This season’s race for the top four looks like being one of the most tightly contested in living memory.
With Manchester City running away with the Premier League title, much of the attention is now turning to which club’s will take up the three places behind Pep Guardiola’s side, and claim lucrative qualification for next terms Champions League.
So far this weekend their has been plenty of twists and turns. Spurs victory over Arsenal in the North London Derby at Wembley saw them move briefly up to third, and left Arsene Wenger’s men seven points below their once spiritual home of fourth.
Then today, Liverpool strolled to a comfortable 2-0 away to Southampton to displace Mauricio Pochettino’s men, and move within two points of second placed Manchester United, who slipped to a disappointing 1-0 loss away to Newcastle.
Speaking after his sides victory Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, admitted that he expects the race for the top four to go to the wire, when he said:
“We have to take whatever we can get – I didn’t know United had lost before the game, but we know we’re not far away, and we play against them at least one more time this season.
“The only thing we can do is to win our games, but it will stay tight until the end.”
Chelsea’s poor run of form lately and their rival’s results this weekend mean Antonio Conte’s side now sit in fifth place, although a win tonight against bottom placed West Brom will see them move back up to fourth.