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Here’s how Liverpool overtake Manchester United for 4th place



Here’s how Liverpool overtake Manchester United for 4th place

Former Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure shows the paper slip of England’s Liverpool during the draw for the UEFA Champions League football tournament 2022-2023 in Istanbul on August 25, 2022. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Liverpool have done the unthinkable and qualified for Champions League next year! We hope….

And with hope still alive, here’s how the Reds can topple Manchester United and steal fourth place in the Premier League:

The schedule is there for the taking with home matches versus Fulham, Brentford and Aston Villa. Away at Leicester City and Southampton says five wins is definitely possible meaning Klopp’s boys will finish strong after a year of inconsistencies.

Sitting in fifth place looking up at Man United (shudder), Liverpool are still seven points behind with games quickly running out. United have do have a game in hand and 63 points but a much tougher run in.

Should Liverpool secure15 more points from five wins, they’d finish with 71 points. Here’s how Man United finishes with less points than our beloved Reds:

At Brighton (May 4) Loss. BHA’s recent form continues as the pressure builds for the Red Devils. Brighton won the last two PL matches vs Man U (home and away) and just lost to them in penalties in the FA Cup last week.

At West Ham (May 7): Loss. The Hammers turn in a resounding home performance to seal three points of its own while sending shockwaves through Mancester. Last time West Ham won at Old Trafford, Sept. 22, 2021, 1-0, Carabao Cup.

Home vs Wolves (May 13): Draw. The away team has won each of the last three PL matches versus these two clubs, all 1-0. Let’s say that streak ends but only give them a draw. Exact score prediction: 0-0.

At AFC Bournemouth (May 20): Win. Bournemouth won at home 1-0 back in 2019 so let’s not count it out. They’ve also won four of their last five so currently in good form.

Home vs Chelsea (May 25): Draw. No one can hope for anything positive from Chelsea here who are already on vacation. But the last five matches from these two have resulted in a draw. Same thing here.

Home vs Fulham (May 28): Win/Draw. At this point, they have 67 points. Liverpool has 68. This leaves some breathing room if Liverpool does have a draw in there. Fulham played ManU to a draw in 2019. Lost the last two.

Crazy things happen in the final month and especially on the final day.

Let’s not forget that our superior goal differential could help if there is a tie in points with Man U. Thank you, 7-0.

Liverpool (56 points): 5 matches remaining, 71 points possible.

Manchester United (63 points): 6 remaining matches, 81 points possible.

If you’re wondering about Newcastle, don’t. They’d need six points in five games to get to 72 with opponents like Leeds, Leicester and Chelsea. Arsenal and Brighton as well but don’t get excited.


Liverpool next four fixtures compared to Manchester United and Newcastle after Champions League gap closed

Liverpool extended their impressive run in the Premier League as they overcame Fulham to strengthen their grip in the race for Europe.

The fifth-placed Reds remain firmly on track for next season’s Europa League after the 1-0 victory over the Cottagers at Anfield. And, while their Champions League hopes remain faint, they are now four points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, who play the first of their two games in hand at Brighton & Hove Albion on Thursday.

Mohamed Salah got the winner from the penalty spot after Darwin Nunez was brought down in the box as the Egyptian netted his 29th goal of the season. Salah’s effort from 12 yards continued his impeccable run in front of goal, making it six in six games.

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Below is a look at the Reds’ final four fixtures:

May 6 – Brentford (H): Liverpool will be looking to all but end the Bees’ hopes of European football and earn their revenge against Thomas Frank’s side. Brentford ran out comfortable winners when the teams met at the start of the year in west London..

May 15 – Leicester City (A): A trip to the King Power Stadium to face the relegation-threatened Foxes follows. Dean Smith’s side sit above the relegation zone on goal difference and Liverpool will be hoping to continue their winning run away from home.

May 20 – Aston Villa (H): Manchester United dented Unai Emery’s team’s hopes of completing a miraculous turnaround and qualifying for Europe following their poor start to the season. As it stands, Villa sit five points behind Liverpool.

May 28 – Southampton (A): The Reds will be hoping their name will already be in the hat for European competition next season by this stage. The curtain for their Premier League campaign comes down against Southampton, who currently sit bottom of the table.

And here’s the final fixtures for the other clubs in the race for Europe:

Newcastle United – 3rd position (65 points)

Arsenal (H) – May 7

Leeds United (A) – May 13

Brighton (H) – May 18

Leicester City (H) – May 22

Chelsea (A) – May 28

Manchester United – 4th position (63 points)

Brighton (A) – May 4

West Ham United (A) – May 7

Wolves (H) – May 13

Bournemouth (A) – May 20

Chelsea (H) – May 25

Fulham (H) – May 28

Tottenham Hotspur – 6th position (54 points)

Crystal Palace (H) – May 6

Aston Villa (A) – May 13

Brentford (H) – May 20

Leeds (A) – May 28

Aston Villa – 7th position (54 points)

Wolves (A) – May 6

Tottenham Hotspur (H) – May 13

Liverpool (A) – May 20

Brighton (H) – May 28

Brighton – 8th position (52 points)

Manchester United (H) – May 4

Everton (H) – May 8

Arsenal (A) – May 14

Newcastle United (A) – May 18

Southampton (H) – May 21

Manchester City (H) – May 24

Aston Villa (A) – May 28


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How Liverpool could line up against Brentford

Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Liverpool could line up for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Brentford.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suffered another damaging blow with Thiago Alcantara ahead of Saturday evening’s Premier League tie with Brentford at Anfield.

The Spaniard has sat out the Reds’ last two matches, and it has now been revealed that he will undergo surgery on a hip injury, ruling him out for the final four games of the campaign.

Thiago now represents one of five injury concerns for the hosts, who also have Stefan Bajcetic (adductor) and Calvin Ramsay (knee) rehabilitating from season-ending injuries.

Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita are slowly stepping up their recoveries from muscular problems, but it remains to be seen if either man will be passed fit for a place in the squad this weekend.

Klopp unsurprisingly made a few alterations for the 1-0 win over Fulham on Wednesday, where Kostas Tsimikas was chosen from the off at left-back, but Andrew Robertson is primed to come back in for the Greek defender here.

Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold should form an otherwise untouched backline in front of Alisson Becker, who made two crucial stops from Carlos Vinicius to preserve his side’s win and clean sheet in midweek.

Jordan Henderson forced Harvey Elliott out of the team for the visit of the Cottagers and should hold his spot here, as Curtis Jones and Fabinho complete an unaltered engine room.

Fresh from scoring his 185th goal in Liverpool colours, Mohamed Salah will continue up front as ever, but the Egyptian could be the only member of the trident to hold his position.

Despite winning the penalty for Salah’s decisive strike versus Fulham, Darwin Nunez could cede his spot to Cody Gakpo, while Diogo Jota shook off a knock to come off the bench on Wednesday and may return on the left, allowing Luis Diaz the chance to rest and recuperate.

Liverpool possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Jones, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Gakpo, Jota

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