The Champions League is a competition of European's elite. Liverpool are a club which takes pride in its history, winning the competition 5 times, the last time being in 2005 where they came back, historically, from 3 goals down at half time to win the finals on penalties against a seemingly invincible AC Milan side.
Liverpool has the opportunity to participate once again in the Champions League but they are involved in a three-horse race for it. Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester United are involved in a heated battle for the coveted fourth place. Now that Arsenal has defeated Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal have a clear run towards the finish line, both can finish equal on the points table. Not only that, there's a realistic chance that both will end up with the same goal difference and the number of goals scored. If that happens, there will be a playoff for the Champions League spot.
Want to know how the playoff can happen? Scroll down to know more.
Liverpool has 70 points in 36 games. Should they win the next two fixtures, they'll end the season with 76 points from 38 games.
Arsenal have 66 points from 35 games, should the win the next three games they'll end up with 75 points from 38 matches.
Premier League rules state: "If at the end of the season either the league champions or the clubs to be relegated or the question of qualification for other competitions cannot be determined because two or more clubs are equal on points, goal difference and goals scored, the clubs concerned shall play off one or more deciding league matches on neutral grounds, the format, timing and venue of which shall be determined by the board."
Liverpool enjoy a +3 goal difference and scored three more goals. Should they end up level on points, the goal difference will be considered followed by the number of goals scored. Here's how it can pan out.
Liverpool play West Ham and Middlesbrough. Should Liverpool win both their games, their qualification will be confirmed. But should they drop points, it's gonna be tricky for them.
Arsenal play Stoke, Sunderland, and Everton. Should they and Liverpool win all the remaining fixtures, Liverpool will qualify. However, should Liverpool and Arsenal drop points, we have a good chance for a historic game 39 on neutral ground.
If Liverpool's remaining fixtures end like:
- West Ham 1-0 Liverpool
- Liverpool 3-1 Middlesbrough
And Arsenal's remaining fixtures end like:
- Stoke City 1-1 Arsenal
- Arsenal 3-0 Sunderland
- Arsenal 2-1 Everton
That would mean both sides end level on 73 points with a goal difference of +30 and 74 goals scored in total, leading to a historic playoff.