Leicester City will have plans in place for the different scenarios that could emerge during the final 90 minutes of the season.
City head into the last match of the campaign, against Tottenham Hotspur, sat in fifth place, below Liverpool on goal difference and one point behind Chelsea in the battle for a Champions League spot.
Their most likely route into the top four is by beating Spurs and hoping that Chelsea fail to beat Aston Villa, or that Liverpool cannot get the better of Crystal Palace.
However, there is a small chance that they can overtake Liverpool on goal difference, even if Jurgen Klopp’s side win. If the Reds are victorious by one goal, a 5-0 triumph for City would be enough to overtake them.
Brendan Rodgers has been in this scenario before, when Liverpool were trying to cut Manchester City’s goal difference down in the 2014 title race, only for his side to give up a three-goal lead at Crystal Palace.
Because of that, his first priority will be to win the match, and then enact their plan for more goals later in the game.
“We’ll talk about the different situations that may arise in the game,” Rodgers said. “I think ultimately we set out to win the game. What’s important is that you can’t overcomplicate it.
“For us, if there is a point where we do need a goal, we would want to have something in place for that. However, it’s something where I’ve had an experience before, as you well know, where if you get too emotional and you think you can chase goals, it can go against you.
“The key is to win the game, and get three points. There are very few games where you are going to get five or six goals in the Premier League, so win the game.
“This isn’t a team you can take a massive risk with, just by opening up your whole team. They’ve got players like Harry Kane, Son, they’re fast, they’re dynamic, Moura, Gareth Bale, Dele Alli, they’re talented players, so you can’t just open your team up and think you’ll get away with it.
“Just win the game, be professional, stay focused, and if there is a moment in the game where we need to, or where we can get another goal or can push for another goal, then we’ll be aware of that scenario and we’ll be ready for it.”
City are underdogs in the race for the Champions League, but there are still reasons for optimism.
At Anfield, Roy Hodgson will want to bow out on a high with Crystal Palace, who have been able to pull off shock results away at the elite clubs in years gone by thanks to their counter-attacking talent.
Meanwhile, Chelsea go to Aston Villa, who will have 8,000 fans back at their stadium to cheer on their side, including captain Jack Grealish, who may feel that after injury, he needs one more big performance to be certain of an England spot.
“I don’t think it’s over yet,” Rodgers said. “I have that optimism and that belief. If we do our job, we can do no more than that. It’ll be interesting to see how it finishes up.
“What we wouldn’t want is for the door to be open for us and us not be able to walk through it. Let’s get these three points and see where it takes us.
“In every game there is pressure to win. My concentration is totally on us and getting three points, and then let’s see what Chelsea do at Villa. Villa had a great performance at Tottenham and are always a very dangerous team.
“Crystal Palace, away at Liverpool, have shown they are very good on the counter-attack.
“If we arrive on 69 points at the end of the season and somehow don’t make it into the Champions League, then it has been really unfortunate.
“Our focus is on finishing the season strongly. The players have had an outstanding season. The staff, everyone has had to work so hard this season with the scheduling of the games. But we’ve been competitive and in the last game, we are fighting with two of Europe’s biggest clubs for a place in the Champions League.”