By Gary Fulcher.
By the time Liverpool and Arsenal kick 0ff on Saturday evening – 5.30pm UK time – the Reds could find themselves down to 6th place if Man Utd claim three points at home to Bournemouth earlier in the day. With Man Utd, Arsenal and Man City all having a game in hand on Liverpool, defeat against the Gunners would leave us with a mountain to climb to achieve Champions League qualification next season.
It’s a pretty devastating reversal considering where we were when 2016 ended following that 1-0 victory over Manchester City on New Years’ Eve. Since then Liverpool have played 12, won two, drawn four and lost six, exited both the EFL and FA Cups in the process and face an uphill struggle to secure a top four finish.
Arsenal are the next side hoping to add to the Reds’ woe and Arsene Wenger knows victory at Anfield on Saturday evening would open up a four point gap which could be extended to seven if they win their game in hand.
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