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Liverpool are already OUT of the Premier League title race – Pundit

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Liverpool will not challenge Manchester City for this season’s Premier League title and already face a battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

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Jurgen Klopp’s men have drawn half of their six top-flight games this season following their goalless stalemate at Goodison Park in Saturday’s Merseyside derby.

The Reds were fortunate not to suffer their second defeat of the campaign, with Conor Coady having a goal ruled out by VAR and Neal Maupay squandering their best chance.

They therefore sit seventh in the table, six points behind leaders Arsenal and five behind Pep Guardiola’s champions, who they have tussled with over the past few seasons to secure Premier League glory.

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And speaking on talkSPORT, Agbonlahor believes the current form of Arsenal and Tottenham – who sit third – means the Reds face a fight on their hands.

Asked whether Liverpool could miss out on the top four, Agbonlahor replied: ‘100 per cent. This is not a battle for the title. Liverpool, for me, are not fighting for the Premier League title this season.

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‘They are fighting to stay in the top four because Arsenal are on it. Spurs are on it – they’re knowing how to win games, Arsenal and Spurs. They’ve got that winning mentality and they’re winning games. Chelsea will get better.’

Agbonlahor was also critical of Klopp’s tactics against Everton, insisting star forward Mohamed Salah is not currently a goal threat while insisting ‘something isn’t right’ with their defence.

‘Salah doesn’t look like he’s going to score and that is not like Mo Salah,’ he added.

‘He has to come out wide and find space. The midfield didn’t work. They played Fabinho as a sitter and in front of him [Harvey] Elliott and [Fabio] Carvalho. It just didn’t work for me today.

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‘At the back, [Andy] Robertson was dropped, Trent [Alexander-Arnold] got taken off after 60 minutes. Something isn’t right with that defence with Liverpool and they are dropping too many points.’

Agbonlahor’s comments come after he was recently involved in a public spat with Klopp.

The former Aston Villa striker criticised Man United for their defeat by Brentford to the point where Klopp said he even thought about calling up talkSPORT.

‘I drove home after watching the first half here [at the training ground] and I listened to talkSPORT and Gabby [Agbonlahor],’ he said.

‘He lost against us 6-0 in my first year, so I couldn’t remember him as a mentality monster on the pitch then – but what he said about Man Utd, I was close to calling in and telling him: ‘You forgot completely that you were a player.

‘And if ex players go already like this, you can imagine how everything else is going. You have to ask yourself how you want to react in a situation like this.’

In an interview with Sportsmail, Agbonlahor responded. He said: ‘The whole “Gabby who?” thing. Him pretending not to know my surname. Why?

‘He has watched football. He will know my name.

‘And then his team lose at Man United anyway. He was talking about me not being a mentality monster. Well his team didn’t look like mentality monsters in that game did they?

‘And he is supposed to be the mentality monster king.’

Agbonlahor then risked the ire of Reds fans once again, calling out Virgil van Dijk for his defending in their defeat at Man United last month.

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