"Let's talk about six, baby!" declared Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool's Champions League victory over Tottenham Hotspur last June. Well, it's time to talk six again, as his Liverpool side are now just six points away from mathematically becoming champions. After 30 years, their title drought is finally coming to an end and they will be crowned champions of England once again. But how, when and where will it actually happen? We’ve had a quick look at the scenarios that could play out over the coming weeks...
Champions without playing a game?
The most unlikely scenario but Liverpool could become champions without kicking another ball. That's because Manchester City play twice before Liverpool contest their next Premier League game, the Merseyside Derby on Monday night. The Citizens face Arsenal at the Etihad before taking on Burnley at the same ground on Saturday afternoon.
If Pep Guardiola’s losing run continues and City pick up no points from these two games, Liverpool will be champions. This would be a total nightmare for Everton fans, who could conceivably see their side crown the new champions with a guard of honour at Goodison Park. Painful.
Win the league at Goodison Park?
If Man City win one of their two games and lose the other, Liverpool will be crowned champions at Goodison Park with a win. Of course, with the timings of the fixtures, the Reds will know exactly what is needed as they take to the turf of their city rivals and if they are just three points from glory, we can expect a firecracker of a game.
Everton will be desperate to avoid this happening on home soil, as Tottenham found out when Arsenal won the title at White Hart Lane in 2004, it will not be forgotten in a hurry. Arsenal fans still sing about that success to this day. Despite losing to Manchester United last time out, City are unlikely to be beaten at home by Arsenal or Burnley.
Anfield or Etihad elation?
If both Liverpool and Manchester City win their games from here on in, Liverpool will win the league at Anfield, against Crystal Palace on Saturday, 21 March. The simple fact of the matter is that the Reds require just two wins from their final nine games to be crowned champions.
If they drop points against either Everton or Crystal Palace, they could then win the title at the home of the reigning champions, Manchester City on Saturday, 5 April. City would have to win all three of their games up until that point, including away at Newcastle.
Manchester United’s side from 2000-01 still hold the record for the earliest a side has won the league after they claimed victory on the April 14. As we have seen above, it would be a shock if Liverpool didn’t break that record, while they are likely to become the first side ever to win the Premier League in March. Madness.
That year United won the title with five games to go, a record equalled by Man City in 2017-18, but Liverpool will surely smash that record as well. They currently have nine games remaining.