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PremierLeague-News.Com - Liverpool are aiming to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League and a look at the Premier League fixtures offers a hint as to what they must do
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Starting with Aston Villa and ending with Crystal Palace, Liverpool are about to embark on an eight-game run which will not only define this season but shape their summer transfer plans and the wider Jurgen Klopp tenure. Having been beaten 3-1 at Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final first leg, there is a strong case that the Premier League is once again back to being their best chance of getting into the top European competition next season - not least after results went their way last weekend. But several teams including West Ham, the only one of the Reds' top-four rivals to also win last week, and Chelsea, who were heavily beaten 5-2 at home to West Brom, remain in contention. Ultimately, though, at least two clubs will miss out on the Champions League spots from being in a good position at this stage, leaving them disappointed. Sign up for daily Liverpool news Get all the latest Liverpool breaking news, team news, transfer rumours, injury updates plus analysis of what's next for the Reds. You'll also get the latest transfer talk and analysis every day for FREE! Sign up here - it only takes a few seconds! "Leicester are getting looked at as being in a really good position and that is true at the minute," said Josh Williams on the Analysing Anfield podcast. "But I had a look at the fixtures recently and Leicester's end to the season is quite hard - they face a lot of teams around them. "Their last game of the season is Spurs, second to last is Chelsea and third to last is Manchester United. "Even their fourth to last is Newcastle United, who when you consider which players they have back from injury and what they are fighting for, Leicester's end to the season is not easy. "If Harvey Barnes remains out and James Maddison gets these odd little knocks that he seems to be getting, I do think it is possible that they have a wobble.
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. "They had it in the bag last season and it could come into their heads that it is maybe going to happen again." Listen to the full Analysing Anfield podcast from Blood Red by clicking HERE For Liverpool, the implications are clear: fail to make the top four and their summer plans will change. Being outside of European competition entirely, for instance, would require fewer players in the squad as the new season kicks off. Being outside of the Champions League next season alone would be a blow given they won the tournament just two seasons ago and would have fancied themselves to go close again with a fully fit squad available. There is no guarantee that David Moyes' West Ham will drop off and miss out, but their next two of their next three fixtures are against Leicester and Chelsea - so someone in the race has to drop points, and Liverpool must capitalise. The Foxes and Thomas Tuchel's side appear to be more likely than the Hammers to finish ahead of Liverpool this season, but while Leicester are further ahead of Liverpool right now, they could be the ones to watch given their run-in. Stay in and around the race until the end, and Leicester's fixtures matched up against the Reds' would certainly appear in Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool's favour.
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