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Well, if Liverpool didn’t know they were in a battle for 4th, they do now; indeed, too literally so this weekend.

After the utter nonsense last season, the Blackburn game was always going to be a bigger deal than usual. Add that the Reds took to the field only after Manchester City and Spurs had already won, and it was a fixture on a knife-edge.

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