This Premier League season has seen one match turn the entire title race on its head. Manchester City’s defeat at the hands of Chelsea prevented the Citizens from returning to the top of the table after Liverpool stormed to victory 4-0 away to Bournemouth.
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— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 9, 2018
Liverpool now remain as the only undefeated team in the Premier League this season, although their title rivals Manchester City are still the favourites to win in Betfair Premier League odds, at a price of 4/11.
Although Manchester City have a vast amount of quality in their squad, having choked first, it is now up to Liverpool to maintain their undefeated streak and use their own quality to remain ahead of the defending champions.
Who do United Help?
Both Liverpool and Manchester City hold a fierce rivalry with Manchester United and the Red Devils have the opportunity to help their city rivals go back above Liverpool in the league. Liverpool host Manchester United this Sunday and if City defeat Everton in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off, then the pressure will be back onto Liverpool.
The issue for Liverpool is that, while yes Manchester United might be struggling this season, a match against such fierce rivals might be just the tonic they need to fire themselves up for the rest of the season. Jose Mourinho will know that a victory will help him remain in the job for longer and help keep the fans off his back.
Mourinho also knows that Jurgen Klopp has a highly talented squad at his disposal and will be arranging his team to thwart the threats posed by Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. United’s defence has often been the target of criticism by their own manager and Mourinho will have to instil confidence before the two teams face each other.
A win for United could put City back in the driving seat, while if City fail to beat Everton and Liverpool triumph over United, then the Red Devils will have helped another of their rivals in the title race.
Can Liverpool do it?
Liverpool are no strangers to winning championships, having won the English top division on 18 occasions. They have yet to win the Premier League though, although they have come close before. They have finished as the runners-up on three occasions, the most recent being in the 2013/14 season, where Manchester City finished two points clear at the top.
The fact that the club have previously choked when they are on the verge of winning the league will be a concern for the Liverpool fans, but with the squad they have and Klopp in charge, things might just be different this time around.
The most important fixture is likely to be at the beginning of January when Liverpool travel to Manchester City. Should the Reds win that match, then it will send a message to everyone that this time the club are ready to finally win the Premier League and that not even the record-breaking defending champions will stand in their way.