Ian Wright makes surprise admission about Liverpool

The Arsenal legend admits it would be a shame if Liverpool missed out on a top-four finish this season

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Ian Wright admits it would be a shame to see Liverpool miss out on a top-four finish this season.

The Reds were unable to put more daylight between themselves and top-four rivals Arsenal and Manchester United after a goalless draw with Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

James Milner missed a second-half penalty to give Jose Mourinho’s side the opportunity to move to within a point of Liverpool if the Red Devils could beat Arsenal.

However, goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck secured a 2-0 win for the home side at the Emirates Stadium to give Jurgen Klopp’s side a lifeline.

Liverpool will make the trip to West Ham United in their next Premier League game before the Reds host Middlesbrough in their final game of the 2016-17 season.

While his former club Arsenal still have a slim chance of securing a top-four finish, Wright wants to see Liverpool cement a place in next season’s Champions League.

“The James Milner penalty miss could be costly,” Milner told BBC’s 606 podcast.

“They’re limping over the line. They’ve got injuries. It would be a shame if they didn’t do it because they’ve been brilliant throughout the season.”

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Liverpool are in third place in the table and ahead of fourth-placed Manchester City thanks to their goal difference.

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