Pundit claims ‘terrified’ Liverpool won’t make the top four

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ESPN pundit Steve Nicol thinks Liverpool will be “terrified” to play at home now following their recent performances at Anfield.

The Reds have lost six matches in a row at home with defeats to Burnley, Brighton, Manchester City, Everton, Chelsea and Fulham seeing them drop to sixth in the Premier League table.

They did beat Wolves 1-0 on Monday evening thanks to a goal from Diogo Jota on his return to Molineux but the performance still wasn’t what we’re used to from Jurgen Klopp’s side.


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It boosted their chances of a top-four finish, with Liverpool five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, while leaders Manchester City, Manchester United and Leicester City occupy the other Champions League spots.

When asked if the current top four would remain the top four, Nicol told ESPN: “I’m not so sure, I think West Ham and Leicester are actually vying for that last place.

“I don’t see how Liverpool can put a run of wins together. Yes they did win today but my goodness – as the boys have said – they couldn’t keep the ball, didn’t really create an awful lot.

“And of course they’ve actually got some home games [coming up] , so they must be terrified to play at home, they probably wish they were playing away from home every week.

“So, yeah, I don’t see Liverpool in the top four.”

 

Meanwhile, Gary Neville disagrees that anyone has a chance of breaking into the top four as it is now.

When asked who will finish in the top four, Neville told Sky Sports: “I think it is [fixed]. Leicester are the one team you’d be most nervous about, because they did blow up last season. But I think there’s just enough this year.

“I don’t see West Ham catching Leicester, and the teams below them are so inconsistent and seem to be all over the place. I’m not sure which one of them is going to put a run together.

“They’re capable of it, some of them, but I would think this Leicester team would hang on, and would cement the fact Brendan Rodgers has done a brilliant job two years on the bounce.

“Last year, they were so unlucky to miss out on the last day to Manchester United, whereas this year I think they’ll make top four, with Chelsea third and Leicester fourth.”