Ex-Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp still believes that the Reds can make the top four despite dropping points to Crystal Palace at the weekend.
The draw at Selhurst Park means that Jurgen Klopp’s side are now nine points behind Tottenham in fourth, and six off Newcastle in fifth, but Redknapp is adamant that the Merseyside club can turn things around:
“I still feel Liverpool, I think they’re still getting the top four. And I also believe that next year they’ll be challenging again.”
Redknapp’s remarks are pretty bullish. Top four looks a long shot at the moment, while challenging the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United for the title next season is an even more distant prospect.
Of course, things can change quickly in football, and Redknapp may be basing his opinion on Liverpool’s lull during the 2020/21 campaign and their return to form the following year.
However, there are a couple of big differences which suggest there won’t be a repeat of an immediate rebound. The 2020/21 season was a result of a prolonged injury crisis, and there hasn’t been anything comparable this campaign. On top of that, Klopp has an aging squad, and that can only be addressed by revamping the squad this summer.