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Gary Neville has given his prediction on the Champions League match between Liverpool and Real Madrid.
Los Blancos have beaten the Red’s 3 – 1 in the first leg of the quarter-final of the European top tier, while the two sides are set to face each other for the second leg on Wednesday.
And speaking about the upcoming clash, Neville has backed Zinedine Zidane’s side to secure another victory over Liverpool, while he also opened up on Jurgen Klopp’s team amid the Premier League top-four run.
“It was a massive result for Liverpool [against Villa], they couldn’t afford really to lose,” Neville said on Sky Sports’ The Gary Neville Podcast.
“It’s really important that Liverpool get into the top four.
“They won the title last season and have had an exceptional three years, now that they’ve got the chance to get into that top four, you couldn’t say it’s a priority over the Champions League, but the reality of it is that from where they’ve been, and they’ve had some difficult moments in these last few months, that [top four] would be a good result at the end of this season for Liverpool. I think that [the win against Villa] was a big moment for them.
“They were really poor in Madrid in midweek, and they’ve given themselves a lot to do and I’m not sure they have got it in them to do it because at Anfield they’ve not been great – even against Aston Villa, they’re scrambling to win late on.
“With a crowd in, it’s a different story, but I think they’re going to go out of the Champions League.
“I might be wrong, but it would seem now that they’ve got the top four to concentrate on.
“If they get into the top four at the end of it, it would be a half-decent result for them.”