Sunday because that will be a real test. We’ll get a good guide as to where City are this season and where Liverpool are without Van Dijk.”
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