There is no need to ‘gift’ Liverpool the Premier League title and there will be no more ‘null and void’ debate. The Reds now have an opportunity to clinch their first English crown for 30 years and they can take a step closer to it when they return to action with a Merseyside Derby clash with Everton on June 21.
When Can Liverpool Win The Premier League Title?
Liverpool’s sensational form over the course of the season meant they were on the brink of being crowned English champions for the first time in the Premier League Era when the season was suddenly halted. The Reds had won 27 of their 29 games, losing only once, and that blistering pace saw them open up a staggering 25-point over second-place Manchester City before the shutdown. City played their game-in-hand on Wednesday night and romped to a 3-0 victory over Arsenal, so here is how that result affected Liverpool’s title bid…
- Liverpool need two wins from their remaining nine games to be crowned Premier League champions.
- If Liverpool beat Everton on Sunday and Manchester City then lose to Burnley on June 22, the Reds will be confirmed as champions without needing to kick a ball.
- If Liverpool beat Everton and Manchester City beat Burnley, the Reds will be confirmed as champions with a win over Crystal Palace on June 24.
Everton v Liverpool Prediction & Tips
So as if local bragging rights were not enough, Liverpool have even more incentive to come away from Goodison Park with all three points in the bag. They will have been disappointed to see Manchester City extend the title ‘race’ with a 3-0 win over Arsenal on Wednesday night, but in all reality it is only a matter of time before the Reds are confirmed as this season’s cream of the crop. A victory over Everton followed by a win against Crystal Palace next Wednesday night will see Liverpool clinch their first English title since they finished nine points clear of Aston Villa in the old First Division back in 1989/90. So can they take a step closer to the crown at Goodison Park.
The last thing that Everton will want to see is the Red half of the city being crowned champions on their patch, and the Toffees are knocking on the door to the top half of the table as they look to salvage something from what has been a pretty disappointing season for them. A Merseyside Derby victory over the league leaders in their first game back would be the perfect way for Everton to kick off the run-in, but for them to upset the visitors here they will have to overcome current form (well, form over the course of the 2019/20 season) and almost a decade of history between these two clubs.
Liverpool have dropped just five points so far this season, drawing once and losing once, to stay on course to eclipse 100 total points, and they have not lost to Everton in any of their previous 21 competitive meetings. There have been a few too many draws for Liverpool’s liking in that time, but they have won seven of the last 10 derbies and have not tasted defeat at the hands of the blue half of the city since the Toffees ran out 2-0 winners at Goodison Park back on October 17. 2010. So as you can see, momentum in this fixture is clearly on Liverpool’s side heading into this latest instalment of the derby.
With all of this in mind, how can I do anything but recommend backing Liverpool to run out winners here? Granted there is the danger that rustiness will make this more of an even playing field than it would normally be, and they have not won at Goodison for three-and-a-half years, but this will not be the normal derby day environment. There will be no Goodison faithful roaring on their team. In fact it will probably be rather eerie if the first few games we have seen are anything to go by, so this is the perfect opportunity for Liverpool to be victorious on enemy territory for the first time since the 1-0 win there back in December 2016.
They will do just that, but I do not expect them to run away with this. While Liverpool did rout Everton 5-2 in December, recent meetings between the two clubs have not been particularly high-scoring. Under 4 Total Goals has been a winning bet on seven of the last nine Merseyside Derbies and given that these two teams may not be firing on all cylinders here, it could be a winning selection once again in this latest encounter. Liverpool will not care about the manner of the victory though. They will move to within (at worst) three points of the title and that will suit them nicely.