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Paul Merson makes Premier League top four prediction with Liverpool doubts

Mirror logo Mirror 24/02/2021 07:00:00 Daniel Blackham

Liverpool are in a horrific spell of form at the moment, but Paul Merson still believes they can oust Chelsea to the final spot in the top four.

The Arsenal icon discussed who he believes will finish in the top four in the Premier League table, and admitted Manchester City are the only team he's certain will qualify for the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola's side are currently running away with the Premier League table and are ten points clear of second-placed Manchester United, so it would take a monumental collapse for them to fall behind now.

But behind United and Leicester City, the fourth-place spot is still very much up for grabs.

West Ham are currently in fourth, but are just two points ahead of Chelsea, who are three points ahead of both Liverpool and Everton.

a group of football players on a field: Paul Merson believes Liverpool will make it into the top four this season © GETTYPaul Merson believes Liverpool will make it into the top four this season

And Merson believes that despite the reigning champions' poor form, Liverpool will still be capable of sneaking into the top four.

"Man City are in, obviously - that's the easy part!" He said. "Next, I have to stick with Manchester United and Leicester, who are a very good team. The top three now will stay there, in my opinion.

"After that, this is so difficult. You know me, I don't like to sit on the fence, but I'm finding it really hard to pick a team for the final spot.

"Despite their superb season so far, I don't see West Ham lasting the distance, and that means a spot is up for grabs. Moyes' side have been brilliant, but I saw enough in that second half against Spurs to tell me it's just too much for them to do in the reminder of the season.

"Everton have got the fixture list to make a challenge, but I do worry about their consistency. For me, it's between Chelsea and Liverpool for that final spot.

"If Chelsea have a good March, that's it, they are in. But, I worry about Chelsea scoring enough goals. I can't see them blowing teams away.

"I've always said Liverpool will make it but when push comes to shove, it so hard to stick with them, at the moment. It's hard to get away from their form and the fact the luck is not with them.

"You look at the games they've lost, and you look at the games they have coming up and wonder if they can turn it around. They should beat Sheffield United but there is doubt there, especially with no defenders.

"I don't know why, but I have to stick with Liverpool. Please don't ask me why but I'm keeping the faith with Jurgen Klopp and his side."

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