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Merson backing Reds to cling on for final top four spot

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson

At the start of the season you’d think that securing a top-four spot would have been a shoo-in for reigning Premier League champions Liverpool.

However, with the Reds currently down in sixth place and five points adrift of West Ham United in fourth, Jurgen Klopp’s men have a significant task on their hands between now and the end of the campaign.

Paul Merson has tipped Manchester City, Manchester United and Leicester City for a 1,2,3 but as for the final Champions League qualification slot, he’s not so sure.

The Metro quote him as telling Sky Sports:

“Despite their superb season so far, I don’t see West Ham lasting the distance, and that means a spot is up for grabs.

“Moyes’ side have been brilliant, but I saw enough in that second half against Spurs to tell me it’s just too much for them to do in the reminder of the season.

“Everton have got the fixture list to make a challenge, but I do worry about their consistency.

“For me, it’s between Chelsea and Liverpool for that final spot.

“If Chelsea have a good March, that’s it, they are in. But, I worry about Chelsea scoring enough goals. I can’t see them blowing teams away.

“I’ve always said Liverpool will make it but when push comes to shove, it so hard to stick with them, at the moment.

“It’s hard to get away from their form and the fact the luck is not with them.

“You look at the games they’ve lost, and you look at the games they have coming up and wonder if they can turn it around.

“They should beat Sheffield United but there is doubt there, especially with no defenders.

“I’ve shown so much faith in them, but the players keep dropping like flies.

“The one player I want on the pitch out of all of their players at the moment is Jordan Henderson.

“When things are not going well, he’s the leader. He’s the player that gets people going.

“With him now being out of the team it’s a bit of a worry. ‘It feels like I’m just going with the name and not looking at the performances and results.

“The teams they haven’t beaten is very worrying. I don’t know why, but I have to stick with Liverpool.

“Please don’t ask me why but I’m keeping the faith with Jurgen Klopp and his side.”

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