How Liverpool's next six matches could define their quadruple hopes

Liverpool have a quadruple chance of winning this season and their next six matches could determine whether they win all four of their competitions.

The Reds secured their first silverware of the season with a 1-0 win over Chelsea in Sunday's EFL Cup final thanks to Virgil van Dijk's extra-time intervention.

And in three weeks, Liverpool could be closing in on a 20th league title while sitting in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League.

Who do they face in their quest for four trophies?

28 February – Liverpool v Southampton (FA Cup)

While Liverpool may be without 12 first-team players for Wednesday's fifth-round FA Cup tie against Southampton, Jurgen Klopp and his side will be hoping they can beat the Championship club.

Liverpool have lost just once in their last 13 games against Saints and have won each of their last six meetings at Anfield.

Southampton come into the match in a poor position, sitting in fourth place, five points clear of second-placed Leeds United, after losing three of their last four games in the Championship.

2 March – Nott'm Forest v Liverpool (Premier League)

Liverpool have another quick turnaround when they face Nottingham Forest at the City Stadium this Saturday.

This is a tougher part than many people think. Liverpool are winless at Forest in 13 league matches, with their last top-flight victory coming back in October 1984.

7 March – Sparta Prague v Liverpool (Europa League)

Although Liverpool will be favorites to beat Sparta Prague in the Round of 16 in the Europa League, this tie could pose some challenges for the Reds given their opponents' form.

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Sparta are the league leaders in the Czech First Division and have lost just once this season. They defeated Galatasaray in the last leg of the Europa League, winning 6–4 on aggregate.

Liverpool can at least keep one eye on a big match coming up three days later.

10 March – Liverpool v Man City (Premier League)

Klopp and Pep Guardiola go head-to-head for the last time in a huge title clash between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield.

Klopp knows a win could go a long way to securing a second Premier League trophy.

Having lost just once against Man City since 2003, Liverpool will go into a decisive clash.

14 March – Liverpool v Sparta Prague (Europa League)

Liverpool hope the affair will not be as tense as the last time Sparta came to Anfield in February 2011, when Dirk Kuyt had to strike in the 86th minute to seal a 1-0 aggregate win for the Reds.

17 March – Everton v Liverpool (Premier League)

Everton supporters will no doubt be eager to see their side battle for a result that undermines their fierce rivals' hopes of winning the title in Klopp's final campaign.

The Toffees will certainly be tricky opponents, having drawn five of their last six Merseyside derbies at Goodison Park.

However, the game could take place at a later date as if Liverpool beat Southampton in the FA Cup on Wednesday, they will contest the quarter-finals of the competition instead of going to Everton in the Premier League.

And it would give Klopp a chance to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup again.

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Can Liverpool do it?

Liverpool won both domestic cups two seasons ago, were in the title race until the last game of the season and reached the UEFA Champions League final, losing to Real Madrid, so many of their players know what it takes to go the distance. Four matches.

Unlike in 2022, the title is in Liverpool's hands, while opposition in the Europa League will be easier than in the Champions League.

Although there are many battles ahead, Klopp may yet have a fairy tale beyond his wildest dreams.

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