Jamie Carragher predicts where Liverpool will finish this season
Jamie Carragher feels that Liverpool are likely to miss out on a top-four finish in the Premier League this season
Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool are not good enough to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.
The Reds are gearing up for their crunch clash with Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday afternoon as they look to claim victory and heap further misery on Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal.
I’m not worried where they finish this season, whether it is fifth or eighth
Liverpool headed into this weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures in ninth place in the top-flight table and five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
However, Carragher does not feel that Liverpool have what it takes to secure Champions League qualification under Jurgen Klopp this season.
Carragher wrote in his column for the Daily Mail: “I don’t think Liverpool are good enough to make the Champions League this year and a loss to United could potentially mean they come out of the weekend eight points behind fourth place with five or six clubs ahead of them.
“They would virtually have no chance of qualifying from that position.
“Yes, Liverpool showed great desire to come back against Arsenal on Wednesday but, as good as that was, you can’t forget the way they performed in the 2-0 defeat at West Ham a fortnight ago. There is a reason they are in ninth place.
“But I’m not worried where they finish this season, whether it is fifth or eighth.
“What I am bothered about are trophies and that’s why Stoke City on January 26 [in the League Cup] is much bigger for Klopp and Liverpool than a visit from Manchester United.
Liverpool have struggled to find consistent form in the Premier League since Klopp’s appointment as Brendan Rodgers’ successor at Anfield back in October.
The Reds have only won four of their last 10 Premier League games following the German’s arrival on Merseyside in the autumn.