By Amir Mir
Phil Neville believes Liverpool will clinch third spot and secure Champions League football in the process at the end of the season.
The former Premier League defender believes both Arsenal and Manchester United will miss out on a top-four place.
At this moment in time, Jurgen Klopp’s side are on 70 points from their 36 matches, one point ahead of fourth-placed City.
United are four points behind City, while sixth-placed Arsenal are six points behind their rivals with a game in hand.
Former Valencia coach Neville was discussing who will finish in the top four after a number of mixed results over the weekend.
“I think the top four is done and dusted,” Neville told Match of the Day 3. “Maybe them celebrations after the game for a point, they maybe thought that was a point gained.
“I think apart from Chelsea, I think the next three or four teams in the league are where they are going to finish.”
Liverpool had to settle for a goalless draw against Southampton on home soil on Sunday, while Pep Guardiola’s side thrashed relegation-threatened Crystal Palace 5-0 the day before.
Europa League semi-finalists, Manchester United suffered a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon, with Grant Xhaka and Danny Welbeck getting on the scoresheet.
Two matches of the season remain for Klopp’s side, who will be guaranteed a top-four finish if they can claim maximum points from their remaining matches.
A trip to West Ham awaits them next Sunday afternoon after Slaven Bilic’s side had beaten title-chasers Tottenham 1-0 at the London Stadium.
For the final game of the Premier League season, the Reds will host relegation-threatened Middlesbrough at Anfield.
In other Liverpool news, these were the three worst Reds players during their draw against Southampton.