Here’s what Liverpool must do to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Liverpool’s 4-2 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday night kept their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League alive. They followed that up with a dramatic 2-1 victory over West Brom on Sunday, where goalkeeper Alisson scored a header in the 95th minute.
Thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win away to Burnley, their Champions League destiny is in their own hands after Leicester City were defeated 2-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City have secured the Premier League title, and rivals Man United are also guaranteed to be playing in Europe’s premier competition. But the remaining two spots are up for grabs, with Liverpool, Leicester City and Chelsea battling it out.
What do Liverpool need to do to qualify for the Champions League?
Firstly, it’s important to note that despite Chelsea and Man City contesting this year’s Champions League final, and Man United playing in the Europa League final, England will more than likely not gain an extra European place.
In fact, the only way a fifth English side can qualify for the Champions League is if a club wins either the tournament, or the Europa League, and they also fail to finish inside the top-four in the Premier League.
If Chelsea finish in the Champions League spots, it will mean that England will have four teams in the competition next season, irrespective of what happens in Portugal later this month.
Liverpool, Chelsea and Leicester City battle it out for the final Champions League places.
The battle for fourth place is heating up and is heading to the final day of the season with Leicester City chasing Chelsea and Liverpool in third and fourth place respectively.
Ahead of the final day, here’s how the table looks.
3. Chelsea P37 GD+23 Pts 67: Aston Villa (A).
4. Liverpool P37 GD+24 Pts 66: Crystal Palace (H).
5. Leicester P37 GD+20 Pts 66: Tottenham (H).
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 19, 2021
Premier League clubs fight to qualify for the Champions League.
As you can see, Chelsea just need to beat Aston Villa away from home to secure third place, or simply better the results of one of Liverpool or Leicester City to guarantee a top four spot.
If they were to slip up and only draw or lose, wins for Leicester and Liverpool would mean Thomas Tuchel’s men would need to rely on winning the Champions League in order to qualify for next season’s competition.
Champions League qualification.
Liverpool are level on points with Leicester but have a four goal head start, so if Jurgen Klopp’s side were to win, the Foxes would have to better the Reds’ winning margin by four goals or more to have any chance.
Both sides have currently scored 66 goals so if it did come down to goals scored, (for example, Leicester winning by five and Liverpool by one) then Leicester would more than likely have scored more so would go through.
As that scenario is highly unlikely, any Liverpool win should see them qualify for the Champions League once again.
This means that, while managers Brendan Rodgers and Tuchel have had phenomenal seasons with their respective clubs, it could end in major disappointment for one of them.