Liverpool and West Ham are still fighting for the top four places
By Rohith Nair
(Reuters) – With Manchester City already crowned Premier League champions and the three relegation spots also decided, all eyes are now on the battle for the Champions League spots as the season enters the home stretch.
Manchester United, second, have already secured a top-four spot, but Leicester City, Chelsea, West Ham United and Liverpool are still in the field.
As Leicester and Chelsea, third and fourth respectively, focus on the FA Cup final on Saturday, they will keep an eye on league games with West Ham and Liverpool breathing in the necks with games in hand.
Liverpool are seven points behind Chelsea with two games underway, including Thursday’s trip to Old Trafford, but Juergen Klopp knows their 2019 European Champions’ continued participation in the European elite club competition does is no longer in their hands.
“We don’t blame anyone other than ourselves,” said the Liverpool manager. “Now we need help from other teams (to qualify for the Champions League), but it’s the best we can get and we’ll take care of it.”
On Sunday, Liverpool face a side without reason to play at West Bromwich Albion, a side relegated by Klopp five times in eight games. The German has only beaten West Brom boss Sam Allardyce in the league once.
West Ham have been the dark horse this season under David Moyes and can get within three points of the resurgence of Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea, who will face Manchester City in the Champions League final this season, if they win at Brighton and Hove Albion.
Moyes, who took over a club hovering above the relegation zone last season, aims to guide Londoners to the Champions League for the first time in their history.
Seventh Tottenham Hotspur, eight points behind Chelsea, still have a mathematical chance to finish in the top four but their chances are slim as they host the Wolverhampton Wanderers who have beaten them on their last two visits.
Everton, ninth, also have an away chance to be in the top four with four games to go and they host the lower side of Sheffield United, who have only won one away game all season.
(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)