'I think they'll be in the top four definitely, but I think they will finish third, I don't think they will win the league,' said John Barnes, a two-time League title winner with Liverpool, to Sky Sports Radio earlier today, Thursday.
Currently fourth in the Premier League table, Liverpool have amassed 56 points after 27 match-days and are just four shy from pace-setting Chelsea, six clear from fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur.
While those who occupy the top three spots in the division have other competitions to participate in, such as the Champions League, FA Cup and/or League Cup, Liverpool can focus solely on league football, have no 'distractions' and no fixture pile-up.
However, Barnes doubts their ability to claim the crown this year, believing they may well be legitimate contenders next season, instead.
The reason for his skepticism? The lack of quality beyond the starting XI.
'If we can keep our best 11 fit and consistently playing well we have a chance but history shows us that doesn't happen over a season and if you look at what we have on the bench to supplement and improve us if needed, we haven't got the quality that's needed in terms of depth.
'But if we can finish in the top four, which I'm sure we will, then next season we can make more signings, better signings and make a real challenge.'
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