What about the title race after Man City capitalized on Liverpool’s slip?

Pep Guardiola’s side returned to the top of the Premier League table after decimating a Newcastle side who have always been second-best at the Etihad 24 hours after Liverpool’s clash with Spurs

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Jurgen Klopp assesses Tottenham’s draw

As has often been the case in recent years, Manchester City and Liverpool have been battling for first place this season, and an exciting conclusion is yet to come.

With three games to go, Pep Guardiola’s troops are at the top of the pile with 86 points and have a three-point lead over the Reds, who sit in second place. In week 35, Liverpool played first as they welcomed Spurs to what was undoubtedly the toughest game of their run-in at Anfield.

Surprisingly, Klopp’s side looked second best at times as they struggled to come to terms with Antonio Conte’s line-up, which saw them make full use of their full-backs and the Reds hit counterattacks. Spurs even went ahead to a clean sheet just before the hour mark when Son Heung-Min knocked home unmarked from close range.

Luis Diaz’s deflected equalizer ensured they went out with a point, but in truth a 1-1 score didn’t suit either side. Looking at Liverpool, the draw briefly put them top of the table, but the feeling on the ground was one of fear and regret at the ground lost in the title race.

Klopp’s post-match comments made for more interesting reading, with the German claiming: “Imagine if City were to lose at some point – I can’t see it or imagine it – and because we don’t believe anymore then we can’t use it. That would really be madness. The boys are absolutely in the mood they should be now – very disappointed. That’s fine.

“But you overcome things and that’s not a general problem. If we stop the moment the first little stone is thrown in our way – I honestly wouldn’t think that was great. It’s just us.” need to show resilience – we will.”

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City went into their home game against Newcastle less than 24 hours later, increasing the pressure on them to react as Liverpool offered them an opportunity to put some daylight between the two.

As Klopp had predicted, City were playing like a side who don’t look like they’d drop points anytime in the league if they rampage against the Magpies – and move five past Eddie Howe’s side with no response. There was no sign of a European hangover, despite City being knocked out of the Champions League in the most dramatic of circumstances just four days earlier.

The win means City are in the driver’s seat with three games left and could theoretically even be crowned champions as early as next Sunday if certain results go in the right direction.

Liverpool travel to Villa Park on Tuesday night to take on Aston Villa in a clash that is already encircling many storylines, as Reds icon Steven Gerrard could lead Villa to a win that could end his former side’s hopes of a second win would almost wipe out titles in three years.

If Villa surprise and Liverpool win or even hold a draw, back-to-back wins for City at Wolves on Wednesday and West Ham on Sunday would seal their status as champions.

If the race is to go to the end, the final day’s games will be friendly for both sides with both Liverpool and City playing Wolves and Aston Villa respectively at home. While there could still be plenty of twists and turns, it’s a huge advantage for City at this late stage.


Manchester City | Points: 86

May 11 – Wolves (A)

15 May – West Ham (A)

22 May – Aston Villa (H)

Liverpool | Points: 83

10 May – Aston Villa (A)

17 May – Southampton (A)

May 22 – Wolves (H)

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