February 21st is the date things look a little brighter for Liverpool’s season. The fixture list has been a strange one this year.
Liverpool’s next two Premier League games come against Leicester City (A) and Everton (H). That’s notable.
Both are currently in the Premier League’s top 8 and vying for European spots. They’ll each be very tough games and one Liverpool desperately need to win.
In fact, two wins would completely turnaround the feelings after Liverpool’s 4-1 home defeat to Manchester City. Things would look a lot brighter.
But that’s not the only reason things will look brighter. A quirk in the fixture list offers a new outlook.
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Liverpool will have played both Everton and Leicester twice in two weeks’ time. That means they’ll have played those two as well as Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United twice.
The Reds will play 14 games this season against teams currently in the top eight. By February 21st, they’ll have played 12 of them.
Thus their final 13 games will feature just two fixtures against teams competing at the top of the table. As things stand, of course.
Their two fixtures after Everton, for example, are against Sheffield United (20th) and Fulham (18th).
Now, some may point out that Liverpool are securing better results against good teams than bad teams. But that’s just form – it is undoubtedly easier to play against bad teams than good teams.
Liverpool just need to get their form back and develop some consistency. The Reds have a real chance to do that as they consistently play against teams they’re significantly better than.
Get that rhythm back through winning games and Liverpool can rack up points until the end of the season. Things will soon look a lot rosier.