It wouldn’t be Liverpool would it. You know what I mean, a rollercoaster end to a season, or a rollercoaster ride during a game. It was hoped it wouldn’t come to it but yes, Liverpool take it to the wire again. You may or may not remember I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago (20th April actually – you can see post HERE) that it was hoped we would have clinched a top four place sooner. But we haven’t so there we have it. At least matters are still in our own hands. As long as we draw with or beat Brighton then we are guaranteed top four.
Liverpool Take It To The Wire
Never a dull moment is the subject of another one of my previous posts – see HERE. Looking back over the years you can see various instances of where Liverpool take it to the wire. Istanbul 2005 of course, Borussia Dortmund in 2016, West Ham in 2006 FA Cup Final to name just three.
And of course, as far back as 1989 where all we needed was a point at home to nearest rivals Arsenal to clinch another title and another League and Cup double. Arsenal in fact needed to beat us by two goals to win the title themselves. Uncharacteristically Liverpool sat back that Friday night and paid the price.
Deep into injury time with Liverpool trailing 1-0, Liverpool take it to the wire by conceding a second goal and ultimately hand the title to Arsenal. Heartbreaking!! But a surprise? Maybe not.
Liverpool v Brighton
So, to confirm a top four finish we need to draw with or beat Brighton tomorrow. To many this shouldn’t be a problem. But there again you could argue, beating either, or both, of West Brom and Stoke shouldn’t have been either. Although, to be accurate, a draw will be enough. But we don’t want to be drawing going into injury-time do we? Nightmare scenario would be, 0-0 in the 94th minute and Brighton have a corner. No, no….stop!!! Don’t even consider it. But we’re Liverpool and Liverpool take it to the wire now and then. I’m sticking my proverbials on the line and forecasting a 3-0 win for us.
With a fully fired up and fully fit squad you would fancy us hands down. But, even though we should be fully fired up after a week’s rest, we again have injury issues to contend with. Sadio Mane is a big doubt for tomorrow and there is a whisper that James Milner is struggling.
Is it a good or a bad thing that Brighton are safe and have nothing to play for. On the one hand they may already be on the beach mentally. But on the other, they may be so relaxed and play with a freedom which may cause us problems. Let’s hope they’re already on the beach…..and playing in their flip-flops!!
What about Chelsea? Well thanks to David Wagner and his Huddersfield side, our task has been made that bit easier. If you didn’t know, Huddersfield drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. This result secured their Premier League status for another season at least, but as far as we’re concerned, it made things more difficult for Chelsea.
Fans To Do Their Bit
It shouldn’t needed to be said, but it should be noted anyway though, the fans need to treat the game like a European tie and really get behind the team. I’m sure we will, considering what’s at stake. Yes, we are all excited at being in the European Cup Final, but let’s not forget, the League is our bread and butter. We should be looking to get into the top four season after season.
If we do so again this season then that would confirm again more progress has been made under Jurgen Klopp. I’ve said all along, we should support Klopp’s decisions whenever and whoever he decides to sign. We will have Naby Keita coming soon – very exciting prospect. And no doubt more will follow. Let’s make sure they (and us) have Champions League football to look forward to.
Before I go, a quick mention of the five most recent players to have played for both Liverpool and Brighton. Two of them are European Cup winners in fact. Shall I tell you…..
They Played For Both
The two European Cup winners are Mark Lawrenson and Jimmy Case. There are three other relatively recently(ish) players that have also played for both. Well, at my age they still seem recent. The most recent is Joao Carlos Teixeira and the other two are strikers, Dean Saunders and Michael Robinson. I can’t think of any more. If you are going to the match tomorrow you could ask that question as a half-time quiz.
Fingers crossed we have a comfortable afternoon and even though there is history where Liverpool take it to the wire, it isn’t the case tomorrow.
Still not heard any more recent updates on Sean Cox. Let’s hope he is well on the way to a full recovery. Get well soon Sean.