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This season's title-race looks set to go down to the wire.

With just one point separating Manchester City and Liverpool with eight matches remaining, the next couple of months are going to be extremely tense for both sets of fans.

The difference between ecstasy and agony could be one point, one goal or one bad referreeing decision.

This weekend, we saw City benefit from Paul Tierney's mistake to overrule his assistant referee and award Raheem Sterling a goal against Watford.

That gave Pep Guardiola's side the lead in a match they were struggling to create chances. They ultimately went on to win 3-0.

Whereas Liverpool were on the wrong end of a bad decision at the weekend when Andre Marriner allowed Ashley Westwood's corner to count, despite James Tarkowski fouling Alisson.

As a result, we decided to take a look at every wrong decision in games involving City and Liverpool and attempted to work out how it's affected the final result.

Of course, we have had to use a bit of guesswork to determine what would happen if the wrong decision hadn't been made.

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Manchester City

When? August 25

Final result? Wolves 1-1 Man City

The incidents in question: Willy Boly's handball goal + David Silva's penalty

Man City dropped their first points of the season against Wolves back in August.

They went 1-0 down at Molineux after Willy Boly’s attempted diving headed came off his hand.

Aymeric Laporte soon equalised but City should have had a penalty when David Silva was fouled by Ruben Neves.

Our verdict: Wolves’ goal shouldn’t have stood and City should have been given a penalty. Man City would have won that game.

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When? September 29

Final result? Man City 2-0 Brighton

The incident in question: Fernandinho's handball in the box

In September, City beat Brighton thanks to goals from Sterling and Sergio Aguero.

Brighton should have had a penalty late on when Fernandinho handled in the box, but we don’t think that would have changed the outcome of the match.

Our verdict: Man City still would have won the match.

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When? December 8

Final result? Chelsea 2-0 Man City

The incident in question: Corner being wrongly awarded, which David Luiz scored from

City lost in the league for the first time in December as Chelsea beat them 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

However, their second goal came after they were awarded a corner that should have been a goal-kick.

David Luiz headed in but, because it came in the 78th-minute and Chelsea were already 1-0, we back them to have seen out the result.

Our verdict: Man City still would have lost the match.

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When? January 3

Final result? Man City 2-1 Liverpool 

The incident in question? Vincent Kompany's red card challenge on Mohamed Salah

The big one.

Vincent Kompany should have been sent off for a lunge on Mohamed Salah in the 30th-minute with the scores still 0-0.

Liverpool were the better side in the match at the time and, playing an hour against 10-man City, we think they would have gone on to win.

Our verdict: Man City would have lost the game.

When? February 3

Final result? Man City 3-1 Arsenal

The incident in question? Sergio Aguero scoring with his hand

In February, an Aguero hat-trick saw City beat Arsenal 3-1.

But his third goal went in off his arm and shouldn’t have counted. However, with half an hour left to play and City already 2-1 ahead, we think they still would have won the match.

Our verdict: Man City still would have won the match.

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When? February 27

Final result? Man City 1-0 West Ham

The incident in question? Man City's dubious penalty

City were struggling against West Ham at the end of February and needed a very controversial penalty after Bernardo Silva went down under the pressure from Felipe Anderson.

It was the wrong decision.

It’s a tough one to call but with half an hour still to play, we think City would have gone on and still won the match.

Our verdict: Man City still would have won the match.

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When? March 9

Final result? Man City 3-1 Watford

The incident? Raheem Sterling's offside goal

Sterling was flagged offside for his opener against Watford on Saturday only for Paul Tierney to overrule his assistant referee.

While the incident was a big mistake, it occurred in the 50th-minute of a match that City were dominating against a much-changed Watford.

Sterling added a further two goals making sure talk of his first goal were fairly irrelevant.

Our verdict: Man City still would have won the match.

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Conclusion: Officials cost Man City two points against Wolves after Boly's handball and their failure to award Silva a penalty. But they got lucky after Anthony Taylor failed to send off Kompany against Liverpool - a game they went on to win when they were likely to have lost with 10 men.

Liverpool

When? August 12

Final result? Liverpool 4-0 West Ham

The incident in question? Sadio Mane's offside goal

On the opening weekend of the season, Liverpool benefited from an offside decision against West Ham.

Liverpool were already 2-0 up when Sadio Mane scored from an offside decision.

It was a mistake from the assistant referee but not one that affected the result.

Our verdict: Liverpool still would have won the match.

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When? November 3

Final result? Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool

The incident in question? Sadio Mane's goal wrongly ruled out for offside

Liverpool could only draw at the Emirates after Alexandre Lacazette’s 82nd-minute equaliser.

But in the first half, with the scores level at 0-0, Liverpool should have taken the lead when Mane’s goal was incorrectly ruled out for offside.

Liverpool did take the lead in the second half through James Milner but couldn’t hold on. But Arsenal deserved the draw and we believe they would still have earned a point if Mane’s goal had stood.

Our verdict: Liverpool still would have drawn the match.

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When? November 11

Final result? Liverpool 2-0 Fulham

The incidents in question? Mitrovic's offside goal + ball rolling for Salah's goal

This was a far from convincing performance from Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Aleksandar Mitrovic had a goal controversially ruled out for offside before Alisson took a quick free-kick, allowing Salah to give Liverpool the lead. But replays showed the ball was still rolling when Alisson took it.

In truth, Fulham’s goal probably should have stood in the first place.

But Xherdan Shaqiri made it 2-0 after half-time and, if Liverpool needed to score a few more goals, they probably would have done.

Our verdict: Liverpool still would have won the match - even if Mitrovic's goal had put Fulham 1-0 up.

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When? December 8

Final result? Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool

The incident in question? Mohamed Salah's offside goal

Liverpool comfortably beat Bournemouth 4-0 back in December thanks to a Salah hat-trick. But his first came from an offside decision.

The Reds were dominant, though, and probably would have gone on to win the game anyway.

Our verdict: Liverpool still would have won the match.

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When? December 29

Final result? Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal

The incident in question? Liverpool's penalty award in the second half

Liverpool have won some soft penalties this season but most of them were probably correct calls.

However, one that was too soft was their second penalty during the 5-1 win against Arsenal.

Dejan Lovren was nudged in the back by Sead Kolasinac and went over. Michael Oliver brought it, though, and Roberto Firmino completed his hat-trick.

As Liverpool were 4-1 up at the time, it had no impact on result.

Our verdict: Liverpool still would have won the match.

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When? January 3

Final result? Man City 2-1 Liverpool

The incident in question? Vincent Kompany's red card challenge on Mohamed Salah

We’ve already discussed this controversial incident - and it could be a decision that ultimately decides the title race.

Kompany should have seen red and Liverpool probably would have gone on to win the game at the Etihad.

Our verdict: Liverpool would have won the match.

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When? January 30

Final result? Liverpool 1-1 Leicester

The incidents in question? Harry Maguire red card + Naby Keita penalty

Liverpool had the chance to go seven points clear at home to Leicester at the start of January. They made the perfect start when Mane put them ahead within three minutes.

But Leicester’s Harry Maguire should have seen red for a trip on Mane.

Ironically, Maguire then equalised before half-time.

Then, in the second-half, Naby Keita was fouled by Ricardo Pereira and Liverpool should have been awarded a penalty.

Our verdict: Liverpool should have won the match.

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When? February 4 

Final result? West Ham 1-1 Liverpool

The incident in question? Sadio Mane's offside goal

Mane scored another offside goal against West Ham in the return fixture, with James Milner clearly in an offside position when he set up Mane.

West Ham soon equalised and Liverpool couldn’t force a winner.

But if they had been trailing, we think Liverpool would have grabbed an equaliser at some point in the game.

Our verdict: Liverpool still would have drawn the match.

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When? March 10

Final result? Liverpool 4-2 Burnley

The incident in question? Ashley Westwood's goal

Liverpool went 1-0 down on Sunday when Ashley Westwood’s corner went all the way in.

But James Tarkowski was clearly impeding Alisson and the goal should have been chalked off.

Liverpool went on to win 4-1 anyway, meaning the debate was irrelevant.

Our verdict: Liverpool still would have won the match.

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Conclusion: Liverpool have had plenty of decisions go both for and against them this season. However, as mentioned, the call not to send Kompany off could have cost them three points. Then, at home to Leicester, Maguire should have been sent off, while Keita should have been awarded a penalty.

The league table could look a bit like this:

Liverpool | 78 points

Man City | 73 points

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