Redknapp: Reds can finish in top four

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes that Liverpool will be a surprise package this season and tips them to finish in the top four.

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Redknapp, who was sacked by Spurs over the summer, continues to pay a keen interest to the happenings within the Premier League. In his column in the Sun, he wrote about the concerns he has over the prospects of both Arsenal and Liverpool. Both sides struggled in their first games with the Gunners held to a stalemate by Sunderland while Liverpool lost 3-0 to West Brom with defender Daniel Agger sent off in the match. 

The Gunners also sanctioned a sale for Alex Song to Barcelona in the aftermath of their game, adding to the shock departure of captain Robin van Persie, who joined Manchester United earlier in the week. New signings Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud failed to impress in the side's first game of the season while the Reds were simply wasteful in front of goal and error-prone in defence. 

But Redknapp believes that predicting the northern club's demise after just one defeat would be folly and tips them to return back to the top four.

"A lot of people have told me it will take a few years before Liverpool are back challenging at the top of the table on a regular basis. I disagree entirely," he wrote in the Sun.

"It would be more of a surprise to me if they weren't in the thick of it for a Champions League place come the end of the season. I know there are plenty who insist it's a work in progress, and of course Brendan Rodgers will want to stamp his own ideas on things.

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"The two main signings Rodgers has made - Fabio Borini and Joe Allen - will only make them stronger. I can see them making a real good go of it.

"Liverpool are the only change I can see from last season's top six as it will be a real tough job for Alan Pardew to repeat last year's heroics at Newcastle."

Interestingly, he believes that it would be Arsenal that will endure greater struggles and potentially miss out on the Champions League next season. Despite his bleak line of analysis, he still has some positive words for Santi Cazorla who was Arsenal's saving grace and who shone in the opening match. 

"I've already said Arsenal will do well to finish in the top four, although I do like Santi Cazorla, one of their new signings from Malaga. I tried to get him.

"Gunners fans are in for a treat watching him - although there might not be much else for them to cheer over the months."

Agger's suspension means that the Dane will be unable to participate in the Merseyside club's crucial first home fixture against current champions Manchester City next week. 

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