Liverpool and West Ham could face play-off for final Europa League spot

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Liverpool and West Ham United may well be set for their final Premier League games of the season on Sunday, but they could yet have to take to the field in a play-off match to determine who secures England's final spot in next season's Europa League competition. 

Indeed, as reported by the Mirror, rules are in place which could see the two sides go head-to-head at the end of the season. 

That's because both clubs could end the season on the same number of points, same goals scored and same goals conceded.


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We know what you're thinking: if Liverpool overcome Spanish outfit Sevilla in the Europa League final on Wednesday, then this article will be completely irrelevant. 

But Reds fans will be well aware that overcoming Sevilla will not be an easy task, as the side placed in seventh position in La Liga have won the last two tournaments. 

If results go a particular way this weekend, and Liverpool lose in Switzerland next week, the club's season may well extend even further. 

What needs to happen?

A potential play-off between the Reds and the Hammers could take place if Slaven Bilic's side lose 1-0 at Stoke City and Liverpool overcome West Brom by two goals to one. 

Of course, if West Ham lose 2-1 and Liverpool win 3-2 and so on, then a play-off will also be required. 

Forget the Europa League 

Let's be honest, though, a play-off to secure a place in the Europa League would be an underwhelming one for Liverpool fans. That's because they will be hoping to see their side secure a place in next year's Champions League competition. 

As mentioned, Sevilla will be no pushovers, but Jurgen Klopp's side have the momentum to go all the way. They have already eliminated Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund, while they overcame La Liga outfit Villarreal in the semi-final of the competition. 

Ahead of the crunch clash in Switzerland, it appears that Klopp still hasn't decided which team he will select. 

As per the Liverpool Echo, he stated: “Of course there are places available,” Klopp told the ECHO.

“Who knows who is going to be in the line-up next Wednesday? I have no idea.

“Hopefully we will have more players coming back and then we will have a really difficult choice to make.

“But I haven’t thought for one second yet about the line-up for Sevilla."

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Steven Gerrard
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