Liverpool and Chelsea’s Top four hopes assessed

Graeme Souness and Darren Bent reflect on Chelsea and Liverpool’s chances of finishing in the Premier League top four following victories against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa respectively on Saturday.

Liverpool and Chelsea both secured victories in the Premier League on Saturday in contrasting styles, but who are better placed to finish in the top four come the end of the season?

Kai Havertz starred to help Chelsea get their top-four hopes back on track with a comfortable 4-1 win at Crystal Palace.

The Germany international ended his long drought in the Premier League with an early strike at Selhurst Park and caused the hosts constant problems in easily one of his best displays for the club.

Christian Pulisic also impressed and scored twice while Kurt Zouma was on target in the first half for Thomas Tuchel’s team, who moved up to fourth with this routine victory in south London.

The victory came a couple of hours after Liverpool had temporarily wrestled fourth spot off West Ham, who sit sixth heading into their clash with Leicester on Super Sunday.

Trent Alexander-Arnold found himself in the spotlight for the third time in a week as his added-time winner against Aston Villa kept Liverpool’s Champions League qualification hopes alive.

The England defender, watched by national team boss Gareth Southgate who left him out of his squad for the recent World Cup qualifiers, rifled home a shot to snatch a 2-1 Premier League victory and end Liverpool’s worst home league run in their history.

After six successive defeats, Jurgen Klopp’s side registered their first home league win in four months as they recovered from going behind to Ollie Watkins’ opener with Mohamed Salah scoring his 19th league goal of the season – the first from open play at Anfield in 2021 after a drought of almost 13 hours.

Sky Sports pundits Graeme Souness and Darren Bent reflect on the two victories for the top-four chasers…

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