Lawrenson talks Liverpool credentials

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Tottenham are the biggest threat to Liverpool's hopes of a top-four finish this season, and a return to the UEFA Champions League next year - that is the view of Anfield favourite Mark Lawrenson.

The weekend victory over West Brom will have given Reds boss Kenny Dalglish plenty of reason for optimism, after his players responded in the best possible fashion to the previous week's disappointing home draw against Norwich.

Having created chances aplenty, Liverpool's midfield spark has never been questioned - more their ability to convert their possession into goals, and put side's they have previously outclassed and outplayed, to the sword.

But the players came through a difficult test at the Hawthorns with a 2-0 win, despite two notable absentees in the form of club captain Steven Gerrard, and vice-skipper Jamie Carragher.

"West Brom are not a bad side even though they are in the bottom third of the table," Lawrenson told the Liverpool Echo. "Yet Liverpool made it comfortable with a professional performance.

"Away from home the players just get that little bit of extra room and after drawing with Norwich City in the last league match, it was important to bounce back with a result.

"Someone will kop it soon, if you pardon the expression, because the way Liverpool are attacking it will not be long before they knock a side for four or five."

The sooner Liverpool can put together a good run of form, the more comfortable Lawrenson will start to feel about the club's genuine credentials to get back amongst the leading contenders at the top of the Barclays Premier League table.

"There is a big fight on for third, fourth, fifth and sixth positions in the Premier League so Kenny's side must just keep working away at it," he added.

"Arsenal got themselves a fantastic win against Chelsea in the early kick-off [last Saturday] but I still have my doubts over them lasting the course this season.

"Spurs, however, are the side at the moment who look like being the biggest concern for Liverpool making it into the Champions League. They are Liverpool's biggest threat, and could even pip Chelsea for third. It's going to be fascinating."

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