Wonderful, that one point really killed off the fight for any realistic Champions League hope from Liverpool.
Despite the fact we have our next two games against Arsenal and relegation battlers Hull which will be quite tricky as they'll both want to give it their all against us; we're in a healthy position with 6 points and a +14 goal difference margin ahead of Liverpool, so with two games to go it's effectively over. It's a shame though, we could have finished 2nd or 3rd but it's our own fault we've been in such terrible form without Carrick and may now have to play some tricky teams in the Champions League Playoff; the likes of Lazio, Sporting, Galatasaray are all possible to face and the prospect of going all the way to Eastern Europe to face a Turkish opposition and their fans is not appealing, especially with the current team that looks like a bag of nerves.
I think at the moment we're quite far from challenging you but that's ideally where we need to be next season, our squad is very injury prone and it's very difficult to build a spine out of players like Shaw, Carrick, Smalling etc. and we've lacked that stability of:
Azpilicueta Cahill Terry Ivanovic
That lineup practically wrote itself every week and that's where I really want us to be in a position to be in, to have a consistent back 4 in the 38 game process, De Gea has been playng with numerous defences and he's practically saved us due to the miscommunication and defensive errors and that's what we have to cut out next season if we want to be anywhere near you or even near Arsenal.
The target now for us is to have a really strong window and fill up the positions and build a spine, my biggest fear is we ignore the defensive issues and go all out for Bale to paper the cracks. We need to reshape our defence with consistency to be anywhere near you.
(Sorry for the long post in a Ruben-Loftus-Cheek thread but back on topic, I think he's going to be great for you and who knows he may be on the cards for Euro 2016 should he force his way in the Chelsea team, I feel England do need a revamp in the midfield post Gerrard/Lampard era and he could be an integral part of the England team should he carry on to work this hard.)