Rio Ferdinand reluctantly admits Liverpool’s CAN gatecrash top four after impressive win over Arsenal
Rio Ferdinand reluctantly tipped Liverpool into the top four after a standout win over Arsenal, saying the ‘nous’ of Jurgen Klopp’s team will be vital to the run-up.
- Rio Ferdinand believes Liverpool will finish in the top four this season
- Liverpool fell out of pace after six consecutive home league defeats
- They are now just two points behind fourth-place Chelsea with eight games to go
- Liverpool easily lost Arsenal, while Chelsea lost a 5-2 shock to West Brom
- Jurgen Klopp claimed in March that it would be ‘almost impossible’ to get into the top four
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has admitted Liverpool could finish in the top four after their 3-0 win over Arsenal.
With different results for them this weekend, Jurgen Klopp’s side are now just two points behind fourth-place Chelsea in the hunt to make it to next season’s Champions League.
It would be a major turnaround for the reigning champions, with Klopp declaring last month that it is ‘nearly impossible’ for them to finish in the top-four.
Rio Ferdinand has claimed he likes letting Liverpool run and claim a top four finish
It comes after Liverpool looked back at their best in an impressive 3-0 win over Arsenal
But Ferdinand reluctantly told BT Sport that he thinks Liverpool have the best chance of making a good run by the end of the season.
He said, ‘I think Liverpool is going in there now. The result they achieved over the weekend, the performance and the confidence that team will give.
Fabinho’s return is also a huge boost. Liverpool with what they’ve been like over the past two seasons, they’ve got that know-how to put together a string of results.
‘From Chelsea, Leicester, Liverpool and Spurs, I think Liverpool is the one who can make a run of six, seven games. I have a secret feeling they will. I hope not if I’m honest. ‘
The prospect of Liverpool finishing out of the top four seemed impossible at Christmas, when they topped the Premier League rankings.
However, at the start of the year they were in a sad form, mainly due to their extensive injury crisis.
Key stars Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson have all missed major spells this season.
Jurgen Klopp claimed in March that it would be ‘nearly impossible’ for Liverpool to get into the top four
Their home form has slumped alarmingly since the turn of the year, having previously played 68 unbeaten games at Anfield before beating 1-0 against Burnley in January.
Liverpool have lost their last six games at Anfield, including their defeat to Burnley, with maximum points lost to Brighton, Manchester City, Everton, Chelsea and Fulham.
“I like to be an optimist, but in the league it is almost impossible to qualify in the competition for the places we have,” Klopp told Lothar Matthaus, who was a guest editor. Sports photo, last month.
‘Gareth Bale is now playing at Tottenham again, and they are also in the running. Plus City and Manchester United, which are far away. Chelsea is on the rise.
“Reaching Champions League qualification through the league will be difficult, we know that. You don’t usually win the Champions League in a year with as much injury worries as we do, you know, Lothar. ‘
Liverpool are now two points behind Chelsea, which fell to a shocking 5-2 defeat to West Brom
Liverpool closed the gap to Chelsea, which fell to a stunning 5-2 defeat to West Brom on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Leicester lost to Manchester City and allowed Tottenham to draw only with Newcastle.
However, West Ham and Everton could jump from Klopp’s side if they win their respective games in hand.
Steve Sidwell, who was on BT Sport with Ferdinand coverage, thinks the top four will remain the same as it stands now.
He said: ‘Leicester, with the experience they had with the withdrawal last season, and for Chelsea, I think the result is a blessing in disguise. When (Thomas) Tuchel came in, which he did, I think they will come across the border. ‘