Liverpool face tough top-four challenge, warns Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher is worried about Liverpool's imminent Premier League encounters

Liverpool face a massive uphill challenge if they are to finish in the top-four this season, according to Reds legend Jamie Carragher.

The red half of Merseyside, currently seventh, sit five points behind fourth-placed north-west rivals Manchester United and must play the current top six in their remaining 12 fixtures.

Results conspired against Liverpool over the weekend, with Tottenham – Tuesday’s opponents – and Southampton both claiming late victories, and Carragher believes his former side have too much to do.

“You’re talking about the top-four for Liverpool, which is obviously the target for them,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“But the fact that Spurs and Southampton, their next opponents, both won won’t help their cause.

“After that comes Manchester City and Manchester United. That makes the current five-point gap to the top-four a challenge to overcome considering their next fixtures.”

The Reds play fifth-placed Tottenham at Anfield tomorrow, before travelling down to Southampton on 22 February, who are six points ahead of Liverpool.

After returning from Besiktas in the Europa League, Anfield will host two north-west derbies, with Manchester City on 1 March and Manchester United on 22 March.

Liverpool play Arsenal immediately after on 4 April, before returning to London on 9 May to play current league leaders Chelsea, who recently won their league cup semi-final.

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