Liverpool’s Premier League Top 4 Hopes Hang in the Balance

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Liverpool have just four games left to play this season.

Arsenal have seven, while both Manchester clubs have six.

Arsene Wenger’s side are on a high after progressing to the FA Cup final, and with 21 points up for grabs in their remaining games they could do what the Gunners have done since 1998 and qualify for the Champions League.

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During this run, however, they have to play Manchester United, so from Liverpool’s point of view there’s at least the a guarantee that one of these clubs will drop points.

Manchester United also have to play local rivals Manchester City in one of their six remaining games, and Jose Mourinho’s side also have the distraction of the Europa League.

Having made it to the semi-finals they’ll face Celta Vigo over two legs, adding at least two more games to their busy end to the season.

In these European ties against the Spanish side United will come up against in-form former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas. Reds fans will be hoping that the forward, who has 16 goals and 4 assists so far this season, can dent the confidence of the Manchester club and ensure that this carries over into the league.

Arsenal, meanwhile, also have a derby to contend with against Tottenham this coming weekend. Spurs still have designs on their first title since 1961, so there will be more than just local pride at stake when Maricio Pochettino’s side host this North London derby.

Manchester City currently lie in fourth, and after their derby against United they have one of the easier run ins of the teams challenging for these top four places.

Finishing the season trophyless and without Champions League football would be disastrous for Pep Guardiola in his first season, but as seen against Arsenal on Sunday they aren’t the most solid of sides, even of they can dominate teams when it comes to possession.


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Assessing the remaining fixtures for Liverpool’s rivals is all well and good, but the Reds need to uphold their own end of the bargain.

The dire defensive display at home to Crystal Palace exposed some familiar weaknesses as Dejan Lovren reverted to type, and the set-piece problem reared its head yet again.

Palace preyed on the fairly obvious weaknesses in Jurgen Klopp’s side, and if Liverpool are to gather enough points to remain in the top four while those behind them plug away at their games in hand, they need to at least hide their weaknesses as best they can, even if they can’t solve them.

The remaining games are Watford away, Southampton at home, West Ham united away, and Middlesbrough at home.

The Hornets were trounced 6-1 at Anfield earlier in the season, but Liverpool are yet to beat Southampton in three attempts this season.

West Ham earned a point at Anfield, and will be no pushovers as they look to regain some form towards the end of the season, while Middlesbrough could be playing for now more than pride by the time they visit Anfield in the final game of this Premier League season.

You can find all Premier League betting odds at William Hill website, and they should be stacked in Liverpool’s favour, but this being Liverpool, you never know what will happen.

With 12 points left to play for, the result against Palace means that Klopp’s side will need most of these if they’re to secure top four, regardless of the travails of those teams around them.

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