Lionel Messi makes Liverpool claim as Gary Neville snubs transfer question

Lionel Messi has named Liverpool as one of the candidates to win the Champions League this season while acknowledging that ‘not always the best team wins.

From the moment his summer switch to Paris Saint-Germain was completed, Mauricio Pochettino’s side were listed as the firm favourites to go all the way in Europe’s elite competition.

PSG have reached both the final and semi-final of the Champions League in the past two campaigns and will certainly fancy their chances of finally getting their hands on the trophy with an attacking trio of Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar at their disposal.

Fully aware that the French side are one of the ‘main candidates’ to taste success in the competition, Messi conceded that teams such as Liverpool and Manchester City have an added advantage due to the amount of time spent working together as a group.

Gary Neville has explained why he would never have played for Liverpool had the opportunity come his way.

The former Manchester United captain played for his boyhood club for the entirety of his playing career, spending close to 17 years at Old Trafford and racking up 599 appearances.

Since retiring from playing, Neville has formed a career as one of Sky Sports’ most renowned pundits alongside Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.

Neville has always been vocal about Liverpool when on his punditry duty, and he has mentioned the Reds yet again in a podcast.

Speaking on an episode of Sky Sports’ Off Script, Neville was asked which clubs he would have considered joining had he ever left Man United.

In response to the question, Neville started by ruling out three he wouldn’t join “in a millions years” – one of those was Liverpool.

“You can rule out three,” said Neville. “I’d have never have played for [Manchester] City, Liverpool or Leeds. Not in a million years.”

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