Danny Murphy gives verdict on who will make Premier League’s top four in tight race.
Danny Murphy has backed Liverpool to “go on a long winning run” and finish in the top four, claiming that the Reds’ experience in pressure situations will give them an edge over the likes of West Ham and Everton.
Liverpool are currently sixth in the Premier League table and ended a run of four straight losses when they beat Sheffield United 2-0 on Sunday, a result which left them just two points off the top four.
Murphy also believes that West Ham, who currently sit in fourth place, “might fall a bit short” and that Tottenham and Arsenal will not be able to “string together the results they need to mount a challenge”.
Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: “I always thought the defending champions had the firepower to turn their season around despite their problems at the back, but the other teams going for the top four all have their own strengths and weaknesses.
“For me, consistency will be the deciding factor. On their day, Tottenham or Arsenal are exciting to watch but I don’t think they will manage to string together the results they need to mount a challenge.
“Everton are capable of doing that, though, and West Ham have been doing it for a few weeks already. The Hammers are another side that are very difficult to break down, as City found out on their way to beating them.”Ultimately, though, I have a feeling David Moyes’ side might fall a bit short, especially if they have to cope without Tomas Soucek or Declan Rice for any length of time.
” Leicester already seem to be picking up more injuries, which is a worry. Now it looks like they will be without Harvey Barnes for a while, and he will be a big miss. It is going to be tough for them.
“Even so, I think it will either be the Foxes or Liverpool who make fourth place. Both of them have got far more experience of these kind of situations, when the pressure is really on, than Everton or the Hammers do.
“What happened to Leicester Leicester last season, when they missed out on the Champions League places after losing to United on the final day, will stand them in good stead this time around.
“For Liverpool, form is temporary and class is permanent – although it might just be the Reds fan in me thinking they can now go on a long winning run.”
Murphy’s top Four prediction