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Friday 22 August 2014

Liverpool: Can they really win the Premier League title?

NORWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Raheem Sterling of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal with Lucas Leiva of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on April 20, 2014 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Raheem Sterling of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal with Lucas Leiva of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on April 20, 2014 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Manager Brendan Rodgers of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on April 20, 2014 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Manager Brendan Rodgers of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on April 20, 2014 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: A Liverpool fan holds up a teddy bear ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on April 20, 2014 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: A Liverpool fan holds up a teddy bear ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on April 20, 2014 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The win over Norwich saw the Reds pick up three points on a weekend when nearest rivals Chelsea could not. The title is coming into view.

With the championship in their own hands and the prize so close, there are still a few more tests to overcome - particularly the next match at Anfield which comes against Chelsea.

 

If Brendan Rodgers can mastermind wins in Liverpool's final three games, the title is coming to Anfield for the first time in 24 years.

 

But who do they face, where might they come unstuck and where could the Premier League be won?

 

We take a look at Liverpool's remaining three fixtures to find out...

 

Chelsea (H) - 27 April

NORWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool kisses his hand as he walks out during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on April 20, 2014 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Luis Suarez of Liverpool kisses his hand as he walks out during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on April 20, 2014 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

When they met earlier in the campaign the Blues triumphed 2-1. Jose Mourinho has a knack of getting results in the biggest games and while his side have made some surprising slip ups this term, most recently against Sunderland, the Special One will be relishing a tactical battle with his former student Brendan Rodgers. Chelsea won both games against Manchester City and beat Arsenal 6-0 at home and drew away.

 

So without a defeat against their fellow title rivals this season Liverpool have their work cut out to pick up the points here. Chelsea have only added to the pressure as well after John Terry suggested the Blues wanted to see Liverpool beat Manchester City. Liverpool though will have been happy to see Chelsea progress in the Champions League - this game is sandwiched by the Blues' semi-final meetings with Atletico Madrid.

Crystal Palace (A) - 3 May

Tony Pulis's side have pulled away from the other relegation contenders and safety looks assured for the Eagles, which should work in Liverpool's favour in this penultimate game of the season. It should be a win for Liverpool, but as Palace's results against Chelsea and Everton have proved, anything can happen at this stage of the season.

Liverpool won 3-1 when they played earlier this term, taking a familiar early lead with all three goals for the home side going in inside 38 minutes.

Newcastle (H) - 11 May

The final game of the season is against Newcastle, a fitting finale if the Reds have to secure a result to win the title on the last day of the campaign. Over the years these two sides have played out some of the greatest games in Premier League history.

The 4-3 win for Liverpool in a midweek meeting in 1996 was arguably the best top-flight game of all-time as defending took a back seat to doubles from Robbie Fowler and Stan Collymore and goals from Les Ferdinand, David Ginola and Faustino Asprilla. It was a match that hugely dented Newcastle's hopes of winning the league that year - but could they get their revenge in this match? It was a typically entertaining game earlier this season with the score ending 2-2.

Further Reading

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has bucked trend by doing it his way 

Norwich City 2-3 Liverpool: Sterling double sees Brendan Rodgers' men get the better of the Canaries

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool victory over Norwich City inspired by Hillsborough message stuck on changing room walls before kick-off

Steven Gerrard: the Lion of Liverpool who embodies fight for Hillsborough justice 

Source: Independent

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