Liverpool: How much do they need Champions League football?
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Manchester United legend Gary Neville was jokingly in shock at how Liverpool managed to finish third in the Premier League this season. Liverpool ended the campaign with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield. Both Chelsea and Leicester losing their matches not only secured a top-four spot for Jurgen Klopp’s side, but also a third-placed finish.
Liverpool had a wretched spell in the middle of the campaign as their injury crisis at the back really came home to roost.
They were without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez due to serious knee injuries, and then lost Joel Matip for the remainder of the season due to an ankle problem in January.
Liverpool’s unbeaten run of 68 league matches at Anfield was brought to an end by Burnley that same month.
The Reds then lost their next five on home turf to make Champions League qualification look nigh-on impossibl.
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However, a poor end to the season for Leicester and a run of five wins in a row for Liverpool saw them sneak into the top four.
And Neville could not help himself from having a laugh when he was shown the table after Manchester City’s title celebrations.
Interrupting Sky Sports presenter David Jones, Neville said while laughing: “Have they finished third? Have they finished third? How’s that happened?”
Former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp replied: “In the blink of an eye Gary, in the blink of an eye. It was always the plan.”
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However, Neville did give credit to Klopp’s side for how they fought back in a difficult campaign.
“It is [an amazing achievement], it is,” the former right-back admitted.
“I know, I was joking then, honestly for them… losing Van Dijk had a massive impact on Liverpool but it also I think had a massive impact on City.
“They knew Liverpool couldn’t come back from it, they were out.
“And they knew once Liverpool were out of it that that was it really, there was no one else that was equipped to compete with them.
“So for Liverpool to come back from those six home defeats, on the bounce was it? Wow, champions losing six on the bounce at home.
“To come back the way in which they have, you have to give them real credit.”
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