Liverpool can still finish above Manchester City

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Previous to Liverpool playing Arsenal and Manchester United in recent weeks, it was those teams they were playing that they had most hope of catching for fourth position and Champions League qualification.

However, due to a poor run of form from Manchester City, they are seemingly Liverpool’s only hope of reaching the top four, and if they were to do so, revenge would be the first thing that springs to mind.

Given the close finish between the two clubs last season, even though the top four is not a prestigious as the title, it would still be a fitting revenge story if Liverpool managed to get the last sport in the top four.

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So for this revenge story to come true, Liverpool would have to have to overcome a four point deficit and some tough opposition, City would have to drop points against opposition who still have a lot to fight for, so what faces each club in the last six matches?

Liverpool only have two home fixtures remaining, they are against QPR and Crystal Palace, the four away trips they face are Hull, West Brom, Chelsea and Stoke.

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Home advantage

Manchester City on the other hand have four home fixtures out of the last six matches which include, West Ham, Aston Villa, QPR and Southampton, their away trips are against Tottenham and Swansea.

The first clear advantage that City hold over Liverpool is that they have four games at home, Liverpool only have two.

Both clubs face tough away trips, Liverpool to potential Champions Chelsea, and City to another club still in the race for a top four finish, Tottenham.

One advantage Liverpool may gain out of this is that Chelsea could have the title wrapped up by the time the clubs meet so maybe the Reds will catch them at a time when they have nothing left to play for.

On the other hand, when City play Tottenham, the Spurs could be out of the race for the top four and also have nothing to play for.

Both teams have fixtures remaining against relegation battling teams, these are always tough games at the close of the season so points could be dropped here.

Liverpool revenge still possible

The only advantage I give Liverpool is that City have to play Southampton on the final day, a team which on the final day could be in a position where they must win to be in with a chance of top four or Europa League qualification.

Liverpool’s last fixture is away to Stoke who by then will not be in contention for Europe or in a relegation battle, hence, they are not competing as hard a Liverpool may be, however Stoke away is tough in its own right so by no means is that three points for the Reds.

Looking at the run in for both sides, and given Manchester City's four point advantage, you would have to say they are favourites by a long way to finish in the top four, however if results go the way of the Reds, a revenge story, making up for last year’s short fall would be ever so sweet.

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