Jamie Carragher predicts Liverpool will NOT finish in the Premier League top four – but says his former side should aim to make Leicester and Chelsea feel ‘nervous’ in race for Champions League qualification
Former Champions League winner Jamie Carragher says Liverpool will narrowly miss out on qualifying for the competition by finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season.
Liverpool ended a wretched run of six league defeats in seven matches with a much-needed 1-0 win at Wolves on Monday, leaving them five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Carragher told Sky Sports: ‘It feels like there’s going to be a real fight for the top four and the relegation places this season.
A goal by Diogo Jota (left) left Liverpool looking up with a 1-0 Premier League victory at Wolves
Liverpool are sitting five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and ten shy of Leicester in third
‘At this moment, I still don’t believe Liverpool will get in the top four – I think they will just miss out.
‘There’s still a bit of a gap but it was a massive result [against Wolves] for Liverpool, in terms of top four or potential top four.
‘A lot of teams around there lost points at the weekend. This puts them into sixth, still with a way to go.’
Liverpool could also qualify for the Champions League by winning this season’s competition
With a kind-looking run of nine remaining league games, including only one encounter with a current top-eight team, Carragher is urging Liverpool to try to make Chelsea and third-placed Leicester feel as nervous as they would in a relegation battle.
LIVERPOOL’S FINAL NINE OF THE SEASON
April: Arsenal (a) 4th; Aston Villa (h) 10th; Leeds (a) 17th; Newcastle (h) 24th
May: Man United (a) 1st; Southampton (h) 8th; West Brom (a) 11th; Burnley (a) 15th; Crystal Palace (h) 23rd
He explained: ‘When we talk about teams at the bottom just having that late run and making the other teams feel nervous, that’s what Liverpool have to do in these next couple of weeks.
‘Make Leicester feel a little bit nervous, Chelsea feel nervous, and almost take this to the wire, basically.
‘Teams are playing each other, no-one will get maximum points.
‘It isn’t possible, because there are that many teams involved in this race for the top four.
‘That’s what Liverpool need to do: with four or five games to go, be in a position where they can basically jump if someone makes a mistake.’
Fifth-placed West Ham, who lost 1-0 at Manchester United on Sunday, are two points above Liverpool with a game in hand.