Had City failed to win it would have been a blow, but they have their noses up front again. Then they take on struggling Watford on Saturday while Liverpool will have to wait until Sunday before meeting Merseyside rivals Everton in what will be a tightly contested derby with the Blues struggling with relegation.
The race will turn into a psychological war with City gaining the upper hand – thanks to the fixture list alone – if they beat the Hornets. If the two matches were played on the same day and at the same time, the pressure would be much less, but as things stand Liverpool could find themselves 4 points behind by the time they host their neighbors at Anfield. It’s an additional pressure that they could certainly do without.
Liverpool and Everton have a lot at stake and anything can happen in what is still one of the fiercest clashes in English football. No other device produces more red cards than this one. The commitment of both sides in this matter is always 100% – the fans accept nothing less.
The Reds have a superior derby record, but form often goes out the window in these games and the Toffees will be excited. They will not only be aiming to avoid the dreaded drop, but at the same time they can seriously undermine Liverpool’s title hopes – or perhaps even end them.
That will be the message from coach Frank Lampard who battled with Klopp on the touchline two seasons ago when he was Chelsea manager. Both have their own personal battles to win, but the bigger picture is this: Liverpool, who are aiming for an unprecedented four-fold this season, must win all of their remaining league games and hope City are wrong somewhere. But make no mistake, Everton have so much to do on this game with the survival of the Premiership on the line.
It’s bound to be an exciting weekend of action and when the dust settles the league table could look very different about it…