Liverpool, somehow, still have their top-four chances in their own hands despite a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Southampton.
Having capitalised on draws for both Man City and Man United, and a defeat for Arsenal, last weekend, the Reds were handed a great chance to push further ahead on Sunday.
Unfortunately, a stoic performance from Southampton saw Jurgen Klopp‘s side held to a 0-0 draw at Anfield, with James Milner missing a crucial penalty.
This was very much two points dropped for Liverpool, who needed to win all three of their final games to guarantee qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Saturday had seen City produce a convincing 5-0 victory at home to Crystal Palace, giving the Reds’ closest challengers back the advantage.
However, a 2-0 win for Arsenal at home to United on Sunday afternoon proved a major let-off for Liverpool.
After the weekend’s results, the Reds sit third in the Premier League table, one point ahead of City, five ahead of fifth-placed United and seven ahead of Arsenal in sixth.
This ensures Liverpool remain in the driver’s seat as far as finishing in the top four is concerned at this stage.
But City (one), United (one) and Arsenal (two) all still have games in hand, meaning the Reds need to win both of their remaining games to guarantee a top-four finish.
These come away to West Ham (May 14), with Slaven Bilic’s side beating Tottenham 1-0 on Friday night, and at home to Middlesbrough (May 21), who recently held City to a 2-2 draw.