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Matty Hewitt

Shay Given outlines Newcastle's top four path as Liverpool pressure grows

Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given remains hopeful about the Magpies' Champions League ambition. The Toon are three points clear of Liverpool in fifth, having played a game less than Jurgen Klopp's side.

However, the Reds are one of the in form sides in the division, having won their last six games on the bounce to hone in on a Champions League berth. Manchester United's defeat to West Ham means they remain two points behind the Magpies, but they've also played a game less than the Reds who are one point off them in fourth.

Both the Toon and the Red Devils remain in control of their own destiny, but they'll be looking over their shoulder at Liverpool who have a favourable final three games.

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Given told Sky Sports: "It would be a great shame. They've had an unbelievable season Newcastle and it's about the reaction.

"We talk about the pressure of Arsenal not challenging for the title, this Newcastle team have not been here for 20 years challenging for Champions League position. You mention Liverpool and six victories on the bounce and they look like they've won their remaining games.

"Newcastle have to get two victories from their remaining fixtures. Hopefully after a great season they can finish it off.

"I'm just sitting on the proverbial fence but I really hope they can finish it off. As a team, it's been a brilliant season."


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