Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson does not believe the Reds will finish in the Premier League's top four this season, despite their 100 percent start to the new campaign.
Brendan Rodgers' side have claimed three wins in their opening three fixtures to record their best start to a season since 1994-95, with the latest victory an impressive 1-0 triumph over Manchester United on Sunday.
Liverpool's good form and shrewd work in the transfer market has led to renewed optimism at Anfield that this season could be their time to return to the top four and, with it, secure a place in the Champions league once again.
Lawrenson, though, fears Liverpool will miss out on their objective for the season due to the fact there are so many strong sides challenging for only four places in Europe's premier club competition.
"What a brilliant win for Liverpool," Lawrenson wrote in The Mirror following the win against Manchester United.
"Say what you like about the standard of play, Anfield will be buzzing this morning and the confidence among the players will be sky high.
"When you consider the summer they have had, to start the season in the way they have done is a fantastic achievement.
"Sadly, I still don’t see them in the top four at the end of the season.
"They are much closer to their target but I don’t want to get carried away and say they will get there because I don’t believe they will.
"There are just too many other stronger teams."
Lawrenson, however, has been impressed by Liverpool in the early stages of the campaign - particularly with their application and endeavour.
He added: "That’s not to decry the team spirit at Liverpool one iota. Or their work ethic, which has been superb."
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