Despite this weekend's slip-up, Liverpool are still in a strong position

Anfield Pitch

Yesterday's result was disappointing for the Reds, but their fate is still in their hands.

Understandably, Liverpool must feel that this weekend was a missed opportunity in their quest to secure Champions League football.

Winning at West Bromwich Albion would have put four points between them and the rest and put them one point behind Chelsea with the Blues facing the formidable Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Instead Liverpool are only two points ahead of Everton and three ahead of Tottenham, and seven ahead of Manchester United.

There are plenty of Liverpool fans thinking right now ‘what if?’ already.

Understandably going into a game next week against Arsenal, Liverpool would have liked to have been in a position where win, lose or draw they would be sitting in fourth place at the end of the weekend – and potentially putting Manchester United out of the race to qualify for the Champions League (via the league, anyway) by opening up a gap of nine points, add in the factor that Spurs and Everton meet at White Hart Lane the following day.

Some would argue that West Bromwich Albion were good value for their point, but the manner in which their equaliser came about has left a bitter taste in the mouth of some. Liverpool surprisingly did not pose as much of a threat going forward as they had in previous games – six shots on goal demonstrates that, even if Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge combined to give the Reds the lead at half time.

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The current position is certainly one that would not have been sniffed at at the start of the season. There will have been an overwhelming majority of fans saying they would take being in the driving seat going into the business end of the season.

Liverpool are still in a position of strength, and their home record is strong with many of the top sides still to visit Anfield. As a result, it is not time for them to get down about things just yet.

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