Liverpool face being knocked off their perch if they fail to land a major summer transfer, claims Gary Neville

GARY NEVILLE warned Liverpool they risk being knocked off their perch if they do not make a major transfer this summer.

The champions have so far only brought in back-up left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos for £11.75million.

They have been heavily linked to Bayern Munich playmaker Thiago Alcantara, who Neville feels could be the signing of the window.

The ex-England right-back and Sky Sports pundit said: “It would be ridiculous to suggest there would not be a slight drop-off if they don’t somehow stimulate that squad by doing something.

“To get to a Champions League final, then to get to a Champions League final and win, and then to go again with the Premier League is a huge emotional drain on the group of players for three years.

“To ask them to achieve that same standard would be a superhuman effort.

“That is where signing Thiago would give a big lift — to send a message to the rest of the players that we’ve signed one of the best in the world. He is world class and would give them a world-class presence in an area of the field where they don’t have that.

“They have really good midfielders with good work ethic, but with him in there it would be another step.”

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Jurgen Klopp’s men kick off their new campaign on Saturday evening at home to new boys Leeds.

Neville added: “Bielsa is front foot.

They might get a bloody nose but he’ll get a bloody nose fighting the way he wants to fight.”

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