Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool, who have the “sixth-best squad”, are now to be considered “outsiders” for a Champions League spot.
Liverpool are currently occupying fourth spot, but only on goal difference after their dismal 2-0 defeat to Hull City on Saturday.
Manchester City have the chance to leapfrog both them and Arsenal if they defeat Swansea, while sixth-placed Manchester United are fourth points behind with a game in hand.
“I imagine after the weekend they’ll be outside the top four and they will be outsiders now,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“People will keep saying they have played a lot of the top teams but in their next home games they have got Tottenham and Arsenal.
“You would expect them to do well in those games, they always do, but the majority of matches they have struggled in have come against teams in the bottom half of the table.
“That’s where they have major problems.
“Liverpool have got the sixth-best squad in the league for me, but I think the quality of the manager puts them where they are.”
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool to “wake up” following what he called an “unacceptable defeat.