Gary Neville predicts Jurgen Klopp will field a weak XI vs Barcelona to edge out Man City

Liverpool 1st, Man City 2nd

After the weekend’s action in the Premier League, it’s as we were at the top of the table.

Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Cardiff on Sunday lifted the Reds back into first place.

Man City remain two points behind the Scousers following their 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday.

The Sky Blues still have a game in hand over the Reds, which will take place on Wednesday as Man United host City in the derby at Old Trafford.

Jurgen Klopp may rotate vs Barcelona

Last week Liverpool booked their spot in the Champions League semifinals.

The Reds will take on Barcelona following their win over Porto in the quarterfinals.

As for Man City, they were dumped out of the Champions League on the away goals rule after a 4-4 aggregate draw with Tottenham.

Will City’s exit help them in their bid to win the Premier League title?

That issue, amongst others, was analysed by Gary Neville in his weekly podcast for Sky Sports.

Neville has suggested that Jurgen Klopp may field a weakened team against Barcelona in the first leg:

What Gary Neville said

I’ve said all season I thought Liverpool would need to sacrifice something to win the league. 

I just feel that if City do drop points against Burnley or Manchester United, and I think Liverpool will beat Huddersfield, Jurgen Klopp has a big decision to make in that game against Newcastle on that Saturday night. 

The build-up to that, they’ve got Barcelona away on the Wednesday evening. If Liverpool need to win against Newcastle and Wolves to win the league, does he take a chance and rest players at the Nou Camp knowing he still has a second chance in that game the Tuesday after at home? 

He’ll also have his fresh team ready against Newcastle. I think he does, if City drop points. 

If City don’t drop points against United or Burnley, he obviously plays his full team. At that point then, you wouldn’t think City would drop points in their last two games against Leicester and Brighton. 

But if City do drop points this week, I think Klopp will take a chance in the Nou Camp against Barcelona and try to come out of there alive so he can win the game with his best team at Newcastle and the second leg against Barcelona at Anfield. 

Three games in six days when you’re going for the semi final of the Champions League and the first Premier League title in 29 years is a tough ask for the same eleven.

Listen to the Gary Neville podcast below.

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