Liverpool news: Steve Nicol makes big Premier League title demand | Football | Sport


That’s the suggestion of Reds legend Steve Nicol.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been made second favourites to reigning champions City, who won the league by 19 points last term and lost only to Liverpool and Manchester United, after a bold transfer window.

The German manager has spent big to recruit Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson to strengthen the spine of his team and add vital depth.

That’s after Liverpool reached the Champions League final last season, going down to Real Madrid, and finished in the top four for a second straight campaign.

But while Liverpool have gone what will be seven years without silverware if they win a trophy in 2018-19, defender-turned-pundit Nicol believes they should hone in on taking down City for the domestic crown instead.

“They shouldn’t be happy being in the top four,” Nicol told ESPN FC.

“Everybody would love a trophy but personally I would sacrifice a trophy for obviously either winning the Premier League or [at least] pushing Manchester City all the way to the very last weekend.”

Asked if he would take a repeat of last season, finishing fourth and reaching a European final, Nicol added: “No. I’m going to say no.

“Right now, considering how long it’s been since Liverpool won a league title or the Premier League title since it started, personally I’m more interested in winning the Premier League title than a Champions League title.”

European football expert Raphael Honigstein weighed in but felt, unlike Nicol, that Liverpool cannot afford to prioritise even on achieving a long-awaited league triumph.

“If you are a Liverpool coach you have to try and win absolutely everything,” he said.

“At the end of the season you can think ‘Did we do well enough, should we have done better? Were we to blame or were the others just simply too strong?’

“I don’t think you can just say that this year we’re going to concentrate on the league and not worry about the cups, go for the FA Cup from January but before that we don’t start playing – it doesn’t really work like that.

“I think a pretty good idea of where a club stands is how the bookmakers rate them.

“Right now, Liverpool is seen as the second best team in the Premier League, so the ambition has to be to achieve at least that or to overachieve.

“The same holds true of all the other competitions they enter.”



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