Liverpool Eye Title Charge as Challengers Wobble

Stephen Killen
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Tuesday and Wednesday’s Premier League fixtures sprung multiple surprises and presented an opportunity to Liverpool.

The Reds sit seven points off leader Manchester City and on Thursday, the Champions face a massive test in a trip to North London to face Tottenham.

It will be sixth vs fifth with either team knowing that a win will see them jump into fourth.

Despite Spurs having a game in hand, it is a chance for Jurgen Klopp’s side to shed some daylight between them and their fellow challengers.

With the title race being as open as it has been for many years, there are just 11 point separating first and ninth and the gap between third and sixth currently sitting at six points.

However, the results during the midweek fixtures have been beneficial for the winless Reds.

The midweek fixtures saw the top four all in action and also those breathing down the Champions necks looking to pick up crucial points.

How did those around Liverpool fare?

Liverpool currently sit in fifth with 34 points.

1 – Manchester City – 41pts

Pep Guardiola’s side brushed aside Sam Allardyce’s West Brom on Tuesday.

The left the Midlands with all three points wrapped up inside the first half an hour as Ilkay Gundogan brace and Joao Cancelo’s first City goal saw the visitors steam into an early lead.

Riyad Mahrez made it four on the stroke of halftime before former-Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling rounded off the night’s events.

What does the result mean for Liverpool?

The Citizens move eight points ahead, with a game in hand.

Full-Time: West Brom 0-5 Manchester City

2 – Manchester United – 40pts

BT Sport deemed Manchester United 2-1 home defeat to relegation threatened Sheffiled United the ‘shock of the season’.

Oliver Burke’s deflected strike 16 minutes cancelled out Harry Maguire’s header against his former club.

The Scotsman stole the headlines as he snatched the desperate three points and grabbed his first Premier League goal for the Blades.

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Kean Bryan gave the visitors a first half lead.

What does the result mean for Liverpool?

The gap between the two North-West rivals remains at six points following their stalemate at Anfield, two weeks ago.

Full-Time: Manchester United 1-2 Sheffield United

3 – Leicester City – 39pts

Leicester travelled to Merseyside in search of reclaiming their top spot.

They dominated the early passaged but a resurgence midway through the first-half saw the Foxes on the receiving end of James Rodriguez wondergoal.

However, Youri Tielemans restored parity on 67 minutes.

The draw sees Leicester move to within two points of City and somewhat of a missed chance for Brendan Rodgers side as they squander a chance to go top.

What does the result mean for Liverpool?

This is a brilliant result for the Reds as a win in London will see them go to within two points of Leicester.

Full-Time: Everton 1-1 Leicester City

4 – West Ham United – 35pts

West Ham came from behind away to Crystal Palace to leapfrog Liverpool on Tuesday.

Tomas Soucek chipped in with his first half brace before Craig Dawson put the Hammers further ahead.

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Michy Batshuayi forced a tense final seconds as he bagged a lifeline in the 95th minute but it wasn’t enough as David Moyes side move into the Champions League positions.

What does the result mean for Liverpool?

The win for West Ham adds an extra narrative and even more importance to Sunday’s trip to the London Stadium.

Full-Time: Crystal Palce 2-3 West Ham

7 – Everton – 33pts

Carlo Ancelotti’s side failed to secure all three points after James Rodriguez’s opener.

What does the result mean for Liverpool?

It’s another point on the board and it takes slashes the gap to one point of their fierce rivals with two games in hand after tomorrow’s match.

8 – Chelsea – 30pts

The sacking of Frank Lampard flooded news outlets and press conferences this week as the Englishman only last 18 months in his post at Stamford Bridge.

Nuno Esprito Santo’s side were in town as Thomas Tuchel took charge of his first game as Chelsea boss following his appointment on Tuesday.

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However, there wasn’t any fireworks however as the two teams played out a 0-0 draw.

What does this mean for Liverpool?

Another point on the board for Chelsea takes them to within four points.

Full-Time: Chelsea 0-0 Wolves

9 – Arsenal – 30pts

Mikel Arteta’s side put aside their FA Cup disappointment from the weekend and got their revenge over Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side.

They fell behind after Stuart Armstrong struck on three points but they fired back through Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette.

What does this mean for Liverpool?

Not much but it adds an extra bit of pressure for a team budding for the Champions League positions.

Full-Time: Southampton 1-3 Arsenal

Complexion Changes

Time to Step Up, results elsewhere benefit Liverpool

As if the visit to Spurs wasn’t anymore important as it is, the results for those around Liverpool changes the complexion.

This has happened in the past both positively and negatively for the Reds. So far this season, when teams have dropped points they uncharacteristically have failed to capitalise.

On the other hand, when they’ve dropped points, the teams around them have failed to capitalise.

However, if Liverpool want to get their foot back in the door and mount their bid to retain the Premier League trophy, Klopp said it himself “We can beat the best team in the world, we must prove it and strike back. We will be ready for a fight tomorrow night” and now, the impetus on this game is stronger than ever.

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