Blackburn boss Allardyce: Man City will rattle Liverpool, Arsenal

Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is convinced Manchester City can squeeze both Arsenal and Liverpool out of the top four next season.

Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is convinced Manchester City can squeeze both Arsenal and Liverpool out of the top four next season.

Allardyce said: "Chelsea did it when Roman Abramovich came in and I have no doubts City could do the same.

"Chelsea had no impact for a decade before he came in - and then they won the League and broke the domination of the Big Two at the time, Manchester United and Arsenal, to make it a three-horse race.

"City look like they are intent on getting to that level and if the spending is on the same level of Abramovich then I am quite sure they will have a major impact.

"And I believe that spells real danger for both Arsenal and Liverpool. I think they will be more vulnerable and they will be very nervous about what City are doing.

"All of a sudden they are under threat. They have been in the top four so long that each year they have been able to set their budget in advance because they know they will be in the Champions League. Now that could all change. And if City do take one of their places it could be catastrophic financially because it could cost them £25m or more if they aren't playing in the Champions League."