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Top 4 Race: Does Liverpool Still Have a Chance?

After consecutive defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal, the hope that Liverpool would make the Champions League had diminished. They sat 7 points behind Manchester City, the Citizens in 4th, and Pellegrini’s men still hadn’t travelled to Selhurst Park to play Crystal Palace. Since then, though, their fate has been as good as can be.

Manchester City surrendered to 2 of the most in form teams in the EPL (Crystal Palace is 4th in form, Manchester United is 2nd) and Liverpool reduced the gap to 4 points with a routine win against Newcastle (20th in form). City doesn’t have the most challenging schedule remaining on paper, with a trip to White Hart Lane seemingly the toughest match they have left, while Liverpool still has to travel to Stamford Bridge. (more…)


Liverpool vs Manchester United Review: Tactics and Tackles

An all time classic game occurred at Anfield as Juan Mata’s brilliance sparked Manchester United to a 3-1 win over Liverpool. The game ended up grabbing more headlines than the Spanish El Classico between Barcelona and Real Madrid, which is a very impressive feat. What I must say, though, is that the Northwest Derby was one of the most bizarre matches I’ve ever seen.

First off, it was tactically tight. United came out of the gates ready to win, but their Merseyside rivals were no pushover. Louis Van Gaal’s men lined up in a 4-3-3 with Juan Mata cutting in from the right wing and Ander Herrera pulling the strings from midfield. Marouane Fellaini was deployed in a left central midfield role that allowed him to absolutely destroy Liverpool’s defence with his aerial ability, strength, and surprisingly, his running between the lines. (more…)