Fresh from his four-goal bonanza against Watford, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah is being backed to beat Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.
Prior to the Watford clash on Saturday, Salah was as long as 6/1 to be crowned with the highest individual accolade in the English game.
However, his sparkling performance including his goal spree has seen that cut to just 2/1 with De Bruyne remaining an odds on 8/13 favourite.
Oddschecker reveal that Salah also attracted no less than 78% of all bets in the Player of the Year market since his weekend heroics, with punters piling in on the Egyptian talisman.
Salah has now amounted a staggering 28 goals in the Premier League, that’s four more than Spurs’ frontman Harry Kane.Read More
The last three winners have played for the team that was crowned champions that season – N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) in 2017; Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) in 2016 and Eden Hazard (Chelsea) in 2015 with the last player to break that sequence being Liverpool's Luis Suarez in 2014 – when Manchester City pipped the Reds to the title.
Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek said: “As it comes to the crunch time at the end of the season, pundits and players are weighing up who deserves POTY.
“Despite the brilliance of De Bruyne, the man who is attracting monumental support is Salah, particularly following his four goal masterclass against Watford.
“With it seeming like a two horse race for the individual award, punters are firmly in the corner of the Egyptian, overwhelmingly backing him since his clutch performance at the weekend.”
They are the Liverpool trio that have struck terror into the hearts of opposing defences all season.
They even managed to cope with being reduced from the Fab Four following the departure of Philippe Coutinho.
And now Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are closing in on a remarkable piece of Reds history.
Salah's four goals against Watford moved him on to 36 for the season, with Firmino's clever backheel in the 5-0 rout meaning he has 23.
While Mane's total of 14 may not quite be as impressive, it has already surpassed his tally for last season.
Combined, the trio have 73 goals.
And when it comes to potent triumvirates in Liverpool folklore, they have few equals.
Indeed, Salah's last goal at the weekend edged them beyond the Reds attack in the Double-winning side of 1985-86, when Ian Rush (33), Jan Molby (21) and Paul Walsh (18), the three highest scorers for Liverpool, combined to score 72 times.Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores his hat-trick goal against Watford (Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
The current vintage had already overtaken the most recent prolific trio of 2013-14, when Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard notched 69 times between them.
And Salah, Firmino and Mane have also gone beyond Liverpool's last title-winning team of 1989-90, when the tally of John Barnes, Rush and Peter Beardsley reached 70.
Only three times in the history of the club has a trio scored more than the current forward line.
Roger Hunt, Ian St John and Alf Arrowsmith combined to net 74 goals in 1963-64, while John Evans, Billy Liddell and Eric Anderson did likewise in 1954-55.Read More
Leading the way, though, are Hunt (42), St John (22) and Jimmy Melia (13), who scored 77 goals to help Liverpool win the Division Two title in 1961-62.
Therefore, the forward line of Salah, Firmino and Mane need only score two more goals to post the highest tally for Liverpool as a top-flight club.
And they need only a further five to be the most prolific, regardless of the division.
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With Jurgen Klopp's side facing at least another nine games, it would be difficult to back against another piece of history being made in this astonishing goal-laden campaign.
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"Ливерпуль" не продаст нападающего Мохамеда Салаха ни при каких обстоятельствах грядущим летом, несмотря на существующий интерес к игроку сборной Египта.
Салах совершенно выдающимся образом проводит свой дебютный сезон за мерсисайдский клуб, забив уже 36 голов с учетом всех соревнований. В рамках Премьер-Лиги Мохамед отличился 28 раз, что делает его лучшим бомбардиром всех топ-5 европейских лиг.
Своей высочайшей результативностью 26-летний Салах заработал репутацию игрока мирового уровня, а в прошлом у "красных" возникали большие проблемы с удержанием такого рода футболистов, когда на тех обращали внимание "Реал" или "Барселона".
За последние годы испанским грандам удалось переманить с "Энфилда" таких ценных игроков, как Хаби Алонсо, Хавьер Маскерано, Луис Суарес и Филиппе Коутиньо, перебравшийся в "Барселону" лишь в январе.
Однако The Telegraph утверждает, что Мохамед совершенно точно не пойдет по их стопам. Fenway Sports Group и главный тренер Юрген Клопп намерены сделать из "Ливерпуля" клуб, который даже звезды высшей категории не будут рассматривать как перевалочный пункт на пути в истинный гранд.
Продемонстрировать это "Ливерпуль" собирается с помощью успехов на футбольном поле, достигая поздних стадий Лиги Чемпионов и претендуя на высшие места в Премьер-Лиге. Также амбиции "красных" подкрепляют сильные финансовые показатели — клуб до сих пор не потратил ни пенни с продажи Коутиньо за 142 миллионов фунтов, а в этом сезоне заработал уже около 50 млн. фунтов, добравшись до 1/4 финала Лиги Чемпионов.
"Ливерпуль" находится в здоровом положении, чтобы продолжать инвестировать в новичков и ограждать имеющихся игроков от интереса других клубов, переподписывая контракты на более выгодных условиях.
Что касается Салаха, то после окончания этого сезона у него останется еще целых четыре года по контракту. "Ливерпуль" даже не собирается назначать цену за своего бомбардира, поэтому любые попытки переманить Мохамеда заранее обречены на провал.-->
The Germany international continues to run down his contract at Anfield and is being linked with a summer return to where it all began for him
Emre Can is being linked with a return to Bayern Munich, but the Liverpool midfielder has no regrets after cutting short that initial spell.
Having joined Bayern’s academy system in 2009, the versatile operator graduated through the ranks to make his senior bow in 2012.
He would, however, make just seven first-team appearances before heading to Bayer Leverkusen.Related
A second stint at the Allianz Arena is now being mooted for a man heading towards free agency after four years at Anfield, but Can remains adamant that he made the right choice in leaving the first time around.
Quizzed by Sport1 on whether he has any Munich regrets, the 24-year-old said: "No, definitely not.
"Today you can see that it was the right decision. At that time it was like this: Pep Guardiola has come, and I have played a good preparation under him. Then we had a very, very honest conversation.
"I was very young and it was important for me to play a lot. He told me honestly: 'I cannot guarantee you now that you will play every week'.
"Then I saw the opportunity in Leverkusen. They also played in the Champions League. For many it was a step backwards. But for me it was a step forward because I always played in Leverkusen. Today you can see that it has paid off."
Pressed further on whether Bayern made a mistake in letting him go, Can added: "I would not say that. Whether they have made a mistake, they have to decide for themselves."
Can has gone on to flourish elsewhere, with just one season with Leverkusen enough to earn him a €12 million move to Liverpool.
He has enjoyed his time in England, particularly working under his current boss.
Can said: "I've developed a lot under Jurgen Klopp. I am very grateful to him, and it is a lot of fun to work with him."
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There is, however, a burning ambition within the hard-working midfielder which may lead him away from Merseyside.
As his contract continues to run down, Can admits he intends to reach the very top of the game.
Asked where he sees himself in three years, he said: "I want to become a world-class player. Maybe once in the world selection. That would be great."
The present is gloomy at Blackpool, but the future could be bright.
On Tuesday, the Tangerines face Arsenal in the first leg of their FA Youth Cup semi-final, attempting to become the first third-tier side for 30 years to reach the final.
They have won five away games to reach the last four, and beaten three clubs with category one academies - the highest status.
It is a fine achievement, made more remarkable because it comes against the backdrop of ongoing unrest at the club that means many long-standing fans will refuse to go to Bloomfield Road for Tuesday's match.
Instead, they will be meeting the Football League as the latest move in their attempt to get Blackpool's owners, the Oyston family, out of the club.'A real fairytale'
Blackpool were beaten in the first round of last season's FA Youth Cup. Twelve months on they won at Bradford and Doncaster before overcoming West Ham and, in their only tie at home so far, Southampton. That match was played in front of 223 people.
Further victories at Ipswich and Blackburn have set up the tie with Arsenal, the second leg of which will be held at Emirates Stadium on 16 April.
Recruitment is tough for a category three academy club on the Fylde coast. Within 50 miles of Blackpool, there are five category one academy clubs, and three teams who reached the knockout stage of this season's Champions League.
Of the 18 players on duty for the quarter-final victory at Blackburn, three are from Liverpool and another three from Preston. All but four come from less than 60 miles away.
Blackpool tend to target the bigger clubs' cast-offs.
Through careful planning, they put together a squad that won both the EFL North-West Youth Alliance League and Lancashire FA Youth Cup last season.
Their star man - Republic of Ireland Under-17 international Rowan Roache - was recruited as a 14-year-old after he left the Manchester United academy.
"We don't have full-time recruiting staff like the big clubs, so it is a case of spotting lads as well as we can, bringing them in and working with them," says coach Paul Murphy.
"We are not paying players thousands like some clubs are doing but over the past few years we have been slightly unlucky with some of our results in the Youth Cup, so I did think we were capable of doing well. But even I never expected this. It is a real fairytale.
"Rowan was released by United but his family live in Lytham, which was a big factor behind why he came to Blackpool."'In any war there will be casualties'
A significant number of Blackpool supporters are engaged in a long-running campaign against the club's owners, who have sued fans on a web forum for libel, such is the toxic relationship between them and those who follow the club.
The 'Not A Penny More' initiative calls on supporters to engage in an 'ethical' protest.
For some, that means attending games but not spending money in the stadium. Others do not attend home games. The most hardline will not go to any games, home or away, until the Oystons no longer own the club.
There have been appeals for the club to offer free admittance for the Youth Cup tie to non-season ticket holders, but these have been rejected.
Tim Fielding, honorary vice-president of the Blackpool Supporters' Trust said: "It is a black-and-white issue.
"The Youth Cup team have done a fantastic job. Ordinarily I, and many others, would love to be there to support them. But in any war there will be casualties, and they are caught in the crossfire."
Coincidentally, the Football League has chosen 20 March as the date when it will meet representatives of the major Blackpool supporters' groups to listen to their concerns about the club's owners.
The meeting starts at 19:00 GMT - the same time the Youth Cup semi-final kicks off.Blackpool fans have displayed banners like this one, which was seen during the League One match between Peterborough United and the Seasiders in May 2016'We can't get involved in the politics'
Few back the Oyston family's controversial regime.
But for some supporters, watching Blackpool live is something they will not give up.
Lifelong fan Ian Carden is one such fan. He was at Ewood Park to see the youth team win their quarter-final and intends to be at both legs of the semi-final.
He said: "Those lads may not be the best footballers in the world but they never give up.
"The team spirit is amazing. They have done so well for a club of this size. It is just a shame the achievement won't be recognised in the size of the crowd."
The average attendance for the four semi-final ties last season - involving Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Stoke - was 3,000.
It is anticipated there will not be any more than 500 to watch Blackpool play seven-time winners Arsenal, who won 5-1 at Colchester in the last eight.
Murphy said: "It would be nice if it was a big crowd but we can't get involved in the politics of it all.
"The players' families will be there and those supporters who do come will hopefully see our lads put on a performance they can be proud of."Supporters of Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool marched together outside Ewood Park in January in a boycott of the FA Cup fourth-round match, in protest against Blackburn owners Venky's and Blackpool's Oyston family'Scouts from other clubs must be taking notice'
Even on good days, there are problems for Blackpool to deal with.
Roache cannot play on Tuesday because he has been named in the Republic of Ireland Under-19 squad for European Championship matches in Portugal. Blackpool's plea for him to be excused was turned down.
A bigger issue is created by Blackpool's decision to scrap their reserve team in 2011.
It means that unless they are given professional contracts, the eight second-year scholars in Blackpool's team will have to leave if they are to further their careers.
Yet, as Murphy points out, League One is not a place where teenagers can learn their trade very easily.
He said: "The pathway is difficult for our lads.
"Let's face it, how many players of that age are ready to go into the first team? Wayne Rooney did it at Everton but he had the body of a man at 15.
"Scouts from other clubs must be taking notice of what we are doing."
Barcelona, Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid are all interested in signing Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, 25, for a world record £200m. The Egyptian has scored 28 Premier League goals so far this season. (Sun)
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw, 22, feels manager Jose Mourinho is freezing him out, and the Englishman could take his complaint to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. (Mirror)
Mourinho is considering a summer move to take Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, to Manchester United. (Star)
United have already enquired about Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, but Juventus remain favourites to sign the 23-year-old Spaniard. (Mirror)
Bosnia forward Edin Dzeko's proposed transfer to Chelsea in January collapsed after Roma pulled out of the deal for the 32-year-old. (Radio Rai, via Metro)
Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes has ruled out a move for Bordeaux forward Malcom, 21. The Brazilian has been linked with Tottenham and Arsenal. (Evening Standard)What's wrong with Paul Pogba?
Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino says the Reds had to change the way they played following the January sale of fellow Brazilian Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. (Goal)
New York Times journalist Rory Smith believes Firmino would interest Bayern Munich if Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 29, leaves this summer. (BBC Radio 5 live)
A transfer study claims Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane would be worth more in profit to the north Londoners than Lionel Messi would be to Barcelona. (Express)
Chelsea's Danish defender Andreas Christensen turned to former Blues captain John Terry - now playing for Aston Villa - for advice after a poor run of form. (Eurosport Denmark, via Evening Standard)
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has revealed he no longer vomits during matches because he avoids chocolate and fizzy drinks. (Goal)
Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo apparently had a bet with his Real Madrid team-mates that he would win La Liga's Golden Boot - when Messi was 11 goals ahead of him. (Marca)
Brazil will use Tottenham's training facilities as part of their preparation for this summer's World Cup in Russia. (Evening Standard)Back pagesBest of Monday's gossip
Tottenham, Leicester and former club Southampton are all interested in signing Luke Shaw, who was taken off at half-time in the 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over Brighton on Saturday, if he leaves Manchester United. (Star)
Some Manchester United players believe 22-year-old Shaw, who has been capped seven times by England, is being "bullied" by manager Jose Mourinho after being singled out for criticism following the Brighton game. (Telegraph)
As many as 10 Manchester United first-team players - including 36-year-old former England midfielder Michael Carrick, who is retiring, out-of-contract Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 30, and ex-Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 36 - could leave Old Trafford this summer. (Express)
Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam, 32, has apologised to manager Paul Lambert and his team-mates for his sending off against Everton but the Potters boss has warned his relegation-threatened players that they "can't keep making mistakes". (Times - subscription required)
Ryan Giggs says he is determined to promote young talent in his new role as Wales manager.
Giggs was assistant manager at Manchester United when Marcus Rashford was handed his debut as an 18-year-old.
Rashford scored twice after replacing Anthony Martial, who had been injured in the warm-up, and has gone on to star for United and England.
"It has never been a problem for me giving young players a chance," Giggs said ahead of his first game in charge.
"Even in my four games at United (as interim manager in 2014) I gave Tom Lawrence and James Wilson their debuts. I am not afraid to do that.
"Marcus was obviously someone I had seen develop and he got his chance with an injury in the warm-up."Rashford has gone on to make 70 appearances for Manchester United, scoring 16 goals in the process
Giggs makes his bow as Wales manager at the China Cup, a four-team tournament being played in the southern Chinese city of Nanning.
Wales play the hosts on Thursday before being involved in either a third-place game or a final against the Czech Republic or Uruguay the following Monday.
Injury and illness has deprived him of the services of Chelsea midfielder Ethan Ampadu and Sheffield United striker David Brooks, who both made their debuts against France in November.
But Swansea defender Connor Roberts, Brentford midfielder Chris Mepham and Preston striker Billy Bodin are in the squad for the first time.Billy Bobin (L) scored in his first start for Preston after signing from Bristol Rovers in January
"Young players can give you inspiration," Giggs said.
"All of a sudden you go from getting a little bit of time on the ball to having to up your game.
"You can't take two or three touches because they are on you, they are aggressive and you are looking over your shoulder.
"You're suddenly thinking 'he is after my position' so you need to raise your game.
"That is what I want to emulate, that competitiveness in training we had at Manchester United.
"From the feedback I have got off Osian [Roberts] that is the case when Brooks, [Ben] Woodburn and Ampadu came into the last squad.
"That is good to hear and I want to hear that going forward."
John Marquis scored twice as Doncaster Rovers eased their relegation concerns with a hard-fought League One victory against an out-of-form Bradford City.
Timothee Dieng had a header cleared off the line and Alex Gilliead shot wide as Bradford edged the first half.
But the hosts broke the deadlock when Marquis powered in a close-range header from Niall Mason's teasing cross.
The Bantams struggled to respond and Marquis drilled home in added time to put the result beyond doubt.
Simon Grayson is yet to win from four games in charge of Bradford, who stay seven points adrift of the final play-off spot with nine matches remaining.
Rovers climb three places to 14th, seven points clear of the bottom four, with top scorer Marquis moving onto 12 goals for the season.
The Manchester City midfielder and Liverpool defender both expect the Champions League quarter-final between the Premier League rivals to be a battle
Virgil van Dijk and Ilkay Gundogan believe Liverpool and Manchester City are in for a battle when they meet in next month's Champions League quarter-final.
Friday's draw paired the two remaining Premier League sides together, with Anfield hosting the first leg on April 4 before the teams head to the Etihad Stadium six days later.
Liverpool are the only team City have lost to in the Premier League this season, with Pep Guardiola's men closing in on the title to add to their EFL Cup crown won against Arsenal.Related
Jurgen Klopp also has a better record against Guardiola than any other manager, but Van Dijk still expects the Reds to face a difficult task against City.
"Everybody knows that anyone we get is going to be very hard," Van Dijk, who became the world's most expensive defender when he joined from Southampton in January, told Liverpool's website.
"Man City are a very good team, very hard to play against and we need to be 100 per cent or even better to beat them over two games. We can prepare for that when the time comes."
Manchester City have never been further than the semi-finals of the Champions League, but Gundogan hopes his experience of the tournament can help his team progress against Liverpool.
"At the end you need to play against the best to win this trophy," Germany international Gundogan said to City's website. "You must compete against the best to get to the final and, of course, to win it.
"I was lucky enough to play in the Champions League final in 2013 with Borussia Dortmund, unfortunately we lost [to Bayern Munich], so obviously I can't wait to try and get to a final and win it this time - that is my main target.
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"Fortunately, we won the EFL Cup and we are very happy about it, to gain our first trophy quite early in the season. This is now in our hands, nobody can take it away.
"For us, this is just the beginning. We are in good shape to face the elite clubs in Europe, but I wouldn't say we are there just yet.
"We need to compete with teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich – the biggest teams on a regular basis, so it doesn't make a difference who you get at this stage."
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is "looking outdated" and his personality has changed, says former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton.
Mourinho has been criticised by some United fans and pundits for a style of football perceived to be unadventurous.
United are second in the Premier League and in the FA Cup semi-finals, but went out of the Champions League last week.
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright told BBC Radio 5 live he "would not want to play for Mourinho right now".
United are 16 points behind Manchester City in the league with eight matches remaining and will face Tottenham next month for a place in the FA Cup final.
But while City have scored 85 league goals this season, United have scored only 58 - the fewest in the top four.
The Red Devils were knocked out of Europe by Sevilla, who won 2-1 at Old Trafford, while both City and Liverpool progressed to the quarter-finals.
Sutton, speaking on the Monday Night Club on BBC Radio 5 live, said: "Is it disastrous for Manchester United at the moment? No.
"But is this what Mourinho's remit was, to come in and finish behind City and not push for major trophies? He is rattled.
"He looks across the city, and the style of football they and Liverpool play. This is a guy who first came on to the scene and was regarded as a genius. Now he is looking outdated in the way his team plays and the way other teams play."
Mourinho, 55, won three Premier League titles in two spells as Chelsea manager, and Wright blames the Portuguese for the "doom and gloom" at Old Trafford.
The former England forward said: "You look at the way United play, and the last time a Mourinho team played when you thought it was amazing was his second spell with Chelsea until halfway through the season.
"I don't know what has happened to him. The club have brought Mourinho in to bring back the greatness. He has spent a lot of money but he is finding arguments with anybody.
"Manchester City are playing a brand of football that is magnificent and United and the players still have 40% in them."Is Shaw being bullied? 'I blame everybody' Mourinho unhappy despite win
After United scored with both of their shots on target to beat Brighton 2-0 in the FA Cup sixth round on Saturday, Mourinho said his side had been "scared" to play.
Full-back Luke Shaw was among those singled out for criticism, with his manager "not happy with his performance".
The England international, who has played 15 times for United this season, was making his first start since 3 February.
"Is he being bullied?" asked Sutton. "I don't like the words 'bully' and 'bullying' in football because there is always big emotion in the dressing room from the managers.
"There are always choice words for a manager to single out players, it has happened since football began.
"Everybody is different. In terms of a manager, they have to work out the individual character of each player."
Wright said Mourinho should be doing "more" to get the best out of Shaw, who suffered a double fracture of his right leg in September 2015.
He said: "He has had a broken leg and seems a bit heavy but that does not stop him blasting up and down the wing.
"I don't know his private life, but it does not make sense a manager keeps going back and digging him out.
"Mourinho should be doing more with a 22-year-old who should be going to the World Cup with England from what I have seen."
If the former Arsenal and Manchester United striker keeps up his form for Feyenoord, it seems he could still have an international future
Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman says Robin van Persie could still earn a recall to the squad if he can sustain his fitness.
The 34-year-old, who has scored a record 50 goals in 102 appearances for his country, has not played for Oranje since the 4-0 defeat to France in World Cup qualifying last August.
But Koeman has not ruled out bringing the striker back into the international fold, with Van Persie having scored four times for Feyenoord since his return to the club in January.Related
"He has not said he will stop, but he will first have to be completely fit," Koeman, who watched Van Persie score twice in his side's 4-3 Eredivisie win over PEC Zwolle on Sunday, told a news conference.
"He once again showed his class on Sunday, and I do not say no in advance."
Netherlands are in need of a new captain for this month's friendly matches with England and Portugal, with former skipper Arjen Robben having retired from international duty last November.
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With Van Persie not in the picture and record caps-holder Wesley Sneijder having also retired, Koeman suggested Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk could be given the armband.
"I'm going to decide that," he said. "I'm not into voting, so I'm going to decide.
"I don't think it must necessarily be a new leader. It must be someone who has dominance in the group and plays in a certain position. Virgil van Dijk is a possibility as a captain."
Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd says the Rugby Park side are targeting fourth place in the Scottish Premiership now they are assured of a top-half finish.
With three games to play before the league splits in two, Steve Clarke's side know they will finish in the top six for the first time since 2010-11.
Currently fifth, Killie trail fourth-placed Hibernian by six points.
"Now we're in fifth, we're starting to say 'can we push on and get fourth?'" Boyd, 34, said on BBC Radio Scotland.
"We're four clear of Hearts, with a game in hand as well. Fifth would be an unbelievable achievement for us but I think we don't want the season just to peter out, we want to push on and hopefully try and catch Hibs.
"Over the years, there's not many games that have been won in the top six. If we can go and win those three games between now and the split, we give ourselves a chance.
"Hibs are a very, very good team but we feel if we continue the way that we have, the last three games before the split we've Hamilton twice and [Partick] Thistle as well. Are they winnable? Yes.
"We go into them with confidence and then in the top six, anything can happen."Highlights: Rangers 0-1 Kilmarnock
Boyd scored against his former club as Kilmarnock beat Rangers 1-0 at Ibrox on Saturday, while dropped points over the weekend by Motherwell and Hamilton Academical meant Killie will be in the top six, though Well can still catch sixth-placed Hearts.
Hibs are chasing Aberdeen and Rangers with leaders Celtic closing in on a seventh successive top-flight title.
"When you look at the top six as it stands right now, five of them should be in there with the money they're spending, the size of the club, the gates they get," Boyd said on Sportsound.
"So there was really only one place up for grabs for me at the start of the season, or it should be. For us to get in there, it's great for Kilmarnock."'I was ready to chuck career'
Boyd's haul of 20 goals this season includes 15 in the Premiership, making him the league's top scorer.
His form was rewarded with a contract extension for next season but he admits he came close to calling time on his career before Clarke was appointed manager in October when the club was languishing near the foot of the table.
"When you go back a few months, it was dreamland if you'd have thought where we would've been right now," added Boyd.
"I look back at the start of the season, I was ready to chuck it. I had had enough. I felt as if my body was done. The first conversation I had with [Steve Clarke] was I was ready to wrap it [only] for him to be able to talk me round to stay.
"Did I believe I had 20 goals in me? Yes, I'll back my ability, but it's the guys round about me. I know I can score goals, I know I can get into positions but there's now players round about me that can do what I can't do - Jordan Jones, Rory McKenzie, Youssouf Mulumbu, Lee Erwin's come in.
"The big one for me has been Eamonn Brophy. I think that the kid has got a real chance.
"The way I am now is the exact same as what I was at 20, 21 years old. I've always depended on my team-mates creating opportunities."
Roberto Firmino admits Liverpool had to change the way they played following the January exit of Philippe Coutinho.
And the Brazilian has revealed he always felt “calm” during the investigation in which he was cleared of racially abusing Everton's Mason Holgate.
Firmino has been in outstanding form for the Reds this season, with his 23-goal haul already the best of his career.
Liverpool have scored 34 times in 14 games since Coutinho's final appearance in December before his big-money move to Barcelona.Read More
But his compatriot Firmino admits: “We changed the way we played after his exit. Which team in the world would not like to have a player of the quality of Coutinho?
“But he continued his life at Barcelona and Liverpool remained strong, as we always were.
“I just worry about playing well and helping Liverpool go as far as possible in the Premier League.
“If that is achieved by me scoring goals, even better. Thank God, the goals are coming! Winning the title is difficult this season, so we will fight to secure a Champions League place again. That's one of the goals.”Liverpool's Roberto Firmino scores against Watford
Speaking to Goal, Firmino says he feels no pressure in trying to keep up with team-mate Mohamed Salah, who has notched an astonishing 36 goals in 41 games this season.
“No way!” he insists. “We have very good chemistry here at Liverpool.
“Many speak of the strength of our attack, which also has (Sadio) Mane, but we have a team full of great quality that is effective in attack.
“We have to think collectively. The more players score, the better. Liverpool are the ones who win in this situation.”Read More
Firmino's season could have been affected in January when he was accused by Everton defender Mason Holgate of racist abuse after a flare-up between the pair during the FA Cup third round tie at Anfield in January.
An FA investigation ultimately proved Firmino had no case to answer, and the player said: “I always felt calm about it (the allegations) because I knew I had not said what they were accusing me of.
“I have suffered racial prejudice and I know how painful it is. People need to take this issue more seriously and engage in this fight against racism.”