Why a Win for Liverpool This Weekend Could Flip the Premier League Title Race

Why a Win for Liverpool This Weekend Could Flip the Premier League Title Race

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Why a Win for Liverpool This Weekend Could Flip the Premier League Title Race

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With eight games left in the Premier League season, Liverpool trails league leaders Manchester City by a single point. The league could be in for another dramatic title race, but will Jürgen Klopp’s men have enough to finish the season as champions? TWSN soccer analyst Christian De Block details what needs to happen in order for Liverpool to win the league.  

Remaining League Fixtures for Manchester City:

Apr. 10th: Liverpool (H)

Apr. 20th: Brighton & Hove Albion (H)

Apr. 23rd: Watford (H)

Apr. 30th: Leeds United (A)

May 8th: Newcastle United (H)

May 15th: West Ham United (A)

May 22nd: Aston Villa (H)

TBD: Wolves (A)*

* The rescheduling of the reverse fixture between Manchester City and Wolves has yet to be confirmed. 

Remaining League Fixtures for Liverpool:

Apr. 10th: Manchester City (A)

Apr. 19th: Manchester United (H)

Apr. 24th: Everton (H)

Apr. 30th: Newcastle United (A)

May 7th: Tottenham Hotspur (H)

May 10th: Aston Villa (A)

May 15th: Southampton (A)

May 22nd: Wolves (H)

Very little separates the run in for each of these sides. Manchester City has three more matches on the road, while Liverpool has four. The Citizens still have to play five teams who are currently in the bottom half of the league table, whilst Liverpool has just four. The margins are small for both teams, setting up a potential instant classic on Apr. 10. 

Liverpool may just need to take all three points at the Etihad on Sunday in order to win the league for the second time in the last three seasons. But it is important to mention that very few teams have been able to win in that stadium in recent memory, especially when it comes to Premier League matches. You have to go all the way back to 2015 to find the last road win at Manchester City for the Reds.

Still there is some hope for Liverpool to pull off the unlikely result. In the 2021-22 league campaign, two sides have managed to win at Manchester City: Crystal Palace in late October and Tottenham Hotspur in mid February. Palace may have been a bit lucky in the end, as the Citizens were forced to play with just ten on the pitch following the sending off of Aymeric Laporte in first half stoppage time. 

The match on Sunday will be the second time these teams have faced off in the league. On Oct. 3, Liverpool drew Manchester City 2-2 at Anfield in one of the games of the season. The home side led on two different occasions, yet were unable to resist an immediate response for Pep Guardiola’s team. In the end, the sides were forced to share the points.  

If Liverpool are unable to win at Manchester City at the weekend, their chances of dethroning the reigning champions will still be alive. A draw against the Citizens would not be the worst result, but a defeat would really put them behind the eight ball coming down the stretch. 

Considering City have dropped points in just seven of their 30 league matches this season, the importance of the match from a Liverpool perspective is massive. A win would take them from being the hunters to being the hunted, something they have not felt since the opening weeks of the season. The title race will likely go down to the final weekend, how the match between Manchester City and Liverpool goes could shake up everything.

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