QPR striker Charlie Austin has been speaking about Liverpool’s recent slump which has seen them slip to sixth in the Premier League table.
The Reds’ domestic descent continued as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Anfield against arch-rivals Everton – their first derby victory away from Goodison Park since 1999.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Austin believes that Liverpool may finish outside of the top six and provided an intriguing comparison regarding their current situation.
“Second season syndrome… you usually say that about promoted teams, that they do well the first year but the second year they fail. Hang on a minute, Liverpool are doing it here.
“Me being a Liverpool fan, it was fantastic last year. I was thinking, ‘come on, let’s back it up and go on a run of two/three/four/five years like United did’. But it’s just not happened.
“And at the moment it’s going to be a struggle for top four… it’s going to be a struggle for top six!”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
The Premier League table is not a pretty sight for the supporters to digest at this time, and there are no guarantees that they will finish in the Champions League places.
As much as Austin makes some good points here, it still seems highly improbable that the Red would finish outside of the top six however.
If their form goes from bad to worse, this scenario could become more realistic as the weeks go by, but expect to see Jurgen Klopp’s men in action on the continent next term.
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