Liverpool Fighting for Two Top Prizes
March 11, 2015
Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers recently admitted he feared being fired after the club’s poor beginning to their 2014/2015 campaign. But what began as a horror script is now turning into a classic comeback story which could finish with a Cup romance. Liverpool along with Arsenal are favourites to win the FA Cup, while their quest to finish among the Champions League places in the English Premier League continues to gather momentum. The Red half of Merseyside once again has something to cheer about after feeling blue before Christmas.
Fairytale Send off for Skipper in the Making
Liverpool haven’t won the FA Cup since Steven Gerrard’s heroics against West Ham in the 2006 Final and another special story is developing for the skipper this year. The Final falls on his 35th birthday and winning it would be the perfect send off for the departing midfielder. The Reds avoided Arsenal in the Semi Final Draw, and will play Aston Villa if they overcome Blackburn Rovers in their Quarter Final Replay. Liverpool couldn’t crack the Lancashire club in a dull draw at Anfield; with the hosts conceding they were below their best on the back of a busy schedul. LFC will be confident of clinching the tie on the road though after already winning 3 away games in their cup run. Getting past Blackburn would take the Reds to Wembley but they’ll l want a return trip to the stadium for the main event on May 30. Liverpool lost the FA Cup Final to Chelsea in 2012, having already won the League Cup in February; the last trophy the Reds have lifted.
League Liverpool’s Main Priority
The League is Liverpool’s main priority though as they aim to finish in the first 4 and secure Champions League football for the second year running. The goal looked a distant dream after the first quarter of their campaign but the Reds remarkable form since mid-December have them just 2 points off where they want to be. The Premier League’s form side are unbeaten in 11 games, with 9 victories helping them collect 29 points from a possible 33 available.
In their undefeated run the Reds have beaten title contenders Manchester City as well as top 4 rivals Southampton and Tottenham but more massive matches await one of England’s most decorated clubs. 2 of Liverpool’s next 3 game include a home derby against bitter rivals Manchester United and a daunting away trip against Arsenal at the Emirates. With both of those opponents currently occupying fourth and third spot respectively, the encounters may essentially be Champions League play offs. But before those monumental matches Brendan Rodgers’ men will aim to win in Wales against Swansea this weekend.