The race to secure the Champions League spot is intense, with five teams fighting for the top-four spot.
Liverpool are sixth in the table with 57 points from 34 games. They are six points behind Leicester City and seven behind Chelsea, having played a game less.
West Ham United are also in the mix. They are five points behind fourth-placed Leicester. If Liverpool win their game in hand, the Reds will overtake the Hammers and reduce the gap on the Foxes to three points.
Crouch has suggested that Liverpool’s 2-0 victory against Southampton has pulled them back in the race, and they have a good chance of making it.
The popular football pundit has claimed that he initially thought West Ham were the dark horses. However, the situation has changed slightly following their 1-0 defeat against Everton.
Although West Ham have the easiest run-in of all the clubs involved, Crouch fancies Liverpool to bag the spot.
“They could not have asked for a better weekend,” he wrote.
“I initially thought West Ham were the dark horses for fourth place, but Sunday’s defeat by Everton has opened it up, and Liverpool will see an opportunity.
“Leicester’s run-in is loaded with difficulty – games against Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham – and Liverpool are back in the picture thanks to their 2-0 win over Southampton.
“West Ham appear to have the easiest run-in, but if Liverpool beat United at Old Trafford on Thursday – that is the game that holds the key to everything – it would take a brave man to bet against them. It is Leicester’s to lose, but the pack are closing.”
Crouch is absolutely spot on that it is Leicester’s spot to lose. They have a tough set of fixtures and could drop points from those games.
The chasing pack could pounce if they do so. Liverpool must win all of their remaining four games to have any chance of getting into the top four.