Sitting just one point outside of the top four does not seem like a big deal, but when you consider how tight the table is and the fact that Arsenal and Manchester United are the other two sides we think are the ones with a real chance of finishing in those coveted Champions League spots next to Chelsea and Manchester City, you can understand why Brendan Rodgers sees every game as a must win.
Having to acclimatise to the loss of Luis Suarez, an injury to Daniel Sturridge and Champions League football is not an easy task and with the Reds facing two crunch games with Real Madrid if they want to stay in the most prestigious club competition in the world, eyes may fall off the league ball.
Manchester United are only getting better and Arsenal have fourth tied up before the fixture list is even released – so where does that leave Liverpool? According to us, fifth.
Click on Mario Balotelli to see why we think the Reds will miss out on the top four.
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