Liverpool have three massive clashes to come in the space of just over a week. One forward could be a major asset in these games, given his record this season.
Liverpool faces three ‘Big Six’ teams in the space of just eight days with the games likely to prove pivotal in the Reds’ quest to qualify for the Champions League. One key man may have been overlooked in terms of his importance ahead of this daunting trio of clashes.
Games against Manchester City, Chelsea and league leaders Arsenal over the course of just over a week would strike fear into most teams but there is no doubt that Jürgen Klopp’s side comes into this set of fixtures with a very clear objective. Currently sitting in sixth place in the table with 12 games still to play, it is obvious that Liverpool faces a real fight when it comes to finishing in the top four, with Tottenham and Newcastle United the teams the Reds will have to usurp in the race.
If the unthinkable were to occur and Liverpool was to lose all three of the upcoming fixtures starting with the trip to the Etihad, it would likely take a miracle for them to have an outside chance of achieving this final target for the season. The good news, however, is that the Reds do have a surprisingly good record in clashes against so-called ‘Big Six’ opposition with Klopp’s side currently top of the mini-league in terms of clashes between the teams in question this term, having picked up a total of 15 points.
That said, the intensity of playing these kinds of fixtures back-to-back should not be underestimated and it is clear that Liverpool will need to find it within themselves to assume the form of the previous years under Klopp to maintain this record. To do this, there is no doubt that a couple of key names will likely be massively influential based on the evidence of previous games against ‘Big Six’ opposition.