Former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman has rejected Gary Neville’s suggestion that a mentality problem held his former club back against Manchester United in the 90s.
The two players often came up against each other during intense battles between the two sides.
Liverpool had a squad blessed with talent, but were often left in Man Utd’s slip stream as the Red Devils won several major honours, while the Merseyside club went years without silverware.
Neville claimed a few days ago that the reason for this is Liverpool’s issues with mentality, but McManaman responded to the claim and said that mentality had nothing to do with their lack of success when compared to United.
“We just had a few more failings certainly than the side now but against the teams back then that just pipped us to the title,” McManaman told The Metro.
“You know on our day we could beat the majority of them, we could outplay the majority of them over the season.”
“We may have played more attractive football or scored more goals than them but it’s the couple of failings that we had. Maybe our rivals had a better squad or a couple of better players.”
McManaman hailed the “very special, really talented” Liverpool side of that time, and compared their “incredible, entertaining football” to the brand currently being played by Jurgen Klopp’s stars at Anfield.
Though unlike Klopp’s men, the Roy Evans’ side containing McManaman fell just short.
McManaman added: “I don’t think it was a mentality thing or anything like that. It’s just every single year there’s one team that beats everyone else unfortunately and if you don’t get to the top of the mountain then you can’t say you achieved it.
“That was one thing we all look back on and think were we good enough, we were on our day but over a 38-game period we probably didn’t just have enough.”