Frank McAvennie insists Liverpool have no chance of finishing in the top four this season after drawing with Newcastle United last weekend.
The former Celtic and West Ham striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Reds don’t deserve a place in the Champions League.
Joe Willock’s 95th-minute equaliser blew Liverpool’s chance of moving into the top four as other results went against them later in the weekend.
As it stands, Jurgen Klopp’s side are sixth in the Premier League but could move down to seventh if Everton win their game in hand.
They sit four points off Chelsea with five games to play as West Ham and Tottenham also remain in the hunt for Champions League football.
McAvennie claims Liverpool won’t give up until they can’t get in the top four mathematically and blamed Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino for the draw against Newcastle.
When asked if Liverpool’s top four hopes were over, McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild, “I think so.
“But until it’s mathematically impossible, they’ll still feel like they have a chance.
“A lot of people have blamed Liverpool’s defence but the strikers were misfiring [V Newcastle], other than [Mo] Salah.
“Mane’s been off the boil and Firmino has been awful. It’s been one hell of a season for them.
“They weren’t good, they missed a load of chances and you don’t deserve Champions League football if you play that.”
Mane and Firmino missed a host of chances against the Magpies as Martin Dubravk had a n outstanding game between the sticks.
Liverpool are next in action against Manchester United on Sunday and can take a big step towards a top four finish with a win at Old Trafford.