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London-loving William Gallas reveals two reasons why Liverpool will miss out on top-four spot this season

Jurgen Klopp overseeing a Liverpool game

Former Chelsea and Arsenal defender William Gallas has revealed two main reasons why he believes Liverpool will not finish in the Premier League top four this season.

Jurgen Klopp’s were of course for an unprecedented quadruple last term but ended up having to settle for both domestic cups as they finsihed runners-up to Manchester City in the Premier League and lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Under Klopp, the Reds have finished in the top four of the league for the last six seasons. Indeed, they even claimed their first top-flight title success in 30 years in the 2019-20 campaign.

The Anfield outfit also finished second in 2018-19, third in 2020-21 and fourth in 2016-17 and 2017-18 – during Klopp’s early days.

But despite all their recent success, Gallas is not confident Liverpool will make the Champions League spots again.

Klopp‘s men started the new campaign with a shock 2-2 draw at Fulham. And Gallas has cited two reasons, one from that game, that means they will miss out on the top four.

“‘As an ex-London player, I have to say Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham to win the Premier League,” Gallas told Genting Casino.

“On top four, Liverpool can miss out because they don’t have Sadio Mane anymore. And Luis Diaz does not have the same impact.

“Liverpool always concede goals too, like we saw against Fulham. Even if I like how Liverpool play, I think it will be City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.”

The Reds are back in Premier League action on Monday night when they host Crystal Palace.

Gallas ticking boxes with old clubs in Liverpool prediction

It looks like William Gallas is trying to please his old clubs by dropping Liverpool out of the top four. He even named them in the order in which he played for them in predicting where they will finish.

The basis on which he thinks Klopp’s men will miss out is not particularly sound either.

Yes, they did not look great defensively against Fulham but they conceded 26 goals in 38 league games last season. That was the same amount as champions City and the equal lowest in the league.

It’s also too early to suggest that Luis Diaz will not have the same impact as Mane, especially when you consider how well he performed last season.

Add in the fact that Darwin Nunez is the player effectively brought in to replace Mane and Liverpool should not be light on goals this season.

Klopp also has enough credit stored in the bank to think that the Reds will once again be City’s main challengers this season.

Sorry William, but you are horribly wrong here.

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