Alex Rogers assesses the current top four situation with both Manchester clubs snapping at Liverpool’s heels, making it imperative that the Reds win their remaining four games.
With only a handful of games before the end of the season, it is fair to say we aren’t exactly in as comfortable position in the league as we would’ve liked.
Sitting at third in the league with only four games left to go doesn’t sound like a bad situation at all does it? But with a little more context it’s easy to realise why we are in an uneasy situation.
With Manchester United and Manchester City both behind us with a game in hand, they both only need to win their game in hand to overtake Liverpool, leaving us fifth. That doesn’t sound appealing. And to make matters worse, if Arsenal win their two games in hand over us they will level with us.
Uncertain times it would seem for us. Anything less than top four would be seen as a complete failure and a total waste of a season. If we were to drop out of the top four this late on in the season it would be soul crushing. Picking ourselves up from that would be a struggle.
There is some good news in that Arsenal’s next games are against their fierce rivals Tottenham, the only other team apart from Chelsea that has any real chance of winning the title. For this North London Derby, forgive me if you see me down at White Hart Lane chanting Spurs songs.
After that game, Arsenal then have to play Manchester United where, again, a draw would do us just fine. I think I’d be happy for a thrilling, fast-paced 0-0 game that day.
Winning our last few games of the season is pivotal to our Champions league dreams, and fortunately, we have a seemingly easy run in compared to other competing top four teams. Arguably our hardest game left is Southampton and, dare I say it knowing our form against lower teams, we really should be winning against the likes of Watford, West Ham and Middlesbrough.
As much as it’s nerve-wracking and stress-inducing relying on other team’s results, the results for our rivals in their next few games are annoyingly important for us.
It could be the difference between a moderately good season to an awfully disappointing one. Any more slip ups could spell disaster. So now more than ever, up the Reds.