Phil Thompson predicts Tottenham will lose out in top four race; Liverpool to finish second

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2018 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur are currently three points off the Premier League's top four.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and...

Phil Thompson has told Sky Sports that he is expecting Liverpool to finish second in the Premier League this season, while he has predicted that Tottenham will finish fifth and miss out on a top four spot thanks to Chelsea.

With 15 games to go, it is beginning to look like one of the most competitive races for the spots between second and sixth the league has known, with Manchester City seemingly still out of sight despite their lead at the top being cut to 12 points after their defeat to the Reds at the weekend.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with team mates after scoring the fourth Liverpool goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on January 14,...

Manchester United currently find themselves second, with Jurgen Klopp's men third and the Blues fourth, leaving Tottenham outside of the top four by three points and their bitter rivals Arsenal somewhat struggling to keep up as they are five points back.

And Thompson has suggested that he is not expecting too much movement between now and the end of the season, and explained why he is expecting Spurs to miss out on a Champions League qualification spot.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium on January 7, 2018 in London, England.

"I think Liverpool have proved they are the second-best team in the league," he told Sky Sports.

"That's not just because of Sunday's result but because of their general play. That game showed the level they're at, even without Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk.

"I see the battle for the final Champions League spot being between Chelsea and Tottenham. On their day Spurs can be different class but they can also have periods where they get a bit flaky, so I'm going for Chelsea as they have a bit more consistency," he added.

While the Sky Sports pundit is not overly confident about Tottenham's chances of making the top four, it is perhaps fair to suggest that they seem to have slightly more momentum than Antonio Conte's side, having won eight of their last 10 games in all competitions while Chelsea have drawn their last four and not scored in three.

And with the transfer window still open for a couple more weeks, perhaps there may be an event still to come in the market that leaves Thompson reconsidering his choices.

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