Ian Rush delivers verdict on Liverpool top four hopes, highlights importance of Everton
By Dominic Toner
Ian Rush believes that Liverpool will be well be well on the way to securing a top four spot if they can beat Everton in their next match.
The Reds host their Merseyside rivals on Saturday in the Premier League as domestic football resume following the international break.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently fourth in the league table and are four points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, who do have two games in hand.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last three matches and will be looking to stretch that run against the Toffees.
Rush feels that a win against their rivals at the weekend will set them on their way for the Champions League spots.
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“It’s going to be one hell of a game against Everton, because they’re doing alright at the moment as well, but I think with the crowd behind them, hopefully Liverpool can get the win,” Rush said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “The top four is still the main priority and I think if they can get a win against Everton, it’s on to finish in the top four.”
Liverpool are desperately fighting to get back into Europe’s elite club competition, but the race for the top four looks set to go right down to the wire.
Klopp’s side will be confident going into the Everton clash after nicking a 1-0 away victory in the previous meeting, with attacker Sadio Mane scoring in the 94th minute.
They have performed well in the big matches this campaign and it doesn’t come much greater than their Merseyside rivals.
Liverpool will be hoping that Jordan Henderson will be available to return from his injury, but Klopp should have a fairly strong squad at his disposal.
Meanwhile, Everton are seventh-placed in the table and Ronald Koeman’s side will certainly cause a threat.
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