Swans entertain Liverpool tonight.
"It is hard to say if they will finish in the top four," said the Dane. "But they have started well, winning the first three games and beating Manchester United.
"We will still have to see how things will turn out as it is early in the season, but they are very close to Arsenal and Tottenham.
"They are definitely a better side than last year, the players that came in last year have more experience, and they have added some quality in Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, who have played a lot of games and settled in.
"They are a lot closer to Arsenal and Tottenham than they have been for a couple of years and they will be battling for the top four."
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