Jan Molby: Why Chelsea defeat isn’t good news for Liverpool

The former Liverpool midfielder is worried about Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the top-four race

Jan Molby has admitted that he is unsure whether Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 win against Chelsea is necessarily good news for Liverpool.

The Merseyside outfit are in second place in the Premier League table and five points behind leaders Chelsea after Antonio Conte’s men suffered their first defeat since September after a 13-game winning run.

Dele Alli scored either side of half-time to end Chelsea’s 100 per cent record since a 3-0 loss at Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in their sixth game of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

Tottenham have won their last five top-flight fixtures to hoist Mauricio Pochettino’s men up to third place in the Premier League table and two points adrift of second-placed Liverpool.

Manchester United, meanwhile, have won six Premier League games on the spin to move the Red Devils to within a point of fourth-placed Manchester City ahead of the visit of Liverpool on Sunday 15 January.

Writing in his Liverpool Echo column, Molby shed light on his concerns surrounding Liverpool’s top-four bid.

“They’d been given a massive lift by the win over City, had 48 hours to rest and players recover quicker now than they’ve ever done. I’m not so sure whether it’s that great for us that Tottenham beat Chelsea.

“I still think that Liverpool’s number one target is to finish in the top four and it’s quickly becoming very tight again. Over the next few weeks we’ll either find ourselves right back in the title race or in a massive scrap for a Champions League place.

“Tottenham have now won their last five games and Manchester United their last six so out of those six top sides, two big teams are clearly going to miss out.”

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