Leading 3-0 heading into the final 11 minutes of a Premier League match at Crystal Palace this past Monday, Liverpool collapsed defensively and end up settling for a 3-3 draw. In a title race that means so much to them, this result means that their first title in the EPL era is all but gone. However, there is still one more chance this Sunday.
Liverpool sit second with 81 points, just two behind Manchester City. In two days time, Liverpool will host Newcastle United in their final game of the season while City will host West Ham United. Let’s take notice of the fact that former Liverpool players Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Joe Cole all play for West Ham, which means that they can actually push their team to get a favorable result at the Etihad, leaving Liverpool with the title at the end of the day.
However, this could also backfire since they most likely never wanted to leave Anfield. City is the most powerful scoring team in the league, finding the back of the net a whopping 100 times while only allowing 37 strikes. Scoring has never been the issue, but their focus on attacking so much has left them susceptible in the back, leading to total of six losses thus far into the season. If they play like they normally do and tighten up defensively, they will hoist their second title in three seasons.
As for Liverpool, even if they did win at Crystal Palace, they would have still been behind Man City on goal differential by at least 10 (assuming that they won it 3-0 at Palace). Therefore, this title is City’s for the taking, so Liverpool should win to guarantee second place ahead of Chelsea.
Regardless of what happens, this was a memorable season for them as they were not expected to be this high in the table. The return to the Champions League group stage will be special for them, as well as their fans.