Allisson’s stunning injury-time goal against West Brom kept Liverpool in the hunt for a Champions League spot this season – just!
The goalkeeper came up for a corner and rose to head home a remarkable winner to preserve the Reds’ chances of finishing in the top four.
Until that point it looked like Jurgen Klopp’s men had squandered the chance to close the gap on Chelsea and Leicester City above them, and would probably have to do with fifth place in the Premier League table – and a place in the Europa League instead.
But that goal ensures the race for the Champions League will go right to the wire. Leicester and Chelsea are in the two vital spots at the minute, but face each other tomorrow in a repeat of the FA Cup Final. It means both of them can’t finish with maximum points this season, opening the door for Liverpool to pounce if they win both of their remaining fixtures.
We take a look at the remaining fixtures for all three clubs:
Leicester City (66 points; +21 goal difference)
Chelsea (A) Tuesday, 18 May
Spurs (h) Sunday 23 May
Fresh from their FA Cup win, confidence will be high among Brendan Rodgers’ men but they have the trickiest run in. Beat Chelsea again though, and they qualify.
Chelsea (64 points; +22 goal difference)
Leicester (h) Tuesday 18 July
Aston Villa (a) Sunday 23 May
Thomas Tuchel’s side had seemed in pole position after a stunning run of form including beating Man City, but they slipped up by losing 1-0 against Arsenal. Revenge against Leicester will go a long way to fixing that, while they also have the Champions League Final as a route to qualify if they don’t make it via the league.
Liverpool (63 points; +21 points)
Burnley (a) Wednesday 19 July
Crystal Palace (h) Sunday 23 May
It’s simple for defending champions Liverpool: win both their remaining games and they qualify. They’ll finish on 69 points, a tally that both Leicester and Chelsea can’t reach as they have to face each other which means at last one will drop points.