Rio Ferdinand explains why Liverpool FC won’t finish in top four

The Man United legend believes Liverpool FC's defence will cost them a place in the Premier League's top four

Man United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand believes Liverpool FC’s suspect defence will cost Jurgen Klopp’s men a place in the Premier League’s top four.

The Reds ended a two-game losing run at John Smith’s Stadium on Tuesday night thanks to a 3-0 win against Huddersfield Town.

Goals from Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah secured three points and opened up an eight-point lead over sixth-placed Arsenal.

Liverpool FC moved up to third place in the Premier League table on goal difference on Wednesday night after Chelsea lost 3-0 to Bournemouth.

The Merseyside outfit are only three points behind Manchester United, although Tottenham Hotspur are two points adrift of Chelsea and Liverpool FC.

The Reds have conceded 29 times in 25 games in the Premier League this season to raise concerns about Jurgen Klopp’s defence.

The Liverpool FC boss signed Virgil van Dijk in a £75m deal from Premier League rivals Southampton in the January transfer window.

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand believes Liverpool FC’s defence will cost them a place in the top four despite Van Dijk’s addition.

“Yeah, I think so [Liverpool FC will miss out on the top four],” Ferdinand told BT Sport Premier League Tonight on Wednesday night.

“Defensively I don’t think they’re strong enough at the moment. Going forwards they’re great to watch but I think they won’t have enough defensively.”

Liverpool FC will take on Portuguese giants FC Porto in the Champions League round of 16 next month in pursuit of a first European crown since 2005.

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