This Is How Liverpool And Arsenal Could End Up Playing An Extra Game This Season

Imagine the drama

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If you're not already tired of seeing Liverpool and Arsenal's emotional ride of massive lows and semi-massive highs this season, then good news! It might drag on a little longer than expected.

The season is due to end on 21 May, but a certain set of events could mean an unheralded extra game for Arsenal and Liverpool who are battling it out for fourth position.

Both teams are looking to secure a Champions League spot which looked like a certainty for the Merseyside club until a late run of form from Arsenal put them unexpectedly back in contention.

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Currently Liverpool have 70 points from 36 games so could potentially finish on 76 points whilst Arsenal have 66 points and a game in hand so could reach 75 points.

But, a-ha! The twist in the tale: if Liverpool drop points against West Ham or Middlesborough - not out of question given their patchy form this season - and Arsenal win their final three games against Stoke, Everton and Sunderland - also not out of the question given their recent form - then the teams could finish level on both points and goal difference.

Arsenal currently have scored 68 goals and have a goal difference of 26 whilst Liverpool have scored 71 and a goal difference of 29. With such close numbers it's not inconceivable that the teams could end up on level pegging.

As one Reddit user calculated: say Arsenal draw 1-1 to Stoke, thrash Sunderland 3-0 and beat Everton 2-1, they would finish on 73 points, 74 goals and a goal difference of 30.

Then if Liverpool lose 1-0 to West Ham and see off Middlesbrough 3-1 they too would finish on 73 points, 74 goals and a goal difference of 30.

Were this to happen both teams would be faced with a play-off at a neutral venue to decide who gets that fourth spot. Imagine the bloody drama.