Liverpool finally managed to return to winning ways after beating Newcastle by two goals to nil. Goals from Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen ensured that the Reds notched up their first Premier League victory in a month. The three points that they earned on the night brought them to within four points of Manchester City who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot. I clearly remember that I had mentioned that Liverpool’s Champions League ambitions were over after they lost back to back games against Manchester United and Arsenal. Just a week on from our humbling at the hands of the Gunners, I am forced to eat my words as we find ourselves within touching distance of Manchester City, who themselves were title contenders only a couple of months ago.
It is so amazing as to how quickly things can change in the world of professional football. A week ago, the chances of us making the top four were minimal. Now however, it is actually a distinct possibility as we have a four point gap to make up with six games in hand. For Manchester City, the matter is even worse. They were right up there neck and neck with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea only a couple of months ago, but now they are in straight race against Liverpool for the fourth and final Champions League spot.
What I am not going to do at this point of time is look at this situation from the perspective of a Manchester City fan. Why would I? What I am going to do is tell each and every single Liverpool fan I know that this, this little matter of fourth place, can be achieved. A four point gap is nothing in this day and age. Even more so when you have a whopping six games remaining.
Now when you add to the fact that City are on a terrible run at the moment, you will see where I am coming from. Pellegrini’s boys have picked up just six points from their last six games. Yes, you read that right. Manchester City, the current champions of England have lost four of their last six matches and these four defeats include losses against Crystal Palace, Manchester United, Burnley and Liverpool.
To put their form into contrast, only six other teams have picked up lesser points from their last six games. Liverpool are in a much better position as they have a total of 12 points from six. So, as things stand, the race for fourth place is totally one as the team that currently occupy the coveted spot is in shambles, and I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say this. Liverpool will also end up having another slight advantage in their favour as we will get a game in hand over the Citizens thanks to our involvement in the F.A. Cup Semi-Finals. So, if all else goes according to plan and City slip up just a wee bit more, we may very well be able to grab fourth place for ourselves before the season gets over.