Redkopi: Fourth Place, Jovanovic and Wilson

Six League games remaining, 18 points left to play for… Between now and May, there will be many more twists and turns in the intriguing battle for the final Champions League place. Its only the first week of April and already the battle for fourth place is heating up.

Liverpool are currently four points off current fourth-placed club Tottenham and with one less match to play. Liverpools remaining fixtures in the League are Birmingham at the St. Andrews Stadium, Fulham and West Ham at Anfield, Burnley at Turf Moor Stadium, Chelsea at Anfield and then the final game of the season against Hull City at the KC Stadium.

This weekend see’s Liverpool travel to Birminghams St. Andrews Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Battle for Fourth Place – This Weekend’s Fixtures

Saturday 3rd April

15:00 Bolton vs Aston Villa

15:00 Sunderland vs Tottenham

17:30 Burnley vs Man City

Sunday 4th April

15:00 Birmingham vs Liverpool

16:00 Everton vs West Ham

I cant see Villa, Tottenham or City dropping any points this weekend so Sundays clash with Birmingham will be another cup final clash with three points a must. However, the Blues are unbeaten in their last seven top-flight games against the Reds while Liverpools away form has been very poor this season, we have only won two of our last 13 Premier League away games and none of the last six. Also, we have only scored three goals in total in our last nine Premier League matches on the road….


Meanwhile in other transfer speculation today, according to the Telegraph, Milan Jovanovic has confirmed he will complete his free transfer from Standard Liège to Liverpool once a work permit has been issued at the end of this season. The 28 year-old’s current deal with the Belgian club expires in the summer and according to reports the Serbian striker agreed the move and personal terms in January but has yet to finalise the transfer. Last week, reports emerged the move was in doubt because of fears over Rafa’s long term future at Merseyside…. However, Jovanovic quickly refuted these reports:

“For me, it’s sorted. The only thing is that my work permit is not yet in order. But I have until June to get it. I’m at ease. Next season I will play at Liverpool.”

In other transfer speculation news today, the Telegraph reports Rangers have confirmed that Liverpool have made an inquiry about teenage central defender Danny Wilson. With only a year left on his contract, Rangers also revealed talks to secure the eighteen year old’s services were ongoing. Wilson has already made his full Rangers debut earlier this season in their League Cup tie against Dundee.

Rangers chief executive Martin Bain commented : “Danny has been exceptional for us and where I’m at with those negotiations is that we have made him an offer – we’ve had many discussions – and there is a schedule that sits with his agent at the moment. Two English Premiership clubs approached us in January and since then I have had the odd discussion and we have seen people coming along to watch our players and you can see who they are coming along to watch. I can confirm that Liverpool have expressed an interest but a lot of clubs are keeping abreast of Danny’s situation.”


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