Michael Owen gives his verdict on Liverpool, whether they will finish top four

Michael Owen does not believe Liverpool will finish in the top four this season.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen is unconvinced by the club's prospects of finishing in the top four.

Writing in his Colossus Bets column, Owen has expressed his concern for Brendan Rodgers' prospects if the Reds start poorly.

Liverpool face Stoke away on the opening day, and also clash with Arsenal and Manchester United during their opening six matches of the season.

Owen said: "If there is one manager under serious pressure going into the new season, then it is Brendan Rodgers. Don’t get me wrong, I think he deserves another full campaign at least but Liverpool have a tricky set of opening fixtures and he will be under the cosh if they struggle early doors.

"They look to have bought well though, and I have always rated Benteke. It is just a question of whether he will fit into their system if Liverpool want to play a fast and fluid game that nearly won them the title two seasons ago. But he is a class act, Milner and Clyne are good purchases, and they have obviously paid big money for Firmino, too."

The former England international is not however as buoyant about his old side's chances as he was a year ago.

Last season he tipped them to push Arsenal out of the top four, only to be proved wrong as the Reds landed up finishing in sixth position.

This time around they do not feature in his predicted top four. Owen expects Chelsea to win the Premier League, with Manchester United, Arsenal, and Manchester City completing the Champions League qualification spots in that order.

Now it is up to Brendan Rodgers' side to hit the ground running and prove him wrong.

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