As Liverpool prepare to travel to north London and face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, the players will feel a massive opportunity was missed last matchday at Anfield against bitter rivals and contenders for fourth-place, Manchester United.
The Reds were outplayed by United, and a Juan Mata brace sank Merseyside hearts after an expectant crowd hoped for their excellent league form to continue.
The loss to United could also have left bigger damage on the club as news surfaced yesterday that
star youngster Raheem Sterling has rejected a massive contract extension and will listen to offers as he decides on his future; most likely basing his decision on Liverpool’s Champion’s League progression.
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Liverpool lie in fifth place on 54 points, five behind United and six behind Arsenal.
The loss to United may have heavily dented the confidence as it was a chance to go one point above the Red Devils; but perhaps the farewell Gerrard vs Carragher kick off last Sunday has spurred some extra confidence into the players to finish off the last eight games strong and most importantly see them end the campaign in the top four.
Tough fixtures coming up for United
Another key point still keeping hopeful Liverpool fans semi-smiling is the fact that United still have clashes against rivals Manchester City, Chelsea as well as Arsenal coming up in the next six weeks and Liverpool will be praying that they are inflicted a defeat in each of those matches.
The same Scouser prayers will be resonating in the other direction for Liverpool to win every remaining game, ensure automatic progression into the Champions League and keep their star players.
May the invisible lucky-to-be-around Easter Bunny be in the Liverpool coach as they enter north
London and the Emirates.
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