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Alan Shearer backs Liverpool to win top-four race ahead of Tottenham, Chelsea

Shearer backs Liverpool ahead of Spurs, Chelsea
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Alan Shearer backs Liverpool to edge ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in a race for the top four.

Alan Shearer has claimed that Liverpool have a better chance of earning a top-four place over Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

Seven points currently separate the three teams in the Premier League table, with Liverpool on 60, Tottenham on 58 and Chelsea 53.

Shearer believes that if it came down to the wire, Liverpool would edge ahead due to the strength of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

The Newcastle United legend told the Premier League: "I fancy Liverpool in the four because anyone can get injured at any stage of the season, we know that.

"But if one of Mane, Salah or Firmino get injured, another can step up. Whereas if you look at Tottenham, if they lose Harry Kane, they haven't got anyone to replace him.

"I know there's [Fernando] Llorente but he's not in the same league as [Harry] Kane. If he were to get injured then you'd say Chelsea would miss out.

"So that's why I think Liverpool are firm favourites to take one of those Champions League because, if one of these guys get injured, then Firmino will step up or Mane will step up, and they can cover that."

All three clubs have nine league games left to play.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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