Liverpool and Tottenham aim to put squeeze on Chelsea

Ian Wright

"From a point of view of second, I would say just United".

Chelsea have to go to Man City next and if they were to lose that game, which is likely, they could be five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and right up against the wall.

When asked whether Liverpool can challenge City for the title next term, Sherwood told Sky Sports' The Debate: "Yeah I think they are the closest team".

"It still can't be classed as good enough, they had to win the league this year, but ultimately it is progression - but not good enough".

Jose Mourinho is 6/5 (2.20) to ensure his side make it a one-two for the Manchester sides but Liverpool at 11/8 (2.38) could be an interesting bet, given the 10 games both sides have left to play this season.

Having contributed to most of the Red Devils' season, the centre-back believes that they should always aim for the highest but that second place is the bare minimum.

"I think being able to beat a rival, it's nearly like a six-pointer because of how close we are", Smalling said of the Chelsea win. I, for one, look forward to seeing what goal celebration Roberto Firmino chooses to do when he scores the first goal.

"These are huge games and I think the fact we play a lot of our rivals at home is going to be a big factor because of our home form", said Smalling.

However, Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane warned that the Reds are gunning for United's second spot.

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According to Eir Sport, Chris said: "I think obviously we've been second for quite a while and that needs to be our bare minimum".

"After that it might come down to who has the nerve and who has the deepest squad".

Spurs face Juventus in the Champions League, while the Reds have one foot in the quarter-final of the competition following a 5-0 win over Porto. This could be where Liverpool, and to some extent Spurs, might struggle as the Champions League games start to take their toll.

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