Fantastic win tonight against Benfica in the Quarter Finals of the Europa League, really was a great performance. So we get Athletico in the semi finals in a couple of weeks…but let me ask this. Would bringing the Europa League trophy make up for the season we’ve had? In my opinion….yes.
Think about it…we’ve not won anything since the FA Cup in 2006, 4 long years. That is not the Liverpool way. A trophy this year would be fantastic, yeah it may be the Champions League little brother, but we have done the CL 5 years ago. Now I’m not saying it wouldn’t be great to win that again, course it would. The Europa League isn’t as ‘cheap’ as people think. Benfica, Valencia, Athletico, Juventus. All world class teams have been in the competition this year, and I don’t hear their fans saying its cheap.
4th place in the Premier League seems like it may be beyond us now, but it is NOT impossible. Improbable, yes. Impossible, no. I mean the run in for us and the other teams are lot different.
Liverpool: Fulham (H), West Ham (H), Burnley (A), Chelsea (H), Hull City (A)
Man City: Birmingham (H) , Man United (H), Arsenal (A), Aston Villa (H), Spurs (H), West Ham (A)
Spurs: Arsenal (H), Chelsea (H), Man United (A), Bolton (H), Man City (A), Burnley (H)
Villa: Everton (H), Portsmouth (A), Hull City (A), Birmingham (H), Man City (A), Blackburn (H)
For me, Liverpool have the easiest run in (on paper) from here on in, the only possible stumbling block being Chelsea who are fighting for the title. So say for example we beat the rest, and lose against Chelsea. We gain 12 points.
City, I can see United and Arsenal being losses, with a draw with Spurs and Villa, winning the rest. Gives them 8 points.
Spurs, losing to Arsenal, Chelsea and United, draw with City giving them 7 points.
Villa, draw with Everton, Birmingham and City, winning the rest, gives them 12 points.
So if that is correct, the table finishes like this…
4th: Liverpool 70 points
5th: Man City 67 points
6th: Villa 66 points
7th: Spurs 65 points
So IF that plays out like I’ve predicted, (fat chance) we can get 4th and the Europa Leage…succesful season? You decide