Last season, Liverpool made their first appearance in Europe’s most prestigious tournament in five years.
This was their first campaign which came on the back of their remarkable record-breaking 2013-14 season where they agonisingly missed out on the title.
The Reds failed to pass through the group stage composed of title holders Real Madrid from Spain, FC Basel from Switzerland and Ludogorets Razgrad from Bulgaria.
Liverpool were widely tipped to finish second in the group to Real Madrid, however could only manage two draws and a single win; which occurred on the first matchday against an unknown Ludogorets side.
As it stands in the current campaign, Liverpool sit 7th and 6 points behind 4th-placed Manchester City and with 10 matches still to play, the Champions League still appears to be a realistic target.
The remainder of Liverpool’s campaign and where they finish relies on confidence, self-belief, consistency and also, other results.
After Palace, Liverpool’s run home features Chelsea, Everton Southampton, Tottenham, Stoke, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Swansea, Watford and West Brom.
This may not be the easiest of fixture runs, however, Liverpool are undoubtedly capable of defeating majority of these teams.
For many Reds fans, the Palace match will pose a worry with forgettable results in the past, most notably the 3 goal lead collapse which ultimately ended Liverpool’s quest for the title in their second last game of the season in 2014.
Tottenham and Stoke who have surely punched above their weight this season could also cause plenty of trouble in consecutive games at Anfield.
Leicester and Tottenham who lead the pack are almost certainties to grace the Champions League next season with Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham all set for a close battle. If you’re a Liverpool supporter like me, don’t give up yet.
While it appears a very difficult challenge, if Liverpool can win most of their remaining fixtures, there is still plenty of hope. Our lack of consistency this season may be the only barrier though, with Klopp’s side unable to produce a winning run of more than 2 games.
It’s our chance now, after consecutive wins over Aston Villa (6-0), Manchester City (3-0) and Crystal Palace (2-1), the team is sure to have garnered plenty of confidence. Another win next up at Southampton could close the gap to 3 points as Manchester City face Manchester United in a game which could go either way.