Saturday 15 December 2018

Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard agree on their top four prediction - and Liverpool fans won't be happy

Rio Ferdinand suspects Jose Mourinho wants to be sacked at Manchester United
Rio Ferdinand suspects Jose Mourinho wants to be sacked at Manchester United
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard have predicted who will secure a top four finish in the Premier League this season and both think Liverpool and Arsenal will miss out.

The BT Sport pundits made their predictions after a dramatic night of Premier League action, with Chelsea’s stunning 3-0 home defeat against Bournemouth not shaking their belief that the reigning champions would snatch a top four spot to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Both believe Tottenham will secure Champions League football for a third successive season after their hugely impressive 2-0 win against Manchester United at Wembley, with doubts over the defensive qualities in Jurgen Klopp’s side inspiring Lampard to leave them out of his picks to join champions-elect Manchester City in the top four.

"Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham,” stated Lampard.

"Defensively I don’t think they have dealt with their weaknesses and they have lost Philippe Coutinho too."

Manchester United legend Ferdinand followed Lampard’s lead as he picked his top four, as he suggested the influence of Eden Hazard could yet save a Chelsea season that is in danger of unraveling amid manager Antonio Conte continued sniping at the club’s transfer policy,

"I’d go for Manchester City, Man United, Tottenham and I’m going to put Chelsea in there," Ferdinand said.

"I think the Eden Hazard effect will get them over the line if he stays fit.

"I think Liverpool will miss out. Defensively and their goalkeepers…I don’t think they are strong enough. Going forward they are fantastic to watch, but I don’t think they are good enough defensively."

Liverpool supporters may argue United legend Ferdinand and Chelsea great Lampard were a little biased in their picks, with Jurgen Klopp and his players getting a chance to take a big stride towards a top four finish when they take on Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday.

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