Liverpool’s 3-1 come from behind win against Southampton on Friday night sent the Reds back to the top of the table. Jurgen Klopp’s side is two points ahead of their title rivals Manchester City with five matches to play.
Although Manchester City are two points back of the Reds, the Cityzens do have a game in hand and still have six games in total left on the fixture list. If both clubs win the rest of their Premier League games, Manchester City would overtake Liverpool by one point for the title.
With single digits left in terms of matches to play, which club has the inside track to the Premier League title?
Liverpool’s path to the title
It has been 29 long years since Liverpool won the championship. The Reds have lost just once this term with that loss coming at the hands of Manchester City.
Three of Liverpool’s last five matches will come against teams in the lower half of the Premier League table. The Reds will clash with Cardiff City, Newcastle, and Huddersfield. Two of those three teams are currently stuck in the relegation zone. However, Liverpool must also play Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers, two sides in the upper half of the standings fighting for European qualification.
Liverpool’s next Premier League fixture will come against Chelsea at Anfield and will be their most difficult test. The Reds haven’t beaten Chelsea in their last five matches. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge earlier this season with Liverpool second best for most of the fixture. Daniel Sturridge’s 89th minute wonder strike levelled the fixture giving Liverpool a share of the points.
If the Reds are to slip up, it could come on Sunday against Chelsea.
Manchester City’s path to the title
Manchester City can still slip up and top Liverpool thanks to their game in hand. The Cityzens may be suffering from fatigue due to too many fixtures, but Pep Guardiola’s team still defeated Brighton, 1-0, in the FA Cup semifinals over the weekend. Manchester City will continue their Champions League campaign this week as will Liverpool.
The Cityzens will clash with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League just days after playing them twice in the Champions League. Four days later, Manchester City must play city rivals Manchester United in a game that could decide the title.
Leicester City will also visit the Etihad Stadium in Manchester City’s penultimate match. Leicester are revitalised under manager Brendan Rodgers and could take points off of Manchester City.
Liverpool or Manchester City?
On paper, Manchester City have the more difficult fixture list. However, the pressure is far higher on Liverpool. The Reds nearly crashed and burned against Southampton and had it not been for Mohamed Salah’s second half goal, the Reds would still be one point behind Manchester City.
The Champions League could still play a major part in either team’s success or failure. Both are going strongly and have the opportunity to qualify for the semifinals. This year’s Premier League title race may be the most exciting in years and it is likely to go down to the last day of the season.