Danny Murphy has backed Liverpool to “go on a long winning run” and end in the top four, claiming that the Reds’ expertise in strain conditions will give them an edge over the likes of West Ham and Everton.
Liverpool are at the moment sixth in the Premier League desk and ended a run of four straight losses after they beat Sheffield United 2-0 on Sunday, a end result which left them simply two factors off the top four.
Murphy additionally believes that West Ham, who at the moment sit in fourth place, “might fall a bit short” and that Tottenham and Arsenal will not be capable of “string together the results they need to mount a challenge”.
Speaking to BBC Sport, he mentioned: “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 able to doing that, although, and West Ham have been doing it for just a few weeks already. The Hammers are one other facet which can be very troublesome to interrupt down, as City came upon on their solution 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 appear to be choosing up extra accidents, which is a fear. Now it appears like they will be with out Harvey Barnes for some time, and he will be a giant miss. It goes to be robust 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 occurred to Leicester final season, after they missed out on the Champions League locations after shedding to United on the ultimate day, will stand them in good stead this time round.
“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.”