There are just two fixtures left to play for Liverpool, and three left for us. Tottenham are five points ahead of us, while Liverpool have six on us. This means we’re still well primed to make the top four, and qualify for the Champions League next season. We only need win all three of our remaining fixtures, and hope Liverpool drop points in their last game against Brighton. If that happens, we’ll be good to go, but even the ardent of fans understand that this is a long shot.
But let’s assume that doesn’t happen, and we have to go to the Europa League again, would it be such a bad league for us? Of course, it would seem so considering our status, and the amount of money we spent adding talent to the team over the summer, but then again, disappointments and failures happen. Besides, the Europa League may not be such a bad place to rebuild from after the kind of season we’ve had. I doubt we’d be ready to immediately jump into the Champions League, we may need to gradually build our confidence to that level again, and what better place to begin?
The Europa League isn’t as tough as the Champions League, because it fields smaller teams. That also means we have a greater chance of successfully rebuilding there, and getting some silverware while at it than in the Champions League. I mean, we were in the competition a few years ago, and we dominated it. We can do the same in 2018/19. And of course, it’s not like we’d really have a choice, isn’t it?
So for me, we have a good chance of qualifying for the Champions League still, but it’s only a matter of whether or not our rivals lose while we’re winning our games. There’s also the question of goal differences. It’s a tall order this one, and all things are possible, but if nothing changes, it is only natural for us to brace up ourselves for the Europa League.