Adam Lallana: Liverpool will beat Manchester United to top-four spot.



Adam Lallana has said he is confident that Liverpool will finish in the Premier League's top four this season and described Sunday's Anfield clash against Manchester United as "payback time" for the club.

Fifth-placed Liverpool host fourth-placed United this weekend with just two points separating them.

A victory for Brendan Rodgers' side would move them into the top four for the first time this season, and Lallana was upbeat.

"Chelsea, Manchester City, us and Arsenal [will finish in the top four]," he told The Guardian. "I am confident we can finish in the top four -- we just need to remain focused. The next game is obviously going to have a bearing on that, but I don't think it will necessarily prove decisive.

"There are still eight games left after Sunday, so there will still be a lot of twists and turns.

"United have got Arsenal in their second to last game of the season, Southampton are at City. Anything can still happen. The top four battle involves seven teams this year. It's great for the neutral."

United ran out 3-0 winners when they played Liverpool in December. The result proved to be a turning point for the Merseysiders, who have not lost a Premier League game since.

"This is payback time [for the defeat]," Lallana said. "There were glimpses of what we might be able to achieve in that game, chances we could have taken, but we lost 3-0 so it was disappointing for us.

"That result at United summed up where we were as a team. We had a difficult start to the season -- it's no secret we were struggling for form and confidence -- but credit to the manager and everyone else at the club for sticking together and coming out the other side a lot stronger."

He said he thought United "will be worried about us," adding: "The rest of the league will be looking at us and the run of form we are in.

"We haven't lost in the league since the defeat at Old Trafford, we have taken 33 points from 39 and kept six successive cleans sheets away from home. We have turned our season around."

Source: ESPN FC


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