Neville makes Liverpool prediction ahead of Champions League tie vs Real Madrid


Gary Neville believes Liverpool will fall short as they bid to overturn a 3-1 deficit in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final with Real Madrid.

Los Blancos were by far the better team in last week’s first leg, with Vinicius Junior at the double and Marco Asensio grabbing the other goal for the 13-time European champions.

Liverpool bounced back with a last-gasp victory over Aston Villa on Saturday, ending a run of six consecutive Premier League defeats at home to boost their hopes of a top-four finish.

But Neville was unconvinced by the Reds’ performance and played down their chances of pulling off another famous comeback at Anfield.



Vinicius Junior's electric performance fired Real Madrid to first-leg victory
Vinicius Junior’s electric performance fired Real Madrid to first-leg victory

“It was a massive result for Liverpool [against Villa], they couldn’t afford really to lose,” he told Sky Sports’ The Gary Neville Podcast . “It’s really important that Liverpool get into the top four.

“They won the title last season and have had an exceptional three years. Now that they’ve got the chance to get into that top four you couldn’t say it’s a priority over the Champions League.



Neville has given a bleak assessment on Liverpool's chances of reaching the semi-finals
Neville has given a bleak assessment on Liverpool’s chances of reaching the semi-finals

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“But the reality of it is that from where they’ve been – and they’ve had some difficult moments in these last few months – that [top four] would be a good result at the end of this season for Liverpool. I think that [beating Villa] was a big moment for them.

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“They were really poor in Madrid in midweek and they’ve given themselves a lot to do. And I’m not sure they have got it in them to do it because at Anfield they’ve not been great.

“Even against Aston Villa, they’re scrambling to win late on. With a crowd in, it’s a different story, but I think they’re going to go out of the Champions League.

“I might be wrong, but it would seem now that they’ve got the top four to concentrate on. If they get into the top four at the end of it, it would be a half-decent result for them.”

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