Liverpool, Chelsea and Leicester’s Champions League and top four permutations

Liverpool's win over Manchester United gave Jurgen Klopp's side a huge boost in a week that has shaken up the race for the Champions League.

The Reds now face three winnable fixtures against West Brom, Burnley and Crystal Palace to make or break their season, while Chelsea and Leicester will face off next Tuesday in clash that could determine who finishes third.

Thomas Tuchel's side suffered a double blow to their top-four hopes this week when Leicester beat United to move into third, before Arsenal earned a first win at Stamford Bridge in 10 years to ensure the race for Europe's top club competition will go down to the wire.

Liverpool can now close to within one point of fourth place when they visit West Brom on Saturday, with last season's champions having a game in hand on both Leicester and Chelsea.

With second-placed United having already secured their place in next season's Champions League, Mirror Sport looks at what each of the top-four hopefuls must do to finish in the top four.

Leicester (Third: Played 36, points 66)

Leicester and Chelsea meet in Saturday's FA Cup final before clashing again in a crucial showdown three days later.

A win for Brendan Rodgers' side at Stamford Bridge will be enough to secure at least fourth spot, regardless of Liverpool's result in their game in hand at the Hawthorns.

That would take the Foxes to 69 points – the maximum Liverpool can reach with three games remaining – while Chelsea would only to be achieve 67.

If Jurgen Klopp's side beat the Baggies, the pressure will really pile on next Tuesday's clash, with either Leicester or their hosts at risk of missing out on Champions League qualification if they drop points.

Rodgers' men will have one game left after the Chelsea clash, with Tottenham visiting the King Power Stadium a week on Sunday.

Anything other than a Liverpool defeat on Saturday could leave the Foxes needing to beat Spurs if they fail to take maximum points at Stamford Bridge.

But if West Brom beat the Reds, Leicester would need just a point against Chelsea to be sure of a top-four spot.

Chelsea (Fourth: Played 36, points 64)

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Even if Liverpool lose on Saturday, they could still overtake Chelsea unless Tuchel's side beat Leicester.

With the Reds having two games left after next Tuesday's showdown, Tuchel must mastermind a victory at Stamford Bridge to ensure his side are in the best possible position ahead of their final game away to Villa Park a week on Saturday.

A win over Leicester will see Chelsea go third ahead of the final weekend, regardless of Liverpool's results in the meantime – meaning Champions League qualification will be in the Blues' hands.

Liverpool (Fifth: Played 35, points 60)

Liverpool must realistically win on the road against West Brom on Saturday and Burnley next Wednesday to put themselves in contention going into their final game at home to Palace.

A win for Chelsea against Leicester next Tuesday would see Tuchel's side finish on 70 points if they also won at Villa Park on the final day. Meanwhile, the Foxes would finish with 69 points if they were to beat Tottenham – with fourth place being determined on goal difference if Liverpool win their remaining three games.

Were Leicester to win at Stamford Bridge, they could finish the season with a maximum of 72 points, with Chelsea only able to get to 67.

A draw between the third-and fourth-placed sides next week would mean Brendan Rodgers' side could finish on 70 points with Chelsea able to reach a maximum of 68.

In both of the latter two scenarios, Liverpool would finish fourth with wins against the Baggies, Burnley and Palace.

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