Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes that Liverpool still have a good chance of finishing in the top four this season and that they could do so at the expense of floundering champions, Manchester City.
The Sky Blues’ Manchester derby loss on Sunday has effectively ended any hopes they may have had of retaining their Premier league crown and has instead switched the focus at the Etihad Stadium to Champions League qualification.
Liverpool could be their closest rivals by the end of play tonight if they beat Newcastle, with a win against the Magpies set to close the gap to just four points with six games remaining.
The Reds were tipped to break back into the big time at the expense of Manchester United until recently, but the Red Devils’ win at Anfield is likely to be the defining moment in the battle between the teams.
Brendan Rodgers has already said that he sees Champions League qualification as a bridge too far for his side, but Merson thinks that they can do it they win all of their remaining games, with City’s shaky performances and ailing form a source of hope:
“Liverpool are not out of it – they have to win all their games though,” he is quoted by the Daily Star.
“They have the potential to win games on the trot.
“I think a lot of Manchester City players will be sitting there thinking ‘we can’t win the league and I’m not going to be here next season’ and that’s a worry.
“It’s a big football match for Liverpool, they need to win this and get back to winning ways.
“Their hopes of top-four are not over. All teams have got hard games.”