Gary Neville fears Man City could force Liverpool into making same mistake as Man Utd

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Pep Guardiola and his “angry” Manchester City will be desperate to knock Liverpool off their perch and return to the top of English football next ­season.

But Gary Neville has warned Jurgen Klopp’s team will only get better after g­aining self-belief from winning the Premier League title.

City lifted the title in the last two years but are now 25 points behind Liverpool as the season prepares to re-start.

The Carabao Cup winners can still complete a knockout treble by winning the FA Cup and Champions League in ­August.

But Manchester United ­legend Neville is ­already ­anticipating a title battle ­between City and Liverpool for the crown in the next ­campaign.

His Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson once famously declared his “greatest ­challenge was knocking ­Liverpool right off their f****** perch” after decades of Anfield domination.

Now Neville believes the other side of Manchester will be gunning to limit Liverpool’s reign to one season.

“My main criticism of ­ Manchester City in the early years of them winning titles was I always felt that after they had won it, they all relaxed,” said Sky Sports analyst Neville.

“Whereas under Pep you could see after the first one he wanted more. He did an interview with us where he said he knew his players would like him less the next season as he was going to be so demanding to get them back to those ­levels of the season.

“When we won the ­Champions League in 1999, we didn’t get back to those levels the next year.

“We wanted to win back-to-back Champions Leagues but you have to go to the next level. You can’t just repeat your ­performance because everybody has seen that, you have to go above it. Liverpool are ­capable of doing it but they will have a very angry ­Manchester City and Pep Guardiola chasing after them.”

The uncertainty over City’s future is a potential two-year Champions League ban for Financial Fair Play breaches and Guardiola entering the final year of his contract.

Klopp and his side face the challenge of improving on a Premier League season which has seen only one ­defeat in 29 games.

Neville said: “Winning the league either makes you feel you have done it and you will ease off two or three percent which is enough to make you lose the league.

“Or it will give you ­confidence, experience and maturity to make you better.

“With Manchester United teams over the years, it was largely the same squad year on year apart from two or three players he would bring in and out. He relied on our experience and confidence and maturity to grow.

“You win leagues by feeling more ­confident and ­comfortable in the ­pressurised parts of the season.

“Liverpool players can ­improve just by ­having extra confidence and maturity from winning it – and arrogance from winning the Champions League and the Premier League in two seasons – those players should be at a level they have never been at.

“Brian Kidd told me in my early days all I had to do each season was ­progress, just a little bit. Do something ­different and ­better – fitness or a tactical change.

“I would love to see ­Liverpool Football Club at their peak now – that this was as good as it was going to get.

“But a Liverpool fan would hate to think this was the best of Van Dijk or Alexander-­Arnold or that Robertson wouldn’t be the same player next season. Why would you think that? I wouldn’t think that of ­Firmino or Mane or Salah. They have ­produced over two or three years.”

The Premier League returns to Sky Sports with a double-header on 17 June, followed by a further 20 matches which will see all 20 teams live on Sky Sports and NOW TV in the opening two weeks.

Sky Sports and NOW TV will show 64 matches – 39 exclusive to subscribers and an extra 25 available on Sky’s free-to-air channel ‘Pick’

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