Gary Neville predicts top-four battle and leaves Liverpool ‘sneakily’ outside

Gary Neville has predicted his top-four battle and reckons Liverpool could be one of the teams to drop out of a Champions League spot.

It has been a tough start to the season for the Reds, who are contending with the loss of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich in the transfer window. It took the Reds four games until they landed their first win this campaign – though it was a 9-0 demolition of Bournemouth.

Since then, Jurgen Klopp saw his side land a 97th-minute winner against Newcastle before drawing 0-0 against Everton. While the season has just started, Liverpool have just two wins so far in the Premier League and Neville believes they might slip out of the top four race.

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In a conversation with AFTV presenter Robbie Lyle on Sky Sport's The Overlap, the Manchester United legend was discussing his thoughts on the Champions League spots. It comes after the entertaining 3-1 win at Old Trafford on Sunday, where Arsenal lost their first game of the season.

He said: "I said during the game that even though Arsenal were losing, I felt more confident that you could get Champions League but I don't think you will get Champions League.

"I think it is between Chelsea, Arsenal and United. I think Tottenham will finish in the top three. I mean Liverpool are the ones who could just sneakily slip out."

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Sat next to Neville was Jamie Carragher, who did not rise to the bait with a giant smirk on his face as his Sky Sports partner tried to goad him with an elbow. Both pundits had already made their Premier League predictions last month and it appears that the former United defender is already starting to backtrack.

He said on August 14: "At the moment, I think Tottenham will finish in the top four, they’ve done brilliantly, Conte will have them right. Chelsea will have to prove it to us; Manchester United are sort of the lesser out of those ones so Arsenal are in pole position.

"We’re writing off Chelsea, I’m writing off Chelsea because I just feel something’s not stable, we’ll see. They’ve signed a few players, spent money. It’s a big job for Arsenal to get into that top because Chelsea, United, Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, City – Liverpool and City are a given."

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