John Barnes: This is what Liverpool need to qualify for Champions League
By Danny Wright
John Barnes believes that Liverpool’s hope of qualifying for the Champions League is in their own hands.
The Merseyside legend thinks that ten points would be enough to see Liverpool finish in the top four of the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently third in the table, but Barnes expects Manchester City to leapfrog them within the coming weeks.
The Reds have played more games than any other club in the top six and both Manchester United and Arsenal can theoretically overtake Klopp’s men by winning all of their games in hand.
However that hasn’t quelled Barnes’ optimism, as he claims that the chasing pack have more difficult fixtures.
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“I think the top three will be Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City,” said the 53-year-old to the Liverpool Echo.
“Then it’s between ourselves, Manchester United and Arsenal for fourth place. It’s going to be very tight.
“Four wins would do it as I can’t see United or Arsenal winning all their games, In fact I think three wins and a draw for Liverpool would get them fourth.”
Barnes made 407 appearances for the Reds in his career, scoring 108 goals as he won two First Division titles and two FA Cups.
The Merseyside club’s final four fixtures sees them play against teams that are all placed ninth and below in the Premier League standings.
Watford, one of Barnes’ former clubs, are Liverpool’s next opponents on Monday night.
Southampton, West Ham and Middlesbrough are Liverpool’s final three opponents of the campaign.
Man United and Arsenal still have to play each other and in-form Tottenham in their run-ins.
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