Phil Neville believes that Manchester City loanee Joe Hart could have been the signing that won Liverpool their first Premier League title.
Liverpool’s £4.7m summer signing from Mainz, Loris Karius, was at fault for Bournemouth’s winner in the 4-3 thriller last weekend and has been satirised for his positioning for Dimitri Payet’s free kick in the 2-2 draw with West Ham United.
Neville has insisted that Liverpool would have had a better chance of winning the league if they had made a move for Hart when Pep Guardiola looked to get rid of him, and believes that there is little difference in terms of quality between Karius and Simon Mignolet.
The former Manchester United full back said: “I look back at the start of the season when Joe Hart went to Torino and I thought, ‘If Liverpool sign Joe Hart then they probably have a fantastic chance of winning the Premier League’. To win the Premier League you need a good goalkeeper, you need two good centre backs.
“Unfortunately I don’t think Liverpool have either. I don’t want to criticise goalkeepers for making mistakes because everybody makes mistakes, but in terms of the quality I’ve seen already, I’m not so sure that the performances back up what I’m seeing on the pitch.”
Hart was allegedly willing to take a massive pay deduction in order to sign for the Reds but Liverpool were quick to deny interest in the England international.
The 29-year-old has won two Premier League titles with City and has proved himself to be a world-class shot-stopper throughout his career.
He has seemingly addressed the way in which he approaches games – before and during the 2016 Euro finals he would get extremely animated and in turn lost focus to a certain degree – as he now visibly withholds a more reserved sort of demeanour during matches.