The hope of qualifying for Champions League became bleak for Liverpool after they lost to Crystal Palace in the League today.
The Reds have had a mixed season in which they have lost vital points to clubs far down the other side of the table but the recent defeat to the Eagles raises questions over the credentials of Jurgen Klopp and his men.
Since the departure of Raphael Benitez in 2010, Liverpool have had up to four managers but it is Klopp who has been tipped to bring back the glory days for them. Nonetheless, given their current standing on the Log, it is now almost a pipe dream to think they will end up in the first quartet of the League table.
Having played two more matches than Manchester City in fourth and Manchester United in fifth, the Reds are just two and three points ahead of the Citizens and Red Devils respectively on the table. If United and City win their remaining games, Liverpool would end up outside the top four of the League.
Liverpool have four winnable games left – we play Watford away, host the Saints and then take a trip to London to face Slaven Bilic’s men before the final game at Anfield against Watford. Winning all these games will culminate to 12 points for us but given Liverpool’s propensity to lose matches to smaller teams, points could be lost.
Taking a look at Manchester City, there toughest opponent in the remainder of their fixture is their City rivals Manchester United. Barring that game, the Citizens are likely to cruise through the likes of Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Watford and West Brom.
Meanwhile, for Man United, they have played two games less than Liverpool but they have a more difficult fixture. Games against Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal are yet to be played. The easier looking fixtures are games against Crystal Palace and Swansea City.
In his first season with Liverpool, Klopp led the team to ending 8th on the log but any placement on the log short of Champions League spot will be dubbed failure by the proprietors of Liverpool. Unless one of the Manchester Club slips, Liverpool may not qualify for the most prestigious European trophy.