Emre Can‘s Goal of the Season contender propelled the Reds to another three points as the season nears its conclusion, sinking the Hornets at Vicarage Road.
With results elsewhere, and their own efforts, going in their favour, Liverpool ended Monday night third in the table, three points above fourth-placed City.
And with just three games left to play, the Reds have given themselves a great chance of finishing in the top four come May 21.
— John Burn-Murdoch (@jburnmurdoch) May 1, 2017
Naturally, simulating results will never be foolproof, especially when concerning Liverpool, but the latest prediction from the Financial Times is encouraging.
Their model, based on “underlying performance data,” gives Liverpool a 93 percent chance of finishing in the top four, and a 51 percent chance of finishing third.
Meanwhile, OptaJoe revealed a telling statistic that should work in Klopp’s favour over the next three weeks:
69 – Liverpool have 69 pts from 35 PL games in 16/17. Only 1 of previous 55 teams with 69+ pts at this stage failed to finish in top 4. Omen pic.twitter.com/yAIxtvj9dc
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 2, 2017
But having failed to score against the Saints on three occasions already this season, and drawing 2-2 with the Hammers back in December, it is unlikely to be straightforward.
Monday’s performance against Watford was another step towards Klopp’s objective, though, having seen his side grind out another result.
Finishing in the top four is imperative for Klopp as he prepares for the summer transfer window, and with a supposed 93 percent chance, the odds are in his favour.