Liverpool do love to make lives difficult for themselves eh?
At one point in time, the Reds were comfortably ahead of Chelsea by 10 points. A huge margin, which many reckoned a gap to big to be overcome. But this is Liverpool we’re talking about, things don’t quite always go to plan. So instead of sealing qualification long ago, we left the door open for Chelsea to try to steal a march on us. Draws against the likes of West Brom and Stoke saw Liverpool’s commanding lead shorten as the weeks past.
Then came the defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Now things sure look to be congested for the final 2 remaining Champions League spots. Just 3 points separate the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham (who they themselves lost to West Brom on Saturday) and Chelsea. With Chelsea and Tottenham both having a game in hand, things can’t be much clearer. Lose or draw to Brighton next week and there’ll be only 2 options left. Either rely on results elsewhere, or take matters into our own hands and beat Real Madrid on the 26th of May.
So where does this leaves us? Obviously, beating Brighton on the final matchday would guarantee us 4th spot but that’s easier said than done. Brighton, led by the in-form Pascal Gross, are respectable foes and have done consistently well throughout the season. The fact that they beat Manchester United 1-0 last Friday would re-emphasise that Sunday’s match would be no walk in the park.
While Liverpool will be made to sweat for that important 3 points, there’s no reason to suggest that we can’t do it. After all, we did it last season when it came down to the wire. Furthermore, with the setting once again at Anfield, there is confidence that the trick could be repeated yet again. So even if “the next game will definitely be a tough game” according to Lovren, we’re “confident we can manage to win it”.
The “2 finals”, as van Djik had put it, will have a major say on our season. While winning them may not be easy, we must believe.
Up the Reds!