Having returned to the UEFA Champions League for the first time in more than four years, The Reds will most likely be missing next season, as they seem more likely to end fifth than fourth.
Brendan Rogers’ side have been their own enemies this season – dropping what looked like wrapped-up points against token opposition in their last 10 games. That poor run of form did not help last season’s “team of the moment” as they failed to close the gap even when the rest of the top pack performed badly.
The last nail in their hopes coffin was last weekend’s 1-1 draw away at Chelsea. Commendable as the result is against a side that cost them the league last season, that game meant Liverpool’s best run could only see them par with Manchester United at 68 points, should the latter lose their last two games. Even that would still not be enough if the Reds fail to reach a double figure of goals in their last two games – a difficult proposition indeed.
With United’s next game coming at home to Arsenal on Sunday, Liverpool will be hoping for the rarest of miracles, a day after they would themselves have played against Crystal Palace at Anfield.
United’s last game will be away to Hull City, while Liverpool will be visiting unpredictable Stoke City.
At the bottom of the log, Hull City head off next to Tottenham Hotspur hoping for a rare win at White Hart Lane, which would see them close the gap to Newcastle, as the latter visit relegated Queens Park Rangers. Should Hull win and Newcastle lose, the former would have moved from the mire to safety – albeit still needing a win at home to Manchester United in their last game. Newcastle’s last game will be at home to West Ham and that could spell doom for the hosts.
Saturday: Southampton vs Aston Villa; Sunderland vs Leicester City; West Ham United vs Everton; Burnley vs Stoke City;
Sunday: Swansea City vs Manchester City;
Monday: West Bromwich Albion vs ChelseaPost published in: Football