Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has written off his former club’s chances of finishing in the Champions League places this season.
Asked to name his top four, Carragher went with Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle, but when the ex-defender was then prompted by fellow pundit Gary Neville that the Reds are only ten points off fourth, he replied:
“Only 10 points? How many points before you say someone can’t do something? My point is, you’re talking about points difference and teams coming back to playing to where they were last season, Liverpool are not playing well enough… Liverpool won’t get in the top four.”
Carragher left no room for either Chelsea or Tottenham in his top-four prediction either, which means there could be some notable names playing in the Europa League and Europa Conference League next campaign.
In terms of Liverpool, Carragher’s pessimism is unsurprising. Jurgen Klopp’s side have been pretty abject since the return of domestic football on Boxing Day and there have been no signs of improvement in recent games either.
Missing out on the Champions League will also damage the club’s finances, which will have a knock-on effect on their transfer spending next summer. The Merseysiders are not in a great place at the moment.