Liverpool leapfrog Leicester with Burnley victory and edge closer to remarkable top-four finish which would be ‘just as good as winning Champions League’

Liverpool are in control of Champions League qualification as a 3-0 win at Burnley saw the Reds leapfrog Leicester into fourth.

The Reds pulled level on 66 points with the Foxes and strikes from Roberto Firmino, Nat Phillips and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain give them a superior goal difference by four.

Liverpool got the win and the goals they needed on Wednesday
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It means that unless Leicester win by a much bigger margin than Liverpool on the final day this Sunday, the Reds will qualify for Europe’s elite competition if they match the Foxes’ result.

What’s more, Liverpool host Crystal Palace, who have nothing to play for, while Leicester face a Tottenham side fighting for Europa League qualification.

While the race is far from finished, with third-place Chelsea also in the mix on 67 points, Leicester have to be considered underdogs.

Leicester’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Tuesday night has proven costly
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That’s a scenario which seemed unthinkable little more than a month ago, with Leicester cruising and Liverpool miles off the pace.

According to former Reds midfielder Charlie Adam, finishing inside the top-four would be equally impressive to Liverpool winning the Champions League.

He told talkSPORT: “What a turnaround after six or seven weeks, when everyone thought they were dead and burried.

Phillips has stepped in amid an injury crisis for Liverpool this season
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“It would be phenomenal [if they qualified for the Champions League]. It’s going to be special for different scenarios.

“Alisson scoring the other night after losing his father, the injuries to big players.

“Their captain [Jordan Henderson] has been out for months, Virgil van Dijk, the best centre-back in the world, has been out for pretty much the whole season. Joe Gomez out.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal could be important with goal difference so tight
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“It’s been difficult. If Liverpool do this, that’s just as good as winning the Champions League.”

Firmino opened the scoring at the end of the first-half by side-footing home Andy Robertson’s cross, before Nat Phillips grabbed his first Liverpool goal with a header after the break.

Then Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the pick of the bunch late on for his first strike since last July, as Liverpool ended a three-month exodus from the top four at the perfect time.