Four clubs spend 40% of Premier League's £1.2bn outlay

Andre Schurrle Fulham

Andre Schurrle Fulham

'But looking at the squad Jurgen Klopp has assembled, I will be amazed if Liverpool don't push them very, very close.

Asked if nothing would happen in or out before the Premier League deadline at 5pm, he said: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)".

"My view is that, first of all, it is hard for me to believe we finished second because when I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do - you [the media] are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, you make them look like serial winners".

The former Arsenal and England striker believes the Reds' summer transfer business can catapult them above Pep Guardiola's record-breaking champions. "I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".

Klopp has spent heavily in the summer following the additions of AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho, RB Leipzig star Naby Keita, Stoke City playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri and AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

English Premier League clubs spent £1.23bn in the summer transfer window, down for the first time since 2010, according to Deloitte analysis. Premier League came out of his mouth before we'd even finished the question.

"They seem so intent and we spoke to Kompany and Walker, they seem so intent to not drop below the mentality and standards they achieved a year ago".

"I think back to back titles is an obsession for them". The challenge for them is can they repeat that level of energy and that level of focus every three days?

Neville went on to mention Tottenham and Chelsea as challengers despite their lack of transfer activity and managerial teething issues respectively.

He was also, however, firm in his stance that his old club Manchester United "should be challenging" regardless of their inability to add a top quality centre back to their side during the transfer window.

In spite of the pall of gloom settling around his old club, Neville reckons that United should be expected to challenge for the title.

Manchester United have a front six of Mata, Lingard, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial and Sanchez. Obscene. In midfield, they've got Matic, Fred and Pogba.

Pre-season has clearly been a frustrating time for Mourinho, while a perceived lack of respect for leading his side to second spot last term has got under his skin.

Last season may have been their highest finish since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, but the 19-point gap to runaway Premier League champions Manchester City underlined the improvements required.