Jurgen Klopp’s side could only draw at home to Tottenham on Saturday evening as City made them pay with a 5-0 victory over Newcastle.
Those results put City three points clear and are now four goals superior in terms of goal difference.
Title race over?
It will be if City win their remaining three matches.
But we all want a dramatic title race, don’t we?
And nothing would be more dramatic than a title play-off between Man City and Liverpool in a 39th game.
But if you thought the results mean a play-off can no longer occur, you’re very much mistaken.
In fact, it’s even more realistic with just six matches left to play.
We’ve worked out the most likely results needed for Liverpool and Man City to finish on the same points, the same goal difference and the same goals scored – and of course the same head-to-head record after two 2-2 draws.
The Premier League handbook states: “If two clubs cannot be separated by operation of Rule C.17.1 and C.17.2, a play-off on a neutral ground, the format, timing and venue of which shall be determined by the board”.
The results needed for a title play-off between Liverpool and Man City
Tuesday May 10: Aston Villa 0-2 Liverpool
Wednesday May 11: Wolves 1-2 Man City
Sunday May 15: West Ham 1-0 Man City
Tuesday May 17: Southampton 0-2 Liverpool
Sunday May 22: Liverpool 2-0 Wolves
Sunday May 22: Man City 2-0 Aston Villa
How the final table would look
1st. Liverpool – Pl: 38 | F: 93 | A: 23 | GD: 70 | Pts. 92
1st. Man City – Pl: 38 | F: 93 | A: 23 | GD: 70 | Pts. 92
Make. It. Happen.
Liverpool need to bounce back from their draw against Spurs with victory against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa on Tuesday night and put the pressure on City once again.
Ahead of the game at Villa Park, Klopp insists he’s not giving up on the title just yet.
“Why should we stop believing?” he said.
“I am not sure I said [the title race is still on] because it is obvious. We both have 3 to play, my concern is how can we win our games. We shouldn’t add on points before games are played.
“It’s easy to describe our situation. We drew, they won, the goal difference too. We can decide for ourselves how we see it. There are some facts but I try to help the boys see it like me.
“Generally the dressing rooms look after themselves but I will speak to the boys [to be positive].”