Liverpool season run-in – preview and predictions
The 2020/21 Premier League campaign approaches the season finale as Liverpool fight tooth and nail to secure European football for next season, and you can use the sign-up bonuses available at your-promotional-code.co.uk to bet on every game.
Sitting two points clear of cross-town rivals Everton, Jurgen Klopp’s men have yet to ensure Europa League football let alone Champions League promotion.
The top-four finish is not beyond the realm of possibility, with the dethroned champions trailing fourth-placed Leicester City by three points. With three matchdays left, the Reds have a game in hand on Brendan Rodgers’ side and can ill-afford any slip-up down the final stretch.
In fact, that match in hand is Liverpool’s postponed trip to Old Trafford after the fans’ protests in Manchester forced the delay. The remaining three fixtures pit the six-time European Cup winners against the teams from the bottom half of the table.
In addition to visits to shifting West Bromwich Albion and 17th-placed Burnley, Liverpool will host out-of-sorts Crystal Palace at Anfield on the ultimate matchday.
Most Prominent Premier League Showdown
It has been a while since Liverpool last tasted Premier League success at Manchester United’s expense away from home. Led by Rodgers, Steven Gerrard and co thoroughly outplayed David Moyes’ United at Old Trafford 3-0 in March 2014.
However, the Reds have since failed to prevail in any of their subsequent five top-flight visits to the Theatre of Dreams, losing twice while drawing the other three.
Despite losing just two of his ten Premier League matches against the Red Devils, Klopp is still waiting for his first league victory over fierce rivals on the road.
The German manager can draw confidence from Liverpool’s recent imperious run away from home as he pursues his second managerial triumph against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Merseyside heavyweights had won three consecutive Premier League fixtures on the road before being held to a dismal 1-1 draw to Leeds United in their most recent league trip.
But, winning at Old Trafford has been a daunting prospect for all the visitors in recent times. Solskjaer’s men have not lost a single home game across all competitions since being beaten by basement boys Sheffield United in late January.
United have racked up five consecutive home wins by an aggregate score of 14-4 since playing out a 1-1 draw with AC Milan in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.
Despite the additional protests planned, we expect this game to go ahead.
Manchester United – Liverpool: 1-1
The Hawthorns Hoodoo
Although undefeated in their last five Premier League travels to The Hawthorns, Liverpool have drawn four times with West Brom during that spread of matches.
The Reds have won just twice in their last eight away league meetings with WBA. This time around, though, Liverpool come up against a wracked side that has already suffered relegation from the Premier League.
Sam Allardyce’s team lament the second-worst 17.65% success ratio at home this season, having won just three of their 17 home Premier League games to date.
Despite their utterly underwhelming top-flight campaign, West Brom still managed to hold Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Anfield in the reverse fixture back in December. It has been the third consecutive Premier League stalemate between the two sides since the Reds’ narrow 1-0 win at this venue in April 2017.
This is one of those games where Salah – reportedly eyed by Chelsea as a summer transfer target – tends to shine, and we’re expected him to get us the win here.
West Brom – Liverpool: 0-2
Not many things in the Premier League have been as certain as Liverpool’s dominance of Burnley.
The sides have met 13 times in the Premier League since the turn of the 21st century, with the Merseysiders coming out victorious in 69.23% of those encounters.
Indeed, the Clarets picked up only two triumphs during that 13-game sequence, one of which came this season. Even though Sean Dyche’s men spent most of the season trying to keep their head above water, they managed to upset the reigning champions big time.
Burnley’s visit to Anfield back in January ended Liverpool’s stunning 68-match unbeaten run in home Premier League outings. Seeking revenge for a disappointing result in the reverse fixture, the Reds head to Turf Moor on the back of three consecutive league victories at this venue.
Burnley – Liverpool: 1-2
Selhurst Whipping Boys
Liverpool’s heaviest Premier League win this season was recorded at Selhurst Park as the Reds grossly outclassed Crystal Palace 7-0. It was Liverpool’s seventh league victory against Palace in a row since a 2-1 home defeat in April 2017.
Klopp’s players have won their last three top-flight H2Hs as hosts by an aggregate scoreline of 9-3, having suffered three successive defeats in such contests prior to this run.
Roy Hodgson’s men have lost two of their three Premier League meetings with Merseyside clubs this season, barring a 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park in early April. Meanwhile, both of Liverpool’s previous home league matches against London visitors have yielded 1-0 defeats to Chelsea and Fulham, respectively.
But Liverpool have enjoyed an upturn in form at Anfield, going from six consecutive losses to five competitive home games without defeat on the trot. Although it has been a truly frustrating home campaign for the Reds, they will be looking to close the season at Anfield with a bang.
Liverpool – Crystal Palace: 3-0