After another dominant home performance against Bournemouth, can Liverpool keep winning to keep the pace up at the top? Can they handle the pressure? Let’s take a look at the fixtures coming up for Klopp’s men.
The Great Derby Ahead
Next up in the league for Liverpool is an easy trip to Old Trafford. Jokes aside, this match is the biggest derby between the two sides for a while. Manchester United have the chance to dent Liverpool’s title hopes, and I think everyone reading this will agree that Liverpool just cannot afford to lose this. The points dropped first and foremost will allow City to creep in front again, but the endless jibes at the hands of United fans are just not welcome at this stage of the season. Granted, Solskjaer has got United playing well, but they now play with a style that will suit the likes of Salah, Mane and Firmino. They should get plenty of chances to burst forward and, hopefully, nick a goal or two in the process. A draw wouldn’t be the worst result in the world, but a defeat is unthinkable, not least for the morale of the players, staff and the fans for the remaining games.
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About the Remaining Games
Liverpool should dispose of Watford at home a few days after the trip to Manchester easily enough, then it’s the blue side of Merseyside at Goodison on March 3rd.
A potential banana skin? Not a chance. Marco Silva’s side are in freefall, and if he’s still in charge by the time this fixture comes around, expect a comfortable away win. If Silva’s dismissed and a new man is in charge of this game, that could be trickier with the new manager impetus in Everton’s favour. We’ve seen it all too many times. A new manager comes into a club that has not won in about five months, then they win three on the bounce. Klopp and the players will be ready for this, though, and they’ll breeze past the Toffees.
Burnley and Fulham are up next. Six easy points there, which could make it 15 points from 15. Then it’s Spurs at home at the end of March.
Spurs are a good team, there’s no denying that. However, they’re coming to Anfield, which is a fortress nowadays. And Chelsea, they’re the next home fixture after Spurs. They’re both tough games, but if the same Chelsea show up that went to the Etihad, then it could be double figures. It’s 34 home Premier League games since Liverpool last tasted defeat at Anfield. They could well go the whole season unbeaten at home, which is probably needed to keep up the pace at the top in the hunt for glory.
Southampton away is in between Spurs and Chelsea, then it’s Cardiff, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves to round off the season. You’d expect 12 points from those last four games.
Looking at City’s remaining games, they’ve also got to go to Old Trafford in March, and they host Spurs in April. They’re the two crucial games that will decide the title. If they drop points in those, likewise with Liverpool against the same sides, then we’ll know where the Premier League trophy will end up. Can Spurs win the title? Absolutely, but we all know what they’ve been like under pressure over the years.
It’s going to be close. Every Liverpool fan will be praying it’s their year, finally. Champions League fixtures could well play a part in terms of fatigue so it will come down to squad depth, and who can hold their nerve. City has been there and done it before, but Liverpool looks a different proposition this season. Virgil Van Dijk’s been a monster at the back, and if he stays on top of his game, it’s difficult to look beyond Klopp’s men. Manchester City, Liverpool or Spurs? Let’s hope it’s red ribbons on the trophy come May.