Just when you thought Liverpool were back…they weren’t.
The past couple of weeks has epitomised the Reds’ mightily frustrating 2022/23 campaign which will culminate in no silverware and the possibility of entering an undesirable UEFA competition. It’s top four or bust for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the wake of their Champions League exit.
Liverpool currently sit sixth in the Premier League table following Saturday’s defeat at Bournemouth, but the vulnerability of their competitors means the 2019/20 champions are favoured by many to snatch fourth spot despite their woeful inconsistency.
After now exiting the competition this season following their 1-0 defeat at the Bernabeu to compound the 5-2 first leg defeat, returning to the Champions League is the club’s sole focus down the stretch. Here’s who they’ve got coming up on their schedule.
Liverpool will do battle with Man City upon their return from the international break / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages
This has so often been a decisive clash in the title race since Klopp’s Reds emerged as a juggernaut, and that will once again be the case when Liverpool visit the Etihad at the start of April.
However, Liverpool’s indifference means they’re not a player at the summit and they’ll instead be functioning as the side that could do Arsenal a favour when they take on Man City. The Gunners currently sit five points clear of the Citizens at the top, and points for the Reds in Manchester will further aid their title charge.
Liverpool need to win at Chelsea / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages
The reverse fixture between these two sides was a sorry state of affairs. However, with Liverpool getting healthier and Chelsea perhaps finding their groove under Graham Potter, this contest at Stamford Bridge should be watchable.
Chelsea are still some way off being considered genuine top-four competitors, but they’ll quickly find themselves in the race should their improved form continue after the international break.
Liverpool were beaten at Arsenal earlier this season / Robin Jones/GettyImages
They may be well out of it, but Liverpool are going to have a major say in this season’s title race.
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