Liverpool returned to Premier League action after the international break with a stunning 3-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday. The result sees them within three points off the Champions League places, and two behind the Europa League spot.
With eight games left, they have a good chance of breaking into the top four. Meanwhile, their chances of winning the Champions League have been hampered by a costly 3-1 first-leg defeat to Real Madrid in the quarter-final.
Here are our predictions for the Reds’ remaining games for the campaign.
Real Madrid (home) – April 14 (Champions League quarter-final):
Madrid outclassed the Reds in the first leg as they took advantage of the defensive highline, and this is expected to be a must-watch game of football on tv. With a 3-1 deficit, Jurgen Klopp’s side are on the back foot, and it will be difficult for them to overturn the tie with the fine run of form for Los Blancos this year. Liverpool, meanwhile, have been poor at Anfield, having lost six games in a row.
Liverpool 1-1 Real Madrid
Aston Villa (home) – April 10:
The Reds will be up for revenge in this game after the 7-2 thumping in the reverse fixture. They did beat Villa 4-1 in the FA Cup third round, but the Midlands outfit were forced to play their reserves after coronavirus outbreak within the first-team squad. We fancy the Reds to pick up their first home league win of 2021 to boost their top four bid.
Liverpool 3-1 Aston Villa
Leeds United (away) – April 17:
Any game involving Leeds has generally guaranteed goals. The Reds previously faced the Yorkshire outfit in the season opener which finished 4-3 in their favour. It could be another high-scoring affair which should favour the visitors, who have lately excelled on the road (three straight league wins) despite their Anfield wows .
Leeds United 2-4 Liverpool
Newcastle United (home) – April 24:
The Magpies showed plenty of fight against Tottenham Hotspur as they came from behind to register a 2-2 draw at home. However, Spurs did have multiple chances to put the game to bed before conceding the late equaliser. The reverse meeting ended 1-1 with Karl Darlow’s heroics in goal, but we don’t fancy a repeat.
Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle United
Manchester United (away) – May 1:
This is traditionally of the biggest Liverpool games on TV in the season. The Reds have struggled against their fierce rivals, and have won just two of the previous 13 league meetings. Since 2016, six games have ended in stalemates between the sides, and we could see an identical result. Earlier this year, the Reds suffered a 3-2 FA Cup fourth-round defeat to United, but they can’t afford a similar setback.
Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool
Southampton (away) – May 8:
The south coast outfit have lost momentum since the shock 1-0 win at Anfield. They had picked up only four points from 12 league games prior to the 3-2 win over Burnley last weekend. Their defence has been vulnerable as the season has progressed, and teams have taken full advantage in recent months.
Southampton 1-3 Liverpool
West Bromwich Albion (away) – May 11:
The Baggies started the Reds’ slump in league form this season with a surprise 1-1 draw on Boxing Day. The Midlands outfit have improved their defensive displays, but question marks remain over their ability to score regularly. They could be relegated prior to this clash which could only benefit the Reds.
West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Liverpool
Burnley (away) – May 15:
Burnley stunned the Reds in January as they ended their sublime 68-match unbeaten league run at Anfield. The holders will be aiming to make amends for that result at Turf Moor, but the Clarets will look to make things difficult with their regular defensive formation against the big sides.
Burnley 0-1 Liverpool
Crystal Palace (home) – May 23:
This has been the Reds’ most productive fixture in recent times. They have won the last seven encounters and most of them have been high-scoring thrillers. The Merseyside giants have scored 11 goals against Palace in the last two games without reply which includes a 7-0 triumph this term.
Liverpool 3-0 Crystal Palace
Stats from Transfermarkt.com