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Mark Lawrenson: 'Liverpool and Arsenal will fight for fourth'

Lawrenson: 'Liverpool, Arsenal will fight for fourth'
Former Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson is not convinced Liverpool will bid a title challenge next season.

Mark Lawrenson believes that his former club Liverpool will be in a battle with Arsenal to reach the final Champions League spot next season.

Kenny Dalglish has strengthened his squad with the signings of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing this summer. However, Lawrenson has admitted that the Reds will not be challenging for the title.

“[Kenny Dalglish] will never admit this is in public but what they’ve got, in terms of the players they’ve brought in, he will be thinking Champions League,” the pundit told talkSPORT.

“Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea will be the top three in whatever order you want to put them and, if Liverpool are going to get fourth position, then it’s between them and Arsenal.”

The Gunners have brought in Ivorian forward Gervinho but may be resigned to losing captain Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. Left-back Gael Clichy has already abandoned the Emirates for Manchester City.

“The thing with Arsenal is, they might lose Fabregas, they might lose Nasri and they still haven’t got commanding centre-backs, they still haven’t got a leader,” Lawrenson added.

“They also might need an experienced goalkeeper. So that is the position Liverpool are fighting for. I do think it’s between Arsenal and Liverpool for fourth spot.”

The two clubs go head to head a week into the season when they meet at the Emirates on August 20.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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