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3 reasons why Liverpool will finish in Champions League places this season



3 reasons why Liverpool will finish in Champions League places this season


On 9 April, Liverpool looked done and dusted for the season despite coming from behind against table-topping Arsenal. The Reds are expected to win every game at Anfield irrespective of the quality of the opposition. But, despite a top-four finish on the line, the Merseysiders woke up from their slumber after going two goals down and only managed to salvage a point after playing well enough to earn three points.

After the game against the Gunners, Klopp’s men found themselves in seventh spot. They were nine points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United and third-placed Newcastle United, who had a game in hand as well.

However, what has transpired since then has completely flipped the table on its head. Arsenal have lost the top spot by drawing two and losing the top-of-the-table clash against Manchester City. Klopp’s troops have registered six successive wins and are firmly back in the race for a top-four finish.

So, without any further ado, let’s have a look at three reasons why Liverpool look destined to finish top four this season:

#3 Liverpool are peaking at the right time

Liverpool FC v Brentford FC – Premier League

Klopp’s men have displayed inconsistency throughout the season. While fans have seen flashes of brilliance from them, they have also been culpable of being completely chaotic as well.

As the Reds looked for consistency in the earlier stages of the campaign, the 9-0 hammering of Bournemouth was considered the turning point for Liverpool. However, Liverpool lost the momentum soon after beating Newcastle 2-1 at home.

The next three League games against Everton, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Arsenal yielded only two points. What followed next was absolutely astonishing as Liverpool beat City and West Ham United 1-0 but then lost two successive league outings to bottom dwellers Nottingham Forest and Leeds United.

In a nutshell, the Reds have struggled for consistency throughout the season and this is the first time they have managed to put together a winning run. With key players such as Mohamed Salah and especially, Trent Alexander-Arnold back in form, the Reds are likely to finish the season strong.

#2 Healthy Squad

Leeds United v Liverpool FC – Premier League

The sight of Darwin Nunez, Roberto Firmino, and, Luiz Diaz warming up must have been terrifying for Leeds United’s fans in their recent outing against Klopp’s team. The Reds won the game 6-1 and it kickstarted Liverpool’s surge to the top four. They would certainly not have been in this position if their attacking options would have been fit for most of the campaign.

Luiz Diaz was absent since the 3-2 defeat against Arsenal back in September, whereas Diogo Jota was sidelined for four months in which he missed 16 Premier League games.

The midfield, which has been the Reds’ weakest link this season, is not far behind Both Naby Keita and Thiago have missed 13 games through injuries and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has missed nine games this season. Additionally, the inconsistent form of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson would have mattered less had Keita and Chamberlain been fit.

However, things are much brighter now. With Klopp finally having most of his players fully fit, he can rest and rotate his squad depending upon circumstances. The last time Klopp’s squad was this fit, they were challenging for the quadruple. This time around, Klopp’s team is fighting for a place in Europe and they would not want to miss out on European nights at Anfield next season.

#1 Liverpool’s rivals faltering at the right time

West Ham United v Manchester United – Premier League

Despite their recent resurgence, the Reds won’t finish above Newcastle United or Manchester United if they don’t drop points from here on. Luckily for the Reds, their rivals are tottering at the finish line.

Manchester United have lost two successive games in the space of a week. The Red Devils are showing signs of a grueling campaign in which they have already played 57 games. United have only won three of their past eight games across competitions and key players such as David de Gea and Marcus Rashford are looking exhausted.

Newcastle United, on the other hand, have lost two of their past five league outings. They have a tough game to negotiate during the run-in, particularly against Brighton (who are chasing European places).

Liverpool have a fresher, healthier and deeper squad than their top-four rivals and their run-in is comparatively easy as well. So, one can expect Klopp’s side to claim nine points from their remaining three games. And with some luck, they can see themselves hosting Champions League games next season as well.


Man Utd have no choice: They must sign this 19yo midfielder ahead of Arsenal & Liverpool

Manchester United must beat Arsenal and Liverpool in the race to sign Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia.

The Belgian youngster joined the Saints from Manchester City for £14 million last summer and he has been one of their leading stars over the course of the season.

While the Saints look destined for top-flight relegation, the 19-year-old has stood out with his individual displays and there could be a bidding battle for him soon.

City have a £40 million buy-back clause for the teenager but that will only become active in June 2024.

Hence, the South Coast outfit have the opportunity to cash in for a much higher figure this summer.

United, Arsenal and Liverpool are all said to be interested in Lavia and in our opinion, the Red Devils must move early to beat their Premier League rivals to his signature.

Lavia could be considered as Casemiro’s long-term successor

The teenager was a relatively unknown player when he signed for the Saints last summer.

However, his potential was immediately on display during the early weeks of the campaign before he picked up a hamstring injury.

Lavia made his comeback prior to the World Cup and over the past few months, he has continued to impress with his performances.

The Belgian has completed 86 per cent of his passes with an average of two tackles and five duels won.

Meanwhile, he has lost possession on just seven occasions per outing which is hugely impressive.

Compared to him, Casemiro has been dispossessed on 13 occasions per league game this term.

In our view, Lavia could be seen as a long-term successor for Casemiro. He could come in as a replacement for Scott McTominay.

McTominay’s game time has drastically reduced in the back end of the campaign and there are suggestions that he could be sold.

United must be pro-active in their pursuit of Lavia, considering Arsenal and Liverpool are planning to do most of their business by pre-season.

The Red Devils are currently under a cloud of uncertainty over the ownership and that needs to be sorted fast to focus on potential player deals.


Tottenham to join two other PL clubs in transfer race for unsettled Liverpool star

Tottenham are reportedly ready to rival the likes of Brighton and Brentford for the potential transfer of Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher this summer.

The Republic of Ireland international is a fine ‘keeper, but has struggled for playing time at Anfield due to the presence of Alisson as the Reds’ number one.

Kelleher is now thought to be keen on playing more regularly, and Spurs are one of the clubs seemingly ready to try moving for him this summer, according to the Irish Independent.

Tottenham have problems in goal after a poor season from the ageing Hugo Lloris, so they could do well to try replacing him with a top young shot-stopper like Kelleher.

Caoimhin Kelleher to leave Liverpool?

Liverpool would surely rather keep the 24-year-old as a reliable backup option, but there’s also surely only so long a player of his calibre will settle for a place on the bench.

One imagines LFC would ideally avoid selling Kelleher to a top four rival like Spurs, so it will be interesting to see if that gives the likes of Brighton and Brentford the edge in the race for his signature this summer.

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