Pundit predicts where Liverpool and Tottenham will finish this season

Phil Thompson is backing Liverpool and Tottenham to both secure top-four finishes this season...

Phil Thompson is backing Liverpool and Tottenham to both secure top-four finishes in the Premier League this season along with Chelsea and Manchester City.

Liverpool have endured a stuttering start to 2017 and have yet to win a Premier League game since the turn of the year to leave them off the pace in the race for the title.

Indeed, Jurgen Klopp’s men dropped out of the top four this weekend and are only one point ahead of sixth-placed Manchester United after their shock 2-0 loss to Hull City.

Tottenham, meanwhile, are second in the table as they bid to finish in the top four for the second successive season.

And former Liverpool man Thompson has explained why he thinks that both Tottenham and the Reds will finish in the top four this term.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Thompson said: “It so tough right now and Arsenal or United could easily end up being second and third. The top four can change every week, certainly second, third and fourth and it’s closer than ever before behind Chelsea.

“I think Liverpool are having their blip and will come back. Everybody was getting very excited because Liverpool were on such a good run and in a good position, but it’s maybe the right time to have a dip in form in the sense that they can turn it around for the run in.

Phil Thompson’s top-four prediction

Chelsea 1st
Manchester City 2nd
Tottenham 3rd
Liverpool 4th

“They have to learn how to be quicker in possession around the box, which is the issue with breaking teams down. Jurgen Klopp has got to go back to his best team that started the season, which is with Roberto Firmino central, Sadio Mane on the right, Philippe Coutinho left and Georginio Wijnaldum in for Emre Can.

“It’s fair to point out that I’m obviously a Liverpool man but when it’s so tough to call I’ve got a back my old team.”

Liverpool take on Tottenham at Anfield in a crunch Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon.

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