When is the earliest Liverpool can WIN the Premier League title?
The Reds could secure their first title in 24 years on 4 May at the earliest
Manchester City may have defeated West Brom 3-1 on Monday to go six points behind Liverpool with a game in hand, but, with three matches remaining for the Reds, starting with Chelsea on Sunday, when is the earliest Liverpool can lift the Premier League title?
Should Brendan Rodgers' side beat the Blues at Anfield on Sunday in the 2.05pm kick-off, and then Manchester City drop points in their following two fixtures, then on Liverpool could secure their first Premier League title without even kicking a ball on the day, on Sunday 4 May.
Liverpool then play on the Monday night, 5 May at Crystal Palace, where they could be given the guard of honour.
The date when the Reds last won the league was on 28 April 1990.
It was on that date that Liverpool, under Kenny Dalglish, clinched their 18th league title after coming back from a goal down to defeat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at home in the old Division One. Their rivals for the title Aston Villa drew 3-3 with Norwich, giving the Reds an unassailable four point lead a the top with only one match remaining for Villa.
Premier League table at the moment:
1 Liverpool 35 80
2 Chelsea 35 75
3 Man City 34 74
Premier League table on 27 April if Liverpool beat Chelsea and City draw at Crystal Palace:
1 Liverpool 36 83
2 Man City 35 75
3 Chelsea 36 75
Premier League table on 4 May if City draw at Everton, even if Chelsea win against Norwich:
1 Liverpool 36 83
2 Chelsea 37 78
3 Man City 36 76
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“An incredible victory,” Rodgers said of his team 3-2 win at Norwich on Sunday, “and big congratulations to the players because we can finish no lower than third, which guarantees Champions League football. At the beginning of the season, I think everyone thought it would be a struggle for us to get fourth.
“We have got other goals. It is 96 goals we have scored in the Premier League this season. When I arrived 20 months ago, the team had 47. We want to be one of the very few teams that reached 100-plus goals in a season. We still have other objectives, but we have cemented the first, which was to qualify for the Champions League, and then we look forward to next weekend.”
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