The title race has intensified in recent weeks, with Liverpool and Manchester City now only separated by a single match win and goal difference, meaning the slightest mistake could all but end it for either side.
Both clubs saw wins in the weekend, with Liverpool seeing off AFC Bournemouth in a fixture which ended 3-0, while Manchester City left Chelsea in peril after putting six goals past Kepa Arrizabalaga, conceeding none.
In the wake of City’s flawless victory, Skysports pundit Gary Neville has sounded out a warning to Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool over Manchester City’s unwavering title intentions. Stating that the Merseyside reds will now have to realise they are in for a major, major battle after seeing the citizens decimate Chelsea.
“They’ve set themselves a standard Manchester City that if they’re going to win the league,” He said
“They are being challenged this season, they need to get to that standard week in, week out now.
“They can’t afford to make mistakes, Liverpool are a very good side themselves.
“But I think Liverpool will start to realise they’re in for a major, major battle here.
“They were seven points clear a few weeks ago and probably still thought they were in for a battle.
“I think now, City for me are definitely favourites to win this title with what I’m seeing.”
It wasn’t for a lack of fault, that Liverpool now see themselves battling for a title they were once in control of just several weeks back. Gary Neville now believes Manchester City are in a better position to win back to back Premier League trophies, as he credited Sergio Aguero for his influence in City’s latest surge.
“What you see now from Aguero, I think he’s lifted City in this last month. He’s the one for me that’s grabbed the games by the scruff of the neck.
“He’s looking like a championship player. I thought he was outstanding against Liverpool, in the first 25, 30 minutes when it was a real difficult game, intense game, there wasn’t a lot of space but he stood out and looked like a world-class player.
“You talk about players standing up when it really matters, he’s standing up.
“If City are going to win back-to-back titles for the first time in this Premier League era, they can look at this last month, the Liverpool game, this game [against Chelsea] and think about his influence on it. It’s been outstanding.”
It’s surely bound to be a battle to the last-minute, probably the very last Premier League minute of the season to decide an outright winner. Liverpool have surely come a long way, and won’t be willing to back down with just a couple of months to go.
Pep Guardiola will however be looking to finish what he started, hoping he could entirely knock liverpool off Premier pole position, having played a match more than the Merseyside reds.