Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has placed big doubts over whether or not the club will be able to qualify for the Champions League.
Jürgen Klopp’s men gave themselves a big boost in their quest for the top four with a victory over Wolves last night, but still face something of an uphill battle as they sit five points away from 4th-placed Chelsea, and two points behind 5th-placed West Ham United, who have a game in hand over them.
And speaking on ESPN FC, Nicol claimed that their inconsistent form of late, especially when it comes to their form at Anfield, has given him plenty of cause for concern and is one of the big reasons that he doesn’t think they’ll be able to sneak in.
He said: “I’m not sure. I think West Ham and Leicester are actually vying for that last place. I don’t see how Liverpool can put a run of wins together. Yes, they did win today, but my goodness, as the boys have said, they couldn’t keep the ball, didn’t really create an awful lot.
“And of course, they’ve actually got some home games. So they must be terrified to play at home, they probably wish they were playing away from home every week. So yeah, I don’t see Liverpool in the top four.”
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TIF Thoughts on Steve Nicol’s comments about Liverpool reaching the Champions League…
Whilst Nicol doubts their capabilities, the fact that they are only five points – effectively two games – away from qualifying through the league, doesn’t mean that they should be downing tools just yet and focus on just trying to get there through winning this season’s Champions League.
That time is fast approaching and will likely be shaped by the next couple of results, as well as the draw for the next round, but there is still time for Liverpool to turn this around before the season is over.