Liverpool’s previous matches are ranked by slipperiness and Aston Villa’s trip is the best

Liverpool are at the front of the Premier League title race and will return to the top if they beat Sheffield United (as expected, rather assumed) at Anfield tonight.

But the Merseysiders have been in this position before and got it wrong *cough* Slip of Steven Gerrard, Dwight Gayle *cough* so who’s to say it can’t happen again?

But which match (or matches) could forever be remembered as this season’s version of Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho- and Demba Ba-inspired flop when Liverpool could ruin Jurgen Klopp’s farewell?

With just nine games to go, the pressure will mount with Arsenal and Man City breathing down their necks and, from least to most likely, we’ve ranked the games based on how likely the supposed mentality monsters are to drop points.

9) Sheffield United (H) – Thursday April 4 (7:30 p.m.)
The first of the nine remaining matches *should* be comfortably the easiest.

Sheffield United’s fortunes have improved slightly since Chris Wilder returned as manager, but their only away win in the Premier League this season came against lowly Luton Town.

The Blades have conceded five or more goals in a game on seven occasions this season, so Mohamed Salah and co. are in their prime, they could have a lot of fun at Anfield on Thursday night.

8) Crystal Palace (H) – Sunday, April 14 (2:00 p.m.)
The new coach’s rebound provided by the arrival of Oliver Glasner has been solid but unremarkable, with one win, two draws and two losses. With a home game against Man City before the trip to Anfield, Palace’s safety will not be fully assured by April 14, so this could spell danger for Liverpool.

Earlier this season, a last-gasp Harvey Elliott winner saw a below-average Liverpool edge past Palace at Selhurst Park, but Klopp’s side are a different animal at Anfield and these two games shouldn’t cause them too much trouble. as they try to extend their undefeated record. The Premier League at home has 16 games.

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7) West Ham (A) – Saturday April 27 (12:30)
This is where things start to get more difficult for Liverpool…

The Reds have already beaten West Ham three times this season, so they would like to have a chance at the London Stadium, even if this match takes place at the dreaded 12:30 kick-off time.

Despite David Moyes being under pressure, the Hammers have flown under the radar to pose a challenge for the European places and with the trio of Jarrod Bowen, Mohammed Kudus and Lucas Paqueta, they are a dangerous opponent for anyone in this league.

Given how bad his transfer is going, Liverpool will surely hope Kalvin Phillips makes a rare start to gift the West Ham visitors a penalty and/or an own goal.

6) Wolves (H) – Sun, May 19 (4:00 p.m.)
Liverpool dropped points in Klopp’s last home game in charge at Anfield. Surely not… right?

The typically raucous atmosphere at Anfield (especially with the Premier League title still on the line) will ramp up a bit for this match as Liverpool fans try to rally Klopp and his team to one last home win.

As for their rivals, the Wolves have exceeded all expectations this season. with inexperienced boss Gary O’Neil being mentioned as an external candidate to replace Klopp.

Wolves lost 3-1 to Liverpool earlier this campaign but have done very well against the Big Six under O’Neil and there is the added potential danger of the visitors benefiting from the freedom of not having nothing to play for on the last day.

5) Everton (A) – Wednesday, April 24 (20:00)
Everton’s survival prospects look much brighter, even with a possible second points deduction in sight, after their 1-1 draw at Newcastle United when the shy Dominic Calvert-Lewin returned to the scoreboard.

But Sean Dyche’s side are lucky the bottom three are as poor as they are because Everton’s 13-match winless run in the Premier League *should* get them into serious trouble.

If we’re talking about the team’s ability alone, this match should be a walk in the park for Liverpool. But this is a derby and the title contenders have drawn six of their previous 15 Merseyside derbies. Another monotonous stalemate could be enough to end Klopp’s title dream…

4) Fulham (A) – Sunday, April 21 (4:30 p.m.)
Marco Silva’s side have fallen slightly after last season, but are still set to secure their Premier League status with ease, so they are still defying expectations.

After dropping points in consecutive games against Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest, there are already signs that some of Fulham’s players are on the beach, but one would expect them to turn up against Liverpool.

The two teams have already staged a seven-goal thriller at Anfield, so Liverpool’s potential banana peel at Craven Cottage smacks of a draw.

3) Manchester United (A) – Sunday, April 7 (3:30 p.m.)
Judging by Man Utd’s terrible performance against Brentford, Erik ten Hag’s side are firmly in decline *once again* following their immense success in knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup before the international break.

We will soon be able to enjoy a replay of that all-time FA Cup tie as Klopp’s team seek revenge at Old Trafford.

As these games tend to be, this one is almost impossible to call as the result will largely depend on which Man Utd turn up. A 6-0 victory for Liverpool is as likely as a 2-1 victory for the hosts.

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2) Tottenham Hotspur (H) – Saturday, May 4 (3:00 p.m.)
Arsenal’s overall period is widely accepted to be the most difficult of the three title contenders, but Liverpool’s last three games are quite difficult.

They begin at Anfield on May 4 when they face Spurs after Liverpool supporter Ange Postecoglou led his team to a highly controversial 2-1 home victory earlier this season.

Liverpool are formidable at home, but if they lose in the Premier League at Anfield this season, it will most likely be against Tottenham. Unlike the Arsenal-Man City combination, the attacking philosophies of Postecoglou’s Spurs and Klopp’s Reds should combine beautifully as the two teams look to outplay their opponents. A recipe for a Barclays peak but potential heartbreak for the home team.

1) Aston Villa (A) – Saturday, May 11 (3:00 p.m.)
Like Spurs, Aston Villa are fighting for a top-four spot and Unai Emery’s side are currently in prime position to qualify for the Champions League via the traditional route.

The Villans’ home record is not as fearsome as Liverpool’s, but Villa Park (even more so at this stage of the season) will be a difficult place to reach.

A further complication will occur if Liverpool advance in the Europa League, as their semi-finals will be played on May 2 and 9, just days before the games against Villa and Spurs. At least Villa could be in the same boat…

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