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Liverpool have just handed West Ham a precious point in the race for Europe

Liverpool have just handed West Ham a precious point in the race for Europe as the run in draws to a ridiculously tight conclusion.

West Ham are in a five club battle for four European places with Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Manchester United and Wolves.

One of those is the coveted Champions League spot for finishing fourth while fifth and sixth is guaranteed a Europa League spot after Crystal Palace lost in the FA Cup semi-finals to Chelsea.

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And seventh will get a Europa Conference League place.

Having thoroughly embraced and enjoyed a Europa League adventure which has taken them to a semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt, West Ham want to secure European football again for next season.

If the Hammers go on to win the Europa League they will automatically qualify for the group stage of the Champions League next term.

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David Moyes’s side missed out on a Champions League place by just one win last season. This term they are still in with a shout for fourth but top six is the realistic aim.

And Liverpool have just handed West Ham a precious point in the race for Europe.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds leapfrogged Man City to top the Premier League table last night with a 4-0 demolition of Man United.

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Liverpool have just handed West Ham a precious point in the race for Europe

Given just how supremely tight the race for Europe is in the Premier League, the jostling for position could well come down to goal difference.

And Liverpool’s walloping of their bitter rivals Man United could well be worth a point to West Ham as a result.

Man United’s goal difference has been knocked down to plus four while West Ham are five better off on plus nine, which is also one better than Arsenal and four better than Wolves.

Like former Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson used to say ‘it’s squeaky bum time’.

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Arsenal play Chelsea tonight and West Ham will be hoping for a favour from the Blues – who the Hammers face at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Arsenal then play Man United at The Emirates on Saturday where points are guaranteed to be dropped either way.

Spurs are at Brentford on Saturday evening and Wolves go to Burnley.

If West Ham beat Chelsea, depending on results elsewhere, the Hammers could find themselves fifth and just two points off Spurs in fourth come Sunday night.

Conversely, a heavy defeat and a win for Wolves could see West Ham drop down to eighth.

Liverpool have done us a favour. Now West Ham must do their bit to make the most of it in the last five games.

Squeaky bum time indeed.

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