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Liverpool Set for Grueling Start to April with Games Against Man City, Chelsea in Horizon
- Liverpool face a tricky set of fixtures at the start of April and it does not get any easier as the month wears on
- The Reds kick off the month with a game against Manchester City in the lunch time fixture on Saturday
- This will be followed by a tricky game against a rejuvenated Chelsea barely a week later
Liverpool’s topsy-turvy season is set to be tested yet again as the Reds prepare for a grueling set of fixtures in April.
Jurgen Klopp and his players have proven to be unpredictable this season, as they have exhibited both flashes of brilliance and lackluster performances in equal measure.
With their Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid in the last 16, Liverpool can perhaps focus on the league as they try to make up ground in their race for Champions League football.
Their last game in the league was a shock 1-0 defeat to relegation-threatened Bournemouth, which was worlds apart from the game prior to that where they completely annihilated Manchester United 7-0.
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At the moment, Liverpool lies in 6th place on the log with 42 points from 26 matches.
Their nearest rivals are Newcastle United, who are five points above them in fifth place, having played the same number of games.
Man City, Arsenal on the horizon
As club football resumes, Liverpool faces a tricky test against second-placed Manchester City, who cannot afford to drop any points as they look to close down on league leaders Arsenal.
The two giant clubs will clash in a lunch time kick off on Saturday, April 1 and three days later, the Reds will be in action again, this time against Graham Potter’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
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Five days later, Liverpool will once again hope to be in their best form as they come up against the runaway leaders Arsenal at Anfield on April 9, as per the Premier League website.
This will be followed by games against Leeds United (away), Nottingham Forest (home), West Ham (away), and the month will end with a clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on the 30th.
While the Leeds and Nottingham Forest games look easy on paper for Liverpool, it may not be as straightforward, as these are teams that are fighting for Premier League status and will take points from anywhere they can.
Also, the shock defeat to Bournemouth will be incentive to the relegation-threatened clubs that they can perhaps come up with a point or three from the 2019 Champions League winners.
United, Chelsea could be a hinderance for Liverpool
Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on how Manchester United and Chelsea could be a hindrance to Liverpool in their pursuit for Champions League football.
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If Man United, who currently sit third, somehow manage to lose out on the top four to Liverpool, they would still have an opportunity to play in the Champions League via Europa League.
But for that to happen, United would need to win the second-tier European competition and hope that Chelsea wins the Champions League.
Similarly, if Chelsea win the Champions League, they automatically qualify for Europe as defending champions.