Manchester United nudged Swansea out of the top four following their 2-1 win at home to Everton, a result that could have substantial implications on the fight for Champions League places this term.
According to bwin.com’s market, there are only five genuine contenders for the top four places this term, with Spurs and Everton’s fluxive seasons seemingly ruling them out completely.
Chelsea and Manchester City look to have two spots locked down, with Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool scrapping for the other pair.
The Gunners seem in no serious danger of dropping out of the top four for the first time in almost two decades, and with United’s expensively-assembled squad starting to show its class, Liverpool may well end up 2014/15’s fall guys.
The Merseyside Reds may be missing Daniel Sturridge and eagerly anticipating the England striker’s return from injury, but their great north-west rivals have now won two on the bounce despite having to sift through their academy for centre-halves.
Any Liverpool fans watching the narrow United victory over Everton would have felt cheated by David de Gea’s superb save, his third of the match, from Brian Oviedo at the death, after Toffees defender Phil Jagielka equalised in the last minute of their recent 1-1 draw at Anfield.
Angel Di Maria, who notched the first goal and laid on the second, pledged his man-of-the-match award to the Spanish keeper, who also saved a Leighton Baines penalty just before half-time and a Leon Osman shot late on.
Even better news came for Red Devils fans with Radamel Falcao’s winner on the hour, his first in the club’s colours having provided an assist and hit the bar in three previous Premier League appearances.
After Brendan Rodgers saw his side claim a morale-boosting 2-1 home victory of their own against West Brom, the last thing the Liverpool boss needs is a resurgence from their northern rivals.