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Liverpool still have an outside chance of finishing in the top four of the Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur are still just about alive in the race for the Champions League too
Liverpool are strong at home and we fancy their chances of getting the job done here
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Soccer fans often remark that it is the hope that kills you. In a strange way, then, some Liverpool supporters might prefer it if their team was definitely out of the race for the top four in the Premier League. As it is, they still have a slim chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
That would have seemed improbable a few weeks back. But Jurgen Klopp’ side have won three matches on the bounce and are seven points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United, who have a game in hand on their arch-rivals.
To scrape into the top four, Liverpool will almost certainly need to take 18 points from the last 18 available while also hoping that Manchester United and/or Newcastle United suffer a few slip-ups.
The fixture list, at least, does not look too daunting: after this weekend’s clash with Tottenham, Liverpool are due to face Fulham, Brentford, Leicester City, Aston Villa, and Southampton. Six wins would move them onto 71 points, which would have been enough to qualify for the Champions League in each of the last five seasons.
Even if Liverpool ultimately miss out, they will want to carry some momentum in what will be a pivotal summer. The club is set to embark on a squad revamp ahead of the 2023/24 campaign and a strong end to the season could boost their position as they compete for various players.
There is plenty still to play for, then, even if the top four looks like a long shot right now. Premier League followers have learned one thing in recent years, though: never write Liverpool off.
Tottenham are one of several Premier League clubs with an interim manager at the helm. In fact, Ryan Mason is their second fixed-term boss of the season. The first, Cristian Stellini, was sacked after overseeing that disastrous 6-1 thrashing by Newcastle last weekend.
Spurs’ misery looked set to be compounded on Thursday, as Manchester United raced into a 2-0 lead in north London. At that point, Mason’s men appeared to be dead and buried. But after a valiant second-half fightback, Tottenham drew 2-2 to at least stop the rot.
Although they head into the weekend in fifth place with more points to their name than Liverpool, Tottenham are probably less likely to qualify for the Champions League than their upcoming opponents. That is because they have six fewer points than fourth-placed Manchester United despite having played two more matches.
The next month is still important, though. If Spurs can string a run of victories together while playing some exciting soccer, the managerial job will look more attractive to prospective candidates like Luis Enrique, Julian Nagelsmann, and Vincent Kompany.
Moreover, Tottenham must aspire to qualify for some form of European competition. It would be a mistake to believe the Europa League is below them. After all, this is a club without a trophy in 15 years. Spurs are not in a position to turn up their noses at any piece of silverware.
Meanwhile, a manager like Nagelsmann or Luis Enrique would be keen to be involved in a continental tournament. The job would presumably look less appealing to coaches of their caliber if Tottenham ended this season in eighth or ninth place.
There is no doubt that the 2022/23 campaign has been hugely disappointing for Spurs, but they cannot afford to give up yet.
Anfield is one of the most iconic stadiums in world soccer. It is not the biggest or the most beautiful, but it is capable of generating an extraordinary atmosphere, particularly in big games.
The power of their home ground is part of the reason why Liverpool even have a glimmer of hope of finishing in the top four. They have been pretty poor on the road this term, collecting only 19 points at opposition stadiums. The Reds sit just ninth in the away table.
They are much more comfortable on familiar turf. Liverpool are fourth in the home standings, behind only Manchester City, Arsenal, and Manchester United. They have only been beaten once at Anfield in 2022/23 - to relegation-threatened Leeds United, of all teams.
Another reason to fancy Liverpool is the current state of Tottenham. True, they showed fight and character in the second half against Manchester United. But they have won just one of their last six games and have not triumphed away from home since January.
Goals could be on the cards too. Neither team has been convincing defensively this season. Liverpool have gone five matches without a clean sheet, and Tottenham have not shut their opponents out in their last eight contests. A Liverpool win and over 2.5 goals is the way to go.
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Teams: Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur
Location: Anfield, Liverpool, England
Date and Time: Apr. 30, 2023, 11.30 a.m. ET
How to Watch: USA Network
Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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