Although they’ve lost some of their early season momentum, the Argentine’s side remains one of the most entertaining, and determined, outfits in the top flight; we saw both of those qualities on show when they eked out three-points on Merseyside earlier in the year and we’re sure to see them tomorrow when Brendan Rodgers looks to build on last weekend’s win against Swansea City.
That’s not to say that we’re not going to have a tilt at the title; while realistically we shouldn’t be in this race, Brendan Rodgers has kept his side punching far above their weight and his side will have a big say in who claims top honours come the end of May. Still, that’s neither here nor there, and with 12-matches left to play, there’s still a long way to go – and the line in the sand starts with a meeting with a struggling Swansea City side at Anfield on Sunday.
Coming off the 5-1 demolition of then league leaders Arsenal on Saturday, Brendan Rodgers side rolls into the Capital with a gale-force wind at their back having validated their claim to a spot in next seasons Champions League with an overpowering performance against the Gunners. Although the Cottagers picked up a vital point at Old Trafford on Sunday, they remained rooted to the foot of the Premier League with a massive 30-point, and 39-goals, gap separating the two sides – over-confidence might be short sighted following the draw away to West Bromwich Albion, but anything but a win for the Reds is right out of the question.
With that in mind, absolutely nothing will be assured come Saturday; this has been a season of surprising results for the Reds with a number of curses vanquished, doubts alleviated and bushels of goals scored as Brendan Rodgers maps out a return to the lucrative fields of the Champions League. The Northern Irishman may have ruled the his side out of the title race, but a top-four finish, rather than the crown, has always been the aim and a win against Arsenal tomorrow will only strengthen their claim to a return to the most prestigious club competition in Europe.
Let’s just put the transfer window behind us for a minute here; ok, missing out on two players that we were in for is disappointing and not addressing gaping holes in our squad may come back to haunt us in the very near future. With that being said, things aren’t so bad.
No matter what happens on Sunday at the Hawthorns, we can’t drop out of fourth place; following our 4-0 demolition of Everton midweek, we’ve opened a three point gap on our closest chaser and are a mere four points off of Chelsea who has the displeasure of visiting the Etihad Stadium on Monday — and we all know what happens to teams when they try to take down the Blue half of Manchester.
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