After Mohamed Salah‘s agonizing missed penalty, and Liverpool’s loss against Leicester on December 28th, Liverpool likely felt as if the league was lost.

The following day, Manchester City defeated Brentford, thanks to a Phil Foden goal, and went into 2022 with an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Guardiola’s squad continued to win without a target on their back, and Klopp’s men knew that no more slip-ups could occur.

Reds’ Close the Gap

After the Reds’ loss to Leicester, they drew against Chelsea and won seven straight. 

City drew against Southampton and lost to Tottenham during these games, dropping five points while Liverpool only dropped two. 

It shows the little margin for error when you want to be the biggest fish in the biggest pond.

Current Situation

After a convincing Manchester Derby win on Sunday, Manchester City are six points in front of Liverpool with a game in hand. 

Man City has played 28 games, and Liverpool has played 27, so considering Liverpool wins that game in hand, the gap closes to three points. 

Since they both played Chelsea twice, you have to back both of these teams to win almost every one of their remaining games; however, in Matchweek 32, they face off at the Etihad against each other.

Points have to be lost.

This potential six-point swing will ultimately determine the fate of both sides in the Premier League this season. If Manchester City wins, the gap will become too big for Liverpool to catch up on. 

I believe this is what will happen, as Manchester City are far too strong right now.

Mo Salah and Joao Cancelo battling.

Champions En Route to Defending Title

Guardiola will make it four Premier League titles in five years, establishing their dominance in England. 

Their display against their Manchester rivals on Sunday showed that they are at full strength, and Guardiola is finally not rotating his squad as much as he has in the past.

A midfield of Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, and Rodri will not change, and Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden are irreplaceable up top. 

Manchester City can then rotate between Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish, but the latter has recently made a solid case to keep his place in the team.

Grealish is slowly starting to adapt to Pep Guardiola‘s system, and he will be a force for the rest of the season. This squad is as strong as it could be right now.

Liverpool’s Lethal Attack

Manchester City’s defense has struggled with teams’ pace at times this season, and Liverpool has added Luis Diaz as the final piece of the puzzle. 

Liverpool are terrifying themselves, though, and who knows what could happen on the day.

They are on fire in the Premier League, and Mohamed Salah has turned up in so many crucial games this season.

Who Will Lift the Silverware?

Manchester City also has the sixth easiest remaining schedule in the Premier League and doesn’t face any “big 6” teams other than Liverpool. They face West Ham and Wolves, which will be difficult, and Burnley, Watford, and Leeds are fighting for survival.

On the other hand, Liverpool still needs to play Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham, Wolves, and Manchester City, of course.

While there still is a title race at hand, I’m expecting City to remain in first from here until the final matchweek.

Manchester City plays so fluidly, and I believe they will be too much for Liverpool to handle.

Liverpool can not drop any more points, and they must hope that City does themselves.

Manchester City will have the advantage, being the home team, but Klopp will have his squad ready for war.

The countdown to Matchweek 32 starts now.

 


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