Chelsea have the advantage over Liverpool and Co in the race for top four. Here’s why

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Liverpool are currently 4th in the Premier League with 40 points, and Chelsea are just sitting in 5th place and a point behind the Reds.

It’s a huge surprise to see Liverpool struggling in 4th, and it’s even more surprising to know that they were top of the league just a month ago.

Injuries have played a toll in their season, as has also Tottenham whenever they play without Harry Kane.

Former Chelsea star Pat Nevin believes that the top four race is still wide open and he expects Chelsea to go right through and climb higher up the table than our rivals because they don’t have squad depth, something Chelsea has in abundance.

Nevin said: “The seven games in February are a real test, but I honestly believe these games crammed together give us a little advantage over just about every other side in the league.

“It is clear that Liverpool’s lack of squad depth has finally come back to haunt them, and to be fair it has taken a lot longer than I thought it would, but it is clearly affecting them negatively right now. It also looks likely to continue to trip them up with the European fixtures about to hit too.

“Leicester are not dissimilar in that they look a much-lesser side the moment Jamie Vardy gets injured and of course Spurs were in the same boat when Harry Kane was unavailable for them.

“I’m not sure Chelsea are in the same position because the squad is so deep and the standard doesn’t dip hugely, or indeed at all, when the manager must change three, four, five or even six players! We also do not have one single pivotal player who everything revolves around, and that is a big positive in these circumstances.”

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