Liverpool Back In The Top Four After 3-0 Win At Turf Moor
Liverpool are back in the Premier League top four for the first time since February.
The Reds now have their top-four destiny in their own hands going into the final day of the Premier League campaign after beating Burley 3-0 at Turf Moor on Wednesday night.
Goals from defender Nathaniel Phillips, Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain secured a fourth straight win for Liverpool.
The victory moved them to fourth on 66 points, ahead of fifth-placed Leicester on goal difference.
Liverpool face Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday knowing a win will probably secure Champions League football next season.
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Chelsea, a point ahead of Liverpool in third, are at Aston Villa while Leicester host Tottenham Hotspur.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Phillips, who scored his first Liverpool goal and helped them keep a clean sheet by clearing a Ben Mee header off the line, said they have to maintain focus to secure Champions League football next season. Phillips said:
It’s massive. Most importantly, (we’re) up into fourth – that was our goal coming here today.
All the rest of it are just added bonuses. At this point in the season, with what we’re trying to achieve, it doesn’t matter how we win games; as long as we get the three points, that’s all that matters.
The pressure is on, there’s no room for inconsistency or being lax with our performances.
Phillips (24) and his 20-year-old central defensive partner Rhys Williams, have proved to be key in Liverpool’s push for the top-four.
The duo was thrown into the fray following long-term injuries sidelined regular centre-backs Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joseph Gomez.