Peter Crouch rates Liverpool's top-four chances after Man City defeat

Peter Crouch thinks Liverpool will ‘just about’ be able to scrape a top-four finish following their dismal 4-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

Two uncharacteristic distribution errors from Alisson cost the Reds the match as they fell 10 points behind league leaders City in the Premier League table.

After previously going 68 games unbeaten at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp’s side have now lost three home matches on the spin and are just about clutching onto fourth spot.

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, who have won three in a row, are just one point behind Liverpool in fifth, and ex-Reds striker Crouch believes his former side face a tough fight to secure their place in next season’s Champions League.

When asked if he can see Liverpool finishing in the top four, Crouch told the Daily Mail: ‘Just about, but they are going to have to work harder than ever to get across the line.

’Manchester City are going to be champions – that is not even up for debate – and I cannot quite believe the turnaround from when the sides played each other in November.

‘I said immediately after that game that Liverpool would win it. I was so impressed with them in Manchester, how they managed that game, but they were taken apart on Sunday.

‘Phil Foden was absolutely breath-taking. Liverpool have got class but they are making things incredibly difficult.’

Klopp also conceded that his champions aren’t even focusing on retaining their title any longer and are more concerned about the top four.

‘That is of course our main target, that is clear,’ Klopp told Sky Sports when asked about a top-four finish. ‘We will try everything.

‘There is enough games to play to secure that – but we have to win games and tonight we didn’t.’

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