Sky Sports pundits Jamie Redknapp and Micah Richards fired a warning to fourth-placed Leicester as Liverpool closed the gap in the hunt for Champions League football.
The Reds saw off Southampton 2-0 on Saturday night to move to within six points of the Foxes. However, they still have a game in hand over their former boss Brendan Rodgers’ side. While that game in hand is the delayed trip to Old Trafford to face Man Utd, the win over the Saints keeps Liverpool in the race.
Thiago, who netted the second goal in the win over Southampton, admitted the Reds need to win their final four games to finish fourth.
And Redknapp agreed, although he feels there are still plenty of unpredictable results to come.
He told Sky Sports: “I believe that [if LFC win remaining games they’ll get top four],” he said. “Thiago called it a ‘small miracle’ if they do, but you never know.
“Everyone is looking at Leicester right now in fourth place like they’re the wounded animals, they’re the ones everyone is trying to catch, and that game second last of the season, at Chelsea, is going to be so big for the top four race. West Ham [in fifth] will still believe they’ve got a good chance.
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“Every year you start predicting fixtures, ‘that one they should win…’ But it doesn’t work like that because everyone is fighting for something. It’s still very, very tough. Anything can happen. A couple of injuries and it can all switch.
“But right now Leicester do look the most vulnerable out of them but they will argue, we’ve got the points, you’d rather be in this position.
“They’ve got horrible games Leicester, whatever way you dress it up. That’s as tough as it gets, really. Man Utd, with their fixture congestion, might do them a favour but they’ve got to find something from within, they’ve got to really dig in now.
“Everyone is saying they’re going to be the team that’s not going to make the top four. They’ve got to show some real character.”
Liverpool finally getting in their stride
Fellow Sky Sports pundit Micah Richards believes that Leicester’s fall out of the top four during the final weeks of last season will be playing on their mind now.
He also stated that Liverpool’s second-half performance against Southampton will give the Reds belief they can go on a run of wins.
“After they fell off last season, maybe psychologically it will be difficult for them,” said Richards. “Liverpool in the second half showed me something.
“The rest of the fixtures, if Liverpool played like they did in the last 25 minutes in the second half [against Southampton] they could win all those games.”