Steve Nicol says he wouldn't put his hard earned cash on Liverpool to qualify for the Champions League.
Liverpool currently sit in eighth place, five points away from Manchester United and while the team played superbly against Chelsea in the League Cup last night, Nicol isn’t backing them for the top four over the second half of the season.
“I wouldn’t put any money on Liverpool getting into the top four,” Nicol told talkSPORT.
“If they can keep performing like they did against Chelsea then maybe they can.”
“That’s a long shot though. We’re halfway through the season and we’re just beginning to see something. You can’t expect to be in the top four if it’s taken you half a season to get back to where they should be.”
Nicol’s lack of faith could be to do with the way the defence and attack has struggled for consistency.
The inability of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert or Fabio Borini has left a void up front while there have been changes at the back, with a more recent 3-5-2 system, which hasn’t seen the side replicate their form of last year.
However, the Reds have two potential ways into the Champions League for next season.
If consistency proves to be a problem and the side can’t get closer to their rivals in the Premier League, they will have a way into the Champions League if they win the Europa League.
The winners of that competition earn the right to go into Europe’s primary club competition for next season, although it will still be extremely difficult considering the calibre of some of the other favourites to win that title.
Nicol seems keen to play down Liverpool’s chance and be pleasantly surprised rather than build up his expectation to have it shattered.