Harry Redknapp has told Soccernet he is deeply shocked by Liverpool's demise this season as Tottenham close in on fourth place.
Spurs are in pole position to clinch the final Champions League spot, while Liverpool are likely to have to settle for a place in the Europa League. The Reds face their moment of truth against Chelsea on Sunday on the back of a hugely disappointing European exit to Atletico Madrid on Thursday.
Ahead of Spurs' game against Bolton at White Hart Lane on Saturday, Redknapp told Soccernet: "If we finish fourth, it will be a real achievement for this club - a tremendous achievement.
"It will mean finishing above a club like Liverpool and, let's face it, no one here would have envisaged that at the start of the season.
"If anything, I would have tipped Liverpool to have won the league title. Never in a million years did I see it coming - or anyone else, I would imagine - that they would be struggling to finish in the top four, let alone challenge for the title.
"Liverpool lost only twice all last season, and they have obviously lost far more this season, which has made it much more open for a club like ours to be battling for fourth place.
"It would be just great if we can make it into the Champions League. Our priority is to hang onto players like Bale and Modric. We must keep our squad together, make sure we don't lose anyone important to us, and, if that is the case, we will not have to be doing the usual rushing around, finding a lot of players this summer."
Spurs have bounced back well from their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Portsmouth, and Redknapp believes that finishing fourth would ultimately be a more impressive achievement than winning the cup.
"The FA Cup final would have capped a great season and been a great day out but, realistically, over the season, finishing fourth over the entire season is the hallmark of a good season," he said. "It shows you have been performing consistently.
"If we can finish fourth it will be a big step forward for this club."