Michael Owen has revealed his opinion that Liverpool will finish in the top four if they can win their next five games
The Reds have a tough run ahead of them, with games against Manchester United, City, Arsenal, and Chelsea in the next five days. It doesn’t get much more difficult than that.
Nevertheless, it also provides Liverpool with the potential to reclaim their place in the top four. Nevertheless, speaking to premierleague.com after last night’s triumph over Wolves, Owen feels this little group of games will define the Reds’ season.
“If they’re no further away from the top four after that run of fixtures, then they’ll do it. “I’m persuaded,” the 43-year-old remarked.
“I mean that is defining, they may be out of it after them. If they go on a bad streak, they may be 10, 12, points behind with eight games to go or something. They’ll do it if they’re still within three, four, or five points of the top four after those games.”
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Owen is spot on with this one. After these next five games are over, we will enter the final stretch of the Premier League. When the whistle blows against Arsenal on April 8th, there will be nine games remaining.
That’s more than enough time. Yet, if Liverpool remains a long way from the Champions League places, it will be difficult to recover.
Thus this small group of games is quite large. Historically, the Reds have performed well while against usually larger sides. If they do this again, they will be in an excellent position.
That must begin with a victory over Manchester United this Sunday. The Red Devils are on a roll right now, chasing their own quadruple dream this season. But, a win at Anfield this weekend would reduce Liverpool’s deficit to only seven points. That would contradict both sides’ respective storylines.
With City and Arsenal set to play, the Reds may still have a small voice in the title chase.
Most Liverpool fans would be depressed heading into such major games a few weeks ago. Yet, with the team currently performing considerably better and clean sheets piling up, there should be genuine confidence that a top-four finish remains a realistic possibility.