Paul Merson believes the Premier League table is looking "really, really dangerous" for Liverpool in their bid to qualify for the Champions League.

The Reds have struggled to find any consistency in the top flight this season, having been hampered by a series of injuries and left feeling the effects of playing in stadiums without fans.

They were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid on Wednesday and now have seven games remaining in their domestic campaign to finish inside the top four and qualify for the tournament again next season.

At one stage that almost looked impossible for Liverpool but their form improved, results have started to go their way and the Reds now sit just three points behind the top four.

"Liverpool have seven cup finals to get back into the Champions League - but West Ham can deal them a Hammer blow," Merson wrote in his column for the Daily Star.

"If the Hammers win at Newcastle they will be six points clear of Liverpool with six decent games to play because they have a nice run-in.

"I’m not sure Liverpool can make it. They fell over the line against Aston Villa and have just gone out of Europe.

"The problem is, it’s out of their hands. They could win every game and still not finish in the top four.

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"Chelsea have more chance than them too - they’re two points ahead and they are still in the Champions League so they have another potential route in.

"It’s looking really, really dangerous for Liverpool. The pressure will be severely on them at Leeds on Monday.

"They are missing a spark. And I think it’s the crowd. I couldn’t see them turning things around against Real Madrid without the fans in at Anfield.

"There are teams who have blossomed without fans in and teams who have really struggled, and Liverpool have struggled."