How do you prepare for a game when you don't focus on it?
"We wanted that, so how could I stand here and say 'oh my God we have to play all these teams.' That's how it is and that's why our owners have brought us all together - to try to do our best and nothing else".
Neville as a pundit, like his colleague Jamie Carragher, is known for his incendiary remarks - trying to grab attention - but even for Neville his remarks showed a blinding lack of both knowledge and respect for Liverpool.
Liverpool return to action tomorrow night when they take on French champions Paris St-Germain in their Champions League opener.
The last season's Champions League finalists, who have started the league with five consequetive victories will face a challenge to reach the knockout stage in Europe.
Neville's reasoning is that there is a big drop in quality from Liverpool's front three to the reserves.
And Wijnaldum believes there's more pressure on Liverpool this season due to the new additions.
Usually, a team so full of energy, endeavour and desire, the Spurs of recent weeks has looked the antithesis of everything Poch has come to expect from his team.
Liverpool spent £176.95 million in the transfer window for exactly this reason - to build up a squad capable of fighting on all fronts.
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Spurs trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by three points but could move top for a few hours at least with victory at Wembley. When a striker does not fill the net and does not score goals, always you need to find some reason why but I think he is fit.
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We have to do that, to rotate. "No one has to tell us what we have to do", the 27-year-old added. But of course the game Saturday will be completely different.
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"Yet on a day when Tottenham's centre-backs of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld couldn't cope with the movement of Liverpool's forwards, they were let off the hook by wasteful finishing and poor decision making by Salah, Mane and Firmino".
The Premier League title should be a realistic aim, although City are understandably still favourites and Chelsea will harbour renewed title ambition of their own after their flawless start put them top of the table ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.
Meanwhile, Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, commented: "The performance today, for me, was better than the result". Shaqiri has played 27 and injury-inflicted Adam Lallana only three minutes.
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Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has paid tribute to his colleague Roberto Firmino, saying he "works like an animal" to make life easier for his forward colleagues.
The Reds had the best of the game in the first half, with Roberto Firmino having a goal ruled out for offside early on.
"In football always the line between winning and losing is thin, like against Manchester United [in Spurs' 3-0 win] in the first half they deserved more, we won but that doesn't mean that we are so fantastic are going to win the Premier League".
Some minutes at Rajko Mitic Stadium or Stadio San Paolo could help fast-track a talented youngster to the next level of their development. I don't care that he wasn't great [against Liverpool].
One of the few to emerge with any credit from yesterday's defeat was goalkeeper Joe Hart, who summed up the team's performance with some honesty.