Mark Lawrenson refuses to make knee-jerk Liverpool prediction after cup exit

The former Liverpool defender remains confident that the Reds can still finish in the Premier League's top four this season

Mark Lawrenson insists he is still confident Liverpool can qualify for the Premier League’s top four despite their surprise FA Cup exit on Saturday afternoon.

Liverpool lost 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield to heap further pressure on Jurgen Klopp after a dismal start to 2017 in all competitions.

The 18-time English champions have lost three successive games in the last eight days, including results which have seen Liverpool exit the FA Cup and League Cup.

Things haven’t been much better in the Premier League after a three-game winless run following stalemates on the road at Sunderland and Manchester United before a shock 3-2 defeat by top-flight strugglers Swansea City last weekend.

Speaking to BBC Sport after Liverpool’s disappointing performance in the fourth round of the FA Cup, Lawrenson refused to make a knee-jerk reaction when discussing the Reds’s chances of finishing in the top four this term.

“When you walk away from this game and reflect over-night, the idea at the start of the season was to finish in the Champions League positions in the top four,” Lawrenson said.

“Form does turn around and I do still really think they have a chance of getting into the top four and if they have that’s what they craved at the start of the season.

“It’s easy to make a knee-jerk reaction but today you’ve got to give credit to Wolves for a fantastic performance.”

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Liverpool ended up in eighth place in the Premier League table last season after Klopp took over the reins from Brendan Rodgers in 2015.

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