Rio Ferdinand says that he has a “sneaky feeling” that Liverpool will finish in the Premier League’s top four at the end of the season.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have endured a turbulent campaign so far, featuring dramatic peaks and troughs. The Reds sat top on Christmas Day, but woeful form saw them drop to a low of eighth. Nevertheless, they have now won two top-flight games in a row for the first time since the end of January.
However, a 5-2 defeat to West Brom on Saturday, followed up by the Reds”s win over Arsenal, cut the gap between Liverpool and Chelsea to two points.
In fact, Tottenham and West Ham are also two points behind the west Londoners. The Hammers, though, play on Monday and can move into fourth.
Overall, however, former Manchester United defender Ferdinand believes that out of the chasing pack, Liverpool have enough to make the top four.
“I think Liverpool are going to get in there now,” he told BT Sport. “The result they got at the weekend, the performance and the confidence that will give that team.
“Fabinho back as well is a huge boost. Liverpool with how they’ve been in the last two seasons they have that know-how, that nous to go and put a run of results together.
“Out of Chelsea, Leicester, Liverpool and Spurs I think Liverpool is the one who could go on a six, seven game run.
“I’ve got a sneaky feeling they will. I hope not if I’m being honest.”
Above Chelsea, Leicester currently sit in third place and will have their eyes on retaining their top-four status.
Indeed, they dropped out on the final day last season after a defeat to United.
Ferdinand’s fellow pundit Steve Sidwell believes that champions-elect Manchester City, United, Leicester and Chelsea will stay as they are.
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“Leicester, with the experience they had of dropping out last season, and for Chelsea I think the result is a blessing in disguise,” Sidwell said
“When Tuchel came in, what he’s done, I think they’ll get over the line.”
Liverpool face arguably the easiest run-in, with a trip to Old Trafford their toughest test on paper.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have to face West Ham, City, Arsenal and Leicester – the clash with the Foxes coming as both sides’ penultimate game.
For Leicester, clashes with Tottenham and Man Utd come either side of their match with the Blues.