Why Liverpool may miss out on the top four

Published by on March 22, 2017

Arsene Wenger may be leaving Arsenal fans in the dark regarding his future, but it looks increasingly like the club have been told whether or not he’s staying on.

The Gunners still seem to think the Frenchman will turn their unfortunate situation around, but the bookmakers don’t seem to agree.

Of the big six, they’re now favourites to finish outside the top four at 2/7.

Manchester United are at 8/15, so the consensus is that the table may well stay how it is now, with the Red Devils in 5th and Arsenal 6th.

However, only Chelsea – and perhaps Tottenham – can really afford to be complacent.

Liverpool are only in the Champions League spots by four points, and United and Arsenal have two games in hand over them. Jurgen Klopp’s side have finally turned themselves around after their woeful start to 2017, but they still lack consistency.

Out of Manchester City, Spurs, and Liverpool, it’s easiest to see the latter slipping up.

Recommended bet: Liverpool to finish outside the top four at 2/1

On paper, the Reds’ run-in isn’t too bad, but it’s actually against the bottom half teams that they tend to drop points. They face tricky trips to Stoke and West Brom, and their first game back after the international break comes against high-flying rivals Everton.

It could prove a blessing in disguise for Liverpool if they don’t make it this year. Their squad is seriously lacking in depth, and unless they do invest properly across the board over Summer, they’re going to find it very difficult to compete with Europe’s elite.