English Premiership

Neville: Liverpool lack pace

2015-09-15 14:46
Gary Neville (AFP)

Cape Town - Former England and Manchester United defender Gary Neville says Liverpool 'lack pace' and has expressed doubts over their tactics.

Speaking on Sky Sports Monday Night Football, Neville has labelled Brendan Rodgers' side as "rigid".

Liverpool showed little attacking intent when they faced arch-rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat.

"At times over the last few years we have asked for them to be more rigid but now they seem to have gone the other way," said Neville.

"The lack of pace and runners in behind is a great concern for me.

"Now that Sterling and Suarez have gone and Sturridge is injured, they have been replaced with players without the same electricity who come to the ball. It's a lot easier to play against.

"If Liverpool's front players all want to come to the ball, who is making the runs behind the defence? If you don't make runs behind then it's a nightmare."

With just three goals in five matches, they are the joint-second lowest scorers in the top flight this season.

Rodgers has a chance to steady the ship on Sunday when Norwich visit Anfield.

The match kicks off at 17:00.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 20 January 2018
Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea, The American Express Community Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v Huddersfield Town, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Everton v West Bromwich Albion, Goodison Park 17:00
Leicester City v Watford, King Power Stadium 17:00
West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth, London Stadium 17:00
Burnley v Manchester United, Turf Moor 17:00
Manchester City v Newcastle United, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 21 January 2018
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur, St. Mary's Stadium 18:00
Monday, 22 January 2018
Swansea City v Liverpool, Liberty Stadium 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.