Three points in the bank. That's what it is going to take to grab one of the coveted top four positions and qualify for next years Champions League. The race is just that tight between the top seven teams in the EPL standings. Liverpool and Arsenal both notched important wins on Sunday to aid their causes in the fight. Two great Coutinho strikes led Liverpool to a wonderful home win over 2nd placed Manchester City while Arsenal took care of business beating Everton.
Liverpool 2 Manchester City 1
A battle at the top at Anfield and Phillipe Coutinho was the hero scoring on both sides of halftime in grand fashion each time. Both of his goals were stunners and well worthy of winners. A long range shot from Coutinho was perfectly placed into the top right corner giving the Reds the first half lead. Eden Dzeko tied the match before Coutinho struck again curling home the winner in the 74th minute.
Manager Brendan Rogers said this of Coutinho after the match: "He cost 8.5 million pounds. It is frightening to know what he could be worth. He is a joy to work with and a joy to watch."
The win pushes Liverpool closer to that top four placing as jump over Southampton into 5th place. They have Manchester United firmly in their sights sitting only two points behind for the final Champions League position.
Arsenal 2 Everton 0
It wasn't the greatest of first half performances, but a nice flick from Giroud put the home side ahead at the break. The second half was not much better from Arsenal as Everton was on the front foot much of the time. A late second goal from Rosicky ended any drama and the Arsenal defense stood strong for the shutout. The win moves Arsenal past Manchester United and back into 3rd place with 11 EPL matches to go.
Both teams have very winnable matches next weekend as they face bottom four squads. The hunt for three more points is on as Liverpool host lowly Burnley while Arsenal travel to Queens Park Rangers.