Neither Manchester City or Liverpool gave an inch in the Premier League title race on Sunday as they both claimed impressive victories.
City went into their match at Crystal Palace knowing they could turn up the pressure on Liverpool, who did not kick-off against Chelsea until after the contest at Selhurst Park had reached a conclusion.
Pep Guardiola’s side had won eight matches on the spin in the top-flight and a goal in either half from Raheem Sterling put them well on course to extend that run.
A Luka Milivojevic free-kick did briefly get the City nerves jangling late on, but Gabriel Jesus eased that tension by wrapping up the 3-1 success in stoppage time.
That result briefly lifted City a point above Liverpool in the standings and Guardiola confirmed he has complete faith in his side heading into the remaining weeks of the season.
“Of course, we can lose, we are not invincible. We have weaknesses,” Guardiola said.
“We have done two seasons, 183 points, with five games left, two seasons, why should I doubt what these players have done?”
City’s win put the pressure firmly back on Liverpool, who were up against a Chelsea side that had dented their last push for the title five years ago when a slip from then Reds captain Steven Gerrard helped the Blues on their way to a 2-0 win.
After a goalless first-half, Liverpool would have been forgiven for feeling the tension, but two goals in two minutes from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah (the latter’s strike a particular peach) was enough to seal a 2-0 win.
Liverpool are now back where they started the day, two points clear of City, although the Citizens do still have a game in hand and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp knows even winning all their remaining games may not be enough.
He said: “We have to try at least (to win all remaining games). We respect all opponents so much. We know about Cardiff’s (their next league opponents) fight against relegation.
“Today was very, very important because Chelsea are so strong. What we did today to win that game was amazing.”
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