Steve Nicol: 'Liverpool aren't good enough for top four'

Liverpool players walk way dejected after Romelu Lukaku scores for West Brom on February 11, 2013
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Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol believes that the Reds are a long way off becoming a worthy top-four side in the Premier League.

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol believes that the current Reds team don't have enough "quality" to be a top-four side.

The Merseyside outfit are seven points adrift of a Champions League spot in the Premier League table, but rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton all have a game in hand.

"I'll be shocked if they get in the top four," Nicol told talkSPORT. "Spurs aren't showing any signs of slipping up and I don't think Liverpool can catch Chelsea. Liverpool's basic problem is that one through 11 they don't have that consistent quality to get in the top four.

"They have great players, [Luis] Suarez and [Daniel] Sturridge are turning into a great partnership and you've got [Steven] Gerrard in the middle of the park, but after that there are no real world-class players or game winners.

"So the reason they won't get there is they're not good enough as a unit to win games comfortably when they should."

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he hopes to sign three or four new players in the summer transfer window.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers during the match against Zenit St Petersburg on February 21, 2013
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