Mark Lawrenson makes blunt admission about Liverpool and top-four race
Mark Lawrenson reckons a top-four finish could be out of Liverpool's reach
Mark Lawrenson has told Liverpool to forget about finishing in the top four unless Jurgen Klopp makes one or two world-class signings before the close of the summer transfer window.
The Reds finished in eighth place in the Premier League table last term under the former Borussia Dortmund manager after the German head coach replaced Brendan Rodgers in October.
Klopp has already added seven new players to his squad this summer in an attempt to transform his Liverpool side into challengers for a top-four place in the Premier League.
The 18-time English champions will start the new Premier League season with a trip to top-four rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
However, former Reds defender Lawrenson had a stark warning for Klopp and his players ahead of their first full season under the German head coach.
“I think they are looking at fifth or sixth unless they can make a couple more top-quality signings,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“They are desperate for a left-back, for starters. Having no European football will help Jurgen Klopp because he will have more time to prepare his players to play his pressing style, but I think a top-four place is 50-50 at best.
“If Daniel Sturridge has more injury problems then, as things stand, I don’t think he has another regular goalscorer without him.”
Liverpool lost two finals under Klopp last season after Manchester City beat the Reds on penalties in the League Cup at Wembley before the five-time European champions lost 3-1 to Sevilla in the Europa League showpiece.