The Manchester United icon had previously tipped the signing of Thiago to be the difference in the race for the title last year, as Liverpool tried to defend their title. And although a plethora of injuries and misfortunate proved terminal for their hopes of retaining their crown, there’s every chance that they can claim their second Premier League title thanks to the star Neville claimed was “world-class” prior to his arrival.
Neville told Sky Sports in September 2020: “It wouldn’t be ridiculous to suggest there will be a slight drop off, if they don’t somehow stimulate that squad by doing something. It is a huge emotional drain on the group of players for three years. To ask them to go again and achieve that same standard would be a superhuman effort.
“Getting them to do the same without amendment to the squad to give them that lift again, that is where signing Thiago would give the big one for Liverpool – to send a message to the rest of the players that we’ve signed one of the best players in the world in that position. I could be wrong – they could deliver exactly what they did before but looking at history it doesn’t work like that usually.”