Souness clashes with Neville over ‘daft’ off-air Liverpool jibe after Man Utd spanking

Will Ford
Souness on Liverpool

Gary Neville and Graeme Souness got into a heated debate in the Sky Sports studio after Manchester United’s 7-0 defeat to Liverpool, over whether Jurgen Klopp’s side “played well” or not.

United were 1-0 down at half-time but the floodgates opened after the break, with Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah all notching a couple of goals each at Anfield.

There has been predictable criticism of United’s performance, with Bruno Fernandes singled out as being particularly culpable.

But Souness didn’t take kindly to Neville’s off-air assertion that the result was all about how bad United were, rather than the brilliance of Liverpool.

Here’s the exchange in full…

Souness: “Can I just pull it back, Gary put it on me at the start of the show, if I would repeat on the air that I think Liverpool will win well today, comfortably. Gary said off the air that he thought Liverpool played badly today.”

Neville: “I didn’t say that.”

Souness: “What did you say?”

Neville: “I said first half I think Manchester United were the better team. In the second half it was just about Manchester United’s capitulation.”

Souness: “So that would be nothing to do with Liverpool playing well?”

Carragher: “You said you didn’t think Liverpool played well.”

Neville “I don’t think Jurgen Klopp, he’ll analyse that game tomorrow and the momentum he’ll take from that, he won’t think oh, we’re back. He won’t fall into that trap. They won’t get carried away off the back of that, Liverpool, at all.”

Souness: “We’re not talking about getting carried away, we’re talking about them playing well today.”

Neville: “Look at you gloating like little children.”

Souness: “No, because you just can’t come out with a daft remark saying Liverpool didn’t play well today.”

Neville: “My point is I’ve seen Liverpool play well for five or six years and they’ve put in some of the best performances I’ve ever seen. They’re still not back anywhere near that.”

Carragher: “So did Liverpool play well today?”

Neville: “They played alright in the second half, they won the game no problem. I’ve said congratulations, well done. Congratulations. My point is, when you get beat seven nil, it becomes about how bad the other team are. Manchester United in that second half – Luke Shaw, Varane, Martinez, Dalot, that midfield, they were an absolute shambles.”

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