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Liverpool Face “Two Finals” to Qualify for Champions League Football

Last week, the Reds had three finals to go and stumbled at the first time of asking. Now they have another chance.

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Last week, Liverpool players were talking about having three finals to play, three league games that if they could win them would assure the club of a top four finish and qualifying for next season's Champions League. They didn't manage to win the first one.

Luckily for them, Manchester United didn't win theirs, either, and though their loss to Arsenal let the Gunners back into the top four race, it meant Liverpool still controlled their own destiny. It meant instead of three finals to secure a top four finish, they had two.

"We have two finals really," said Lucas Leiva today as he took time out from preparations for Sunday's match against West Ham to re-visit last week's most popular player talking point. "If we win, we will qualify for the Champions League for next year."

It seems so simple in theory, and such an easy sentiment. Yet simple and easy isn't how this Liverpool side have done things at any point in the second half of the 2016-17 season where they've followed up a title challenging autumn with a stumbling winter and spring.

Against the likes of Bournemouth and Leicester and Crystal Palace and most recently Southampton, the players have talked about their need to win winnable games to get where they want to go. And then, far too often, they fail to win those games.

Get it right this time around, though, and all those past faults will be, if not entirely forgotten, at least forgiven. Get it right and Liverpool will finish in the top four and qualify for next season's Champions League. They might even manage third.

"I'm just trying to help as much as I can, and these two games will be very important for the club's future," Lucas added. "We hope we can win these two games."

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