After defeating Nottingham Forest, Liverpool will be fighting for a place in the Champions League in the final weeks of the Premier League season
Liverpool’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League remain alive, but they had to work hard in their most recent match.
Liverpool defeated Nottingham Forest 3-2 in the Premier League on Saturday. After a rather dull first 45 minutes, all five goals were scored at Anfield in the second half.
Diogo Jota had twice put Liverpool ahead, only to be leveled by goals from Neco Williams and Morgan Gibbs-White. But it was Mohamed Salah who stepped up to score the game-winning goal for Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
In the context of Liverpool’s season, it was a must-win, and they delivered. After the referee blew the final whistle, you could feel the relief in the stadium.
With another crucial three points in the bag, the focus will shift to what lies ahead. With only seven games remaining, every game is critical to Liverpool’s chances of success.
West Ham (A), Tottenham (H), Fulham (H), Brentford (H), and Leicester City (A) are Liverpool’s next five opponents.
When it comes to Liverpool, as has been demonstrated throughout the season, no result can be predicted. Some games that were expected to be drawn or even lost ended in a win, while others that were expected to win ended in a loss.
With the possible exception of Brentford, almost every other team Liverpool will face in this set of fixtures has something to play for. Whether it’s qualifying for Europe or avoiding relegation.
West Ham and Leicester will not be easy opponents away from home. Both are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table and will make life difficult for Liverpool in front of their own fans.
Tottenham and Fulham, along with Liverpool, are attempting to qualify for Europe. Given that both games are at Anfield, the Reds may have a slight advantage, but as previously stated, nothing can be taken for granted in the Premier League this season.
Tottenham’s next five opponents are Newcastle (A), Manchester United (H), Liverpool (A), Crystal Palace (H), and Aston Villa (A).
Tottenham (H), Everton (A), Southampton (H), Arsenal (H), and Leeds (A) are Newcastle’s next five opponents.
Fulham (H), Manchester United (A), Wolves (A), Tottenham (H), and Liverpool (A) are Aston Villa’s next five opponents.
Brighton’s remaining five opponents are Nottingham Forest (A), Wolves (H), Manchester United (H), Everton (H), and Arsenal (A).
The recent resurgence of Aston Villa has added another rival to Liverpool’s quest for European qualification. However, Newcastle and Tottenham remain the Reds’ main rivals in their quest to qualify for the Champions League.
This season, Arsenal, Manchester City, and Manchester United are all but certain to finish in the top four. That leaves one spot open for Liverpool to try to fill in their remaining games.
To put it mildly, Klopp and his team face a difficult task. With multiple clubs to compete against instead of just one for the title as in recent years, it’s difficult to have a week where everything goes your way.
Liverpool’s season will officially end on May 28 in just over a month. During that time, Klopp will prepare his team for seven more games, each of which will be treated as if it were a cup final.
There isn’t much time to wait until Liverpool returns to action, either. West Ham will visit Anfield on Wednesday, before Tottenham visits on April 30.