John Aldridge: Liverpool should never rely on Manchester United

Liverpool fullback Andrew Robertson says they've struggled to put winning performances together this season.

Liverpool great, John Aldridge, has said Jurgen Klopp and his wards only have themselves to blame for their top-four battle.

He wrote for the Sunday World: “Plenty of Liverpool fans were moaning as Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picked a second-string team to play Leicester on Tuesday night, but I think they were missing the point.

“Liverpool travel to Old Trafford for the re-scheduled Premier League game on Thursday night with their hopes of a top-four finish hanging by a thread after Leicester’s win against United took them a giant step closer to qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

“Yet Liverpool cannot point an accusing finger at Solskjaer or United and grumble that they are getting a raw deal or moan that the playing field is uneven.

“No, this is a story of a Liverpool side that has failed to perform too often this season, lost six successive games at Anfield and find themselves in a poor position with four games left to play.

“Of course, it would have been great for Liverpool if Solskjaer had played his first-choice line-up and taken points away from a Leicester side that is one of Liverpool’s primary challengers for a top-four finish, the other being Chelsea, of course.

“Yet the fact that Liverpool are relying on Manchester United (of all teams!) to give them a chance of qualifying for the Champions League highlights the bigger issue here.”

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