It has been a terrible night for West Ham United in the battle for Europe due to results elsewhere and the increasingly loathed VAR.
Everton pushed West Ham down to fifth with a narrow win over West Brom.
Former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce looked to have done his old club a favour when Mbaye Diagne scored in injury time. But VAR ruled his big toe was offside.
VAR-cical for Hammers as Moyes’s boys are demoted to sixth
Regardless of the result between Chelsea and Liverpool, David Moyes’s side will be demoted another place down to sixth spot by the end of the evening.
To make matters worse bitter rivals Tottenham will move above the Hammers with a win over Crystal Palace on Sunday after beating Fulham – again with the help of a hugely controversial VAR decision.
Josh Maja was denied a goal with a ludicrous handball call as VAR continues to kill the game we all know and love.
West Ham are now likely to find themselves in eighth place by the time they face Leeds United on Monday evening.
West Ham could kick off against Leeds in eighth and under pressure to win to keep Euro dream alive
That piles the pressure on the east Londoners for the first time this season.
A win over Marcelo Bielsa’s side should be enough for West Ham to reclaim a place in the top five.
And they will also have a game in hand on several clubs around them.
It just goes to show how costly one defeat can be in the intense tussle for a European spot.
In terms of squad depth West Ham have no right to be competing with the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs and even Everton.
Win over Leeds should be enough to go back into top five
But they are and that’s all credit to Moyes and his boys.
The way the Euro race is panning out it is going to take a special run of results over the next few weeks for West Ham to be in with a shout of realising their Champions League dream come what May.
Europa League football is a realistic shout, though, particularly if Manchester City win the League Cup and a top five side triumphs in the FA Cup.