Liverpool may have succumbed to 19th century football in losing 2-0 to Chelsea last time out, a result that saw Manchester City wrestle their way to the front of the queue to win the Premier League.
The Reds have been squeezed out to 6/5 to hoist a first top-tier title since 1989 after previously commanding the race at odds on, though the aforementioned defeat and subsequent drift in price provide no reason for the club to cancel the job lot of champagne magnums they have ordered for May delivery just yet.
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Perched on the peak of the pile with two games to play, the Merseysiders are still well in with a chance despite Man City’s game in hand; here’s what they need to happen in order to reign supreme.
Almighty walloppings must be administered to Crystal Palace and Newcastle.
The Reds’ final two opponents have nothing other than an obligation to fulfil their fixture commitments preventing them from jetting off to various exotic climes so, in theory, shouldn’t provide too much friction for a title-hunting outfit.
It is almost a matter of necessity for Liverpool to best both also-ran outfits if they are to triumph in their bid for top-tier glory, all the while banking on a favour from the most unlikely of sources.
For Liverpool to sit the throne, it’s likely they’re going to need a leg up from Everton.
With double barrel claret duo Aston Villa and West Ham the remaining sides due at the Etihad, Man City are likely to claim the maximum allocation from their home games.
If they win both of these, as well as their final away match, they’re as good as champions based on their superior goal difference.
This means that their trip to Goodison Park – a ground where the Citizens have only won once in 15 seasons – is where the Reds title aspirations are most likely to be realised or extinguished.