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Jamie Redknapp believes Liverpool will not miss out on a top-four finish in the Premier League this season based on their recent form. Jurgen Klopp’s men have slipped to sixth in the table following a run of four consecutive defeats.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Pitch to Post Preview Podcast, Redknapp said: “It will come, of course it will come, but right now everything Liverpool do feels difficult.
“When you’re in a team struggling for form, even the basics, simple passes, crosses, normally they’d find a man but they’re not quite happening for them now. They have to get their confidence back
“They might not finish top four. It wouldn’t be a surprise – it’s actually more of a surprise if they did finish top four in the form they’re in.
“But they’ll have to look at this as an exercise. It’s not gone well for them but how can they do in the Champions League? Can they win the Champions League and upset the odds and do something incredibly special on that front? One thing you can’t deny is the levels have dropped.”
Much has been made of the absence of Liverpool’s defender Virgil van Dijk. Jamie Carragher has said he is “sick” of talking about that as an excuse for the team’s struggles.
“Losing Virgil van Dijk, people don’t want to hear it – ‘Losing Van Dijk, it can’t be that easy (to explain this season’s problems)’,” said the former Reds midfielder. “But pre-Van Dijk for Liverpool was where they are now. Not a lot different. Win games, great. Lose games. Van Dijk came in and all of a sudden they looked like a proper team.
“One player can make that much of a difference. Look at Ruben Dias at Man City. They’re not playing any better than they were last season, Man City. They were having the same amount of possession but they’d lose a goal, with a minute to go, because they weren’t quite as good and teams thought: ‘We can get at this back four’ because they were playing a midfielder at centre-back.
“Dias-Laporte, Dias-Stones and all of a sudden it’s like: ‘Wow, they can win anything they want’. But it isn’t that much different in terms of personnel going forward.”
Liverpool are back in action on Sunday as they take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.