JUST last week I wrote that, despite what the press and many of our fans believe, we shouldn’t give up hope – nor should we be throwing in the towel – on the Champions League places just yet, despite what the Betfair Premier League odds might say.
Prior to the game on Sunday, the Reds had an impressive 30 points to play for. Meaning that Liverpool could potentially finish the season with 72 points.
Of course, that’s highly unlikely, but it’s still a target to aim for and if we can approach anywhere near 72 points then you can probably start saving for some trips around Europe next season, given how inconsistent everybody aside from the Manchester United have been this season.
Sunday’s visit of Tottenham to Liverpool was widely thought to have been Liverpool’s toughest game of the final 10 league matches and I’d find it hard to disagree. The game was made all the more important given that Suarez and Bale are seen by many as the two main contenders for Player of the Year.
Not only that, but a defeat at home to Spurs on Sunday would’ve probably been a serious knock to Liverpool’s momentum and pushed them off course for a European place. United aside, Tottenham were the form team in the country, with Welshman Bale in incredible form and when Vertonghen put the away side ahead, it appeared to have put the final nail in our seasons’ coffin.
But the players showed immense character and despite – unusually – being outplayed for much of the game, finally took advantage of the opportunities that arose from Tottenham becoming complacent. That 3:2 victory over ‘Bale United’ should give the side that added push as they hurtle headlong toward the final stretch of the season.
Those two big games aside, Liverpool will only face one other side in that run of 9 games that are currently in the top ten and that’s Fulham, who are sitting 10th at present. So that means we are looking at there being 18 points available from the 27 we have to play for against sides in the bottom ten.
Wouldn’t it just be the ultimate satisfaction to take great advantage of the statistic that has been used to beat us all season and take maximum points from bottom 10 sides?
With just one defeat in seven league games and winning three on the bounce for the first time all season, Liverpool finally appear to have found the definition of ‘consistency’ but have still yet to become it.
The final 9 games are do-able though, and with every victory should come that bit more confidence that, in beating Tottenham, we have proven that the team is starting to take shape and may be ready to go for the jugular just as all around us are beginning to flounder.