John Barnes predicts where Liverpool, Arsenal will finish this season

John Barnes is still hopeful that Liverpool can finish in the top four this season...

John Barnes believes that Liverpool are fully capable of securing a top-four finish this season and sealing a return to the Champions League.

The Reds suffered a setback in their pursuit of Champions League qualification on Saturday afternoon as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat at West Ham United in their first game of the new year.

That result left the Merseyside outfit in eighth place in the top-flight table and five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, who travel to Everton on Sunday.

However, Liverpool legend Barnes feels that the Reds are capable of stringing together a positive run of results in the second half of the season to move up the table, and says Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City are on course to finish in the top three this term.

Barnes wrote in his blog for Titanbet: “I don’t see why not [Liverpool can finish in the top four].

“I think Spurs, Manchester City and Arsenal, in no particular order, will make up the top three, but Liverpool are in the mix for the last spot.

“Ultimately Manchester United will be their main rivals, so I can see the battle being between the two big enemies, even though Crystal Palace and Leicester are around them at the moment.”

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Liverpool’s next game is a trip to Stoke City in the League Cup on Tuesday.

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