By Amir Mir
Jamie Carragher has backed Liverpool to make a top-four finish this season, as he believes a lack of European football will play as a “massive advantage” for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Sky Sports pundit Carragher has tipped his former side to finish in a Champions League place in the expense of Arsenal, Tottenham and Premier League champions Leicester City.
The Reds finished eighth last season, six points off fourth-placed Manchester City and 21 points off champions Leicester.
But, Carragher has backed the heavyweights to come back this season, after the Foxes’ surprise Premier League triumph in 2015-16.
“I think we go back to the norm,” Carragher told Goal. “I know Leicester fans may not like me to say that. But I think the heavyweights will come back.
“I’d expect the top four to consist of Man City, Man United, Chelsea and I think Liverpool might get in there.
“I think the fact that Liverpool have got no European football, the same as Chelsea, is a massive advantage they have on the others.”
Klopp took charge of Liverpool in October and has made drastic changes since his arrival, with new signings and a new style implanted on the club.
The German signed six players during the transfer window, including the club’s record signing Sadio Mane for £35million.
Meanwhile, 19 players left the Merseyside club during the summer, with Martin Skrtel, Joe Allen and Christian Benteke the high profile to depart.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager has also introduced a high pressing game at Anfield, as his side have had a mixed start to the season picking up one win, one draw and one loss early on in the season.
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