Four fixture changes for Liverpool, including the Merseyside Derby

Sheri Evans
March 5, 2018

For a number of reasons, I think it would be good for the game if Liverpool and Tottenham secured top four finishes as along with City, they are the only sides trying to play football every week.

Liverpool have climbed into third place after overcoming a blip earlier this year and are now just two points behind Manchester United, a week-and-a-half before facing their fierce rivals at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho is 6/5 (2.20) to ensure his side make it a one-two for the Manchester sides but Liverpool at 11/8 (2.38) could be an interesting bet, given the 10 games both sides have left to play this season. "Man United will grind out results to get second".

Manchester United centre back Chris Smalling, too, highlighted the importance of Saturday week's clash, adding that finishing second is the "bare minimum" for United. I, for one, look forward to seeing what goal celebration Roberto Firmino chooses to do when he scores the first goal. Liverpool are two points behind the Red Devils, while the north London club are fourth in the table with 55 points.

"I think obviously we've been second for quite a while and that needs to be our bare minimum", said Smalling, who was part of United's last title-winning team under Ferguson in 2013. After beating West Ham 4-1 last Saturday, he said: "Second is one of our targets".

"You've got to keep going", he told the Liverpool Echo.

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Merson, Nicholas and Le Tissier all plumped for the Blues while Thompson suggested "Chelsea are looking particularly vulnerable".

"But I think we have enough quality. we showed it against Barcelona".

"After that it might come down to who has the nerve and who has the deepest squad".

Ray Palour is backing Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur to finish in the top four ahead of Chelsea FC.

Prior to facing United at Old Trafford, Liverpool must get through a home game against Newcastle, which will see Rafa Benitez return to Anfield as an opposing manager, and the home return leg of their Champions League Last 16 tie against Porto.

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