Former Tottenham star and current BBC pundit Jermaine Jenas has slaughtered both Liverpool and Spurs for allowing Chelsea to catch them in the hunt for a top four finish.

The Reds and the Lilywhites have been pushing to secure Champions League qualification for next season but a series of poor results have allowed the Blues to close the gap, after it appeared as though both the north London side and Merseyside outfits had wrapped it up.

With two games to go for Chelsea and Tottenham, and just one to play for Liverpool, Antonio Conte’s men trail their rivals by one and two points respectively, and Jenas has slammed the clubs for giving them the chance to make up the ground.

Speaking on Match of the Day 2 (06/05, 22:30), he said: “Liverpool, how they’ve got themselves into this situation I don’t know.

“The fact that they’ve got to really concentrate on this last game at home, when Kiev (Champions League final) is just there, is a bit of a nightmare.

“One hundred per cent (you could accuse Spurs of the same), they’re another team that has gone off the boil, completely off the boil.

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“Fair play to Chelsea for putting the pressure back on.”

Football Insider verdict

A couple of weeks ago and everything seemed pretty comfortable for both Liverpool and Spurs, with a top four spot and Champions League football looking a near-guarantee. However, that is no longer the case and with Chelsea having mounted a pretty impressive comeback in the latter stages of the season, the pressure is well and truly on – although they still have their destinies in their own hands. Liverpool may use the excuse of the Champions League as to why they have not pushed on and secured their place, but they will be left fuming if they have to beat Real Madrid in the final to secure their place in the competition next season. As for Spurs, they just have not looked as impressive as they have done this season and they need to return to firing on all cylinders if they are to beat the Blues to that final top four spot.

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