Liverpool’s Champions League chances explained after thrilling win over Man Utd

Liverpool still have their Champions League chances in their own hands after a thrilling 4-2 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Reds beat their great rivals in a remarkable game despite going behind early on when Bruno Fernandes' effort deflected in off Nat Phillips.

Despite the early deficit, Jurgen Klopp's side roared back and took the lead by half-time thanks to a clever flick from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino's header.

Firmino fired home again at the beginning of the second half, before the Reds almost extended their lead when Jota hit the post after a fast break.

United pulled one back through Marcus Rashford, but the Reds held out as Phillips cleared off the line from substitute Mason Greenwood, before Mohamed Salah fired home a fourth.

The result means that even in a worst case scenario, Liverpool will finish level on points with Leicester – who are currently third – if they win all of their last three Premier League matches, which are away to West Brom and Burnley and at home to Crystal Palace on the final day.

The reason for that is because Leicester go to Chelsea next Tuesday, three days after the pair have faced each other in the FA Cup final.

With one or both of the duo dropping points there, that could potentially allow Liverpool in to take a Champions League place.

The win at Old Trafford has placed a greater emphasis on Liverpool's goal difference in the coming games, but with relegated West Brom next up then the Reds will hope to boost their scoring rate at The Hawthorns.

Similarly, it could be argued that Burnley and Palace do not have much to play for in their final matches.

After playing each other, Chelsea are at Aston Villa on the final day, while Leicester host Tottenham.

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