Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool will have enough to hold off the challenge of Merseyside rivals Everton to claim a place in the top four.
The Toffees arrested a run of just one point in five game at Goodison Park by beating Southampton 1-0 on Monday night for their first win on home soil this year.
And – owing to their exemplary form on the road – it moved them to within just a couple of points of fourth-placed West Ham, with a game in hand.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men are level on points with Liverpool having played a game fewer, and beat the Reds at Anfield last month.
But Liverpool themselves returned to winning ways at Sheffield United on Sunday, and Reds legend Carragher reckons they will muscle their way into next season’s Champions League.
“Are Everton good enough [to finish in the top four]? I think they may just fall short,” he said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
“The squad of players is maybe just short of some of the other sides, you think of Liverpool and Chelsea.
“But if you look at the manager they have got, we have already spoken about his record and also how much of an impact he has had at Everton.
“I think the last two wins have pushed his win percentage above 50 per cent.
“No Everton manager has been close to that since Howard Kendall’s first spell – Everton’s best ever manager – so that shows the job he has done since he has come in.
“I think if Everton are to get to the top four a lot of it will be down to Ancelotti. I think other teams fighting for it maybe have better XIs or squads, but with that man in charge anything is possible.
“The challenge should be top four, if you are Everton now and you don’t qualify for Europe I think that would be a real disappointment.
“What they have to be thinking is the Europa League is the minimum, but they should be seriously thinking about top four, why not?”