Liverpools next 10 Premier League games compared to Manchester United, Man City and Leicester – Liverpool Echo

Liverpool have hit form again.

The Reds’ victories over Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham have propelled them back into the title race as they leapfrogged Leicester City into third place.

In another interesting weekend of Premier League action, Jurgen Klopp’s men have been able to close the gap on Manchester United to just one point after the Red Devils drew with Arsenal.

That result also allowed Man City to extend their lead at the top of the table.

With just five points separating the top four clubs however, things could easily change numerous times before the end of the season but how could things look over the next month or so?

Here is every side in the title race’s next 10 games in the league.

Man City fixtures

Feb 2: Burnley (A)

Feb 6: Liverpool (A)

Feb 13: Tottenham (H)

Feb 20: Arsenal (A)

Feb 27: West Ham (H)

March 6: Man United (H)

March 13: Fulham (A)

March 20: Wolves (H)

April 3: Leicester (A)

April 10: Leeds United (H)

City face four of the Big Six in five matches in what will be a tough run of games after Tuesday’s match against Burnley.

Should they beat Burnley, then City will go into these games flying,though, with Saturday’s victory over Sheffield United making it eight league wins in a row as they extended their lead at the top of the table.

Their next six games will no doubt be the toughest test of their form and, looking further ahead, matches against Leicester and Leeds at the start of April will not be easy.

Yet all of City’s Big Six opponents in this run of matches have shown weaknesses recently, and, if they can come through their next few games unscathed, then they would no doubt be favourites to reclaim the title.

Man United fixtures

Feb 02: Southampton (H)

Feb 06: Everton (H)

Feb 13: West Brom (A)

Feb 20: Newcastle United (H)

Feb 27: Chelsea (A)

March 6: Man City (A)

March 13: West Ham (H)

March 20: Crystal Palace (A)

April 3: Brighton (H)

April 10: Tottenham (A)

United’s success in this run of games depends on two things – whether they can improve their home form and record against the top six.

With their next two matches at Old Trafford and against teams challenging for Europe, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will need to improve upon having the 11th-best home record in the Premier League if they want to avoid disappointing results.

With matches against the likes of West Brom, Newcastle United, Crystal Palace and Brighton, there are plenty of winnable games in this run of fixtures for United, although last week’s loss to Sheffield United may have shaken their confidence a little.

Playing Chelsea and then Man City in consecutive games before facing Spurs four matches later could go some way to deciding how successful United’s season will be. With just one goal against the Big Six in the Premier League this season – and that was in a 6-1 loss – their record will have to improve if they want to maintain a title challenge.

Liverpool fixtures

Feb 03: Brighton (H)

Feb 06: Man City (H)

Feb 13: Leicester City (A)

Feb 20: Everton (H)

Feb 27: Sheffield United (A)

March 6: Fulham (H)

March 13: Wolves (A)

March 20: Chelsea (H)

April 3: Arsenal (A)

April 10: Aston Villa (H)

Jurgen Klopp’s side have regained their form in their last two matches, seeing off Tottenham and West Ham in what looked like two difficult games on paper.

Their next 10 games can essentially be divided into three sections, with a run of what appear to be winnable fixtures being book-ended by two sets of trickier matches.

The Reds will no doubt feel confident of beating Brighton, but the Seagulls have looked impressive recently and grabbed a point against Klopp’s side earlier in this season. They also come into the game off an impressive 1-0 win over Tottenham.

A match against an ominously in-form Man City is followed by a game against a Leicester City side hoping to get key players back from injury soon and then a Merseyside derby.

If Liverpool can get some good results from these matches, then they should be in a strong position for a more favourable run of games against the likes of Sheffield United and Fulham.

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At the end of March and beginning of April, there is a run of three tricky games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Aston Villa, which could prove an important period should the Reds still be in title contention.

Leicester fixtures

Feb 3: Fulham (A)

Feb 7: Wolves (A)

Feb 13: Liverpool (H)

Feb 21: Aston Villa (A)

Feb 27: Arsenal (H)

March 6: Brighton (A)

March 13: Sheffield United (H)

March 20: Burnley (A)

April 3: Man City (H)

April 10: West Ham (A)

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Leicester City’s run of games is arguably the most favourable in the top four, with three matches against the Big Six, all of which are at home.

The biggest question will be whether the Foxes can cope without key players Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi, who are both currently out injured.

If Leicester can bounce back from their defeat to Leeds at the weekend by beating Fulham and Wolves, they will be in a good position for a run of three games against Liverpool, Aston Villa and Arsenal.

Further winnable games against Brighton and Sheffield United follow before a tough game against Man City in early April.

The Foxes’ success will likely come down to when their players return from injury and whether they can remain consistent in the meantime.

Verdict

While Leicester may have the most favourable run of matches, it is arguably Man City who will be feeling most confident looking at their next 10 games.

There is an argument that, considering their next six games, City have the toughest run of 10 matches, but they are also in the best form and sit top of the Premier League.

If they can come through their next six games unscathed, then City will be in a strong position for a more winnable run of games.

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At the same time, though, both Liverpool and Man United know they have the chance to cut the gap on City should they record good results against Pep Guardiola’s side.

It means there is a reasonable argument to be made that every team in the title race currently holds their fate in their own hands at this stage of the season.