Shearer says Liverpool won't overtake Manchester United this season

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The former Newcastle United forward has predicted how the top four will look at the end of the season.

Former Newcastle United forward Alan Shearer has predicted how the top four of the Premier League will finish on BBC Sport.

The race for the Champions League spots has been a highly competitive one this season, with a number of clubs in contention come the end of the season.

Sunday afternoon saw Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 on Anfield to give them the edge as the season moves into its final stages, and now Shearer has predicted that they will beat their fierce rivals to a Champions League place.

“I have always felt that the top four will finish in the order they are in now,” said Shearer.

“United have to get back in the Champions League, it is as simple as that. I think they will make it, and not just because of their recent form.”

On the other hand, the Premier League’s record top goalscorer thinks that Brendan Rodgers side have too much to do to overcome the other teams as they look to return to Europe’s premier competition next season.

The Reds endured a difficult start to the campaign but have since roared back to be in contention, however the defeat to Manchester United has again left them chasing the teams ahead of them.

Shearer though doesn’t think that Sunday’s result will be the reason that they miss out, but rather the results at the beginning of the season that will cost them.

“Liverpool have left themselves too much to do and it is not this defeat that has cost them either,” he added.

“They have been on a great run but their results at the start of the season were not good enough and I think they will be the team that misses out.”

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