Riding the crest of a wave after their superb victory over Bayern Munich, Liverpool have the perfect opportunity to edge back in front in a titanic English Premier League football title race at struggling Fulham tomorrow. With leaders Manchester City continuing their audacious pursuit of a quadruple the previous day in the FA Cup quarter-finals, Liverpool have the chance to sneak two points clear of Pep Guardiola’s side with victory at Craven Cottage.
While City would then have a game in hand, points in the bag at this stage of a title run-in, especially with big Champions League clashes looming on the horizon, can be a huge advantage.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said before Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 clash in Munich that victory could “change the world” for his team — rather than hinder their domestic title bid. And the way they controlled the Bundesliga giants for a 3-1 victory will give them a massive surge of confidence. “It is a fantastic sign that we again set a mark for LFC, for this wonderful club, that we really are back on the landscape on international, top-class football,” Klopp said.
The only slight concern was an ankle injury sustained by skipper Jordan Henderson that means the midfielder will miss the trip to Craven Cottage. Yet even without him it is hard to see a relegation-bound Fulham side beaten in nine of their last 10 Premier League matches causing too many problems.
English Premiership Fixtures (all 5pm unless otherwise stated)
Today: Burnley v Leicester City; Brighton & Hove Albion v Cardiff City (Postponed); West Ham United v Huddersfield Town; Bournemouth v Newcastle United; Watford v Southampton (Postponed); Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal (Postponed).
Tomorrow: Tottenham Hotspurs v Crystal Palace (Postponed); Fulham v Liverpool (4:15pm); Everton v Chelsea (6:30pm).