Liverpool’s convincing victory over Leicester City reaffirmed their claim that they were still in the Champions League race.
Thanks to a spectacular goal from Trent Alexander-Arnold and two goals from Curtis Jones, Liverpool won for the seventh time in a row.
The two Liverpudlians inspired the Reds to three points to maintain pressure on the top four, continuing their impressive rise in recent months. As a result of Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, the gap between Jurgen Klopp’s team and the Red Devils was once more reduced to one point.
After a promising start from Dean Smith’s team, Jones’ quick-fire first-half double gave the Foxes the slip. After losing 5-3 to Fulham away from home the previous time, Leicester was looking to get back on track. However, their loss to Liverpool further diminished their chances of staying in the Premier League.
They are still in the bottom three and are just two points away from safety, but Liverpool keep trying to climb the table and is giving United and the Magpies a run for their money.
Going into the final stretch of the top-flight season, both of the top four teams have a game in hand on the Reds. With two of their last three losses occurring at home, they may be in an easier stretch.
Following their trip to Bournemouth, Erik ten Hag’s team will play both Chelsea and the Cottagers at Old Trafford. After taking over with the Toon Army stuck at the bottom of the table, Eddie Howe will be aiming to have a strong finish to his first full season.
Here’s a look at the final fixtures of the teams battling for Champions League qualification:
Newcastle United – 3rd position (66 points)
Brighton (H) – May 18
Leicester City (H) – May 22
Chelsea (A) – May 28
Manchester United – 4th position (66 points)
Bournemouth (A) – May 20
Chelsea (H) – May 25
Fulham (H) – May 28
Liverpool – 5th position (65 points)
Aston Villa (H) – May 20
Southampton (A) – May 28