Gary Neville believes Liverpool's win against Manchester City may have made them favourites to finish in the top four ahead of Manchester United.
Speaking in his column in The Telegraph, the former Red Devils star believes Liverpool are hitting their best form at the right time, as proved by their 2-1 victory over the reigning Premier League champions on Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers' side had a poor first half of the season, but have won more points in 2015 than any other Premier League side. They now find themselves just two points shy of Manchester United and have every chance of nicking a Champions League place.
"I am concerned as to whether Manchester United can fight them off in the scrap for the Champions League places"
Impressed and concerned
Neville wrote in his column: "For the first time this season I am concerned as to whether Manchester United can fight them off in the scrap for the Champions League places.
"I arrived at Anfield expecting City to reassert themselves in the title race and make their extra few days preparation. It both impressed and concerned me to see Liverpool play as they did."
"Liverpool look as well equipped as any side to take that final Champions League spot now"
Neville is right to be worried. Liverpool have picked up 20 points in eight games since the turn of the new team. Only Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg can better that record in Europe's top five leagues. Inspired by Philippe Coutinho, the Reds are emerging as favourites to land fourth place.
Neville finished: "Liverpool look as well equipped as any side to take that final Champions League spot now. They've stopped conceding goals, have found a system that works for their players and have their high intensity game back."
Arsenal, who sit above Manchester United in the table, are the second best Premier League team in 2015 with 18 points and remain favourites to finish third. However, their trip to Old Trafford on May 16 could prove crucial. They also host Chelsea and Liverpool at the Emirates before the end of the season.
If Manchester United do not improve their current form, the Gunners and Liverpool look certain to finish in the Champions League places.
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