Liverpool’s hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four are in the balance.

They lost at home to Everton on Saturday, for the first time since September 1999.

It was also the first time they’d lost a derby anywhere for ten years as their central defensive weakness was exposed again.

But speaking to Sky Sports, Paul Merson said he still thinks Liverpool will get into the top four come May.

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“It’s between Chelsea and Liverpool for that final (top four) spot. I’ve always said Liverpool will make it but when push comes to shove, it’s 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.

 

“I’ve shown so much faith in them, but the players keep dropping like flies. The one player I want on the pitch is Jordan Henderson. With him now being out of the team it’s a bit of a worry.

“It feels like I’m just going with the name and not looking at the performances and results. The teams they haven’t beaten is very worrying. I don’t know why, but I have to stick with Liverpool. I still can’t see Liverpool not being in the top four.”

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In terms of raw quality, Liverpool are the best team in the race for the top four.

But there are sides in far better form, with less injuries to contend with who will be hoping to keep their momentum going.

At the start of the season, it would have been unthinkable to predict Liverpool finishing outside the top four – and Merson still clearly feels that way.

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