Callum Molyneaux explains why, with just three games of the season left to go, Liverpool’s win over Watford is a massive step towards Champions League qualification.
The victory over Watford could prove to be a massive step in qualifying for the Champions League. It was a massive three points for the Reds, especially after the performance and result against Crystal Palace last week.
After last week’s shock defeat, fans became less and less confident about Liverpool’s chances of staying in the top four.
Eight days later, Liverpool can almost hear the Champions League anthem. The job isn’t done yet, but we’re almost there, something we haven’t achieved since finishing 2nd in the 2013/14 season under Rodgers with Suarez scoring over 30 goals.
Just three games remain for the Reds, and I believe seven points will be enough to reach the goal for the season.
There was huge pressure on Liverpool to beat Watford. It was seen as an easy game on paper, but we know that’s not the case, especially against teams in the lower half of the table.
We needed to bounce back and thanks to a spectacular overhead kick from Emre Can, it meant Liverpool moved onto 69 points, three ahead of Man City and four ahead of Man Utd.
The pressure was increased when both Man Utd and Man City only managed to draw on Sunday, and Arsenal losing to Tottenham, meaning that the top four is in Liverpool’s hands.
Looking back at the game, it wasn’t Liverpool at their very best, but we got the job done which was the most important thing. It was a gritty performance, not really associated with Liverpool, but our last three away games have produced nine points, at the business end of the season when needed most.
The defence looked solid throughout, with Watford’s best chance coming in the 90th minute from which Prodl hit the bar but apart from that, they didn’t cause many problems.
Mignolet looked comfortable, especially when dealing with crosses, which was a very positive sign! Without a doubt the talking point of the match was Emre Can’s wonder goal, a goal which will be watched time and time again! You could tell how much it meant to Klopp and his players at the end of the game, and the relief of getting three precious points.
Looking forward to the remaining matches, Liverpool will be confident of winning all three and finishing in the Champions League places, back where we belong.
A positive is that Adam Lallana is back, and was an influence on the game against Watford when he came on.
Thankfully, Phil Coutinho’s injury isn’t serious and that it is only a dead leg, so he can feature in the final remaining fixtures.
Two of the three fixtures are at home, with arguably our toughest test out of the games is the match next week against Southampton. If we win that game then all the fans will surely be very confident!
Another positive is that Man Utd has two tough fixtures back to back, against Arsenal and Tottenham, both away from home. I can’t see them winning both games, and the Gunners aren’t in great form either.
With three games to go, it’s in our hands. The game against Watford was a big big step, a huge win for Klopp’s men. Hopefully, Liverpool can reach their goal and qualify for the Champions League. Finishing third will also be a bonus!