Following Liverpool’s impressive 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Sunday, stand-in skipper Jordan Henderson told The Sun that he believes it’s possible to topple the Citizens in the race for a top-four spot.
Many Premier League observers felt the top two – Chelsea and City – had all-but sealed those two positions and the subsequent third and fourth places were up for grabs between as many as six teams.
However, following the Anfield outfit’s impressive 11-game unbeaten run and recent victory over Manuel Pellegini’s men, Henderson feels the Merseysiders can now set their sights a little higher.
“Listen, it’s always possible [catching Man City]. We finished strongly last year — we won 12 of our last 14 games but we just missed out. But we learned a lot,” he explained.
“We can use that experience in the last 11 games, give it a real go and win as many of them as we can.”
Can Liverpool catch Manchester City?
Two months ago, the suggestion of the Reds catching City would have dismissed instantly amid the contrasting form of both teams.
However, with just seven points between them and 11 games remaining, an almost impossible task has now become conceivable, although admittedly still unlikely.
Brendan Rodgers’ men are in superb form, but aside from their impressive results the maturity of their performances against top opposition recently – Spurs, City, Southampton and Everton – is admirable.
While matches against Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are still pending, the Reds have put themselves in a great position to make the top four and they are arguably now favourites to do so.
Nevertheless, with only 33 points remaining, City would need to suffer a poor run of results and taking their favourable end of season fixtures in to account, it’s rather improbable they will drop so many points.