Liverpool have ‘very realistic’ chance of top-four finish, says Hamann

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann believes the Reds have a "very realistic" chance of breaking into top four

Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: The Sport Review

Dietmar Hamann believes Liverpool have a “very realistic” chance of securing a top-four finish this season.

Brendan Rodgers has worked hard to strengthen his squad over the summer as the Reds boss snapped up eight new signings following a disappointing seventh-place finish last term.

Liverpool have been 1-0 winners in each of their opening three Premier League games, while talisman Luis Suárez is yet to return to the side as he continues to serve his 10-game ban.

And Hamann, who won the Champions League with the Reds in 2005, reckons Liverpool are significantly stronger and is tipping his old side to launch a serious top-four challenge.

“They’ve given themselves a chance because, last year, they had a terrible start to the season [but] top of the league now, haven’t conceded a goal yet and, with Suarez coming back, you expect them to score more goals,” Hamann told Goal.

“If they keep the defence as tight as it is, I think the top four is a very realistic target.

“They’ve bought two centre-halves, [Martin] Skrtel came back into the side but, in midfield, they have to make sure [Steven] Gerrard and Lucas stay in one piece because they’re vital players to the team.

“Other than that, I think they’re only one or two players away from being a top, top side and, with the squad Brendan Rodgers has built there, if they continue to improve the way they have over the past 12 months, then I wouldn’t rule out Liverpool being a competitor for the Premier League title in the next four or five years.”

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