Liverpool now have one target to close out the season and their competitors’ remaining fixtures may just hand them an advantage in the race for Champions League football.
It creates an intriguing battle to close out the 2020/21 season with European football increasingly more lucrative to clubs following the financial hit of the pandemic.
And alongside winning as many of their remaining matches as possible, Liverpool will be at the mercy of their rivals dropping points to aid in their bid, with their fate not in their own hands, at least not yet.
- Leicester to play 3 clubs in top 7 – including Chelsea
- West Ham have ‘easiest’ run, but meet 2 clubs in top 8 – including Chelsea
- Chelsea must face Leicester, West Ham, Man City and Arsenal
- Liverpool meet 2 top half of the table clubs, Leeds and Man United
- Champions League semi-final tie (Chelsea) and FA Cup fixtures (Chelsea and Leicester) add to congestion
In fact, if you were to take the average position for each of the teams the three clubs are to face at the time of writing, where the lower the score the harder the games, the Reds have the second ‘easiest’ run.
And among the current top eight and away from direct head to heads, Liverpool are out of the web having only to face Man United, while Leicester must also play Tottenham, West Ham are to clash with Everton and Chelsea with Man City.
It all adds to the fatigue and congestion factor, one which Liverpool will be eager to take advantage of, but they must first take care of their own games.