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Jamie Redknapp: This is what must happen for Liverpool to finish in top four

By Matt Farr

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes Liverpool will finish in the top four of the Premier League this season – if they avoid major injuries in the upcoming international break.

Liverpool gave their hopes of a top four finish and qualification for the Champions League a minor boost with their 1-1 draw against rivals Manchester City on Sunday.

Despite squandering several chances to win the game, the result will please Liverpool as it moved them four points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United and six clear of Arsenal.

The Reds still have to face Everton and Southampton during their Premier League run-in, but Redknapp is confident that they will finish in the top four this season.

But he hinted that Liverpool would need to come through the upcoming international break, which sees Liverpool without a game until April 1, without any major injuries.

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When asked if Liverpool and Man City were capable of finishing in the top four this season, Redknapp said live on Sky Sports: “I think Arsenal will miss out, possibly United as well.

“I think from Liverpool’s point of view it is just to keep that run going against the top teams, it’s fantastic. Now you’re in the luck of the gods.

“You just hope that all your players go away for international duty, come back fresh with no injuries, because there is so many important games to come.”

The draw with Man City also maintains Liverpool’s impressive record against the league’s top sides this season.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have beaten Arsenal twice, and remained undefeated from each of their meetings with Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United and City.

It is their form against the league’s lower sides, however, that is the main threat to their top four hopes.

They have been defeated by Swansea, Hull and Leicester since the start of 2017, while they have also dropped points at bottom-placed Sunderland.

In other Liverpool news, fans have slammed Adam Lallana for his costly miss against City.

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