Liverpool are out to 4/1 in bwin’s Premier League top 4 odds after a 1-0 loss to Fulham at Anfield continued their miserable run of results.
The Reds have now tasted defeat in six of their last seven league games and are seven points outside of the Champions League places.
James Milner, leading the side in the absence of the injured Jordan Henderson, told Sky Sports: “It definitely hurts.
“When you’re playing for a club with the history of Liverpool, the history we’ve created as a group of players, the standards we’ve set, we’re not hitting them at this moment in time and it’s not good enough.
“It’s disappointing and hard when you’re letting the club down and letting the fans down. It’s for us to keep pushing and dig ourselves out of the mess.”
Neighbours Everton are also on the drift at 11/2 in this market following a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, which left them on 46 points from 27 matches.
Carlo Ancelotti had few complaints and commented: “They played better than us, they played with more quality.
“We were good defensively for 30 minutes, but once they scored it was more difficult for us. We are disappointed, but not too much.”
Thomas Tuchel is unbeaten in 11 matches as Chelsea boss, with the Blues keeping nine clean sheets in those fixtures.
They climbed up to fourth spot on 50 points from 28 outings and have been cut to 2/7 to finish in the leading quartet.
Tuchel stated: “I feel positive energy from everyone around the team in Cobham, towards my staff, towards football and my team.”
Derby delight for Red Devils
Second-placed Manchester United are as short as 2/17 in bwin’s Premier League top 4 odds following a superb 2-0 derby triumph at Etihad Stadium.
The Red Devils have 54 points from 28 games after upsetting runaway leaders City and ending their 21-match winning streak.
Harry Maguire told club media: “We have brilliant coaches and a brilliant manager and brilliant analysts as well.
“Credit to them, because they are the ones who sent us out in that formation.”
Leicester are just a point back in third and can be backed at 4/7 here after coming from behind to win 2-1 at Brighton.
The injury-hit Foxes have eight players currently sidelined, including key attacking trio Harvey Barnes, James Maddison and Ayoze Perez.
However, Kelechi Iheanacho said: “We have injuries but we have players who can do the job, so we just need to keep our heads up and be hungry.”
West Ham are fifth on 48 points from 27 games after beating Leeds 2-0 and are quoted at 16/5 to end up in the leading quartet.
David Moyes said: “The players are actually disappointed with how they played, we didn’t feel we reached the standard we’ve set this season – but that’s a good sign.”
Tottenham are three points back on the same number of games after powering to a 4-1 triumph over Crystal Palace to complete a hat-trick of victories in this competition and are 11/4.
Jose Mourinho’s side are firmly back in the mix after a poor run of results earlier in 2021 – where they lost five out of six league games.
On what has changed, Lucas Moura said: “I think the main thing was the mentality, because we just needed to have the belief in ourselves.
“We needed to know how good we are because we have terrific players, a very good squad and the quality to win games.”
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