The Reds’ win over QPR – coupled with United’s third successive defeat at home to West Brom – has given Brendan Rodgers’ side renewed hope.
Adam Lallana insists Liverpool can capitalise on Manchester United’s slump in form and secure the final Champions League spot, reports the Echo.
The Reds’ win over Queens Park Rangers – coupled with United’s third successive defeat at home to West Brom – has given Brendan Rodgers’ side renewed hope in the race for fourth place.
Liverpool find themselves four points adrift of United with three games remaining and Lallana believes that gap can be bridged.
United travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday before playing Arsenal (home) and Hull City (home) in their last two fixtures.
The England midfielder is convinced Louis van Gaal’s men will drop further points but he says Liverpool must ensure they take advantage by finishing the campaign with a flourish.
The Reds face champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday with Palace visiting Anfield before the final day showdown at Stoke.
“It’s not over yet,” said Lallana. “We can still finish in the top four but we need to take maximum points now. We’ll keep fighting right to the end. We all know what can happen.
“United have some tough games to play and I am sure they will drop more points.
“We have to put pressure on United by going to Stamford Bridge and getting three points. Pressure is a tough thing to deal with.
“We need to beat Chelsea and Palace and hope it all comes down to the final weekend.”
Rodgers has confirmed that Liverpool will give Chelsea a guard of honour before kick-off and Lallana has no issues with carrying out that tradition.
However, he says that’s where the pleasantries will end. The Reds need to inflict a first home league defeat on the Londoners since Sunderland’s triumph in April 2014.
“We have to use it as motivation,” Lallana said.
“Chelsea deserve to be champions. The table doesn’t lie. They have been the best team throughout the season.
“You have to respect that, whether you like it or not.
“All I know is we want to go there and spoil the party. We’re looking to go there and cause an upset and put a dent in their celebrations.
“We all knew that last week was a big week and it was disappointing to only get four points out of the games against West Brom, Hull and QPR.
“We would have been right on their toes, if not ahead of United, if we had performed better. But we still have a chance and everyone believes fourth place is still possible.
“We have to concentrate on ourselves and look to take maximum points from our three remaining matches.”