Graeme Souness has issued a warning to Chelsea and Liverpool (Picture: YouTube)
Both Chelsea and Liverpool currently find themselves outside of the top-four places in the English top-flight.
Premier League leaders Arsenal are two points ahead of defending champions Manchester City, while Newcastle United climbed into the top-four after beating third-placed Tottenham on Sunday.
Souness has been impressed by Newcastle’s resurgence under Eddie Howe and says the Magpies could ‘easily’ beat Chelsea and Liverpool to a top-four spot.
‘I know how difficult that job is [Newcastle manager], how difficult it can be to get everyone on your side,’ Souness told talkSPORT. ‘But I think the manager has done a fantastic job.
‘When I saw them play against Liverpool, go to Anfield which is a hostile place, a difficult place to play, they arrived at Anfield and wanted to play Liverpool at their game and I thought they were fabulous.
‘What I saw yesterday appeared to be a team with no fear, a team that have gone to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium and said, “Come on then. Is that all you’ve got?” and they were fabulous – on the front foot, aggressive and watching the game, they looked like a fitter team than what Spurs did.
‘Newcastle right now are absolutely on fire – they are not a team any side wants to play right now.
‘Look at Miguel Almiron, he couldn’t buy a goal in the Premier League. Now he’s got, what, a goal in three straight games? He’s starting to look at home now.’
Asked which teams in the established top-six Newcastle could replace, Souness added: ‘The normal order of things is changing…
‘You have to say that Liverpool are in danger, you have to say maybe Chelsea are in danger – so there is an opening there for Newcastle.
‘The teams I’m watching right now, and you can’t guarantee it, but I fancy Newcastle in terms of performances and attitude.
‘They don’t suffer a load of injuries either and they could easily end up in the top four.’
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‘The normal order of things is changing.’