Liverpool’s next 10 Premier League fixtures compared to Man United, Man City and Leicester

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Liverpool’s recent defeat leaves Man City 10 points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp stated after the 4-1 loss that the team’s focus at present is securing a top-four finish and Champions League football.

There is still plenty of time remaining in this season, and given its wild nature thus far, anything can happen over the next period of games with the table is extremely tight and every game is hugely important.

But how do Liverpool’s next 10 fixtures stack up against their rivals, including Pep Guardiola’s side, Manchester United and third placed Leicester?

Liverpool fixtures

Feb 13: Leicester City (A)

Feb 20: Everton (H)

Feb 28: Sheffield United (A)

Mar 6: Fulham (H)


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Mar 13: Wolves (H)

Mar 20: Chelsea (H)

Apr 3: Arsenal (A)

Apr 10: Aston Villa (H)

Apr 17: Leeds (A)

Apr 24: Newcastle (H)

Scoring goals remains an issue for Liverpool. Bar a one-week splurge in which the attacking pieces started to purr once again, Klopp’s side have struggled to break down opponents as they have done in previous years.

Getting two natural centre-backs into the mix will certainly help, releasing the full-backs further up the pitch, and they will have plenty of defensive challenges over the next few matches.

Only Man City have kept more clean sheets than Aston Villa. Arsenal are the third-best defence in the league based on goals conceded, despite playing more games than many teams, while Chelsea have only just started to creak into place under Thomas Tuchel.

If Liverpool still have a chance to be considered in the title race , they must win almost all of these matches, starting against an excellent Leicester City team on Saturday.

For the top four, games against Everton, Chelsea, and Villa will be crucial.

Man City fixtures

TBC: Southampton (H)

Feb 13: Spurs (H)

Feb 17: Everton (A)

Feb 21: Arsenal (A)

Feb 27: West Ham (H)

Mar 6: Man Utd (H)

Mar 13: Fulham (A)

Mar 20: Wolves (H)

Apr 3: Leicester City (A)

Apr 10: Leeds (H)

It is far from the easiest run on paper for Man City. But given their recent form, which includes 14 wins in a row in all competitions, you would be brave to bet against them winning the majority.

The match against Southampton is set to be rescheduled at some point in the near future, though an official date has not yet been announced, while a midweek clash against Everton makes the first three games a tricky run in which City must drop points for Liverpool to have a chance of clawing them back.

The Manchester derby comes later in the year, while a trip to Leicester in April followed by a home match against Leeds pose tricky contests to close out the run.

Man Utd fixtures

Feb 14: West Brom (A)

Feb 21: Newcastle (H)

Feb 28: Chelsea (A)

Mar 6: Man City (A)

Mar 13: West Ham (H)

Mar 20: Crystal Palace (A)

Apr 3: Brighton (H)

Apr 10: Spurs (A)

Apr 17: Burnley (H)

Apr 24: Leeds (A)

Probably the kindest run of the three teams, United play five bottom-half teams, three of which come at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team will be eager to win all of those matches to keep the pressure on their local rivals.

Meanwhile, away matches against Chelsea, Man City, Spurs and Leeds pose difficult challenges that could see Liverpool gain ground in a fight for a top-four finish.

Leicester City fixtures

Feb 13: Liverpool (H)

Feb 21: Aston Villa (A)

Feb 28: Arsenal (H)

Mar 6: Brighton (A)

Mar 13: Sheffield United (H)

Mar 20: Burnley (A)

Apr 3: Man City (H)

Apr 10: West Ham (A)

Apr 17: West Brom (H)

Apr 24: Crystal Palace (H)

If Leicester are going to finish in the top four and even challenge for the title, their next five matches will define it.

A pivotal match against Liverpool on Saturday will be instrumental in both team’s outlooks over the remaining months of the season.

Then a trip to Aston Villa against one of the in-form teams in the division, before a home match against Arsenal, another difficult contest that they must win to keep pace at the top.

The weekend’s draw to Wolves saw the Foxes lose pace to City and Leicester will need to continue winning. They will face City in the next 10 games and will welcome Jamie Vardy back into the fold. Can he fire them to a second ever Premier League title?



Jurgen Klopp in conversation with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. (Photo by PETER POWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Verdict

A tough run for Liverpool which has to result in near-maximum points to keep their title hopes alive, at present, the focus for Klopp and his players is simply on fixing their current problems, improving their performances, and letting the results handle themselves.

City look like the dominant team in the division and have the chance to stretch their gap at the top even further with their game in hand.

Meanwhile, United and Leicester are betwixt and between. Both have some kind games that they must take advantage of, but they cannot afford to drop many points as Liverpool and others chase them down.





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