Can Liverpool Finish 5th This Season?

By on March 25, 2011

As disappointing as Liverpool’s exit from the Europa League against Sporting Braga last week was, Reds fans can console themselves with the fact that for the first time in a couple of years now, there are plenty of reasons to be positive. Since the arrival of Kenny Dalglish, the fortunes of a club – who unthinkably considered the possibility of relegation just a few short months ago – have been transformed and there is cause for optimism once again at Anfield.

Just two seasons ago, Liverpool were part of the “Big Four”, a group of clubs at the top of the Premiership so dominant that we were told it couldn’t be broken into. Not only are Liverpool not in the top four anymore, they aren’t even in the top five!  It is certainly possible Liverpool can regain their Champions League place by finishing in the top four next season, but to do that, they are going to have to secure European football next season.

As he struggles to find form at Chelsea, Fernando Torres is already a forgotten man at Anfield as the Kop worship a new season. Luis Suarez shirts have been flying off the shelves ever since the Uruguyan hitman arrived at the club and wowed fans with his exciting range of skills and finishing prowess. His classy finish against Sunderland on Sunday underlined his quality and the potential he offers Liverpool.

Liverpool are still in need of more quality additions to their squad to supplement the undoubted quality of the likes of Steven Gerrard, Raul Merieles, Suarez and Andy Carroll. With new owners who have pledged to invest in the team and the feelgood factor returning to the team with Dalglish, the summer certainly looks like being an exciting one for Liverpool supporters. But key to attracting players to the club is the lure of European football.

As things stand, not many would fancy Liverpool to catch Tottenham for fifth spot, with Harry Redknapp’s men sitting four points clear with a game in hand. However, the obvious distraction of Spurs Champions League quarter final with Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid could be the source that lets Liverpool creep in for an unlikely comeback.

Liverpool fans are certainly starting to believe. Sales of Liverpool football shirts have significantly increased since the arrival of Dalglish and victories over Chelsea, Manchester United and Sunderland have added to the confidence levels at Anfield. That setbacks will occur is undoubted, as the squad is still not deep or strong enough to show the level of consistency boss Dalglish would like.

But with Suarez in the form he is in and £35m striker Andy Carroll still to be fully integrated into the team, the signs are positive for Liverpool. It will be a tough ask to overhaul Spurs but with 24 points still to play for it is certainly a possibility.

Written by Eddie Smith, a sports writer who blogs about cheap football shirts.

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12 Comments

  1. Kevin

    March 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

    They can finish fourth.

  2. TonyRich

    March 25, 2011 at 9:49 am

    One step at a time Kev… Spurs fan here. All is possible. You could beat us in the six-pointer at Anfield… We could well be distracted by Real Madrid. I just hope that we don’t rest players in the league. If we do that, then you have a decent chance of catching us. Obviously I hope not….

  3. Jay

    March 25, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Kevin, Its not just us its Man City too we have 4 points on you with a game in hand and man city have 8 points on you, so your typical deluded outlook being a Liverpool fan has no real substance to your statement of 4th.
    You will lose against West Brom and then you will be moaning again, Man City and Spurs play better football and have better players so the two games at Anfield are no way certainties for you.
    8 games left isnt enough time, we have 5 games we are favourites for, you have City Arsenal and Spurs to play dont get ahead of yourself

  4. Dave

    March 25, 2011 at 10:40 am

    U are all making sense with ur statistics but kelvin is just being realistic and optimistic and that depict level of confidence in the players as well

  5. Stevie

    March 25, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Jay, I wouldnt call it deluded when Liverpool have much more trophies than Man City and Tottenham have won altogether. Expectations are high at a club that has the silverware and history that liverpool f.c has.

  6. ZANZ KOLA

    March 25, 2011 at 11:10 am

    LFC can finish 5th place but at the same times we all must pray to hope spurs & chelsea will drop important point.Arsenal very useless because cannot fight with Mufc.Dissapointed……..LFC BOLEH!!!!!

  7. Handrit

    March 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I kinda agree with kev there, 4th spot Is still in reach !!
    We need to be beat brom and hopefully Roy does us that favour, as for spurs they have Wigan away which could be tough, city have Sunderland oh ps city haven’t won an away game this year so am sure they are likely to drop some more points including us and more!
    Spurs play Liverpool, arsenal, city, Chelsea so surely they will drop points 🙂
    I have belief that lfc will get it
    Suarez and Carroll beware premier league ….

  8. mario

    March 25, 2011 at 11:51 am

    As liverpool supporters we always believe,thats why 4th is not deluded,as handrit has said the games left for spurs and city shows you we can finish in the top four as long as we keep winning……YNWA

  9. Kevin

    March 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Ok, I know i’ll be accused of being naively optimistic about us finishing fourth but I believe we can. Spurs have been fantastic this season but like us in our CL winning season where we finished 5th we had a poor record coming off the back of European ties and I believe Spurs will feel it physically and mentally over the next few PL games. City on the other hand, for all their embarrassment of riches, lack unity and don’t look a threat without Tevez. They’ve also got the distraction of an FA cup semi-final with Man Utd to come. When you factor in that Spurs and City both have to play each other as well as both have to come to Anfield then it’s perfectly conceivable that we could sneak into fourth. If a league table comprised of just home results where looked at you’d see that it comprises of the usual ‘Big 4’. Our away record this year has been atrocious. I’d argue too that’s Roy Hodgsons away record. It’s been miserable at every club he’s ever managed at and was the same at Liverpool. Our record at home against the top sides this year has been impressive. We were unlucky not to take all 3 points against the gunners and we beat Utd and Chelsea. I’m confident we can do City and Spurs at home. I know it’s all ifs buts and maybes at the minute but I think for City or Spurs to completely write off Liverpools chances of getting into the top 4 will only serve into our hands as it’s definitely do-able. We’re one of the form teams of the Premier League at the minute too so it’s not a bad time to be finding a rich vein of form especially as we’ve no other distractions and if you look at the fixture list we’ve a full weeks rest in between each game. In the words of Barack Hussain Obama, Yes We Can.

  10. Red

    March 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Spurs have to travel to chelsea,mancity&liverpool…..they also have a home game against arsenal……so spurs fans if i were you i’d be more worried about getting into Europe ….not the CL….. M not sayin Liverpool will finish top 4 for sure but i think it’l be between Liverpool and city( do us a favour and beat city will ya!;))

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