Liverpool played out a 0-0 draw against Everton on Sunday but the game was the last of its kind this season. Jurgen Klopp now has reason to think positively.
The Reds went to Goodison Park wanting a win but it wasn’t to be. They had chances, even some very good ones, but it was a disappointing performance on the whole.
But they were up against a side that really fancied their chances to get at least a point. Everton dug in, pressed hard, and clearly believed in their ability to halt their rival’s title hunt.
They may be the last team to face Liverpool with that attitude, however. The game at Goodison was the last time this season that Klopp’s men travel to a team inside the top 10.
Liverpool will next travel to Fulham (currently 19th) on the 17th of this month. April sees games at Southampton (17th) and Cardiff (18th), before their final away game against Newcastle United (14th) in May.
Suddenly, a draw with Everton doesn’t look so bad for Liverpool. Yes, they’re now one point back in the title race but their fixture list looks bright.
Liverpool will be favourites to win every remaining game. Strong favourites, arguably.
The two fixtures that stand out now are home games against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Both are games that Liverpool will expect to win, though.
It means that Klopp can attack the rest of the campaign with positivity. Liverpool can believe in themselves against every opponent, not just to compete but to win. That can generate the momentum and attitude for an impressive run-in.
Manchester City, on the other hand, have one more difficult away game. They’ll travel across the City to face Manchester United on April 24th and United will fancy their chances.
That could make all the difference. Liverpool will expect a win in every remaining game – the same can’t be said for City.
With just a single point separating the two title rivals, a predictable run-in may just take the title to Anfield.