LIVERPOOL will class a draw against Merseyside rivals Everton as a “good result”.
That is the opinion of Manchester United legend Gary Neville.
Liverpool lead closest challengers Manchester City by one point ahead of the Merseyside derby on Sunday.
So small is the margin of error atop the Premier League that three draws in the last five games has been treated as a wobble for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Liverpool were nowhere near their best in last Sunday’s stalemate with United, and they have another grudge match this weekend.
Everton have not beaten Liverpool at home in the league for nine years, but Marco Silva’s men are coming off the back of a rampant 3-0 rout in Cardiff.
It was against Liverpool in December that their season lost momentum, conceding the game’s only goal in the 96th minute after a Jordan Pickford mistake left the goal gaping for Divock Origi.
The Toffees will be determined to stop their arch rivals from claiming their first title in 29 years, however.
City can go two points ahead of Liverpool if they beat Bournemouth on Saturday, meaning only a win at Goodison Park would restore the Anfield side’s lead.
But Neville, who had a vociferous relationship with Liverpool as a player, reckons the league leaders will be content with one point.
“There are various factors that will decide who wins the Premier League this season,” he told Sky Sports.
“But it is looking like it’s just down to Liverpool and Manchester City now.
“The big things that could decide it are experience in the squad, and Man City’s previous experience of winning a Premier League title will also stand them in good stead.
“But there are many more twists and turns to come. I think it will be close.
“Liverpool’s [5-0 win] against Watford could give them the edge as slight favourites again.
“And I think they will see a point as a good result in the Merseyside derby.”