Steve Nicol insists Liverpool are not good enough to finish in the top four.
The Reds are currently sixth in the Premier League, seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who also have a game in hand.
Last weekend’s 3-2 win over third-placed Tottenham re-ignited hopes of Brendan Rodgers’ side qualifying for next season’s Champions League, but Nicol has dismissed those dreams.
The former Anfield favourite told the Sports Bar: “I’ll be shocked if they get in the top four. Spurs aren’t showing any signs of slipping up and I don’t think Liverpool can catch Chelsea.
“Liverpool’s basic problem is that one through 11 they don’t have that consistent quality to get in the top four.
“They have great players - Suarez and Sturridge are turning into a great partnership and you’ve got Gerrard in the middle of the park, but after that there are no real world class players or game winners.
“So the reason they won’t get there [the top four] is they’re not good enough as a unit to win games comfortably when they should.”