Liverpool’s challenge to secure a top-four finish will be tested to the extreme as the teams around them focus on Champions League progression.
Brendan Rodgers' side will be boosted by the fact that they remain 2015’s only unbeaten side in the league and subsequently top the recent-form table.
The problem, though, is that the teams who stand in Liverpool’s way of Champions League progression, namely Manchester United and Arsenal, are also fitting nicely into the unbeatable trend as the season gradually draws near to its end.
Swansea City match
Rodgers will be guiding his Red men on the premise that they have to continue with their recent form and win as many, if not all, of the remaining ten games if they are to progress the Merseyside club forward.
Liverpool travel to the Liberty Stadium tonight and will have to perform out of their boots if they are to inflict a defeat onto a very solid Swansea City team at home. Think back just a few weeks ago, and former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey with that stunning far range winner in the final ten
minutes against Manchester United.
Liverpool will hope the Swans will serve another favour on to them through an inadvertent defeat, a defeat that will take Liverpool two points behind Manchester United in fourth position.
A stubborn Red Devils though further proved their worth and desire for fourth spot with a dominant 3-0 win over a hapless Tottenham team on Sunday evening.
Manchester United clash
This permutation will make the clash between the two sides so much bitter and sweeter when they meet at Anfield on Sunday 22 March for what will potentially be a make or break for either side.
Liverpool will have extra impetus to inflict defeat on Louis van Gaals’ Red Devils after an embarrassing 3-0 defeat in December left the Reds limping and lingering around the mid-half
of the table; an embarrassing contrast from last season that baffled many football minds.
Another impetus for Liverpool progressing into the Champions League is the announcement that star youngster Raheem Sterling has put an incredible Liverpool contract extension offer on hold until the end of the season; a gnawing fear for all Liverpool fans who have heard similar quotes go that one step further from their heroes and star players in the past.
A certainty: Liverpool Football Club need to build again and fix not only a temporary whole in the Anfield wall, but structure a legacy of quality players, depth, consistency and glory that will take them back to the great days many of us have never witnessed; and may never.
May the current good times roll!
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