Emmanuel Petit has made his Premier League top-4 prediction and warned Erik ten Hag not to set Cristiano Ronaldo in front of Manchester United.
While Arsenal and Manchester City continue to fight for the top spot, several clubs are fighting for a Champions League spot.
Newcastle United are currently third, but just eight points separate Eddie Howe’s side from 10th-placed Crystal Palace.
Tottenham remain in the top-four despite losing three of their last four games, while Manchester United and Chelsea failed to make up ground with defeats at the weekend.
Last season’s runners-up Liverpool are down to eighth, seven points outside the Champions League places and 15 points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Asked about his bid for the top-four race, Petit told Lord Ping: ‘Chelsea need a response, they need to get points if they want to finish in the top four.
‘The competition will be tough and Chelsea are far away. It doesn’t matter how they win points, they just have to win.
“For me, Man City will win the Premier League title, Arsenal will finish second, Liverpool will finish third and I think Newcastle will beat Tottenham, Chelsea and Man United into fourth.”
While Petit is backing Liverpool to climb the table and save their season, he insists it may already be ‘too late’ for Jurgen Klopp’s side to achieve their goals.
The Reds were expected to challenge for the Premier League title after finishing a point behind Manchester City last term and winning two domestic trophies.
“The team has been so far away from the level since the beginning of the season, the consistency of the performances has not been good and they know it,” added Petit.
‘Virgil van Djik is not at the level he used to be, you can see he is struggling. The leaders of the team need to do more, Mohamed Salah is becoming the Salah we all knew before, but there are so many individuals who are so far off the mark.
– I am not sure if we will see the same Liverpool as we have seen before, but if they can regain the form they are showing in the Champions League, it will be very scary for their opponents.
“We are already in November so it may already be too late for Liverpool to achieve their ambitions this season.”
Petit has also urged Manchester United boss Ten Hag not to put Ronaldo ahead of the team after starting the Portugal legend in his last four games.
“I feel like some choices have been made politically sometimes,” Petit said. ‘Erik ten Hag wants to keep Cristiano Ronaldo happy, but the priority is not Ronaldo.
‘The priority should be Manchester United, so you have to field your best team all the time. The fact is that the team is not the same when Cristiano Ronaldo is on the field.
“I know that Ten Hag will give Ronaldo a second chance, but I am convinced that the solution is to prioritize the team and not the player.”
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