Liverpool need to win four out of four through March if they want any chance of finishing fourth.
Liverpool are currently in eighth place, ten points behind Chelsea who currently hold the final Champions League spot.
Plenty of managers are coming out with the cliché line of ‘we must win every game’ at the moment but it has never been more true than in the case of Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool.
Liverpool play Wigan, Southampton and Aston Villa away from home in March with their only fixture at Anfield against Spurs, which is clearly the most difficult out of the four.
This set of fixtures is easier on paper than their matches for April which includes a home match against Chelsea and a trip to Newcastle United.
The number and the calibre of the side above Liverpool fighting for a European spot is massive. The only way they can hope to finish four is with 33 points from their final 11 matches.
Any slip ups, any bad mistakes, any dropped points will leave Liverpool in and around their current position, which will mean another season of playing European football on a Thursday night.
Their March matches are not going to be easy as they start with a trip to Wigan, one of the most unpredictable teams in the division. However, it’s a winnable match and one Liverpool should target.
If Liverpool can win that match and then secure three points against Spurs at Anfield, they will have a little bit of momentum. Spurs is the highest calibre side they face next month and they will want to consolidate their own place in the top four.
The matches against Southampton and Aston Villa will also be very difficult because Liverpool are going away to two grounds, where both sides are scrapping for dear life.
However, the importance of continuous victories is huge because only momentum will create confidence, which is the only thing that will help Liverpool in not dropping a point for the rest of the campaign.
Liverpool have some big matches in April and May but if they can fly through March, they will be in the best possible shape for the end of season scramble.
How do you see March going for the club?
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