Liverpool recorded a 3-2 win over Tottenham on Sunday, in one of the most interesting games of the season, and not only opened up the fight for the top four positions in the Premier League but also restored some excitement.
The title race might be over, but the fight for Champions League football is just beginning to heat up.
Lucas Leiva spoke after the game about wanting that top-four finish. The Brazilian told Terra: "We are improving at the right time and, because of that, we can dream of a Champions League place.
"It was our third consecutive victory, something that is worth a lot given the difficulty of the Premier League. We will continue to work hard, without fanfare, and things will come naturally."
As the business end of the season comes around, Liverpool’s win over Tottenham - the Reds' third consecutive victory - definitely gives them a chance to be back in the Champions League next year. But with seven points currently between themselves and Chelsea, who have played one game less, their hopes are still looking slim.
Luis Suarez has been in amazing form this season, as has Gareth Bale, and it was inevitable that the two made significant contributions to the game. Suarez’s early goal helped but Lucas believed that Brendan Rodgers "set up the team well" to keep Tottenham’s star player quiet for the majority of the ninety minutes.
It’s true that this is one of the toughest games at the moment. There are no easy games at this level but, with Bale on form, Tottenham have to be the team to fear right now. On their current run of form Liverpool look in good shape to get near maximum points from their next four matches, before Chelsea make the trip up to Anfield on April 21. This will be another huge test for Liverpool and their top-four credentials.
In short, Liverpool are within reach of a Champions League place - it’s in their hands - but it’s going to be a huge ask, even having won their last three matches on the trot.
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