Michael Owen is backing Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC to finish in
the Premier League’s top four.
The Reds bolstered their hopes of securing a spot in next season’s
Champions League thanks to a last-gasp 2-1 win over West
Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Sunday.
Liverpool FC were 4-2 winners against bitter rivals Manchester
United at Old Trafford on Thursday night but the Reds fell behind to
relegated West Brom in the 15th minute.
Hal Robson-Kanu broke the deadlock in a 15th minute before Liverpool FC equalised thanks to Mohamed Salah’s clinical finish 12 minutes before half-time.
Liverpool FC looked to be heading for a 1-1 stalemate with Sam Allardyce’s men in successive Premier League games before Alisson Becker netted an added-time header.
The Reds moved to within a point of fourth-placed Chelsea FC, who
will take on Leicester City in their next Premier League fixture at
Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Leicester were 1-0 winners against Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final
at Wembley on Saturday thanks to Youri Tielemans’ brilliant long-
range strike beat Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Liverpool FC are only three points behind third-placed Leicester
with an identical goal difference.
Former Reds striker Owen is backing Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC
to secure the final two Champions League qualification spots.
“It’s been a strange season for Liverpool,” Owen told Premier
“In the last few games they’ve missed so many chances and
created so much.
“Today there were a few chances but it was a disappointing performance on the whole.
“That last-minute goal will paper over the cracks in terms of the
performance because I thought it was only okay.
“But at this stage of the season it really doesn’t matter. Roll on
Burnley next and it’s another must-win game.
“You would say that Liverpool’s remaining fixtures are the easiest
out of the three teams, and it’s definitely two from three now, I
can’t see the likes of Tottenham [sixth place] or anybody else
squeezing into the party, West Ham [seventh place].
“I think it is Liverpool, Leicester and Chelsea, two from those three
and I think it’s going to be Liverpool and one other.”
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