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Liverpool handed Champions League boost after Man Utd protests

The decision to postpone Liverpool's trip to Manchester United could yet prove advantageous for the Reds.

Fan protests saw Sunday's game at Old Trafford delayed and then called off as both teams sat waiting in their respective Manchester hotels.

A win for Liverpool would've boosted their Champions League hopes but also awarded Manchester City the title.

Instead the champagne remains on ice at the Etihad ahead of this weekend's round of fixtures.

It means Pep Guardiola's side, buoyed by their European success over PSG on Tuesday night, will be looking to wrap up the title when they play on Saturday.

Their opponents: Liverpool's top four rivals Chelsea.

The Blues face City at the Etihad at 5.30pm. Had Guardiola's side already wrapped up the title then one eye may already be on this month's Champions League final.

Chelsea could've secured an unexpected three points in their hunt for a top four spot, instead City will no doubt revved up and determined to deliver the title.

Liverpool currently sit seven points behind Thomas Tuchel's side with just four games remaining – five for the Reds.

A win could see that gap cut to four points with Klopp's side taking on Southampton on Saturday night.

And with a game in hand to come that gap could be cut further to a solitary point.

There is no word yet on when the rescheduled game can take place with the Premier League under pressure to find a slot.

The problem is United, with their Europa League commitments, are playing every weekend and midweek until the end of the season.

There is less than three weeks until the final round of Premier League games, which will take place on May 23.

United look all but certain to secure second place but Liverpool could yet qualify for the Champions League, Europa League or miss out all together.

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