By Arun Nair – (@Nair_39)
Liverpool’s hopes of finishing above Everton in this season’s league table were dealt a severe blow after their city rivals held the Reds to a hard-fought stalemate today at Anfield. The draw leaves David Moyes’ side in sixth place, five points ahead of their Merseyside neighbours.
However, overhauling the Blues is by no means impossible yet.
In order to finish above them, Brendan Rodgers’ men must win their final two games, a trip to Fulham before welcoming QPR to Anfield on the final day. This would give the Reds a final points tally of 61.
If Liverpool fulfil their side of the permutation, Everton would need two points to ensure they retain their place above their rivals. The Blues host West Ham before travelling to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the final round of league fixtures.
Therefore, if Everton earn one point or less from their two remaining fixtures, Liverpool could take full advantage.
The Anfield faithful will therefore be hoping that West Ham, whose ranks include on-loan Reds striker Andy Carroll, and Chelsea, managed by ex-Reds manager Rafael Benitez, will provide a crucial aid as Liverpool attempt to prevent the ignominy of finishing below their bitter rivals from across Stanley Park for a second consecutive season, an event that has not occurred since 1937.