Sky Sports pundits expect Liverpool to drop surprise points

Matt Stead

Liverpool will finish as Premier League runners-up after dropping points against Southampton in April, according to two Sky Sports pundits.

Manchester City are two points behind f***ing joyless Liverpool with a game in hand as the season edges towards a nail-biting conclusion.

Liverpool have seven league games to play alongside a Champions League quarter-final, while City have eight games left, a Champions League quarter-final and an FA Cup semi-final at the very least.

Sky Sports asked three of their pundits to predict the scorelines of each of the top two’s final games, with Matt Le Tissier and Charlie Nicholas both expecting City to win the title by a single point.

Phil Thompson? He obviously sees Liverpool winning each of their last seven games and City drawing away at both Crystal Palace and Manchester United for his former side to claim the crown with a comfortable three-point margin.

“I think they could end up costing City the title,” he says of United, while Burnley “are another potential banana skin”.

But Thompson’s opinion of a 2-0 win against Southampton in early April is not shared by either Le Tissier or Nicholas, who both perhaps surprisingly see the Reds dropping points at St Mary’s.

Le Tissier thinks they will win six of their seven matches, but “the Saints game is one Liverpool drops points in” in a 2-2 draw.

“That is not myself being biased,” he adds. “The win against Spurs will give them a massive lift and the way Ralph Hasenhuttl has got them playing is great. They took Man Utd all the way at Old Trafford and beat Arsenal and Spurs at home. They raise their game.”

Nicholas also believes Jurgen Klopp’s side will slip up against the relegation battlers by drawing 2-2.

“The Saints clash is another tremendously difficult game,” he says. “Hasenhuttl is getting results, and I am going to go for a draw again.”

Go on then, Alpine Klopp.